Conference CfP

16–18 September, 2016, University of Cincinnati, OH, USA

The Editors of the graduate student journal Focus on German Studies in conjunction with the Graduate Student Association of the Department of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati present the Twenty-First Annual Focus Graduate Student Conference:

The Faust Myth in Tradition and Transition: Classical and Contemporary Interpretations of the Faust Myth

The literary-historical background of the Faust myth stretches back to medieval Germany and continues into contemporary German cultural productions and has become something of a world-wide phenomenon with other instances of pacts with the devil found around the world. With its roots based in central European folklore, the Faust myth remains a current topic in German culture and its influence reaches across cultures. From Historia von D. Johann Fausten to Goethe’s Faust to Robert Wilson’s 2015 musical production, commissioned by the Berliner Ensemble with music by Herbert Grönemeyer, Faust I & II, the Faust myth takes many forms and is depicted in multiple genres and media.

This conference will look closer at the many different forms of the Faust myth, both past and present, not only in literature but in all media.

What is the cultural impact of these forms? How do we interpret the Faust myth? How do we deal with the breadth of the material surrounding the Faust myth?

Current graduate students are invited to send 250-word abstracts to Katherine H. Paul at by May 30, 2016. Submissions are welcome from any discipline. Papers may be presented in either German or English.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

·      The Faust myth and its historical background,

·      The Faust myth in the Americas

·      Adaptations of the Faust myth: stage, screen and beyond

·      The Faust myth in social media

·      The Faust myth in popular culture

·      Queering the Faust myth

·      Gender and the Faust myth

·      Post-colonial interpretations of the Faust myth

·      Faust and national identity

·      Two centuries of of Goethe’s Faust