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Map of the 1858 Atlantic Cable route Show image information
 guest talk by Gary Younge, June 12, 2018 © Adelheid Rutenburges Show image information
Dirk Night with Armani Cotton Show image information
Transatlantikdampfer "Berengaria" (1920); Route: Liverpool-New York-Liverpool. Show image information
Erstsemesterbrownies, April 2018 Show image information
guest talk by Gary Younge, June 12, 2018 © Madita Oeming Show image information

Map of the 1858 Atlantic Cable route

Photo: Von Unbekannt - Howe's Adventures & Achievements of Americans; en:Image:Atlantic_cable_Map.jpg, Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=622111

guest talk by Gary Younge, June 12, 2018 © Adelheid Rutenburges

Dirk Night with Armani Cotton

Photo: Miriam Jassmeier

Transatlantikdampfer "Berengaria" (1920); Route: Liverpool-New York-Liverpool.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Erstsemesterbrownies, April 2018

Photo: Madita Oeming

guest talk by Gary Younge, June 12, 2018 © Madita Oeming

Bridges and Barriers: Perspectives of Progress and Preservation

Brexit, the Trump Wall, and the Left-Right-Divide; it seems the bridges of the world are crumbling, and new barriers are put up every day. While retrogression apparently meets the current zeitgeist, the pursuit of progress has been one of humanity’s main interests since the dawn of time. Whether it be the technological progress from the invention of the wheel to humanoid robots or societal progress from the development of the first democracies in ancient Greece to the implementation of human rights in international law; progress – both rapid and slow – has been the driving force that moved humanity in all areas of research. But progress does not always have to happen on a global or public scale, it is an integral part of our private lives as well: relationships we establish over time, things that we learn, and the self-concepts, identities, and mannerisms we develop; progress is a part of all of us.

However, progress always follows in the footsteps of tradition and heritage, and while the new derives its value from the old – either in opposition to it or as its advancement – the change involved in progression often motivates preservation efforts in turn. Certainly, there are just as many good reasons for preservation as there are for progressive actions. And yet, it is often ambiguous who or what determines what should be preserved and which direction progress should take.

The many relations and intersections between progress and preservation thus beg the question whether progress could constitute a barrier for preservation, and preservation ceteris paribus bar progress, or whether it is possible to build a bridge between trend and tradition. Are preservation and progress mutually exclusive? Is, for example, environmental preservation possible if human progression is the goal? Can the old be preserved while making space for the new? Is progress an eternal endeavor or will it someday come to a conclusion? Does progress always mean progression or can retrogression in some circumstances actually be the most progressive? And, can progress be measured at all or is it merely a matter of perspective?

Paper Publication 2020

In consequence of the present SARS-Cov-2 pandemic, this conference has become a digital paper publication project. To protect and ensure everyone's physical well-being, we will not be able to hold traditional face-to-face panels. Instead, we will publish our contributors' papers online. 

A link to our contributors' papers will be posted here as soon as the publications have been finalized mid-December 2020.  

After publication, we will hold a series of Zoom discussion panels in early January to February 2021. A schedule for these short presentation and discussion panels will be posted online shortly after the papers' publication. 

Contact

Felix Behler

Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik > Anglistik: Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft - Bereich Prof. Ehland

Felix Behler
Phone:
+49 5251 60-4132
Office:
J4.144

Office hours:

Bitte schreiben Sie mir eine Email zur Vereinbarung eines Sprechstundentermins. Aufgrund der derzeitigen Lage finden Sprechstunden telefonisch statt.

Lisa-Marie Büsken

Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik > Anglistik: Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft - Bereich Prof. Ehland

Tutor Introduction to Literary Studies


Yvonne Kristin Jende, M.A.

Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik > Anglistik: Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft - Bereich Prof. Ehland

Yvonne Kristin Jende
Phone:
+49 5251 60-2858
Office:
J4.144

Office hours:

Sprechzeiten können aufgrund der aktuellen Lage nur per E-Mail oder telefonisch nach Vereinbarung erfolgen.

Cecilie Kölsen Rasmussen

Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik > Anglistik: Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft - Bereich Prof. Ehland

Tutorin Einführung Literaturwissenschaften


Call for Papers

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