EXTENDED DEADLINE: CFP: GSA 2019: Karl Philipp Moritz's Interdisciplinary Stance (31.01.2019)

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2019
Oregon, United States
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Humanities, Literature, Philosophy, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Proposal, GSNA-Sponsored Panel for the 2019 GSA Conference, October 3–6, 2019, Portland, OR


Karl Philipp Moritz’s Interdisciplinary Stance


For a long time, Karl Philipp Moritz was viewed as a minor figure in German intellectual history and as a mere epigone of Goethe. Today, he is appreciated for his important role in the evolution of several disciplines: modern aesthetic theory, psychology, and pedagogy, just to mention a few. He is considered the instigator of the theory of aesthetic autonomy, the inventor of the psychological case study, and a reformer of pedagogical practices.

Lately, researchers have begun to emphasize the various intersections between these different disciplines, thus revitalizing the understanding of Moritz’s place in eighteenth-century thought. Following this trajectory, scholars are hereby invited to submit abstracts for a panel on the interdisciplinary stance in Moritz’s work. The scope of the panel is to engage more systematically with the connections between disciplines in his theoretical and fictional work. The papers should aim at combining or contrasting Moritz’s contributions to various intellectual and artistic fields, thus revealing the consistencies, tensions, and/or developments of his thought.

The following list of keywords are suggestions only and not meant to limit the scope of inquiry:


  • Aesthetic autonomy
  • Art history
  • Beauty
  • Ethics
  • Formation
  • Grammar
  • Interest and disinterest
  • Language pedagogy
  • Mythology
  • Pedagogy
  • Perfection
  • Politics
  • Prosody
  • Psychology
  • Signature
  • Theology


Please send abstracts (350-600 words) and a short bio in either English or German to Mattias Pirholt, Södertörn University (mattias.pirholt@sh.se) by January 31, 2019. The panel is sponsored by the North American Goethe Society.

Contact Info: 

Mattias Pirholt, Department of Culture and Education, Södertörn University, SE-14189 Huddinge, Sweden

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