Call for Papers: Cultures of Resistance to Political Oppression

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Call for Papers
January 21, 2017
Georgia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

German Studies Association Annual Conference

Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 5-8, 2017

In light of the recent rise of right-wing populism in numerous political contexts and in the face of resurgent nationalism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and demagoguery, this session aims to investigate ways in which historical and contemporary cultural producers have sought to resist, confront, confound, mock, or call out situations of political oppression.  Authors might consider how such forms of resistance operated, whether or not they were successful and why, or what lessons they provide for the present and future, to name just a few possibilities. We welcome submissions in English or German that engage art, literature, film, architecture, music, theater, dance, popular culture, or other forms of cultural production created in German-language based contexts (Germany, Austria/Austrian Empire, Switzerland, or German colonies, e.g.) from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

Please submit a title and abstract (350-400 words) of your proposed paper by January 21st along with a brief biography (150 words) to:

Dr. Deborah Ascher Barnstone ( and

Dr. Elizabeth Otto (

Papers will be 20 minutes in length. Those selected to participate will be notified in short order so that the completed collective proposal can be submitted prior to the GSA’s Feb. 15th deadline, at which point all people submitting papers must be members of the GSA ($70 for US based; $80 for non-US based; includes The German Studies Review). We ultimately intend to publish an edited volume on this topic with a university press that will include expanded and developed papers from the panel.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Deborah Ascher Barnstone, Professor and Associate Head of School, Architecture, University of Technology Sydney

Dr. Elizabeth Otto, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Humanities Institute, State University of New York, Buffalo