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Idyll and Utopia: A Virtual Zoom Conference—Day 2

October 9, 2021 · 8:30 am3:00 pm · Zoom

Department of German; Program in European Cultural Studies; Department of Classics; Department of Art and Archaeology; Department of Comparative Literature; Program in Media and Modernity
Reproduction of painting Expanse by Alexander Deineka; SPUTNIK / Alamy Stock Foto

Panel 2: Historical & Literary Figurations of Idyll and Utopia
(Moderator: Johannes Wankhammer, Princeton)

8:30-10:00am (EST) Viewing Time

10:00-10:45am Discussion 1: Historical Perspectives
• Hanna Zoe Trauer (Berlin): Between Heaven and the Holy Land: Utopia in Medieval Jewish Imagination
• Patrick Rummel (Marburg): A ‘Global Utopia’? – Greater Britain, Victorian Empire Federalists, and the ‘Idyll’ of Ancient Greek Colonization

11:00-11:45am Discussion 2: Literary Figurations
• Marie Helen Klaiber (Berlin): The Critical and Political Potential of the Poetic Idyll in a Selection of Poems by Martin Opitz
• Benjamin Heller (Yale): Arcadia in German Realism – Pastoral Tradition in Wilhelm Raabe’s Stopfkuchen

11:45-12:45 Lunch/Dinner Break

Panel 3: Utopia and Idyll Today
(Moderator: Konstantin Haensch, Princeton)

12:45-1:30pm Viewing Time

1:30-3:00pm Discussion & Outlook

• Johanna Rakebrand (Oldenburg): The Attractiveness of the Alternative. Utopia, Idyll and German Sustainability Initiatives from a Systems Theory Perspective
• Michael Navratil (Stuttgart): Nine-Eleven in Utopia. Creative Capitalism as Idyll and Virtual Catastrophes in Leif Randt’s Schimmernder Dunst über CobyCounty



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