Alternate Words: Language and Identity in German Transnational Literature and Cinema

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Amanda Sheffer / The Catholic University of America
contact email: 

CFP: Alternate Words: Language and Identity in German Transnational Literature and Cinema (Sep 30 2018; March 21-24 2019) - Session 17365  


50th Anniversary Convention: Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 21-24, 2019

Washington, DC

Host Institution: Georgetown University


Crossing political boundaries often means a new configuration of identity in a different culture. Commonly, this new or adapted identity shares a strong link to another language and the ability to express ideas and share stories from the past in the new culture. This can be both a positive journey of discovery or a challenging task in articulating the past within in the new country. The German-speaking context presents an important look into the politics of identity through different forms of governments in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria over the last century. While scholars have focused on the recent migration to Germany, literature and film has documented how artists adapt to new contexts both in and outside of the German-speaking countries for the last century in both forced exile and a chosen new homeland.

This panel seeks contributions including a larger discourse on transnational literature and film surrounding the German-speaking countries and their links to identity, whether political or personal, and how this is linked to its articulation through language. This articulation can be both positive and negative in a better understanding of the self or challenging through a sense of loss. The panel seeks to present migration both to and from the German-speaking countries at different points in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 300 words, including the submitter’s biographical information, through the NeMLA website:  

More info on submission requirements per NeMLA:


 Submission deadline: September 30, 2018


For inquiries about the panel, contact:

Amanda Sheffer, Clinical Assistant Professor of German, The Catholic University of America (