The 22nd Annual Conference of the German and Dutch Graduate Student Association
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mind & Memory in Germanic Studies
February 25-26, 2022
Keynote Speaker: Nick Henry, University of Texas at Austin
Workshop: Sunny Yudkoff, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Call for Papers
“When you change your language, you change your thoughts.” - Karl Albrecht
Acquiring another language can inspire both learners and teachers to reflect on the changes that they undergo during the
learning process. In recent years, researchers have wrestled with how language affects the way we think and how it
impacts the way we understand the world. Furthermore, the role our own memories play in creating our reality and
informing the way we interpret literature warrants further study.
This conference seeks to shed light on how our experiences interacting with the Germanic world can impact us. We are
seeking papers that explore how the mind interacts with language, can adapt to various language environments, and how
the mind shapes and can reframe culture in historical contexts. These shifts are further documented in the production of
literature, such as through memoirs.
Our virtual conference welcomes contributions from diverse fields that may, but are not required to, touch on the
following questions and keywords:
- How are cultural memory and cultural identity manifested through representations of the mind?
- How does survivor memory inform future generations?
- What is the impact of neurodiversity on textual representations and memory studies?
- How can memorialization in the form of museums and memorials affect the way we view the past?
- How is language stored and processed in the brain?
- What are learner perceptions of oral and written language use?
- How does identity interact with language learning?
- How do the identities of bi- and multilingual language learners, as well as heritage learners, play a role in
Abstracts for single- or multi-authored 20-minute presentations should be no more than 300 words and are
due by January 15th, 2022. Submissions in both English and German are welcome. Abstracts should not
include the presenter’s name. Please include the following as a separate attachment: name, title of paper,
department and university affiliation, and email address. Please submit your abstracts to the GDGSA
Conference Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further details on the conference, keynote
speaker, and/or accessibility needs, please see our website: