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"None of a Kind - Solutions to Dissolution"

Graduate Student Conference
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:00am to Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 5:00pm
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Feststellung: The amount of accessible, stored knowledge today is unprecedented; yet life changes. These observations may seem trivial but they frame a profound dilemma: While we are busy assessing everything and discerning it into ever smaller categories, life around us continues; and what we encounter today may no longer match our categories of yesterday. As soon as a paradigm seems fixed, new angles demand a shift. The only possible Feststellung then is almost socratic: There is nothing fest-zustellen. This conference looks at knowledge and perceptions in flux and how we deal with it.


What happens in literature when a traditional category has become invalid? How do we articulate sudden change or slow transformation? How may imagery adapt to expressing new perspectives on familiar subjects? Where can we identify the validity and risks of labels? What does the space in between categories look like?


Our interest lies in the roles of the human, time, and context in the creation, development, management and transfer of knowledge. The felt need for categorization despite constant change constitutes a dilemma of individual and social dimensions and raises questions of identity, academic work, and truth.


Possible areas of interest include but are not limited to:

       The configuration of society

       What constitutes a family

       The effects of migration

       Church and religion

       The meaning of time

       Technological advances

       Human vs. Non-Human

       The role of gender

       Language evolution

       Nature vs. the urban


We welcome submissions of 300w abstracts by June 30th. Presentations may be held in German or English for approx. 20mins followed by 10mins of discussion.The conference organizers are applying for funding that could be used to partly subsidize presenters’ travel expenses.


Please send proposals as Word or PDF files to all three organizers: Tim Höllering, UBC (, Zola Kell, UVic (, and Justin Mohler, UW (

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