We invite abstract proposals for the seminar "Asian Diaspora in the German-Speaking World," which will take place October 5-8, 2023, at the 47th Annual German Studies Association Conference in Montréal, Canada.
ABSTRACT: This seminar seeks to highlight under-researched topics on the Asian German diaspora and address recent changes in the field. While we welcome all subjects related to Asian German Studies, we especially encourage sociological, historical, and cultural studies of first-to-third generation (post-)migrants, mixed-race Asians, and adoptees in the German-speaking world. Successful submissions will ideally 1) reflect on the limitations of “Asia” as a geographical and ideological concept; 2) venture beyond East Asia and Germany to investigate migration from Central, South, and Southeast Asia to Germanophone countries, including Austria and Switzerland; 3) engage in conversations with Turkish, Arab, and Black German Studies, as well as Asian American Studies; and/or 4) discuss how the pandemic promoted reflection on Asian German identity and community. By transcending the geographical and disciplinary boundaries of Asian diaspora studies, we hope to find new theoretical foundations beyond Orientalism and inspire diverse research for the future.
FORMAT: Accepted seminar participants will compose an extended abstract (800-1,000 words) of a larger project (article, dissertation, book, etc.) that addresses some of the questions outlined in the seminar description. Contributions will be pre-circulated with all participants beforehand to promote lively discussion during the seminar.
To apply, please submit an abstract describing the nature of your contribution (up to 500 words) and a short biography (up to 300 words) directly through the GSA website. The deadline is Friday, March 3rd at 11:59 p.m. PST. Please note that participants must be members of the GSA for 2023; you can join or renew your membership here.
Please let the conveners know if you have any questions:
- Zach Ramon Fitzpatrick, Wesleyan University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ricky W. Law, Carnegie Mellon University, email@example.com
- Qingyang Freya Zhou, University of California-Berkeley, firstname.lastname@example.org