KONF: Against Exclusivity. New Aesthetics in Literature and Film, online (November 11&12 2021)

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Organization: Nadjib Sadikou (UIC/ Europa-Universität Flensburg) and Imke Meyer (University of Illinois at Chicago)


Over the course of the last decade, research in postcolonial and intercultural studies has shifted to new paradigms. Domination topographies of center and periphery, along with dichotomies of North and South and majority and minority, have increasingly been replaced by notions of temporal and spatial shifts, dispersion, and re-formations of postmodern and postcolonial subjects. Polyphony, dialogism (Bakhtin), creolization, and/or poetics of relation (Glissant) or of similarity (Anil Bhatti) are aesthetic strategies that invite reflection upon overlap between different cultural practices and that disrupt tendencies towards exclusivity.

Against this backdrop, the 2021 UIC Max Kade Conference explores literary and cinematic works that seek to negate exclusivity and to posit instead the performance and acceptance of diversity and multiplicity.


Thursday, November 11, 2021

            3:30 pm           Welcome

  • José Camacho (Director, School of Literatures, Cultural Studies

                            & Linguistics, UIC)

  • Susanne Rott (Head, Department of Germanic Studies, UIC)

Opening Remarks

  • Nadjib Sadikou (Max Kade Visiting Professor, UIC/EU Flensburg)
  • Imke Meyer (Germanic Studies, UIC)

3:45 pm           Panel I

  • Priscilla Layne (Germanic Studies, University of North Carolina at

              Chapel Hill)

           “What Is the Black in Black German Literature?”

  • Birgit Tautz (George Taylor Files Professor of Modern Languages,

                                                         Bowdoin College)

                                                       “Critiquing Europe – But is it all Fake? Erich Scheurmann’s

                                                          Der Papalagi (1920)”

  • Moderator: Heidi Schlipphacke (Germanic Studies, UIC)

Friday, November 12, 2021

            9:00 am           Keynote

  • Introduction: Susanne Rott (Head, Germanic Studies, UIC)
  • Nadjib Sadikou (Max Kade Visiting Professor, UIC/ Europa-Universität

 Flensburg, Germany)

                                                                      “Writing Against Exclusivity: Some Reflections on the

                                                                        New Aesthetics of Wide Diversity”

10:15 am         Panel II

  • Sigrid Köhler (Neuere deutsche Literatur, Eberhard-Karls-Universität,


            „In the Antechamber of Speech: Belonging and the

Aesthetics of Truth Telling in Olivia Wenzel's Novel 1000 Serpentinen Angst

  • Lucas Riddle (Mellon Postdoc Fellow, Bowdoin College)

           “The Humorous, Frivolous, Precarious Everyday in the

              Refugee Narratives of Mounira Al-Solh, Abbas Khider,   

              and Hamed Abboud”

  • Moderator: Elizabeth Loentz (Germanic Studies, UIC)

11:30 pm         Panel III

  • Chunjie Zhang (German and Comparative Literature, University of

                                                                         of California at Davis)

            “On the Freedom of Choosing Our Identity”

  • Catriona MacLeod (Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher

      Springer Professor in the College and Germanic

      Studies, University of Chicago)

      “Making the Invisible Visible: Women’s Craft in the

       Age of Goethe”

  • Moderator: Sara Hall (Germanic Studies, UIC)

12:45 pm         Break

1:30 pm           Panel IV

  • Matthias Bauer (Germanistik, Europa-Universität Flensburg)

  „Wim Wenders’ Land of Plenty and the Concern for


  • Laurie Johnson (Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of

 Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

“Aesthetics and Ethics in Photojournalism and

  Documentary on Armed Conflict"

  • Moderator: Susanne Rott (Head, Germanic Studies, UIC)

2:45 pm           Panel V

  • Iulia-Karin Patrut (Germanistik, Europa-Universität Flensburg)

„Franz Kafkas´s Narrative Process: Non-Participation    from the Perspective of the Excluded”

  • Carl Niekerk (Germanic Languages and Literatures and Comparative

          Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

         "Orientalism, the Borders of Europe, and the Rise of

           Fascism in Franz Werfel's Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh


  • Moderator: Patrick Fortmann (Germanic Studies, UIC)

4:00 pm           Panel VI

  • UIC Graduate Student Roundtable

Wiktoria Adamczyk: "Contemporary Silesian Art Against the Exclusivity  

                                        of Silesia”

Charlie Johnson: "Alternative Dialectics: Intertextuality in Uwe Timm’s


Kelsi Morefield: "Hybridity in Morenga: How Uwe Timm Uses Form

   and Opposing Perspectives to Reflect Postcolonial


Lara Schlömer: "Writing Against the Exclusivity of Origin:

  Saša Stanišić's Herkunft"

Essowazina Tchatakoura: "Colonization and the Othering of Africa"

Andrew Tuider: "Similarities in Waberi's In the United States of Africa

Patrick White: "Endless Masquerade"

  • Moderator: Imke Meyer (Germanic Studies, UIC)


5:30 pm           Concluding Remarks



Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Mark-Georg Dehrmann] betreut – editorial-germanistik@mail.h-net.msu.edu