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This international and interdisciplinary conference examines how the experience of the beach and its complex imaginaries are constructed through art, society, and culture  and goes on to ask if and how 'the beach' shapes poetics and aesthetics. All are welcome, there is no conference fee. Conference languages are English and German.

Narrating and Constructing the Beach

No conference fee / No registration for the conference necessary, please register for the Keynote Lecture by Michael T. Taussig

 

Abstract

The beach confronts us with crucial issues of our times: migration, postcolonial relations and mass tourism, climate change and pollution as well as gender and burkini swimwear controversies are among the numerous conflicts, discourses, and practices that manifest within this liminal zone and that find their focal point there. The international and interdisciplinary conference examines how the experience of the beach and its complex imaginaries are constructed through art, society, and culture  and goes on to ask if and how 'the beach' shapes poetics and aesthetics. It aims at a systematic analysis of the global varieties of the beach, viewed as a (border) phenomenon in its own right, at once in historical depth and in relation to contemporary debates.

Am Strand begegnen wir zentralen Fragen unserer Zeit: Von Migrationsbewegungen, postkolonialen Beziehungen und Massentourismus über Klimawandel und Umweltverschmutzung bis zu Gender- oder Burkini-Debatten werden zahlreiche Konflikte, Diskurse und Praktiken in diesem liminalen Raum manifest und finden dort ihren Kristallisationspunkt. Die internationale und interdisziplinäre Konferenz geht diesen nach und untersucht, wie die Erfahrung des Strandes und dessen komplexe Imaginationen in Kunst, Gesellschaft und Kultur konstruiert werden, aber auch, ob und wie ‘der Strand’ poetologisch und ästhetisch wirksam wird. Sie will zu einer systematischen Analyse der globalen Vielfalt des Strandes als einem eigenständigen (Grenz-)Phänomen sowohl in historischer Tiefe als auch in Hinblick auf aktuelle Diskurse beitragen.

Keynotes

Michael T. Taussig: “The Disappearance of the Sea and its Phantasmatic Return” (14 June 2018, 7 p.m.)
Please register here for the keynote lecture by Michael T. Taussig

Virginia Richter: “Stranded. The Beach as Ultimate Destination” (15 June 2018, 9:30 a.m.)


Michael Taussig is Professor of Anthropology (Columbia University, New York, and The European Graduate School, Switzerland). His commentaries on Marx and Benjamin and the idea of commodity fetishism as well as his highly influential publications Mimesis and Alterity (1993) or Walter Benjamin’s  Grave (2006) have  impacted an audience far beyond academia. He also participated in several art festivals and the documenta 13.

Virginia Richter is Full Professor of Modern English Literature (University of Bern). Her research includes Literature after Darwin (2011) and one of the principal publications on the beach, The Beach in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures (co-edited with Ursula Kluwick, 2015). Currently, she is working on a book about the beach in modernist literature.

Conference Program

You can download the Conference Program Flyer (3,92MB) or
visit the Conference Website for more information:www.prolit.uni-muenchen.de/projekte/konferenz/

Contact: beach.conference@lmu.de


Organizer: Graduate School Language & Literature Munich – Class of Literature (Carina Breidenbach, Stefan Brückl, Jeannot Moukouri Ekobe, Tamara Fröhler, Ines Ghalleb, Dominik Pensel, Roxanne Phillips, Katharina Simon, Florian Telsnig, and Martin Wittmann) in cooperation with the Bavarian American Academy and Amerikahaus München

Sponsored by the GraduateCenterLMU and Brillen Schneider


(Picture ©Barbara Biebl, www.einwerk.de)