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Mediating the Modern: Sound/Image/Text

2017 Graduate Student Conference

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Mediating the Modern: Sound/Image/Text
2017 Graduate Student Conference
Germanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Michigan
September 29-30
Keynote Speaker: Sean Franzel (University of Missouri)
Presented in Conjunction with the Ann​ual Grilk Lecture: Celia Applegate (Vanderbilt)

During the 1980s German media theorist Friedrich Kittler published a series of highly influential books and essays outlining a materialist approach to literary and cultural history, one freed from hermeneutic fantasies of immediacy and focused instead on the medial conditions that made thought possible in the first place, the hardware that enabled it to be recorded, processed, and transmitted. Over the last few decades, scholars in German, Film, Music, and Literary Studies, and beyond, have continued to expand on Kittler’s initial insights into the material nature of sound, image, and text, and the medial operations they entail. Both borrowing from and looking beyond Kittler, this conference seeks to explore productive points of contact between contemporary media theory, on the one hand, and the literary and cultural histories of mediation, remediation, and intermediation, on the other.

From Herder’s origins of language and Kant’s public sphere to Nazi propaganda and Siegert’s Kulturtechniken​ , media and mediation have remained central concepts for understanding German modernities. Social and political transformations, in conjunction with technological innovations around 1800/1900/2000 exerted pressure on​ ​existing notions of sound, image, and text and vice versa: this feedback loop serves as the springboard for our conference, “Mediating the Modern: Sound/Image/Text.”

Sean Franzel of the University of Missouri will give the conference keynote address on Friday afternoon, September 29. Preceding the conference, participants will also have the opportunity to attend the annual Werner Grilk Lecture in German Studies, given by Celia Applegate, on Thursday evening, September 28. Professor Applegate will conduct a workshop for University of Michigan graduate students and conference participants on Friday morning.

Friday, September 29
1:30-1:45 — Conference Welcome & Opening Remarks
1:45-3:15 — Keynote Address: Professor Sean Franzel, University of Missouri, Columbia "Les Cris de Paris: Mediating the Urban Soundscape around 1800"
3:30-5:30 — Panel 1: Theorizing Sound
Katie Wataha, University of Michigan, "Mediating the Inaudible: A Multispecies History of Time-Axis Manipulation"
Syamala Roberts, University of Cambridge, "Rilke and Mann Listening to the Gramophone"

Saturday, September 30
10:00-12:00 — Panel 2: Materiality 1800/1900/2000
Willi Barthold, Georgetown, "Modernity, Media, Manga: The Aesthetics of Fragmentation in Eiichirō Oda’s One Piece"
Rita Laszlo, University of Toronto, "Understanding Kunstempfinden in Ver Sacrum, the Seminal Magazine of the Vienna Secession"
Xuxu Song, UC Irvine, "Sympoesie: Frühromantiker and their Athenäum
1:30-3:30 — Panel 3: Violent Images, Auditory Objects
Rebecca Smith, University of Michigan, "Architectural Representation and the Auditory Object"
Naomi Vaughan, University of Michigan, "Witnesses of a Future Ruin: Alexander Kluge’s Intermedial Demolition of the Nazi Past in Brutalität in Stein"
Sascha Hosters, Rutgers University, "The Image as Projectile: Abstract and Concrete Violence in Michael Haneke’s Caché"
4:00-6:00 — Panel 4: Intermediations: Film, Literature, Photography
Elizabeth McNeill, University of Michigan, "Envisioning Modernity: Watching Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway Through Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari"
Melissa Elliot, Michigan State University, "Aesthetic, Medial, and Cultural Border-Crossing in Jakob der Lügner"
Mary Hennessy, University of Michigan, "Photography and the Politics of the Image from Sander to Schanelec"
6:00-6:15 — Closing Remarks

Conference organizers: Domenic Desocio, Emily Gauld, and Mary Hennessy, PhD Candidates in Germanic Languages and Literatures
Please contact for further informaion.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this conference, please contact the German department, or 734-764-8018, at least 5 days in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.
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When and Where

Map Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.) - East Conference Room, 4th floor

September 2017

1:30pm - 5:30pm
10:00am - 6:15pm

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