CFP MLA 2020 Migration in a Global German Studies

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Call for Papers
January 9, 2020 to January 12, 2020
Washington, United States
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Literature

The MLA Executive Committee on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century German Literature  invites proposals for a series of panels, titled Migration in a Global German Studies, taking place Jan. 9-12, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.  One panel in this series will be co-sponsored with the MLA Executive Committee on Memory Studies and will focus on memory and migration. Feel free to forward to interested colleagues and graduate students, post on FB, send out via tweet, etc. etc.

Recent scholarship in German Studies increasingly reflects the global and transnational turns in other disciplines such as history and comparative literature.  Investigations of contemporary narratives of globalization, of German colonial ideology, or of diasporic identities, have subverted the notion of a racially, culturally and linguistically homogenous German society.  In addition, political developments such as the immigration of Syrian refugees and the electoral success of right-wing political parties have sparked  new scholarship on such questions as the roles of religion and race in constructions of German identity, or  the relationship between the history of fascism and contemporary right-wing ideologies.  

This panel will present research on narratives of migration and engage its implications for the field of German Studies in relation to constructions of memory and memorialization, of translation, of “germanophone” literature or multi-lingualism in German culture.  Papers can address and/or connect contemporary or historical narratives.  Possible topics could include slavery, colonialism, exile, labor migrations, narratives about and by refugees, or borderland narratives).  Narratives in other languages than German may be included as they relate to the global traffic of German-language culture, and as there may be German authors who sometimes prefer to write in a different language.  Papers are invited from a variety of disciplinary perspectives such as literature, film and media studies, museum and exhibition studies, and cultural history or theory. 

Please send a 250-word abstract by Sunday, March 17, 2019 to Veronika Fuechtner (

Contact Info: 

Veronika Fuechtner, Ph.D., 

Chair, Department of German Studies

Associate Professor of German, Dartmouth College

Affiliated Faculty in Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medical Education, Geisel School of Medicine
HB 6084, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-2408
Fax: (603) 646-1474