German Studies Panels at NeMLA 2021

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Location: 
New Hampshire, United States
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Film and Film History, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Sport History / Studies, Literature

Please consider participating in one of the panels below during NeMLA 2021. Our next conference will be March 11-14 in Philadelphia.

The abstract deadline for all panels is September 30, 2020. A full list of all German Studies panels can be found on the NeMLA website. http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html

 

Pandemic: Representations of Virus and Illness in German Culture

https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18983 

 

For this panel, we invite papers that discuss representations of pandemics, epidemics, and/or illness. These may be reactions to historical events like the bubonic plague or the flu of 1919, or even contemporary representations of Covid in print or digital form. Also of interest are representations of illness as a political metaphor in propaganda, or fictitious illnesses in film or literature. Of greatest interest are papers that look at illness and outbreaks as they pertain to large portions of the population. How have artists interpreted these illnesses? What meanings do they hold? How has the power of the metaphor been harnessed? What aesthetic choices have the artists made, or does the topic demand? What is the relationship between medium and illness? Etc.

Please upload your abstract directly to the NeMLA website (NeMLA membership NOT required to submit abstracts)

 

 

From Krautrock to Hip-Hop: Negotiating "German" Identity Through Music

https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18982

 

Participants are invited to submit papers that address the role of music and associated cultures in the formulation of post-war German identity and musical tradition, or in the negotiation of inherited traditions and histories. Discussions of German music in both the East and the West, as well as in united Germany are welcome, as are discussions that account for Germany as a global society. Also of interest are papers that demonstrate how these musical movements can be didacticized for the classroom.

Please upload your abstract directly to the NeMLA website (NeMLA membership NOT required to submit abstracts)

 

 

75+ Years: The Holocaust in German Literature and Film Today

https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18981

 

This panel seeks papers that discuss the Holocaust and its representation in contemporary German literature and film. As the Holocaust is a foundational stone in modern German identity, its representation in German literature and film amounts to a discussion of German-ness itself. How have these discussions been impacted by recent events like the rise of right-wing extremism, migration and refugees, instability in the EU, a new generation of filmmakers and authors, and the aging of the generation that perpetrated the crimes? And how have we incorporated this new generation of representation into our curricula?

Please upload your abstract directly to the NeMLA website (NeMLA membership NOT required to submit abstracts)

 

Gender and Disability in German Art, Policy, and Culture

https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18980

 

According to the World Health Organization, nearly one in every six people in the world is categorized as disabled, making it one of the largest minority populations across the globe. As a term that is defined, in large part, by an individual’s ability to navigate and negotiate a world designed by and for able-bodied individuals, central to the concept of disability is performance.

This panel invites discussions of the intersection between disability and gender in German literature, film, and culture. Where do these performances intersect? What impact do they have on each other?

Discussions of cognitive, psychological, and physical disability as they pertain to gender are welcome.

Please upload your abstract directly to the NeMLA website (NeMLA membership NOT required to submit abstracts)

 

"Die schweizerische Dramatik existiert nicht": Swiss Literature and Film Today

https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18979

 

This panel invites papers that present readings of contemporary Swiss literature and theater. We also invite discussions of contemporary Swiss film. In an effort to be broad and welcoming, the panel does not target a particular topic or approach beyond Switzerland itself. How do contemporary artists conceive of, or represent Switzerland or what it means to be Swiss? How do they engage their cultural history? In what ways do the voices of Keller, Frisch, Dürrenmatt, and Walser reverberate in contemporary prose? How are issues of migration, climate change, the global economy, and “Europe” discussed from a particularly Swiss perspective? Conversely, how does a Swiss perspective formulate or inform contemporary art?

Please upload your abstract directly to the NeMLA website (NeMLA membership NOT required to submit abstracts).

 

Sport: The Aesthetics and Meaning of Sport in German Culture

https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18978

 

This panel welcomes papers addressing the representation, aesthetics, and cultural meaning of sport in the German-speaking world. The contemporary experiences of Özil and Boateng have underscored the centrality of German soccer in the debate around German-ness today, but the central role held by athletes and sports in identity building is nothing new. How have these debates evolved or changed? What differences exist between sports, and what role do these sports play in German culture? What are the aesthetics of sports in film and literature, and how have these aesthetics been harnessed over time?

Invited are papers that approach sports and their meaning from multiple angles. Memory, politics, aesthetics, and identity are all areas of interest, as are discussions about genre and medium. Proposals addressing issues of idealism and economics are also welcome, such as the role of codetermination or the marketing of mountain tourism in Austria and Switzerland. Please note, this is not a panel interested exclusively in soccer, but welcomes discussion of all sports.

Please upload your abstract directly to the NeMLA website (NeMLA membership NOT required to submit abstracts)

 

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