Counterfactual History in German Literature: Deadline Sept. 30, 2011

full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
contact email: 
Kathleen.Singles@anglistik.uni-muenchen.de

Call for Papers

Das Neuschreiben der Vergangenheit: Counterfactual History in German Literature

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

What is the function of writing pasts that did not happen? So-called ‘alternate histories’ are typically discussed as a phenomenon of the English-speaking world. This session, by contrast, will bring into focus the variety of German-language literature that re-writes history or stages the re-writing of history, raising intriguing questions about how we come to terms with our past and the nature of national memory. Please send a 250-300 word abstract by email to: Kathleen Singles, LMU

Deadline: September 30, 2011
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The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

Building upon the excellence of past NeMLA conferences, the association continues to grow as a vibrant community of scholars, thanks to the wide array of intellectual and cultural opportunities at every venue. Compact yet diverse, Rochester also boasts important historical connections; it is the site of the home, publication operations, and orations of Frederick Douglass, where he edited the North Star, as well as his eponymous periodical, and delivered the speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”. Visitors can explore the houses of abolitionist, suffragette, and reformer Susan B. Anthony and the inventor of devices popularizing photography, George Eastman, as well as shopping and eateries; attendees will also be within reach of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, known for its local wineries.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond