German Studies Association Conference
September 15-18, 2022
Turkish / German / Jewish Proximities
This panel series seeks to broaden and deepen the longstanding dialog between Turkish German Studies and German Jewish Studies by uncovering new connections between Turkish and Jewish narratives, positionalities, and texts. In the past two decades, discursive frameworks and theoretical concepts such as “touching tales” (Leslie Adelson), “web of affinities” (Andreas Huyssen), “Trialog” (Zafer Șenocak), “postmigrantische Kontaktzonen” and “muslimisch-jüdische Leitkultur” (Max Czollek), “empathische Solidarität” (Deniz Utlu), and “cross-connections” (Yasemin Yildiz) have been formulated to explore forms of contact, encounter, and proximity.
We invite papers on a range of cultural texts and historical contexts that address Turkish/German/Jewish intersections. Presentations might develop new concepts and frameworks or revisit existing scholarship on topics such as: migrants as subjects of Holocaust memory; references to Jews and Judaism in Turkish German literatures; Muslim and Jewish claims for religious accommodation; Jewish exiles in Turkey; shared histories of Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Europe; antisemitism and anti-Muslim racism.
Please send abstracts of 350-500 words and a short bio to the panel series organizers, Katja Garloff (garloffk[at]reed.edu), Ela Gezen (egezen[at]german.umass.edu), and Karen Remmler (kremmler[at]mtholyoke.edu), by February 15, 2022.