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09 Feb
Senior Capstone Colloquium: “Reading Bodies in German Culture”
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Lectures, Symposia, Etc.

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Arts & Culture

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students, Alumni, Faculty

University Unit
Department of German
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Senior Capstone Colloquium: “Reading Bodies in German Culture”

Student Capstone Presentations: 4:00 p.m. EST

 

Keynote Address: 4:30 p.m. EST

“On Intergenerational Queer Kinship and the Frail Body of August von Platen”

Ervin Malakaj (University of British Columbia)

August von Platen’s (1796–1835) name appears regularly when browsing through queer German print culture around 1900. Following the highly advertised publication of the famed poet’s diaries in 1896 and then in 1900, sexologists and admirers took up the culture of reading Platen’s work for traces of the queer life he led. Book reviews of the diaries, re-readings of his works for signs of queerness, and biographical sketches recounting his position in the sensationalized Heine-Platen affair that publicly outed him in 1827 appeared in a number of venues. This talk explores one such project of engaging with Platen’s queer life through his diaries. The American Edward Prime-Stevenson published The Intersexes: A History of Similisexualism as a Problem in Social Life in 1910 under the pseudonym Xavier Mayne in 1910. Beyond offering an overview of contemporary sexological writing about and advocacy for queer life, the last section of the 640-page book contains an extensive biography of Platen. Fashioned through close reading of his diaries, Mayne’s biography features a number of key scenes in which Platen’s body is prominently described. This talk will examine how the crafting of Platen’s body in text—an embodiment through words—played a central role in imagining an ideal queerness venerated by Mayne and much of the writing about Platen around 1900.

Bio

Ervin Malakaj, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of German Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia. Ervin’s scholarship has focused on German media studies, queer studies, and critical university studies. He has co-edited (with Vance Byrd) Market Strategies and German Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century (2020, de Gruyter) and is working on a monograph provisionally titled Fragile Literary Cultures in Early Imperial Germany. In 2016, Dr. Malakaj co-founded the international scholarly collective “Diversity, Decolonialization, and the German Curriculum” (DDGC) and is member of its steering committee. Together with Regine Criser (UNC, Asheville) he co-edited the volume Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies (2020, Palgrave).

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Tuesday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m.

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Senior Capstone Colloquium: “Reading Bodies in German Culture”

Student Capstone Presentations: 4:00 p.m. EST

 

Keynote Address: 4:30 p.m. EST

“On Intergenerational Queer Kinship and the Frail Body of August von Platen”

Ervin Malakaj (University of British Columbia)

August von Platen’s (1796–1835) name appears regularly when browsing through queer German print culture around 1900. Following the highly advertised publication of the famed poet’s diaries in 1896 and then in 1900, sexologists and admirers took up the culture of reading Platen’s work for traces of the queer life he led. Book reviews of the diaries, re-readings of his works for signs of queerness, and biographical sketches recounting his position in the sensationalized Heine-Platen affair that publicly outed him in 1827 appeared in a number of venues. This talk explores one such project of engaging with Platen’s queer life through his diaries. The American Edward Prime-Stevenson published The Intersexes: A History of Similisexualism as a Problem in Social Life in 1910 under the pseudonym Xavier Mayne in 1910. Beyond offering an overview of contemporary sexological writing about and advocacy for queer life, the last section of the 640-page book contains an extensive biography of Platen. Fashioned through close reading of his diaries, Mayne’s biography features a number of key scenes in which Platen’s body is prominently described. This talk will examine how the crafting of Platen’s body in text—an embodiment through words—played a central role in imagining an ideal queerness venerated by Mayne and much of the writing about Platen around 1900.

Bio

Ervin Malakaj, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of German Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia. Ervin’s scholarship has focused on German media studies, queer studies, and critical university studies. He has co-edited (with Vance Byrd) Market Strategies and German Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century (2020, de Gruyter) and is working on a monograph provisionally titled Fragile Literary Cultures in Early Imperial Germany. In 2016, Dr. Malakaj co-founded the international scholarly collective “Diversity, Decolonialization, and the German Curriculum” (DDGC) and is member of its steering committee. Together with Regine Criser (UNC, Asheville) he co-edited the volume Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies (2020, Palgrave).

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To register for this online event, please click "Join Stream".

Tuesday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

University Unit
Department of German

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