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Vanderbilt at GSA Conference in Kansas City

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Various Vanderbilt faculty members and graduate students gave presentations at this year's GSA Conference in Kansas City (September 18-21, 2014):


  • Lila Balint presented a paper entitled "From Moscow with Love? Rereading Georg Lukács's The Historical Novel." The paper interprets Lukács's seminal book from the vantage point of exile. 
  • Lisa Beesley participated in a seminar at the GSA on the topic of "Conversion in the Eighteenth Century: Narrative, Spirituality, Aesthetics," during which she presented a paper titled "Conversion of Prince, Conversion of Text, Conversion of Poet: Friedrich Schiller’s Novel Fragment Der Geisterseher.” 
  • Lutz Koepnick moderated a panel on the transnational aspects of Nazi cinema, organized by Johannes von Moltke (University of Michigan). 
  • Jim McFarland participated in a panel titled "100 Years Max Weber: Correspondences, Readings, Legacies," where he presented a paper "'Durchgang des Planeten Mensch durch das Haus der Verzweiflung': Walter Benjamin's Max Weber Reception in 'Kapitalismus als Religion.'" He was also the responding commentator for papers given by four young scholars from around the world in a panel on "Thinking Philosophically in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.”
  • Jessica Riviere presented a paper on the collaborative journalistic endeavors of Theophil and Marianne Ehrmann on the first of two panels on “Joint Ventures: Emerging Professional Identities,” which was sponsored by the Family and Kinship Network.
  • Margaret Setje-Eilers held a paper on "George Tabori Today: In Conversation with Ursula Höpfner-Tabori and Veit Schubert." The Berlin Ensemble honored Tabori's centennial on 24 May 2014 with a week-long program of events, including a new production of his 1968-69 DIE KANNIBALEN (March 2014, dir. Philip Tiedemann), the first play to put a concentration camp on stage. The paper is based on an interview with Veit Schubert and Tabori's widow, actress Ursula Höpfner-Tabori, who takes the role of SS officer Schreckinger in the new staging.
  • Meike Werner organized and moderated two panels and one roundtable. The roundtable was entitled, "Kulturmacht ohne Kompass: Deutsche auswärtige Kulturbeziehungen im 20. Jahrhundert von Frank Trommler,” and featured  Frank Trommler (U Penn), Nina Berman (Ohio State University), Andreas Daum (State University of New York, Buffalo), Irene Kacandes (Dartmouth College), Christoph Bartmann (Goethe Institute New York), and Helmut Walser Smith (Vanderbilt University). The first panel was dedicated to the topic: "150 Years Max Weber: Correspondences, Readings, Legacies.” It featured Edith Hanke (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften), James McFarland (Vanderbilt University, Lawrence Scaff (Wayne State University), Roger Chickering (Georgetown University) and Stephen Dowden (Brandeis University). The second panel was sponsored by the American Friends of the Deutsche Literaturarchiv (AFM) and entitled, “German-Jewish Libraries and Archives: Canonization and Legitimation.”  It featured presentations by  Susanna Brogi (DLA), Caroline Jessen (DLA), and Judith Siepmann (Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center in Jerusalem).
  • Christoph Zeller invited papers that shed light onto the conceptualization of collecting. The history of collecting is tied to the rise of capitalist markets and the formation of consumer societies since the Renaissance era. The order of things that collectors sought to establish began to diminish with the introduction of new media during the twentieth century when ‘information’ challenged the material status of objects. The panel “Economics of Collecting: Past and Future of a Passion” featured papers by Katra Byram, Ohio State University (“Can Collection(s) be Salvaged?: Reading Stifter in an Age of Ecological Crisis”), Johannes Endres, California State University (“Scarcity and Reproduction: Sustainability in Retrospect”), and Christoph Zeller himself (“The End of Collecting in the Digital Age”); Kathrin Seidl (Brandeis University) served as a moderator and Mark Looney (Iowa State University) as a commentator.