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Call for papers: 

Proposals are sought for, but not limited to, the following panels:

  •                Europe and French-German Cooperation
  •                European and American Culture: Trumped?
  •                Gay Marriage: Another Frontier of GLAUT rights in Germany and Europe?
  •                Ghosts of Weimar Cinema
  •                Internationalization of German Comics and Manga
  •                Autobiography, Biography, Selfie
  •                German Literature in America
  •                The Orphans of German Studies: Disability Studies and Environmentalism


Who can submit?
Proposals may come from individual faculty, undergraduate or graduate students, professionals, or independent scholars.


What do I submit?
200-300 word abstract/proposal. You must include your name, your email address, and (if applicable) your academic affiliation.


Where do I submit?
Items must be submitted through the PCA conference website: https://conference.pcaaca.org/
PCA requires proposals be submitted to only one subject area at a time.


When is the due date for paper/presentation proposals?
October 1, 2018


Where/When is the conference?

Washington, DC, 17-20 April, 2019

Inquiries may be directed to the German Literature and Culture Area Chair:

Claude Desmarais,
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus


Panel I: Europe and German-French Cooperation: 

This year, two colossal, and yet very different figures representative of German-French cooperation, and with their image tied to the European political project, have passed: Simone Veil and Helmut Kohl. What do these or other figures say about the way this Europe deals with, or has dealt with the past, and where the European project, and Europe is going with such things as right-wing politics, immigration, refugees, and of course, the Brexit? How do these phenomena manifest themselves in popular culture?


Panel II: European and American Culture: Trumped?

With the election of Donald Trump as US President, there is much talk of European (and thus German) relations with the United States. What are the tropes of the German (European) American relationship, prior to WWI, WWII and after? Are these tropes changing; does the Trump Presidency mean the mold has been broken (see trade, see NATO)? And if so, what new order of German/(European)-American relations can we expect in the future?


Panel III: Gay Marriage: Another Frontier of GLAUT rights in Germany and Europe?

The recent decision in Germany to legalize (make possible) gay marriage in Germany might seem like another step forward on the frontier of GLAUT rights in Germany and Europe. But is it really? What has gay marriage brought to the GLAUT movement elsewhere, and what is it likely to bring to Germany? What, for instance, does this move do for transgender citizens in Germany, whose situation Caroline Emcke has criticizes so heavily in Gegen den Hass. Where is the representation of GLAUT issues and gays, lesbians and transgender Germans (and Europeans) to be found in Germany? What representations of GLAUT life does it portray, does it play a role in legal advances, and what does it presage for transgender rights in Germany?


Panel IV: Ghosts of Weimar Cinema

From the perspective of what will soon be a century of history, what light does Weimar shed on our times, and our times on it? Does Weimar film still resonate in German culture beyond its historical value? What cinematic and social-cultural impact does Weimar film still have today? Which films are the ones that are the most discussed, the most treated, and why? Other papers on film topics are also sought.


Panel V: Internationalization of German Comics and Manga

What does the lens of internationalization do to our view of German Comics and German manga? Is the relationship of internationalism solely an importation game, with little to no export? What are the various facets of international comics and manga that mark German texts and contexts? What are the components of the German comics and manga that can be posited as “different” or “culturally German,” and do such terms make any sense in the world of comics and manga, or have those genres also engaged in the deconstruction of ideology?


Panel VI: Autobiography, Biography and Selfie in German

How far has the selfie culture been integrated into Germany? Is there, and if so, what is the axis of autobiography, biography and selfie, and how is this expressed culturally? Have publishers simply increased their output of books that are autobiographical and biographical (or reduced them, along with much of their output), or have they engaged in the digital culture in any ways that connect to selfie culture? And what does selfie culture do in Germany that is different to elsewhere, or does selfie culture just express difference, or even eliminate it?


Panel VII: German Literature in America

Where does German literature find its place in North America? Is it only part of what German culture writ large offers? Will it have to find niches in language and culture courses, where it can sneak in and find its place, or will it only survive at the few institutions that have graduate programs, and are they answering to the need for future German Studies specialists to be even greater “generalists” than ever before? And how, and what are the connections to German Studies in North America to Germany and Europe?


Panel VIII: Orphans of German Studies: Environmentalism and Disability

Who, or what, are the orphans of German Studies. Are these cross-Atlantic differences surprising, or not? There are several arguable candidates as the lost orphans of German Studies and receive minor shrift in North American German Studies despite receiving considerable attention in Germany. Take for instance Disability Studies, or environmentalism, which is such an important topic in Germany: is German Studies unable to give proper attention to certain fields? What are these fields? What is causing them to be orphans? And how do we assure they find a place within German Studies?

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