CfP NeMLA 2014: Germans Abroad - The (Un-)Political Traveler?

full name / name of organization: 
Nicole Grewling (Washington College)
contact email: 
ngrewling2@washcoll.edu

Call for Papers
Germans Abroad - The (Un-)Political Traveler?

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

This panel seeks to address various types of engagement with the political in travel literature by German authors. What intended and unintended connections exist between travel writing and political discourses such as colonialism, racism, globalization, etc.? To what extent do particular travel narratives acknowledge and reflect political engagement? How are the writers’ prior political and other notions reflected in their texts? Please send 300-400 word abstracts to Nicole Grewling (ngrewling2@washcoll.edu).

Deadline: September 30, 2013
Please include with your abstract your name and affiliation, brief biographical statement, email address, telephone number, and A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration).

The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as “the best book you’ll read this year.” The Keynote speaker will be David Staller of Project Shaw.

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/2014/cfp.html

cfp categories: 
travel_writing