Narrating and Constructing the Beach. #talk #dontmissout
LMU Munich, June 14 - 16, 2018
The Class of Literature at the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich, in partnership with the Amerikahaus Munich and Bavarian American Academy, cordially invites you to the interdisciplinary and international Conference "Narrating and Constructing the Beach". The beach confronts us with crucial issues of our times: migration, postcolonial relations and mass tourism, climate change and pollution, as well as gender and burkini swimwear controversies are among the numerous conflicts, discourses, and practices that manifest within this liminal zone and that find their focal point there. The international and interdisciplinary conference examines how the experience of the beach and its complex imaginaries are constructed through art, society, and culture and goes on to ask if and how ‘the beach’ shapes poetics and aesthetics. It aims at a systematic analysis of the global varieties of the beach, viewed as a (border) phenomenon in its own right, at once in historical depth and in relation to contemporary debates.
Dates: Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 June 2018
Venue: Amerikahaus Munich (Barer Straße 19a)
Talks will be given in English or German by 20 scholars and professors from different disciplines, with two poetry performances.