CFP: Resisting the Canonization of Racialized Subdisciplines Panel at the Women in German Conference, November 3-7, 2022 (Portland, Oregon), proposals due Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2021

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It appears that Germany is defined by what is best described as a single story, but the fallacy lies in that it is not the entire story. The cultural and sociological history that Germany has perpetuated is a homogeneous society composed of persons of white German descent instead of a multicultural civilization/nation. It is this single-story concept that the Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, first discussed in her famous TED talk. During the conversation, Adichie realized that the danger with each individual story is that it is only part of the whole story; it is not the entire story.

The goal of this panel is to invite the exploration of voices we do not typically hear from. Who are the artists working in the margins who have had to self-publish, or put their film on YouTube or put their comics on Instagram? What texts and films have we not heard about because they are lost or inaccessible?

We invite presentations on films and texts by Black Germans, Turkish Germans,  Vietnamese Germans and other racialized authors and directors in Germany. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
· Texts created in response to the German colonial period, in any language, from any time period
· Representations of foreign students and guest workers in both Germanies,  in any language
· Films created by racialized directors who studied at a German film school
· Texts and films created in any language with German funding or in collaboration with a German organization
· “Graue literatur,” self-published literature and literature that is out-of-print and texts that have been lost
· Essays problematizing the politics of the archive; who has access and who curates?

Please send abstracts no later than February 15, 2022 to Priscilla Layne at and Nikki Fogle at