Topologies of Reading

March 30, 2012
010 East Pyne Building

German Department Graduate Conference, Princeton University
Organized by Tanvi Solanki and Alice Christensen

Sponsored by the Department of German with generous support from PIIRS, Center for Human Values, School of Architecture, the Graduate School, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

Keynote Speaker: Helmut Müller-Sievers
“Extrinsic Curvature: On the Topology of 19th Century Narrative Prose”


8:30-9:00AM Coffee


9:00AM Opening Remarks

Tanvi Solanki and Alice Christensen (Princeton)

9:15-10:45AM Mapping Passages

Chair: Nikolaus Wegmann

Betiel Wasihun (Oxford): The Impossibility of Progress – Architectural Absurdity in Kafka’s Der Process

Respondent: Mareike Schildmann

Stefan Hanß (FU-Berlin): Spatial Topologies of Reading in Classical Weimar? The Ducal Library, the Organization of Knowledge, and the Lending Library’s Users around 1800

Respondent: Carolina Malagon


10:45-11:00AM Coffee

11:00AM-12:30PM Fluctuating Forms

Chair: Devin Fore

Karin Kröger (Weimar, Erfurt, Jena): Reading Mathematics: Notational Iconicity as Topology and vice versa

Respondent: Frederic Ponten

Michael Sanchez (Columbia): 1969: Process, Mobility, Financialization

Respondent: Megan Ewing


12:30-1:45PM Lunch

1:45-3:15PM Keynote Address

Helmut Müller-Sievers (Colorado-Boulder): Extrinsic Curvature: On the Topology of 19th Century Narrative Prose

Moderator: Michael W. Jennings

3:15-5:00PM Shifting Lines

Chair: Christiane Frey

Björn Märtin (Humboldt/Potsdam/Frankfurt (Oder)): Poetics of Affection: The Unknown Reader and the Container of Literature

Respondent: Sarah Eldridge

Jakob Heller (Humboldt): The Republic of Letters and its Aftermath. Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, Arno Schmidt and Peter Sloterdijk

Respondent: Mladen Gladic

William Stovall (Yale): Gloss/Glossa: Reading The Arcades Project

Respondent: Matthew Vollgraff


5:00-5:15PM Coffee


5:15-6:45PM Registering Senses

Chair: Sara S. Poor

Hartley Miller (Princeton): Reading Love: the Medieval Romance of Flamenca and the Floating Text

Respondent: Hannah Hunter-Parker

Virgil Brower (Northwestern): Geneaology of Orals & Topography of Tongues: The Orality of Reading and Writing in Nietzsche, Kittler, Deleuze, and Cixous

Respondent: Julian Petri


6:45PM Reception

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