CFP: (German Studies Association Conference Seminar) Transnationalizing the Sturm und Drang, Washington, D.C. (26.01.2020)

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More than fifteen years have passed since the last major English-language publication on the Sturm und Drang (David Hill’s 2003 edited volume Literature of the Sturm und Drang). In those years, Enlightenment scholarship more broadly has seen major advances. Now, ahead of the 250th anniversary of the Sturm und Drang’s key writings, this seminar will draw on recent Enlightenment research and emerging Sturm und Drang scholarship to stimulate fresh scholarly debate on the movement. Specifically, the goal is to prepare, building on recent historiographical studies of the European Enlightenment, an edited volume that revises the old view of the Sturm und Drang as a uniquely German phenomenon by situating it in a transnational context. In this endeavour, we particularly welcome papers that illuminate a transnational Sturm und Drang by examining also the wider networks of the Sturm und Drang and/or neglected and marginalized figures close to the Sturm und Drang.


This seminar will take place over three days at the GSA conference, and all participants will attend all sessions of the seminar. Participants will submit papers of 3,000–4,000 words for pre-circulation by August 27th, 2020. Each participant will also act as a respondent to two other papers. During the seminar, we will devote 25 minutes to each paper: 5-minute introduction by the author; two 5-minute responses; 10 minutes for group discussion.  


To apply for this seminar, go to  and upload an abstract (250-500 words) and a CV (up to 1000 words) by 26 January 2020. Responses will be sent at the beginning of February.


If you have any questions, please contact the seminar convenors, Dr Elystan Griffiths, University of Birmingham (UK) ( and Dr Martin Wagner, University of Calgary (Canada) ( For more information about the 2020 German Studies Association Conference, see here:

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