Call for Abstracts:
GSA Seminar "Material Culture and the Sacred"
Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Sept. 27th-30th, 2018
Deadline for Submissions: Jan 26th, 2018
Peter Erickson, Colorado State University (Peter.Erickson@colostate.edu)
Alice Goff, University of Chicago (email@example.com)
This seminar draws from recent work on materiality and material culture across the humanities to examine the role of the sacred in German history, culture, and aesthetics. In light of a romantic tradition that has often set these two domains (sacredness/materiality) in opposition to one another, the seminar takes up two primary lines of inquiry:
The first is devoted to subverting this paradigm by investigating the entanglements between the material and the sacred through themes such as: iconoclasm and religious violence; devotional practices and sacramentality; the problematic (and often obtrusive) materiality of works of art; and practices of mourning and memorialization.
At the same time, however, we strive to make sense of the ways in which this opposition emerged historically and to trace its intellectual development. We are especially interested in contributions that explore the interactions of the sacred and material culture as they relate to discourses of secularization, gender, and aesthetics.
We hope to bring together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines. Discussion will center on pre-circulated papers of 4-5 pages. Applications for enrollment in the seminar are due by 26 January 2018.
If you wish to participate, please visit the GSA website and apply electronically at https://www.xcdsystem.com/gsa. You must be a 2018 member of the GSA to apply. Applicants will be asked to provide a 300-500 word abstract and a short curriculum vitae (CV).