CONF: Wasted Spaces – University of Virginia – Charlottesville – FEB 17-18

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Wasted Spaces
19th Annual German Graduate Studies Conference at the University of Virginia
Charlottesville (February 17-18)

Organizers: Charles Taggart and Rebekah Slodounik (University of Virginia)
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In an age of heightened awareness over the depletion of natural resources pitted against an ever-growing and increasingly interconnected global population, the problematics of space have assumed a prominent position in contemporary discourse. The issue of space, including its definitions and uses, comes at a time in which current and future human endeavors face the challenge of a rapidly changing social and natural world. Our conference aims to explore different approaches towards space in discourse, culture, and the environment.


FRI / Feb 17 / 2012 / Nau 101 / 5 p.m.

Professor Rochelle Tobias
(Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, The Johns Hopkins University)
"Rilke and the Landscapes of the Heart"

Opening Remarks: Rebekah Slodounik and Charles Taggart
Volker Kaiser (Department Chair)

SAT / Feb 18 / 2012 / Olsson Hall 120

8.30-9.00 a.m.: Breakfast

Panel I : Spatial Legacies
Moderator: Beatrice Waegner

9:00 - 9:30 Sven Frankowsky (Westfälische Wilhelms-
Universität Münster) –
Fruchtbar vergiftete Un-Orte bei David
Foster Wallace

9:30 - 10:00 Kerstin Steitz (University of Virginia)–
Memory Space: The Courtroom and the
Concentration Camp in Peter Weiss's Die
Ermittlung. Ein Oratorium in 11 Gesängen

10:00 - 10:30 Lea Rekow (Center for Art and
Environment at the Nevada Museum of
Extract: A Cultural Ecology of the
Colorado Plateau

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break

Panel 2: The Normative Undone
Moderator: Solvejg Nitzke

10:45 - 11:15 Sebastian Wilde (Universität Leipzig) –
Zur Störung der Wahrnehmung
normalisierter Räume durch

11:15 - 11:45 Danielle Pisechko (University of
Virginia) –
Homelessness and Home-loss:
Vergangenheitsbewältigung in deutscher

11:45 - 12:15 Bogumil Terminski (University of
Development Induced Displacement and
Indigenous People's Rights

12:15 - 13:45 Lunch

Panel 3: Unhallowed Spaces
Moderator: Gabriel Cooper

13:45 - 14:15 Kevin Boix (University of Virginia) –
The Berlin Sex Exchange: Homosociality
and Berlin Alexanderplatz

14:15 - 14:45 Michael Bryant (Indiana University) –
The Sacred and the Profane in Heinrich
Mann's Professor Unrat

14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break

Panel 4: A Sense of Space: Space and the Senses
Moderator: Danielle Verena Kollig

15:00 - 15:30 Jacob Denz (New York University) –
'The Most Beautiful Manifoldness':
Landscape and Kantian
Aesthetics in Die Leiden des jungen
Werthers and Die Wahlverwandtschaften

15:30 - 16:00 Geraldine Suter (University of
Impersonal Use of Personal Space: The
Human Voice Box in Marcel Beyer's

16:00 Closing Remarks: Rebekah Slodounik and
Charles Taggart