The Politics and Aesthetics of Relationality in Contemporary German-Language Culture – A German Studies Workshop | 10-11 March 2022

Date: 10-11 March 2022
Format:  Hybrid
Place: MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland)
Organisers: Anne Fuchs (UCD); Mary Cosgrove (TCD)


10 March 2022

13.45-14.00: Intro


Panel 1: Embodiment and Temporality

14.00-14.20: Jeanne Riou (University College Dublin): Voicing Relationality – Phenomenological Directions

14.20-14.40: Anne Fuchs (University College Dublin): The End of “Cruel Optimism”: Some Thoughts on the shift from the “Good Life” to the “Good Enough Life”

14.40-15.00: Mary Cosgrove (Trinity College Dublin): Regressive Modernization and Pericapitalist Spaces in Matthias Nawrat’s Unternehmer

15.00-15.30: Discussion


15.30-16.00: Coffee


Panel 2: Politics of Aesthetics, Poetics, Technological Assemblages

16.00-16.20: Annie Ring (University College London), Internet materiality and the end of the sovereign subject: Brenda Lien's Call of... trilogy (2016-18)

16.20-16.40: Simone Pfleger (University of Alberta), “Paradise Lost?! – Negativity and the Fantasy of the Sovereign Subject in Ulrich Seidl’s Paradies: Liebe and Paradies: Glaube” (online delivery)

16.40-17.00: Discussion


18.30: Dinner at Dunne & Crescenzi



11 March 2022


Panel 3: Relational subjectivity and Solidarity

9.30-9.50: Linda Shortt (NUI Maynooth), “Ich bin hier der Dorfnazi”: Community, Connection and Care in Juli Zeh's Über Menschen.

9.50-10.10: Joe Twist (University College Dublin): ‘wenn der körper bricht in der / mitte’: The Dis-integrated Body and Relationality in Özlem Özgül Dündar’s Poetry Collection gedanken zerren

10.10-10.30: Teresa Ludden (University of Newcastle), Exposures: Relational Poetics in texts by Verena Stefan and Kathrin Röggla

10.30-10.50: Discussion


10.50- 11.10: Coffee


Panel 4: Migration and displaced relationality

11.10-11.30: Maria Roca-Lizarazu (University of Birmingham), Precarious Relationalities and Alternative Kinships in the Encounter Novels of Jenny Erpenbeck and Vladimir Vertlib

11.30-11.50: Sabine Egger (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), “System Migration” and Relationality in Contemporary German-Language Literature

11.50- 12.10: Daphne Seemann (Technological University Dublin), Abbas Khider’s Ohrfeige: Exposing the Shared Responsibility of Forced Migration

12.10-12.30: Discussion


12.30-13.15: Lunch


Panel 5: Precarious Entanglements in the Anthropocene

13.15-13.35: Caitríona Ní Dhúill (University College Cork), Vexed relationality and environmental exhaustion in the work of Philipp Weiss 

13.35-13.55: Rebecca Braun (NUI Galway), ‘wir befinden uns tief in der Zukunft der Märchen’: Variations on Grimm and the Wood Wide Web

13.55-14.15: Dora Osborne (University of St Andrews), Human-Animal Relationality in Valeska Grisebach’s Sehnsucht and Western

14.15-14.35: Discussion


14.35- 14.50: Coffee


End of Workshop