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Full Title: Works of the (Im)Possible: Speaking, Thinking and Writing the (Im)Possible

      
Short Title: Languagetalks 2012
Location: Munich, Germany
Start Date: 08-Nov-2012 - 10-Nov-2012
Contact: Languagetalks 2012 Steering Committee
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.languagetalks.fak13.uni-muenchen.de
Meeting Description: Alles Mögliche. Sprechen, Denken und Schreiben des (Un)Möglichen / The Works of the (Im)Possible: Speaking, Thinking and Writing the (Im)Possible
Languagetalks 2012: Graduate Conference at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, 8-10 November 2012

Languagetalks is an interdisciplinary conference series, organized at regular intervals by members of the structured Ph.D. programs ProLit (Promotionsstudiengang Literaturwissenschaft) and LIPP (Linguistisches internationales Promotionsprogramm), both affiliated with LMU Munich’s Faculty for Language and Literary Studies.

While politics seems to be less and less concerned with visions and utopias and unceasingly emphasizes the ‘Alternativlosigkeit’ (‘lack of alternatives’ - faux pas term par excellence of 2010) of its decisions, economics attempts to present the world to the consumer as a realm of infinite consuming possibilities: ‘Impossible is Nothing.’ Despite, or perhaps due to, this discrepancy, current political and economic models are taking new soundings on the boundaries of their possibilities and of the possible. Consequently, the question arises of which role the humanities can and want to adopt when social possibilities regarding political and economic crises are newly gauged. How do the humanities negotiate these potentialities, which ultimately also affect the (im)possibilities of research and development as such? Couldn’t and shouldn’t linguistic and literary studies use their expertise to make a contribution to the sphere of (un)limited and (un)limiting possibilities? With this discourse as a backdrop, the conference will set a goal of debating the possibilities of the possible from a linguistic and literary perspective. Questions of speaking, thinking and writing of the im(possible) should be newly posed, as well as the potentialities, assets and liabilities of language and literature discussed.

Attendance fee: 30 Euro, free entry for students. In well-founded cases, it is possible to be exempt from paying the participation fee.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature
LL Issue: 23.2619


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