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BUGSC 2017

Tentative program


Friday, April 28

8:30 Breakfast

8:45 Opening remarks

9:00–10:30 — Jewish-Christian Dialogues

  • Rudolf Otto, Martin Buber, and the Science of Religion in the Weimar Republic – Objectification of the personal quest for God — Cohen Tzemach Yaron and Yekutiel Shoham, Tel Aviv University
  • Sacrifice and Redemption in Albrecht Goes’ Das Brandopfer — Mary Boldt, York University
  • Juden und Judentum in Franz Werfels Barbara oder die Frömmigkeit — Helga Schreckenberger, University of Vermont

10:45–12:00 — Legacies and Meaning

  • Romanticizing the Spirit: The Legacy of Luther in Lessing and Novalis — Matthew Stoltz, Cornell University
  • Der Sinn von Unsinn: The Function of Nonsense in Goethe’s Faust — Arthur Salvo, Columbia University
  • "'Seid ihr in Nöten, geht doch zu Goethen': Goethe as Savior of the 1932 Weimar Republic — Thomas Beebee, Pennsylvania State University



— lunch —



  • Heilige Ansichtssache? Lucas Cranachs Bibel-Illustrationen — Julia Ludewig, Allegheny College
  • Religious feelings, emotional communities, the search for meaning in sixteenth-century Protestantism — Sean Dunwoody, History/Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Binghamton University
  • Eine Revolution der Reformation? Evolution und Auswirkungen der Texte Johann Valentin Andreaes — Marie-Christine Merdan, University College, London



  • Neglecting the Meaning and Tending the Forms: Emulating an Unconcerned Nature in German Poetics — Tom Carlson 
  • Religion without Content in Musil’s Mann ohne Eigenschaften — Thomas Bell, University of Washington
  • The Divine Spark: Origin Stories of Electricity from Christian Mysticism to Wireless Technology — Erik Born, Cornell University



Keynote Address: Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona
“The Individual Quest For Spirituality In German Literature”


Saturday, April 29


  • Somatic Wisdom and the Power of the Metaphor — Cara Tovey, UC Berkeley
  • The Quest for Meaning in War: Walter Flex and World War I — Eckhard Kuhn-Osius, Hunter College, CUNY

Lunch & roundtable workshop

Last Updated: 1/30/19