The Third Occasional Davidson Symposium on German Studies (March 13-15, 2003) will address the works and influence of W.G. Sebald. Max Sebald’s untimely death in December, 2001, has given scholars, critics, and readers alike pause, not only to mourn his passing, but also to assess his oeuvre and impact. The symposium will be intimate (no more than 15 or 20 presentations; no concurrent sessions), with time for discussion and reflection and useful feedback (roundtable discussions), and with a celebratory evening of dramatic readings in English and German. Several who have already shown thoughtful interest in Sebald's writing will be invited. We seek paper proposals on any aspect of Sebald's work or influence. 1-2 page abstracts to Scott Denham by June 15, 2002 (mail, fax, or e-mail ok).
Davidson College has held two previous German studies symposia: the first, “German Studies as Cultural Studies” (1995) was the basis for the book _A User's Guide to German Cultural Studies_ (eds. Scott Denham, Irene Kacandes, and Jonathan Petropoulos; U Michigan P, 1997) and the second, “Approaches to Weimar” (1997) the basis for _Unwrapping Goethe's Weimar: Essays on Cultural Studies and Local Knowledge_ (eds. Burkhard Henke, Susanne Kord, and Simon Richter; Camden House, 2000). We expect a third volume of essays to come from this symposium. Pending funding and grant applications, expenses for the symposium may be covered.
Davidson College is conveniently located near Charlotte, NC, and is especially beautiful in March.
Assoc. Prof. of German & Dept. Chair
Dept. of German and Russian
Davidson, NC 28035-6932
tel: 704.894.2855 / fax:-2881
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