Recent debates on transformations within the literary scene have often focused on Bourdieu’s concept of the ‘literary field’. Based on that, the aim of the interdisciplinary conference was to work out possibilities of connecting empirical research on social inequality with academic, cultural und literary criticism. How can the symbolic codification of emotions, gender and cultural identity in literature be analyzed with respect to social and economic change? In the center of attention was the function of cultural education as a social distinction-mark and also the changes of cultural orientation within social milieus. In contrast to Bourdieu’s analysis of the literary field in 19th-century France, several contributors have pointed out that autonomy towards other social fields, such as economy, media or politics, can no longer remain unquestioned. In that respect literary public spheres have changed fundamentally with regard to new media and the globalized book market.
Wolfgang Asholt (Osnabrück), David-Christoffer Assmann (Bonn), Jennifer Jasmin Clare (Hildesheim), Ludwig Fischer (Hamburg), Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey (Bielefeld), Michael Hartmann (Darmstadt), Michael Peter Hehl (Sulzbach-Rosenberg), Markus Joch (Frankfurt am Main), Joseph Jurt (Basel), Cornelia Koppetsch (Darmstadt), Sigrid Löffler (Berlin), Frauke Meyer-Gosau (Berlin), Jürgen E. Müller (Bayreuth), Klaus Nathaus (Bielefeld), Daniela Nelva (Turin), Rolf Parr (Bielefeld), Alexandra Pontzen (Lüttich), Steffen Richter (Berlin), Heinrich Schäfer (Bielefeld), Franziska Schößler (Trier), Christian Sieg (Münster), Michele Sisto (Trient), Kerstin Stachowiak (Hildesheim), Michael Vester (Hannover)