CALL FOR PAPERS
Papers are sought for the following topics, but other submissions will also be considered:
German Pop Music
Panel on German popular music, dealing with music trends, societal discourse in music, alternative music.
Disability in Germany
In the English-speaking world, Disability Studies have received considerable attention, by a host of scholars including Len Davis, Rosemarie Garland Thomson, and Simi Linton. For German Studies, Carol Poore’s work was the first English language monograph to give an overview of disability in twentieth-century Germany. Where is the field heading in German-speaking (and European) countries, and what is the relation of German Disability Studies to those in North America?
Literature and Texts
Panel for papers dealing with various literary topics associated with popular culture. In particular, what is the relation between popular culture and literature, and between literature, popular culture and local culture? What genres form popular culture texts, and how do these impact literature in general?
What is the state of German comedy? Why does German comedy translate, or not? What is typically German, or not, about such comedy shows as Halt die Klappe or the late night shows, or the comedy cabarets? And perhaps more ominously, how does German humour translate (or not)?
Proposals are welcome on any number of topics dealing with rap/hip-hop. Some questions that might be examined: Why has rap/hip-hop become so popular, and so prevalent in Germany and German-speaking countries? Is it tied to German regionalism, to the dominance of American culture, to rap and hip-hop’s status as the counter-culture? Has Germany avoided the shift in media/public focus to the genre’s supposed “violence” that has taken place in the US, or how does this shift in focus translate into the German music scene and the media and public consumption of rap/hip-hop? Is Peter Fox the poster child for the commercialization of the genre, of a city, of a nation, and how does such a commercialization work?
Women and Work in Germany
What are the real changes taking place in Germany for women who want to work and have children, and how are they impacting the historical view of women, work and family? If the popular media, or at least, a certain political party’s interpretation of the events is correct, the presence of socialist daycare in the GDR was more of an influence on attitudes on women and work than the shaping of the tropes of masculinity and femininity at the end of WWII. Is an actual change in German society taking place, is the metaphor “Rabenmutter” becoming obsolete or socially unacceptable, and what role are men taking in new conceptions of motherhood, fatherhood, and their relation to the nation? Finally, how does the promotion of this discourse mask or help move towards resolving the continuing discrepancies in wages, health care, and career advancement, to name just three obvious examples of inequality between males and females?
Film and Popular Culture
Papers dealing with film, in particular with the relations between German-language cinema and cultural phenomena such as speed-dating, dance, and youth culture.
Berlin-Munich et all
How is the production of German film being shaped by locality, and by the desire of state governments to promote their own film industry. What are the markers of a German national cinema, and how does the local seek to go national, or not?
SUBMIT ALL PROPOSALS AND ABSTRACTS TO THE PCA DATABASE.
Please send all inquires to:
Reichwald Professor in Germanic Studies
Department of Critical Studies (German)
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
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Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
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