[Report] International Forum “The Sublime and the Uncanny” (1)

Originally posted on the blog of University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP)

Futoshi HOSHINO (University of Tokyo)


We held the international forum “The Sublime and the Uncanny” at Sofia University, Bulgaria. This forum was co-organized by the Sofia Literary Theory Seminar (SLS), the Cultural Center of Sofia University, and the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP).

In the autumn of 2013, Profs. Boyan Manchev (New Bulgarian University), Darin Tenev (Sofia University), and Yasuo Kobayashi (University of Tokyo) organized the forum “Metamorphosis and Catastrophe” in Sofia, through which young scholars from the University of Tokyo and Sofia University conceived a plan for the next meeting. Through conversation with Dr. Kamelia Spassova, who had organized a long-term seminar on das Unheimliche (the uncanny) with her colleagues, I decided to focus on the two notions in this forum: the “sublime” and the “uncanny.”

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Modeling the Potentiality of the Literary Image

logo_lit.formenOn July 2, 2014 Darin Tenev presented a paper on “Modeling the Potentiality of the Literary Image” at the Graduate College in the Westfällische Wilhelms Universität Münster. The paper was a follow-up to the most recent of a series of international workshops initiated by Robert Matthias Erdbeer, Ivan Popov and Darin Tenev and organized by the Departments of Literary Theory and of German Studies in the University of Sofia and the “Literarische Form” Graduate College in the Westfällische Wilhelms Universität Münster. The goal of this on-going project is to outline a new literary theory of models that could account for the generation and development of literary forms, and also for the history of literary criticism (in other words, to account for the very possibility of different readings and the effect these readings have had on literature). For a more detailed account of the work so far see WORKSHOPS ON LITERARY THEORY OF MODELS.