>Below is a round-up of CFPs for four sessions at this year's Midwest
>Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago (7-9 November).
>Further details - and additional CFPs - at:
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>From: "Vahlbusch, Jefford B." <[log in to unmask]>
>I invite you to submit an abstract to one of the three new special
>sessions proposed for this year's Midwest Modern Language Association
>The M/MLA Conference will be held November 7-9, 2003, at the Congress
>Plaza Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
>Abstracts are due April 1st!
>Proposed new sessions:
>German I. German Poetry. Open Topic.
>Papers invited on any aspect of German-language poetry.
>German II. Comparative Studies: "Old Europe/New World: Images of the
>Transatlantic Other/World in German or American Texts."
>Papers sought on texts from any period in which a German or American
>Other/World is imagined or constructed.
>German III. Pedagogies in Theory and Practice: "Teaching Literature
>Papers invited on new and developing pedagogies in the teaching of
>literature, film, or literature and film.
>Inquiries welcome. Please send (in body of e-mail) or fax 250-word
>abstracts by 1 April to:
>Department of Foreign Languages
>University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
>Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702-4004
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>For more information on the M/MLA and the upcoming conference, click on
>From: Theodore Rippey <[log in to unmask]>
>CFP: Weimar Exotica (M/MLA, 7-9 Nov 2003, Chicago)
>Abstracts sought for a panel that will add new dimensions to the
>scholarly inquiry into the texts, artists, and movements that generated
>the complicated array of representations of the exotic, which formed a
>cornerstone of high art and popular culture during the Weimar Republic.
>Having lagged far behind European rivals in nineteenth-century
>territorial conquest and surrendered the Wilhelmine dream of
>Weltgeltung along with its African, Asian, and Pacific footholds in
>defeat in 1918/1919, Germany offered cultural producers a comparative
>dearth of direct colonial contact with Other cultures in the 1920s and
>early 1930s. This stoked an often compensatory drive to explore dark,
>far-flung territories in film, graphic arts, literature, journalism,
>and even music.
>Selected papers will shed light on previously unexamined texts or offer
>fresh perspectives on well known works, addressing such questions as:
>What specific national or racial marks does Weimar cultural production
>ascribe to different exotic places and people? Are constructions of the
>exotic Other always monolithic? If not, what interests are at play in
>the shades of differentiation that distinguish exotic figures? What
>were the conditions and ramifications of direct contact? What degrees
>of mediation persisted even in those moments of contact? Is the Other
>always a menace? Can the representation or experience of the exotic
>ever be disarticulated from the colonial impulse to control and
>The general aim is to unite papers that showcase a diversity of
>analytical approaches and cultural objects in a discussion that moves
>beyond oversimplified dichotomies of self and other to a more nuanced
>consideration of the specific social functions of exotica during this
>Abstracts (350-500 words) by 20 March 2003 to Theodore Rippey, German,
>Russian & East Asian Languages, Bowling Green State University, Bowling
>Green, OH, 43403-0219, [log in to unmask] (electronic submission
>preferred-send files as MS Word email attachments). Panel subject to
>approval by convention organizers. Participants must become members of
>M/MLA by 1 June 2003.
>Theodore F Rippey, PhD
>Assistant Professor of German
>Director, BGSU Salzburg Summer Program
>Dept of German, Russian & E Asian Languages
>Bowling Green State University
>Bowling Green, OH 43403-0219 USA
>+1 (419) 372 7137 http://personal.bgsu.edu/~theodor