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CorpoRealities: Perceptions of ‘Extraordinary’ Time in Literature and Comics // Call for Papers

Workshop at Freie Universität Berlin, Thursday,
June 25 to Saturday, June 27, 2020

Literature and comics are each in their own specific ways ‘temporal arts’, unfolding sequences
of action, collapsing or contrasting story time and discourse time, and representing temporal
sequences in narrative or visual-spatial ways. Both media can deviate from chronological time
and work with flashbacks and flashforwards, fragmentation, thus evoking, for instance, the
layering of time and simultaneity. When representing experiences of ‘otherness’ due to illness
 and/or disability, perceptions of time that deviate from normal chronometry gain center stage:
 In the face of unexpected physical or psychic changes, subjective time may stretch or contract,
 bring one’s past and present into aggressive collision or cast a spotlight on mortality itself. 
This workshop focuses on the ways in which literature and comics represent the specific sense
of time that comes along with corporeal experiences. How do the two media show or tell such 
‘extraordinary’ time and what are their aesthetic, individual and sociopolitical repercussions?
 We invite papers on literary texts or comics; comparative perspectives are particularly welcome.

Possible topics include:
– time and the pregnant, pubescent or aging body
– acceleration and deceleration in the context of diagnoses, pain, or chronicity
– the experience of time in life with degenerative diseases
– ‘proliferation’ of time due to incubation and latency
– Nachträglichkeit (belatedness) and flashbacks in the context of traumatic experiences
– a/synchronicities in the context of memories or dementia
– deferral of time and the logic of postponement, e.g. after surgery
– ‘free time’ and latitude during illness
– prophylaxis, aftercare, and patient time management
– mortality and finitude
– perceptions of time in loss and grief

The workshop, held at Freie Universität Berlin, is a joint event of the AG Comicforschung and the PathoGraphics research project located at the Friedrich Schlegel
 Graduate School of Literary Studies (www.fsgs.fu-berlin.de/pathographics). Papers may be
presented in German or English. Speakers will receive a small lump sum towards travel and
accommodation expenses. Due to a planned publication of selected papers, we ask that
submitted abstracts are for papers not already promised elsewhere for publication.
Please send a 300-word-abstract and a short bio to Irmela Marei Krüger-Fürhoff, Stef Lenk and 
Nina Schmidt at pathographics@fsgs.fu-berlin.de by September 1, 2019. Submissions and
presentations are welcome in both German and English.