CFP: [International] Kulturbau: International Congress of the Portuguese Association of Germanistic Studies

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Fernando Clara
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         International Congress of the Portuguese Association of
Germanistic Studies
14 to 16 February 2008
Lisbon, Catholic University of Portugal

Aufräumen, Ausräumen, Einräumen
Tidy, Untidy, Retidy

"Call for Papers"

What’s happening with Culture(s) today? From ‘Clash of Cultures’
to ‘Multiculturalism’, by way of ‘Interculturality’ and not forgetting
the epistemic cultural animosities that the ‘Wars of the Sciences’ have
revealed, what is happening with Culture(s) today? Amongst many others,
also with the ‘two’ (Snow) or ‘three’ Cultures (Lepenies)?
What has happened to the reflection on the concept of Culture in the
arena of Humanities, in the German arena? Is it on its way to global
standardization? Will the Cultures be an endemic source of potential
conflict, a reason for struggle, or will they provide a direction for the
twenty-first century? Will there be an order, a balance, a logic of
cultures? And which knowledge is associated with it?
The theme of the Congress seeks to explore this complex “contradictory
life” of the Cultures, and proposes that this be done via the three great
metaphors or principles that appear to generically set out the laws of
the cultural spaces: Tidy, Untidy, Retidy.
In fact, the cultural space is structured above all based on the
principle of inclusion, of organization, and of order; (a) culture
organizes and organizes itself, creates hierarchies, and ‘tidies’
and ‘tidies itself’. In so doing, however, it excludes and in some way
excludes itself, selects, sections, chooses, creates anti-bodies and
counter-cultures (!), it ‘untidies’ and, simultaneously, ‘untidies
itself’, thus demonstrating that the conditions already exist within it
for its own destruction. ‘Retidy’ thus arises as a movement of synthesis
which is at the same time harmonious and disruptive, conflicting and
pacifying, the recognisably difficult moment of reformulation of all
questions: What to integrate? What to exclude? How to do it? How to
integrate the new and the unknown, what to exclude from the known and the
The Congress is structured around three major thematic areas, with each
subdivided into two sections for which possible topics are presented here:

a) Utility and disadvantage of History (structures of time,
construction of (cultural) identities, historical dimensions of language,
literature and culture; tradition, duration, memory and remembering,
mnemonic techniques)
b) Topographies and scenarios (area-studies, structures of space,
topographical turn, definition and demarcation of cultural spaces, walls,
borders, passages, intermediate spaces, non-places, mapping, topography
of the genders, contact zones)
a) Leitkultur: The power of cultures (politics, education,
civilizations, religion, identity, estrangement, inclusion and exclusion,
discourses of power, imperialism and colonialism)
b) Leidkultur: The culture of pain (violence, illness, trauma,
impotence, madness, catastrophe, sexuality and perversion, crime, terror,
war, ritual and victims, resistance and post-colonialism)
a) Games and media (materiality and presence, game theory, language
theory, signs, media, economics, sound, image, performance, authenticity,
factuality, fiction, e-materiality, archives, senses)
b) Games and people (body-identity-change, virtual communities,
human-machine, cyborg, other worlds, creativity, emotion, imaginary
worlds, gender and sexual difference)

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Proposals for themes and papers (in German, Portuguese or English) can be

by: > 30 October 2007
to: >
or: > Prof. Dr. Peter Hanenberg
   Faculdade de Ciências Humanas
   Universidade Católica Portuguesa
   Palma de Cima
   P 1649-023 LISBOA

We recommend the sending of proposals and registration for the Congress

Proposals should be accompanied by an abstract of the paper (1200-1800
characters) and an abbreviated curriculum vitae (maximum: 1800

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