Money, time, representation: literary explorations/IAPL 2012 May 28 - June 3

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Tiina Käkelä-Puumala/University of Helsinki

Hello all,

I'm organizing a session for the IAPL (International Association for Philosophy and Literature) conference in Tallinn, Estonia in May-June 2012. For the session (see brief description below) I'm looking for abstract submissions that deal with money in literature and/or money in philosophy, or the parallels between writing and money. If you are interested, please contact me soon and send an abstract by the end of September (max. 1000
words). The session can include 4 to 5 speakers. And please note: all speakers must be IAPL members by the end of September 2011.

Here is a link to the IAPL website:

IAPL 2012 Archeologies of the future, tracing memories, imagining spaces

Money, time, representation: literary explorations

In his Philosophy of Money, Georg Simmel notes that "we invest economic objects with a quantity of value as if it were an inherent quality" but "the question as to what value really is, like the question as to what being is, is unanswerable". The element of unaccountability in money can also be seen in Marx, although he articulated the nature of money quite differently as an expression of
social relations. Literature has always been very sensitive to the contingent, hence fictional, aspect of money. The proposed session looks for papers where the nature of money is explored in literature,and papers that ask how and if money in literature is the same as
money in philosophy. The issues can include, but are not limited to,the nature of money as representation of value, or as representation of authority, or the role of money as an expression of a temporal pact that affects our sense of time.