Call for Papers:
Trading in the Past: Imagining Identity across Time
2004 Germanics Graduate Conference at the University of Washington, Seattle
April 3, 2004
"Ursprung ist das Ziel" - Karl Kraus
This interdisciplinary conference explores the ways in which the past obtains a currency in negotiating the present--and imagining the future. Even in revolution, there is no such thing as a clean break from history. How has history been functionalized to serve political ends? Does technological innovation eradicate or manufacture tradition? How does cultural inheritance enable the preservation of traditions or the invention of identity? What counts as historical in literary or cultural history and what gets overlooked? What means are available for marking time? To what degree is the German past still a burden?
Deadline for submissions (in English or German): January 20, 2004
Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Boundaries: as defined in national, linguistic or cultural terms
- Minorities and migrations, centers and peripheries across time
- Literature and tropes of reunification and “Ostalgie”
- Religious and cultural artifacts
- Cinema, history, memory
- Media, modes of authorship, literary authenticity
- Germanistik and German cultural studies
- Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung and memorializing the past
- Patterns of denial and erasure of history
- “Family moments” as familial identity and memory
- Heritage and enterprise
- The limits of New Historicism
Please send a one-page abstract to: [log in to unmask], submit electronically at our conference website:
or mail to: "Trading in the Past" Grad Conference
Department of Germanics
340-C Denny Box 353130
Seattle WA 98195-3130
Paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.
All abstracts will be read anonymously.
Limited travel funding available.
Special thanks to the following organizations for their support:
UW Graduate School's Fund for Excellence and Innovation
UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate
UW Arts and Sciences
Andrea Baer, Brad Hevenor, Gabi Eichmanns,
Petra Faiferova, Kim Seal, and Jenny Stoffel.
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor: Karen Eng
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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