CFP: GSA Seminar 2022: "German Studies approaches to Media Literacy", Houston, TX (14.3.2022)

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Call for Abstracts: German Studies Association Conference Seminar (Houston, TX), Sept. 15-18, 2022

Submission Deadline: March 14, 2022

The topic of literacy has recently gained new importance for German Studies. It is not about a mere alphabetization or adaptation to a hegemonic culture in an uncritical sense, but about the interplay of multiple literal and media cultures as well as multimodalities - in view of the fact that a wide variety of new media has emerged in recent years, but also new forms of literacy have emerged that for example combine visual and the textual signs in new ways. Furthermore, New Literacies Studies (see The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies, ed. by Jennifer Rowsell and Kate Pahl, London / New York: Routledge, 2020) brought to our attention that materiality as well as visuality, peer groups and different spheres (private, public and so on) participate in worldmaking capabilities and complicate an understanding of reading and writing as 'the' literacy skills. Quintessentially, literacy needs to be rethought and reformulated. The seminar sets out to discuss literacy in its complexities and how the new understandings of it impact our teaching and research.

Perceiving ourselves as distributers, moderators and participants of the seminar, it is our goal to create an environment for an interdisciplinary discussion between academics at all career levels. Each session will combine discussions of pivotal theoretical texts and 3-4 pre-circulated papers (max 4,000 words).

We are looking forward to proposals for this seminar that will take place during the German Studies Association's annual conference, Sept. 15-18, 2022. Please submit a brief abstract (250 - 500 words) as well as a short CV through the GSA website: or The GSA Seminar portal is expected to be open from February 28, 2022 to March 14, 2022. Please note that you need to be a GSA member to submit an abstract.

This Seminar is jointly organized by Thomas Kuepper (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, email:, Tanja Nusser  (University of Cincinnati, Ohio; email: and Rolf Parr (University of Duisburg-Essen, email: Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.



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

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Mark-Georg Dehrmann] betreut –