Ecologies Reconsidered: Landscape, Nature, Thought, and Memory
The Germanic Graduate Student Association of the Ohio State University presents the sixth annual GGSA Graduate & Undergraduate Student Conference March 21st & 22nd 2014
Keynote Speaker: Sean Ireton, University of Missouri
Plenary Speaker: Kristy Boney, University of Central Missouri
CALL FOR UNDERGRADUATE PAPERS!
Human interaction with nature has long occupied the imagination of German thinkers and writers. The interrelationship between humans and their natural environment is the focal point of many works of literature, art, film, and philosophy. More recently, environmentalism has gained increasing visibility in German society, given the growing awareness of the ways in which humans [ab]use nature.
For the first time the Germanic Graduate Student Association at the Ohio State University would like to invite submissions from undergraduate students in German Studies and other related fields. In order to encourage undergraduate submissions, we have broadened the scope of the conference. We welcome papers from all German-related fields (art history, film, literature, culture, philosophy, history, politics, and environmental science) with a connection to the themes of the conference.
The following are just a few examples of related themes:
•Representations of nature: the earth, water, landscape, animals, etc…
•Nature as a destructive force: earthquakes, natural disasters
•Human drive to control or harness the forces of nature
•Human interaction with the environment
•Environmental effects on the human body and mind
•The human body as a part of nature
•Environmentalism in German-speaking countries (cultural relevance, political influence / policy)
Please submit an abstract of 200-250 words to Wonneken Wanske (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 6th, 2014.
Please include your name, university affiliation, title of paper and email address. Abstracts should include a clear thesis statement, as well as an overview of the paper’s argument and main themes. Paper presentations should be approximately 15 minutes in length.
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