German Literature & Culture

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Accepts undergraduate submissions
Call for papers: 

German Culture Area

Note: All presenters are encouraged to consider their work in intersectional ways as much as possible. We also encourage papers that deal with German Studies topics, theories, and themes, but do not adhere to the topics proposed below.

I. Intersectional German Studies? Or German Studies and Intersectionality

What would it take for German Studies, by definition, to be intersectional, that is, as an essential component of the field, in a way that is much stronger than ever before? What does such a shift in the field mean for German Studies, what can it help German Studies achieve on the societal level? Why is this shift essential to the field? Topics that deal with any subject of German Studies from an intersectional viewpoint are the goal of this panel, but all presenters in German are asked to consider incorporating intersectionality in their work as much as possible.

II. German Film and Netflix.

Berlin Babylon, Dogs of Berlin, Dark. Just three of the more popular and well-known German film and tv series offered on Netflix. How is online media (re-)shaping the German media landscape. Where are other German filmmakers positioning themselves today? How is their media space configured by the tectonic shifts to media in general, and film, television in particular?

IV. Racism in Germany.

With Robin Diangelo’s White Fragility (2018) reaching the New York Times’ bestseller list, and laying out how this plays a part in the racism that creates and maintains privilege (along with class, gender, sexual identity, etc.), what do the struggles between arguments for acceptance and/or assimilation, and the racism at the heart of some political movements, say about Germany? What are the cultures of German identity, and their social and political goals? How many are using, or abusing, the country’s narrative on the Shoah?

V. German Literature and Culture

As literature is culture, why, or does Germany still avoid the culture in literature? Where do literature and other cultural forms intersect; what to make of German “Kultur Radio”; what does it say about German culture? What does it leave unsaid? What are some of the approaches to German media that are historical, pointing to an ongoing, or disrupted tradition in fields such as comics, newspapers, etc.

V. The Environment and the “Energiewende”: Going Green, Going it Alone?

What is to be made of Germany’s Energiewende, the term used for a transition in Germany’s energy policy, shifting from coal to renewable resources? What does film, and propaganda of many shapes and sizes, do to this debate? What is the culture of the youth that have been leaving schools to protest inaction on climate change? Is German going it alone in some ways, but in other ways just ahead, or behind the curve? What to make of the exhibition at the Berliner Museum, where the chart tracking German’s exit from atom energy and coal, with a green line tracking sustainable energy production going in the opposite direction, makes no mention of the job situation? Is how to deal with displaced workers the Energiewende’s greatest challenge, and is it the one for which it is least prepared?


Note: Papers not focused on these topics, but which are dealing with other areas or aspects of German Literature and Culture (particularly film and popular culture), are also welcome for submission.


Submission information

Please submit your 200-300 word abstract/proposal through the PCA database, http://ncp.pcaaca.org/ (which does not open until AUGUST 1st) to the German Literature and Culture area. PCA requires pro­posals be submitted to only one subject area at a time. You must include your name, email address, and (if applicable) your academic affiliation on the site. Otherwise we might not be able to contact you. Undergraduate students must fulfill the demands of our undergraduate presentation policy.

Conference date and location: As indicated above, the conference takes place from June 2-5, 2021

Inquiries? If you should have any inquiries or further questions about the German Literature and Culture Area at the PCA/ACA national conference, please contact:

Claude Desmarais (claude.desmarais@ubc.ca)

Thinking of presenting/attending, and wanting to be on an email list? Send your email to claude.desmarais@ubc.ca and state the sort of information you would like on such a list, and how frequently you would like to receive it. A full list of conference dates is provided below.


Claude Desmarais

German Literature and Culture Area Chair



2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
28-Feb-28 Deadline for Proposals
10-Apr-21 Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
11-Apr-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available

June 2-5, 2021 

Virtual Conference


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.  

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2021. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.












Area chairs

Claude Desmarais