NeMLA 2023

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Call for Papers
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, European History / Studies

Announcing an deadline extension for proposals for the Northeast Modern Language Association conference (NeMLA ’23 – Niagara Falls). The deadline for submission is  now May 15, 2022. Panels are submitted through the NeMLA website, and you’ll find clear instructions online for the submission process. You will need to create a profile but you do not need to be a paying member in order to propose a session:

If you’ve never been to NeMLA before, I encourage you to join us. We just completed our 2021 conference in Baltimore and it was a big success for our German area. Our scholarship is diverse and engaging, and our participants interact with fellow scholars from myriad literary and linguistic traditions. Presenters come from all over the globe (we’re not limited to the Northeast!), but the conference also allows for unique interaction with colleagues in the eastern half of the USA. During times of shrinking enrollment and limited funds, this is an opportunity to share information about research and about growing programs in the current university climate.

Submitters are encouraged to submit session formats beyond the traditional panel, including but not limited to roundtables, creative sessions, and sessions with innovative uses of technology.

The German Studies area of inquiry promotes the study of all German-language literature and culture.

Suggested areas and topics for panel proposals include but are not limited to:

  • Cultural and literary trends in post-unification Germany, including film
  • 20th century German-language literature and culture
  • 18th and 19th century German-language literature and culture
  • Austrian literature and culture, including film
  • Swiss-German literature and culture, including film
  • Genre-focused approaches to literature and culture
  • Author-focused approaches to literature and culture
  • Transnationalism in literature and film
  • Children and youth literature
  • Comparative approaches to literature and culture
  • Theoretical approaches to literature and culture
  • German pedagogy

In recent years, the German-language and literature section has been growing, involving a wide spectrum of faculty members of all ranks as well as graduate students.

The theme for the 2023 conference is Resilience, and so we explicitly invite submission for panels in areas which have so far been underrepresented, including:

  • Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • Afro-German Literature and Culture
  • Disability Studies
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Pedagogy, esp. the teaching of literature and curricular development

We welcome joint proposal submissions between faculty of various ranks and/or graduate students.

Please be in touch with the German Area Director with any questions, comments, or suggestions. Let’s keep the German Area of NeMLA vibrant, innovative, and strong!

Area Director

Charles Vannette
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of New Hampshire