CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Performing Exile: Performance and the History of Refugees from Nazi Europe

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Call for Seminar Participation:


Performing Exile: Performance and the History of Refugees from Nazi Europe

GSA Seminar, Washington D.C., October 1-4, 2020



This seminar provides a forum for collaboration between scholars in all disciplines working on migration, exile, and displacement from Nazi Europe. It seeks more nuanced alternatives to complicate older paradigms that emphasize such dynamics as Americanization and unidirectional assimilation into host-countries, and focus on the success or failure of well-known individuals. This seminar engages with works that consider:


• Performance Studies as a lens for thinking about migration

• Global and transnational perspectives

• Relations between Jewish and non-Jewish Refugees

• Gender and Exile

• The persistence of interwar Central European influences

• Remigration to postwar Europe


Ultimately, this seminar encourages participants to think about how refugees reimagined their identities as Europeans and/or Jews through various cultural and political practices. We encourage graduate students and younger scholars to apply and we aim to promote interdisciplinary discussion.


This seminar will meet each day of the conference for two hours. We plan to spend the first day discussing selected readings on our topic. The second and third days will be devoted to discussions of pre-circulated papers (5-10 pp), in which each participant will draw on their research to reflect on the broader topic. Paper deadline: one month before the GSA.


Please send proposals to Paul Lerner ( and Frances Tanzer ( by January 23, 2020. Proposals should consist of a statement describing your research and how it fits into the theme(s) of the seminar (250 words) and a short bio (100-150 words).