CFP for a Panel Series on “Europe in Contemporary German Literature” at the Forty-First Annual Conference of the German Studies Association ( Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 27-30, 2018

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2018
United States
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, European History / Studies, Literature, Languages

Europe in Contemporary Literature

Recent scholarship and creative writing in German-speaking countries have addressed the European project and cultural imaginaries of Europe in interesting new ways. For example, special issues on the future of Europe [New Literary History 43.4 (2012)] and European memory [European Review of History 24.4 (2017)] complement non-fiction publications and novels such as Robert Menasse’s Die Hauptstadt (2017) that challenge readers to imagine what a supra-national Europe might look like. In an effort to further explore the relationship between German Studies and Critical European Culture Studies, we propose a series of three panels to take stock of and evaluate the treatment of Europe in German Studies, with special focus on post-Wende German-language literature. We welcome papers that address questions such as the following: How is Europe conceptualized theoretically within German Studies? What are European topics in contemporary German literature? How is Europe narrated? And what is a European narrative, anyway? Possible thematic foci include European memory, war, mobility and migration.

Please send 300-word abstracts and a 1-page C.V. by January 15, 2018 to Anke Biendarra ( and Friederike Eigler ( All applicants will be informed by late January about inclusion in the panels. Please note: All panel participants must be registered GSA members by February 10, 2017. No individual at the GSA Conference may give more than one paper/participate in a seminar or participate in more than two separate capacities.

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Anke Biendarra, University of California, Irvine

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