The Modern Language Association’s Forum on 20th- and 21st-century German literature is proposing a series of panels for the 2019 conference in Chicago that may be of interest to the readers of this blog. The series is entitled “Monuments and Monumentality. Museums, Media, Memory”.
In 2019, the Humboldt Forum is slated to open as a multiplex museum in the city castle, reconstructed as a monumental marker at the heart of Berlin. By virtue of its scale, this project joins a contested history of museums, monuments and counter-monuments, through which Germany has negotiated questions of patrimony from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first. This series of panels interrogates forms of monumentality across the media of film, literature, museums, and architecture, and asks how these have shaped the discourse on memory in turn.
How have curators, film and visual artists, writers, and architects in German-speaking Europe engaged with, countered, or reinforced monuments, museums, and their histories? How do particular media and genres (re)mediate monuments? How does monumentality negotiate temporal and spatial boundaries? How do the histories of colonialism, fascism, and war challenge contemporary notions of monumentality?
Papers are invited from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: literature, film and media studies, museum studies, art and architecture.
The MLA Forum “Screen Arts and Culture” is co-sponsoring one of the panels of this series.
Please send your abstract of 200 to 300 words to Kerstin Barndt (firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before March 15, 2018. The MLA will be held in Chicago from January 3-6, 2019.