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  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Joerg Hartmann Koenigstuhl 10/1 69117 Heidelberg, Germany Phone: 0049 6221 587716 e-mail: joerg.hartmann@student.kit.edu Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Kaiserstr. 12, 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany http://www.kit.edu/english/ CFP: “Within or Without: Space in German Literature and Culture” Paper title: “Romanticism Seen through a Telescope: Spatial Metaphors in Fritz Lang’s Frau im Mond” Dear Miyako Hayakawa, Andreea Mascan, Alexander Phillips, and Nadia Rodriguez, My name is Joerg Hartmann, and I am a PhD-Student of German Literature/Media Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany. It is one of the first universities to receive the German Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation. This Initiative aims to promote cutting-edge research and to create outstanding conditions for young scientists. I have seen the CFP for your conference “Within or Without: Space in German Literature and Culture” and I would like to apply. Please find my abstract “Romanticism Seen through a Telescope: Spatial Metaphors in Fritz Lang’s Frau im Mond” below. My scholarship funded thesis focuses on the motif of space travel in literature and film. For example, how is fictional space constructed? Which metaphorical content does space and space travel convey in its historical context? To explore this subject I combine Lakoff/Johnson’s approach of conceptual metaphors with Cultural Studies (Hans Blumenberg) and Film Studies (Bordwell/Thompson). The analysis of Fritz Lang’s “Frau im Mond” is an actual part of my doctoral work. Having used the same approach, a paper of mine was published in the peer reviewed magazine “New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts”. It deals with the oldest space travel movie, “Le Voyage dans la Lune” (F 1902). I hope you will consider my application. Expenses for transportation or accommodation are not a concern at this time since I have received a PhD travel grant and will be able to cover all my expenses myself. Yours sincerely, Joerg Hartmann. You may view the article on “Le Voyage dans la lune” at the link below: http://ejournal.uvka.de/spatialconcepts/archives/980 You may also view my website here: http://joerg-hartmann.blogspot.com www.kit.edu KIT – University of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and National Research Center of the Helmholtz Association
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Title: Romanticism Seen through a Telescope: Spatial Metaphors in Fritz Lang’s Frau im Mond Speaker: Joerg Hartmann Affiliation: Department of Literature/Media; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Topics: - Constructed spaces in literature and other media - Space and Genre - Projected space (utopia, dystopia, paradise, limbo, hell) - Romantic Landscape - Philosophical space, a philosophic metaphoric of space Abstract: In 1929, two years after “Metropolis”, director Fritz Lang revisited the science fiction genre with “Frau im Mond”, the first major screen attempt to broach the subject of space travel. Although this film is primarily analyzed by scholars with respect to the accuracy of its scientific predictions the different spaces encountered in the film merit further evaluation. In which ways are these spatial visualizations a product of the social, political, and technical conditions of Weimar Republic, an epoch of change and friction in German culture? The film is one of the most modernist of its time, but as it heavily draws on space related motifs such as “the moon” it follows the iconography of German Romanticism. Why does this film depict this significant dichotomy between the modern and the traditional? How is space used in “Frau im Mond” to convey metaphorical means? The central component of my contribution will be a showcase analysis of several of the most archetypical scenes from “Frau im Mond”. My paper will show how spatial relations can be deciphered as visual representations of mental maps, depicting hierarchies of abstract moral values by virtue of the objects’ positions either high or low. For example, capitalist institutions are shown as earthbound; science is literally positioned higher in an Ivory Tower; and the ideal of romantic love as the highest (but never achievable) value is realized in a utopian space - the moon. (235 words) www.kit.edu KIT – University of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and National Research Center of the Helmholtz Association
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences CURRICULUM VITAE MR. JOERG HARTMANN Koenigstuhl 10/1 University: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 69117 Heidelberg, Germany Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Kaiserstr. 12 Phone: 0049 6221 587716 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany e-mail: joerg.hartmann@student.kit.edu Reference: Prof. Andreas Böhn (supervisor) e-mail: andreas.boehn@kit.edu RESEARCH INTEREST Hans Blumenberg, a German philosopher had been following up on passing on the spatial metaphor of seafaring of life back from in ancient world until the 1950’s. However, his studies end around 1950 as seafaring did not play a huge role in the life of the modern mankind anymore. But the meaning behind the metaphor - the transgression from the known into the unknown - still is a fundamental experience of human existence. The assumption my thesis puts up is that the meaning which was once expressed by the nautic metaphor, is nowadays to be found in stories, which show astro-nauts and space-ships. Narrations about space travel are one of the most important parts of science fiction. This icon is used in different contexts and changes its meaning. The question, if technological progression is to be seen desirable, varies in its answers and is linked to technological progression and its consequences in the real world of the twentieth century. The subject of my thesis is this relationship between real world history and spaceships in science fiction films EDUCATION October 2008 – current PhD ‘ Spaceship as an Metaphor in Science-Fiction Films’ Funding awarded by the ‘Landesgraduiertenförderung’ (= postgraduate scholarship) University of Karlsruhe, Germany Supervisor: Professor Dr. Andreas Böhn -leading researcher in media studies Expected graduation: Summer 2011 2005 – 2008 MA in German Literature/Media Studies University Karlsruhe, Germany Degree: 100% 2001 – 2005 BA in German Literature/Media Studies University Karlsruhe, Germany Moduls included: Journalism German As A Foreign Language Degree: 69% www.kit.edu KIT – University of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and National Research Center of the Helmholtz Association
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences TEACHING / WORK EXPERIENCE 2006 – 2007 Teaching assistant for German as a foreign language University of Karlsruhe, Germany 2006 – 2007 Graduate assistant in research program “Historical Relationships Between Oriental and Occidental Philosophy” - University of Karlsruhe, Germany 2007 – 2008 Teaching assistant for German as a Foreign Language Queen`s University, Kingston, Canada 2008 - current Mentor for German Literature - University of Hagen 2009 - current Lecturer (adult education centre, vhs Karlsruhe) Courses: The Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine Goethe’s Sesenheimer Lieder Milestones of Literature – From Gilgamesh to Bertolt Brecht 2009 – current Organization of the international workshop “Technological Nostalgia (will be held on April, 22./23. 2010, KIT, Germany INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE 2005 - 2006 Participation in several university courses including two exchanges between the University of Tunis, Tunisia and the University of Karlsruhe 2007 – 2008 Participation in a three month exchange program between the University of Karlsruhe and Queen`s University, Kingston, Canada 2009 Participation in International Summer School ‘Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass’ at the University of Liverpool, UK 2009 Participation International Summer School ‘Entwicklung und Evolution – Schlüsselbegriffe moderner Wissenschaft. KIT, Germany. SCHOLARSHIPS 2008-current Postgraduate scholarship of the Land Baden-Württemberg (1100€/month) 2009 Travel grant for PhD-Students (2000 €) 2009 Organization of an international workshop, funded by Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (4000€) www.kit.edu KIT – University of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and National Research Center of the Helmholtz Association