CFP: Immigration and Integration in German Popular Culture (NeMLA 2017)

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2016 to September 30, 2016
Maryland, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, German History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies

Since Thilo Sarrazin’s controversial book Deutschland schafft sich ab was published in 2010, there has been an explosion of comedy and satire in Germany dealing with issues of immigration and integration, from sketches on established mainstream television programs such as the heute show to new productions such as Abdelkarim’s StandUp Migranten on ARD’s EinsPlus. With the recent debates surrounding comedian Jan Böhmermann’s satirical poem pillorying the Turkish president Recep Erdogan, the limits of satire and its political effects have also been the subject of widespread media attention. This roundtable will explore how immigration and integration are treated in German popular culture, with a specific focus on stand up comedy and satire. Participants can be working on projects related to migration comedy, political satire or representations of migrants and minorities in popular media.

Submit a 200-word abstract through the NeMLA website: 

The website opens for submissions on June 15, 2016 and prospective participants have until September 30, 2016 to send in abstracts. The 2017 NeMLA conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from March 23-26.

"Immigration and Integration in German Popular Culture" is planned as a roundtable session with 3-6 participants. The format consists of short presentations of 7-10 minutes with maximum time allotted for discussion, debate, and dialogue. 


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