CFPs: German Literature & Culture, PCA/ACA San Antonio, TX, April 20-23, 2011

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CFPs: German Lit and Culture, PCA/ACA, San Antonio, TX , April 20-23, 2011 Panels: Teaching GER Culture, Sarrazin Debate; Media Studies; Mixing Lit: GPS/E-Book; GER Creative Writing; Gaming Violence;

Teaching German Culture in German Studies
Papers dealing with materials, theories, and approaches to teaching culture in German programs are sought. Topics and approaches can range from the use of texts and instruments (questionnaires, texts, films, on-line resources) to inform students about intercultural practice and cultural constructs (ethnicity, gender, disability, etc.) to materials and theories on how to encourage students to engage in creative-critical work on German Studies.

Thilo Sarrazin and Debates on German Identity
Thilo Sarrazin (as of September 7, 2010 still a member of the executive board of the Bundesbank) has ignited a debate in Germany and beyond on the links between intelligence and geneticc. This had lead numerous commentators (for instance the psychologist Elsbeth Stern, ETH Zürich in Die Zeit,, viewed 2.9.2010) to both demonstrate the fallacy of Sarrazin's basic ideas, as well as to promote a greater public awareness around issues of the changes in the German identity construct. How has this debate progressed, or expanded; what does it mean for Germany, and particularly for those who are the focus of this debate, namely those German citizens and residents with a multi-ethnic 0r non-ethnic German background?

Film and Media Studies
What are the connections between Film and Media Studies, both in terms of the content produced in German-speaking countries, and the way in which this content is received abroad? What are the public spaces (and internet, multi-media, etc) of German culture today, and how are these taken up, or not, by schools and universities/colleges? Are North American curriculum changes in German Studies keeping pace with the move from Film Studies to Media Studies in the academy, and where are the impulses coming from; for instance, what is the level of integration of these fields in Germany, Switzerland and Austria?

Writing, Mixing Literature, E-Book, GPS
What do experiments with GPS narratives (, viewed 17.9.2010) undertaken by the Deutsches Theater and Deutschlandradio, discussions about E-books, the continued growth of comic and manga (for instance, now being used in German history books), and phenomenons such as Helene Hegemann's liberal use (plagiarism) of the work of Berlin blogger Aire for her novel Axolotl Roadkill say about literature and writing in present-day Germany.

Creative Writing
What are the spaces for creative writing in German Studies? While creative writing programs in North America abound, with a growing offer of Masters and even PhD programs, German universities seem to have a dirth of such programmes. Is there any room for Creative Writing in German Studies programmes? How could such a space be created, and add to an appreciation of literature and the art of writing?

Gaming Violence?
What are the parameters of the debate in Germany about these games (PaintBall, video and computer games with first person shooters), and the legislation seeking to ban and restrict them, and how is this legislation linked to violent crimes in and around high-schools?

If you have any suggestions for panels, please contact: Claude Desmarais, Reichwald Professor in German Studies, UBC, Okanagan campus, Kelowna, BC (, program coordinator for German Literature and Culture. Proposals are due December 15, 2010. Please provide a maximum 250 word paper proposal by email, as well as a brief summary (maximum five lines) of your research interests, your title and your affiliation. If you would like further information about the conference, consult these websites: and