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CALL FOR PAPERS: German Studies Association, Annual Conference, in San
Diego from October 4-7, 2007
"The End of the GDR?: Continuities and Discontinuities in
Nearly two decades after unification, the GDR remains a vital presence
in the German imaginary. Germany has discussed GDR-literature in terms
of its politics, as manifested in the “Literaturstreit,” has seen waves
of “Ostalgie,” and the foundation of museums dedicated to the memory
and (re-)imagining of the GDR continues. Political discourse
increasingly focuses on issues of social security in times of
globalization and high unemployment rates, and the “Volksparteien” CDU
and SPD are trying hard not to leave the field to the PDS, which
continues to celebrate successes in elections.
We welcome proposals for papers that investigate (dis-)continuations of
the GDR in Germany after 1990, in literature, film, cultural artifacts,
and politics. We are particularly interested in -- but do not limit
ourselves to -- approaches that question:
- The legacy of GDR-writing and DEFA-film, asking what factors
that have conventionally been labeled East German have survived in
post-unification literature and film. Are post-1989 narratives defined
by a change of narrative? Or do we rather perceive narratives rooted in
traditions ascribed to GDR-literature? To what extent does GDR-film
continue in post-unification Germany? Is there a GDR-literature today?
- The (dis-)continuation of East German cultural identity: How are
GDR-identity and memory/ies of the GDR negotiated in post-unification
- The (dis-)continuation of presentations of Gender, Sexuality,
and the status and role of women specific to East German discourses
- Traditions, understandings and definitions of democracy; the
status of democracy, particularly with regard to the latest resurgence
of right-wing parties in East-German State Parliaments
- What role power, knowledge, and presentations of state
authorities play. What traditions (of representation) of surveillance
before and after 1989 can be detected?
- What role the GDR plays in discourses relating to globalization.
Is the (former) GDR positioned as a repository of socialist values set
against globalization? Does it offer means of resistance?
Please send 200 word abstracts and short bios or CVs by Feb 1, 2007 to:
Barbara Mabee: [log in to unmask]
Sonja Klocke: [log in to unmask]
Barbara Mabee, Ph.D.
Professor of German
Department of Mod. Langs. and Lits.
431 Wilson Hall
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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