Decolonization is a growing niche in German Studies [e.g. works of Kien Nghi Ha, Dirk Göttsche, Jürgen Zimmerer] – but a niche, nonetheless. Yet Germany has been and is changing. Aladin El-Mafaalani writes: “Die Integration von Teilen in ein Ganzes verändert dieses Ganze” (83, 2018). A (more) diverse Germany necessitates comprehensive contention with its complicated past, laying bare the various structures of oppression that consciously and unconsciously impede or prohibit integration and cohabitation. Furthermore, Decolonial theory necessitates such a discussion, positing that modernity and coloniality are co-constituent: colonialism is not an effect of modernization but an element of its foundation.
The Short Story permanent section of the Midwest Modern Language Association seeks paper presentations related to the 2020 conference theme, “Cultures of Collectivity.”
Extended Deadline: 1st June 2020
Erasure and the Environment Conference
Loughborough University, 17-18th September 2020
Keynote Address: Prof. David Herd (University of Kent)