Medial Bodies between Fiction and Faction: Reinventing Carnality

Medial Bodies between Fiction and Faction: Reinventing Carnality

Wissenschaftliche Tagung des DFG-Graduiertenkollegs 1767 Faktuales und fiktionales Erzählen

Goethestraße 33/3
79100 Freiburg

6.-8. November 2015

Sprache der Tagung: Englisch

Organisiert von Dr. Denisa Butnaru


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Zum Thema der Tagung

The “body turn” that started in the 1980s is at present strongly challenged by achievements in medical technology and the growing importance of information technologies. Advocates of such paradigms as transhumanism and posthumanism encourage an epistemology pleading for a radical change of human nature. This development cannot be separated anthropologically from transformations of different levels of imaginaries. From fictional characters, such as Mary Shelley’s monster in her famous novel Frankenstein, or Villiers de L’Isle-Adam’s Eve future, to more concrete projects in which the body’s materiality is used to produce new experiential forms, as is the case in performance arts, visual studies or media studies, the fiction-fact polarity upon which such transformations are partly realized has not ceased to nourish new representational forms of corporeality.

This conference departs from an interdisciplinary perspective to question discursive, narrative and representational resources through which carnality presents itself. As a background, they support shifts in meaning. More precisely, the focus is on the concept of the “medial body”, understood as a transitional environment between fiction and faction, where faction shall refer to a form of imaginary that joins both fictional and factual elements.


    • Plenary session 19.00-20.30:
      Dr. med. Dr. phil. Martin Dornberg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) and Prof. Dr. Daniel Fetzner (Hochschule Offenburg)
      Intercorporeal Splits – Medial Bodies in a Cycle of three improvised Skype Performances (2010-13)
    • 21.00: Dinner at Restaurant Zum Roten Bären. (Paid)

Oberlinden 12
79098 Freiburg


  • 9.00-9.30:
    Monika Fludernik (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) & Denisa Butnaru (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg): Welcome address

Media studies

    • Moderator: Martin Hinze


  • 9.30-10.30 Julius Erdmann (Universität Potsdam)
    Fiction and Factuality of Medial Bodies in Social Network Sites Body Images
  • 10.30-11.00: Coffee break
  • 11.00-13.00: Stephan Packard (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
    The Utopian Cyborg as An Unreliable Cartoon: On Some Issues from Superior Iron Man (2014-2015)
    Bianca Westermann(Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
    Drawing Robots. On how BioArt rethinks the Body and Hybridity
  • 13.00-14.30: Lunch break


      • Moderator: Denisa Butnaru


    • 14.30-15.30: Sylvie Allouche (Université catholique de Lyon)
      The cyborg: a history of shifts in meaning
    • 15.30-16.00: Coffee break
    • 16.00-18.00 Luna Dolezal (Durham University)
      Disability as Malleability: The Prosthetic Metaphor, Merleau-Ponty and the Case of Aimee Mullins
      Stefan Kristensen (Université de Genève)
      The Cinematic Body
    • 19.30: Dinner at Restaurant Lichtblick (Self-paying).

Konviktstraße 41,
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau



    • Moderator: Stephan Packard


  • 9.30-10.30
    Matthias Hausmann (Universität Wien)
    The failing creation of a perfect body and the strength of literature:
    Villiers de L’Isle-Adam and Latin American predecessors and successors
  • 10.30-11.00: Coffee break
  • 11.00-13.00
    Ursula Kluwick (Universität Bern)
    The Aesthetics of Bodies in Translation: From The Water-Babies to Real Humans
  • Gero Guttzeit (Ghent University/ Universität Gießen)
    Detecting the Body: Detective Fiction and Narratives of Genetic Conditions
  • 13.00-14.30: Lunch break

Sociology// Social Psychology

    • Moderator: Tom Vanassche


  • 14.30-15.30
    Bertolt Meyer (TU Chemnitz)
    A social-psychological perspective on the media discourse surrounding restoration and enhancement
  • 15.30-16.00: Coffee break
  • 16.00-18.00
    Valentine Gourinat (Unversité de Strasbourg/ Université de Lausanne)
    From Disability to Enhancement: Paradoxical Representations of Prosthetic Bodies in the Media Discourse
    Denisa Butnaru (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
    The Protean Self
  • 18.00: Conclusions