Tagungen

Arts and Conflicts: Contesting the Unavailability of Cultural Heritage

Die für Juni geplante Tagung wird voraussichtlich auf Herbst 2020 verschoben.

With the radical transformationof landscapes and urban spaces due to lasting or emergent political, economic andenvironmental conflicts, to encounter the unavailability of material andimmaterial cultural heritage and its changing values becomes a pressing task. Transitions from a violent past are mediated byartifacts and cultural practices that are anchored on civil society. Arts such as literature, photography, visual arts,performance, sculpture, curatorial practices, architecture or film, havecontested these voids, material traces and remains ever since by creatingdissonant narratives and alternative spaces. They have critically revisited theconcepts of material and immaterial cultural heritage, framed mainly byinstitutional initiatives, to protect it particularly in regionsthat experience war, social upheavals or lack of resources for the preservationof material and immaterial collections, archives, monuments, and otherdocuments. Arts have become critical sources for civil imaginations, as they address historical oblivion, regeneration and the unavailability ofcultural heritage.

The conference aims todiscuss the idea and various initiatives of material and immaterial culturalheritage and the role of the arts in understanding decolonizing processes inthe global history, particularly in Latin America and Middle East, and inarticulating alternative semantics and spaces. It brings togetherartists, curators, activists, academics and intellectuals from various disciplinarybackgrounds with the attempt to draw a balance of the role of culturalproduction in regions of transition. Invited speakers are Paul Lowe (London), Ala Younis (Amman), Bärbel Küster (Zurich), Alexander Brust (Basel), FeliciaMeynersen (Beirut), Liliana Gómez (Zurich), Stephenie Young (Salem, Mass.),and Lisa Blackmore (Essex).

Organized by Liliana Gómez and Stephenie Young.

For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Liliana Gómez.

Women, Money, Markets: Female Economy

9. – 11. Juni 2021, University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 59, RAA-G-01

As in previous years, the conference will address women’s relationship to money and their participation in trade, banking, finance, forms of investment, speculation, gambling, consumerism, business and household management, wage labour, care work, charity and various other practices of exchange. The conference is interdisciplinary in nature, bridging literature, material culture, gender studies, economic history and feminist economics, and aims to relate the debates of past periods to modern-day issues concerning the presence and position of women in the economy and media. While we welcome submissions on a wide range of topics connected to women’s involvement in the marketplace and finance, we particularly invite contributions – whether literary, historical or economic – to this year’s conference theme “Female Economies”. This can include the particular ways in which women participate in the traditional economy as well as economic domains in which women have been particularly active and influential. Yet we are also interested in feminine economic activities and areas which have long been overlooked and which have not been regarded as economically relevant in classic economics, including the marriage market, care work, household management, philanthropy or the exchange of gifts. At the same time, the theme can also be taken to refer to the textual economies developed by women authors addressing economic topics, including the textual genres (literary and non-literary) used by women writing about economic issues and concerns. Of equal interest is the role played by women in economic thought, the formation of economic theory and the historiography of capitalism.

Conference Organisers: Professor Barbara Straumann, English Department, UZH Dr Eva Brugger, History Department, UZH Olivia Biber, M.A., English Department/Gender Studies, UZH

Celans Theorie der Dichtung heute

Eine Tagung anlässlich des 100. Geburts- und 50. Todesjahres Paul Celans

10.–12. Juni 2021, Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, Zürich, und Universität Zürich, Abteilung für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Plattenstrasse 43

Über den gesamten Zeitraum seines dichterischen Schaffens reflektierte, positionierte und begleitete Paul Celan (1920-1970) seine dichterischen Grundannahmen und Manifestationen in theoretischen Texten, Notizen, Materialsammlungen und Briefen. Es ging ihm dabei nicht um Interpretations- und Verständnisfragen einzelner Gedichte oder Gedichtbände, sondern darum, das Selbstverständnis und die Aufgabe der eigenen Dichtung sowie der Dichtung als solcher immer wieder von neuem zu befragen. Dabei liegt Celans Theorie der Dichtung nicht in geschlossener oder systematischer Form vor, sondern sie besteht aus einzelnen Vorstössen, Merksätzen und Bruchstücken. Es handelt sich um theoretische Ansätze, deren – dialogische, zeitdurchgreifende – Unabgeschlossenheit allerdings zu ihrem Prinzip gehört und daher wesentlich für sie ist. Die Tagung fragt nach der anhaltenden Aktualität von Celans Theorie der Dichtung heute.

Organisiert von der Abteilung für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft der Universität Zürich.