UPDATE: German Culture (11/3/06; PCA/ACA, 4/4/07-4/7/07)
2007 PCA/ACA National Conference
April 4-7, 2007
Boston Marriott Copley Place
UPDATED Submission deadline: November 3, 2006
We welcome papers on various subjects pertaining
to Germany, its literature, and its culture. Specific
topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
"Animals in German Culture: A New Umwelt"
Papers are sought that deal with representations
of animals in German-language, literature and
culture. Topics could include, but are not limited to:
the impact of such representations on body theory;
representations of animals as an attempt to alter
or change the German Unwelt; animals as tropes and
metaphors for body conflicts; impact of animals
on German culture; and interactions between
Germans and animals.
"Forgetting Fassbinder?: Takes on Modern
Papers are sought that look at recent German film
in light of Fassbinder and the New German cinema.
Is there any mutual ground between that era and
the present-day popular German cinema? What
does the relation between the two say about
present-day Germany, and the German past?
"Dissing Ability in German Popular Culture"
Papers are sought that look at the deconstruction
of "ability" as the inherent quality of "normalcy."
Where in German language television, music,
literature and other cultural spheres do people
with disabilities disassemble the thin veneer of
invulnerability and normalcy that these same media
project? How does such a phenomenon in
German-speaking cultures compare with other
"(How) Does Post-Colonialism go Pop?"
Papers are sought that deal with manifestations of
post-colonialism that have a pop trajectory. Does
German popular culture de-politicize post-colonial
debates, or disseminate them among a greater,
popular audience? What are the inflections
of post-colonialism that goes pop?
"The Popularization of German Museum Culture"
Papers are sought that examine how German museum
culture resists, and takes part in the larger trends
of popularization of culture, as well as why museums
in German-speaking countries have taken such stances.
How do, to take three seemingly highly divergent
examples, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Pinakothek
der Moderne in Munich, and the Autostadt in Wolfsburg
fit into a trajectory of such a popularization?
"Marketing Sport: Marketing Germany?"
Papers are sought that look at how sports marketing
is tied to marketing German products, and specific
notions of Germany. How do these intersections
manifest themselves, and how do they shape the image
of product, and Germany, both at home and abroad?
For instance, how is the recent World Cup in
Germany representative of such trends?
"Anti-Semitism: Representations, Intersections,
Papers are sought that examine the representations,
intersections and reception of anti-Semitism
in German culture, from literature and film,
to magazines, media, music and other cultural products.
"German Comic Mags and Zines"
Papers are sought that look at various aspects
of German Comic magazine and zines. Topics
could include, but are not limited to, the relation
of comics to nationalism, to racism, to politics, to rap
and popular music, to the European Union, and
"Recent German Film: Open Panel"
Papers are sought that deal with recent German film.
Papers may deal with German and European identity politics,
ethnicity, popular filmmaking culture, and attempts to deal
with unification and its (dis)contents.
Please send 150-200 word abstracts and a brief CV by the deadline
of November 3, 2006. Electronic submissions are welcome
German Literature and Culture Area Chair:
Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures
Crabtree Building, 49A York St.
Mount Allison University
E4L 1C7 Canada
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Received on Thu Oct 12 2006 - 12:52:08 EDT