CFP: Goodbye Mutti! Reflecting on the 16-year legacy of Kanzlerin Merkel, Austin (12.03.2022)

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9th Biennial Graduate Student Conference of the Department of Germanic Studies

Goodbye Mutti!

Reflecting on the 16-year legacy of Kanzlerin Merkel

April 1st, 2022 – The University of Texas at Austin

The Graduate Association of Germanic-Language Students would like to invite our fellow graduate students to join us for our ninth biennial Graduate Student Conference of the Department of Germanic Studies.

Germany is at a turning point in having to say goodbye, after sixteen years, to its first female chancellor, Angela Merkel. Sixteen years characterized by a series of one crisis after the other including but not limited to: the 2008 financial crisis; Europe’s migration crisis; the rise of a new wave of extremist right-wing groups; growing concern about our climate and environment; and not to be forgotten, the global pandemic that changed the world in 2020. Despite these issues, Angela Merkel became to be seen by many Germans as a symbol of stability and reason, earning her the nickname of Germany’s “Mutti”.

With this conference, we propose creating an interdisciplinary, intersectional space to look back on the last sixteen years in Germany’s history and the years leading up to it. We invite proposals that may relate to events and themes that stood out during Merkel’s term of office, such as but not restricted to:

  • Gender and positions of power
  • Leading figures and their relationship to whom they represent
  • Identity in a globalized world
  • The role and place of religion in today’s societies
  • Post-reunification Germany
  • Marginalized groups, xenophobia
  • (Im)migration and asylum seekers
  • (National) identity, transnationalism
  • Environmentalism
  • The European Union’s sphere of influence

The deadline for submission is March 12th, 2022; the conference will be taking place in person at the University of Texas at Austin on April 1st, 2022.

Abstract proposals should be no more than 250 words in length, accompanied by a brief biography (150 words) suitable for a conference introduction. Talks will be allotted 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Submissions can be made through the conference's website

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or accommodation requests!

Contact information: Graduate Association of Germanic Languages Students (GAGLS) – Nafal Ossandón Hostens, Ellen Jones, Anne Wooten, Sascha Daniels

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Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Nils Gelker] betreut –