Conference

International Conference "Traveling Traditions"

Event Information

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Saturday, April 19, 2014
  • Löwengebäude, Universitätsring 10
  • 06108 Halle (Saale)

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International Conference “Traveling Traditions”

Organized by Erik Redling

Traveling Traditions: Nineteenth-Century Negotiations of Cultural Concepts in Transatlantic Intellectual Networks

International Conference

April 17-19, 2014, Halle (Saale)

In recent decades, academic focus in the humanities has shifted from ‘dead white male’ public intellectuals and the history of ideas to pluralistic views of literatures and cultures. As a consequence of this shift in focus, the nineteenth-century genteel thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic have been pushed to the margins of critical discourse. Leslie Butler’s groundbreaking study Critical Americans: Victorian Intellectuals and Transatlantic Liberal Reform (2007) is the exception. Examining the philosophical engagement of a group of leading American authors and social critics with a group of British thinkers, Butler argues that “critical Americans” helped to shape a “humane liberalism” in the second half of nineteenth-century America.

Extending Butler’s study of nineteenth-century political and social reformers, this conference will explore the ways in which nineteenth-century intellectuals, a group including women as well as men, negotiate cultural traditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Special attention will be paid to a small group of cultural concepts, such as art, beauty, virtue, imagination, and taste. Although embedded in a particular aesthetic tradition, these concepts travel from one culture to another and are transformed along their transatlantic journeys, a process described by Mieke Bal in Travelling Concepts in the Humanities (2002). Thus, the purpose of this conference is to investigate the roles of these “travelling concepts” within the realm of transatlantic cultures and to trace their at times surprising paths within ever-widening transnational networks.

 

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Program

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Wednesday, April 16 19:00

Informal Meet-and-Greet

at ‘Hallesches Brauhaus

 Thursday, April 17 09:00-09:15

Opening Remarks

Erik Redling

1. The American Renaissance Revisited
    (Chair: Hubert Zapf, Augsburg)
09:15-10:15

Opening Keynote
Aesthetics

Jonathan Arac (Pittsburgh)
“Transatlantic Aesthetic Networks: A. E. Poe from Germany to Russia to Chicago”

10:15-11:00

Seriality

Daniel Stein (Berlin)
“Transatlantic Politics and Literacy Practices in the German-American Mystery Novel, 1850-1855”

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:15

Sound

Christopher Hanlon (Eastern Illinois/Harlaxton College UK)
“Telegraphic Poetry and Transatlantic Noise”

12:15-13:00

Pragmatism

Ellen Redling (Heidelberg)
“Genteel Pragmatism in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America”

13:00-14:30 Lunch at ‘MoritzKunstCafé‘ (Moritzburg)
2. Cultural Authority and Transatlantic Aesthetics, Part I
    (Chair: Holger Kersten, Magdeburg)
14:30-15:30

Keynote
Reform

Leslie Butler (Dartmouth)
“Varieties of Transatlantic Reform Movements”

15:30-16:15

Art

Erik Redling (Halle)
“Of Heroes and Mockingbirds: The Art of Translation in Nineteenth-Century America”

16:15-16:45 Coffee Break
16:45-17:30

Cultural Authority

Julia Straub (Bern)
“Translating Cultural Authority: Reflections on the Transatlantic Reception of Dante in the Nineteenth Century”

17:30-18:15

Knowledge

Maurice Lee (Boston)
“Exporting Literary Expertise: Standardizing Knowledge in Britain and America”

19:00 Dinner at ‘Tranquebar
Friday, April 18 3. Broadening the Genteel Circle: Race and Gender
    (Chair: Stefan Brandt)
09:15-10:15

Keynote
Imagination

John Stauffer (Harvard)
“Frederick Douglass’ Transatlantic Imagination”

10:15-11:00

Spiritual World / Other World

Werner Nell (Halle)
“Romantic Folk Culture and The Souls of Black Folk: Framing the Beginnings of African-American Culture Studies in Cross-Atlantic Traveling Concepts”

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:15

Feminism

Sabine Sielke (Bonn)
“Fuller, Foreign Correspondence, Feminism”

12:15-13:00

Life Writing

“Byronic Heroines and Darwinian Types: Southern Women’s (Post-)bellum Identity Construction”

13:00-14:00 Lunch at ‘MoritzKunstCafé
4. Cultural Authority and Transatlantic Aesthetics, Part II
    (Chair: Gabriele Rippl, Berne)
14:30-15:30

Keynote
Relevance

Elisa Tamarkin (Berkeley)
“‘Red Herrings and Other Irrelevancies'”

15:30-16:15

Authorship

Günter Leypoldt (Heidelberg)
“The Artist as Hero: Nineteenth-Century Concepts of Authorship in a Transatlantic Perspective”

16:15-16:45 Coffee Break
16:45-17:30

Authorship II

Peter Riley (Oxford)
“On the Death of the Author at the Transnational Turn”

19:00 Dinner at ‘Ristorante Bella Italia
Saturday, April 19 5. The Medium is the Message: Transatlantic Media Networks
    (Chair: Martin Meyer, Halle)
09:15-10:15

Keynote
Picturesque

Rachel Teukolsky (Vanderbilt)
“Stereoscopy and the Global Picturesque”

10:15-11:00

Allegory

Stefanie Schäfer (Jena)
“Transatlantic Kinship Between Colony and Nation: John Neal and Thomas Chandler Haliburton”

11:00-11:45

Realism

Winfried Fluck (Berlin/Warsaw)
“American Realism in its Transatlantic Context”

11:45-12:15 Concluding Discussion

Venue

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Löwengebäude

The conference will be held at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in the city of Halle (Saale).

The Löwengebäude will serve as the main venue for presentations and further discussions. Situated in the center of Halle (Saale), the Löwengebäude does not only provide plenty of space for conference sessions, it is also located in close proximity to sights like Franckesche Stiftungen or Moritzburg.

The address of the Löwengebäude is:
Löwengebäude
Universitätsring 11
06108 Halle (Saale)

Accommodation

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Ankerhof Hotel

You will be lodging at the Ankerhof Hotel in single rooms, which are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, television, safe, telephone, and internet access. From your hotel you will also have a wonderful view of the river Saale.
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.

For further details please visit the Ankerhof Hotel website.

The address of the hotel is:
Ankerhof Hotel
Ankerstraße 2a
06108 Halle (Saale)

Directions

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By air

We recommend flying into Berlin or Leipzig/Halle and taking the train down to Halle (Saale), which is about a ninety-minute train ride from Berlin and twenty minutes from the airport Leipzig/Halle.

Alternatively, you can choose to travel to Frankfurt/M. or Munich, and continue by train to Halle (Saale), which takes about four or five hours respectively.

By train

Take a train to Halle (Saale) Hauptbahnhof (main station).

You can check timetables and book a ticket on the website of the Deutsche Bahn AG * There are bargain price options if you book one or two months in advance, possibly also offered by your local travel agency. You can also buy a ticket at the airport/station once you arrive in Germany, of course (no special offers possible).

* A note on the website of the Deutsche Bahn: For a change of language, you are asked to select your country. Unfortunately, you need to type in/select the German names of cities and stations. Relevant stations and terms are:

main station: “Hauptbahnhof”, abbreviation, “Hbf”
airport: “Flughafen”
Munich: “München” (the website also accepts the word without the umlaut)

The embedded map to the left will help you get from the Hauptbahnhof to the Löwengebäude.

Contact

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Prof. Dr. Erik Redling

Managing Director

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Phone: +49 345 55-23520
erik.redling@amerikanistik.uni-halle.de

Christin Reimann

Managing Assistant

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Phone: +49 345 55-23549
christin.reimann@amerikanistik.uni-halle.de