The conference-part of a larger research project dealing with the theoretical and interdisciplinary bases as well as the future goals of historical philology and literary history ('Text, Literature, History. Perspectives for the 21st century')-focused on the tension between literature as art and literature as object of academic studies. The first part of the conference related to historical aspects of studying literature in an academic environment. The second part dealt with the function of literary studies for literature itself, for other academic disciplines (natural sciences, history, film studies) and for the educational system (in Germany and the US). The third part discussed relations and transfers between literary studies and public institutions (newspapers, publishing houses, schools).
Andrea Albrecht (Stuttgart, GER), Norbert Bachleitner (München, GER), Christian Begemann (Müchen, GER), Barbara Beßlich (Heidelberg, GER), Matthias Buschmeier (Bielefeld, GER), Holger Dainat (Bielefeld, GER), Ulrike Draesner (Berlin, GER), Margreth Egidi (Paderborn, GER), Angelika Epple (Bielefeld, GER), Jürgen Fohrmann (Bonn, GER), Julika Griem (Frankfurt am Main, GER), Mareike Gronich (Bielefeld, GER), Sabine Hake (Austin, USA), Todd Herzog (Cincinatti, USA), Gandolf Hübinger (Frankfurt (Oder), GER), Petra Josting (Bielefeld, GER), Michael Kämper-van den Boogaart (Berlin, GER), Julian Kanning (Paderborn, GER), Kai Kauffmann (Bielefeld, GER), Susanne Komfort-Hein (Fankfurt am Main, GER), Steffen Martus (Berlin, GER), Hans-Harald Müller (Hamburg, GER), Inez Müller (Paderborn, GER), Lothar Müller (Berlin, GER), Matthias Preis (Bielefeld, GER), Hans-Christian Riechers (Bielefeld, GER), Christina Riesenweber (Berlin, GER), Heinz-Peter Schmiedebach (München, GER), Michael Scholz (Löhne, GER), Martin Schöndienst (Bielefeld, GER), Winfried Siebers (Osnabrück, GER), Carlos Spoerhase (Berlin, GER), Rudolf Stichweh (Bonn, GER), Thedel von Wallmoden (Göttingen, GER)