GSA Seminar: (De)Constructing Identities through Mobilities

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October 3, 2019 to October 6, 2019
Oregon, United States
Subject Fields: 
Geography, German History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Humanities

GSA Seminar: (De)Constructing Identities through Mobilities
43nd Annual Conference of the German Studies Association

October 3-6, 2019, Portland, Oregon
Submission Deadline: January 26, 2019

Seminar Description: If, as Lash and Urry state, “modern society is a society on the move,” it becomes impossible to disentangle identities from mobility. Mobile practices construct and are constructed by a myriad of identity categories, such as race, gender, and sexuality, as well as by criteria ranging from national identity to the imaginary. This seminar aims to explore the (inter)relationships between mobilities and claimed, assigned, assumed, as well as denied identities within the German context. While, for example, mobile migrant workers might more or less be “tolerated,” discourses about refugees often revolve around notions like Heimat and belonging (vs. exclusion). We seek contributions from all disciplines and time periods that investigate how various forms of mobilities challenge ideologically constructed (national) identities and/or show how mobility itself can be employed to construct counter-identities that insist on being visible or weaponize invisibility

Format: Participants will write and pre-circulate papers (1700-2000 words) and provide written feedback on two assigned papers prior to the conference. Participants will present their core arguments and respond to feedback; conveners will provide common readings and moderate discussion. The seminar will focus equally on individual papers and cross-disciplinary dialogue.

Please note that all applications to participate an GSA resarch seminars need to be submitted via the designated GSA portal ( by January 26, 2019. If you have questions about this seminar please get in touch with the conveners.

We also would like to alert you to the fact that GSA might be able to provide some financial support to non-North American conference participants; for more information on this please review the informations that GSA provides on travel grants on its website:

Contact Info: 

Liesl Allingham, University of the South,
Stefanie Ohnesorg, University of Tennessee – Knoxville,