Fabrics of Time

Public Conference at Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, September 29 and 30, 2017

No 227/2017 from Aug 31, 2017

"Fabrics of Time" is the title of the annual conference being held by the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies at Freie Universität on September 29 and 30, 2017. In presentations and discussions literary scholars will address what happens when time and matter converge. On September 29 as part of the conference the Literary Colloquium in Berlin will hold a public panel discussion with the 2015 Nobel Prize winner in literature Svetlana Alexijewitsch and the documentary filmmaker Thomas Heise on "The Art of Reality." The conference languages are German and English. Admission is free. RSVP to fsgs [at] fu-berlin (p) de.

"The central theme of the conference on the paradoxical relationship between time and matter has already inspired countless creative minds in philosophy and literature, art, and film in their work," explain the conference organizers, Cordula Lemke, a professor of English language and literature, and Stefan Keppler-Tasaki of the University of Tokyo and an Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School. Thus, different textures were developed by time in which concepts such as "experienced time," "visualized time," or "borrowed time" were associated with an experience of nonlinear and formable time. The result is an artistically controlled experience of timelessness and time forgetfulness. Examples can be found over the centuries: from the linking of space and time in Ovid’s exile, through the French historical poetry of the 16th and 17th centuries up to modern science fiction.

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