Call for Papers for the German Studies Association Conference in St.
Paul, Minnesota, October 2-5, 2008
Panel: “Nostalgia for Belonging – Re-definitions of Heimat?”
On October 27, 2007, German President Köhler declared that thanks to
Günter Grass and his work, Germans could use the term Heimat again.
Given the (politically) controversial reception of Grass’ Beim Häuten
der Zwiebel as well as the latest debates about the resurgence of
national pride and the threat of right-wing nationalism in Europe, this
statement seems rather surprising. In addition to such a re-claiming of
the term Heimat by the political mainstream, various minority groups in
Germany have recently accentuated their entitlement to Germany as their
Heimat. In the context of this revived desire to belong to a
geographical, political, and/or national space, it is crucial to ask
what concepts of Heimat are (re)created in these imaginaries.
We welcome proposals for papers that investigate concepts of Heimat
and/or the desire for belonging as they become visible in contemporary
German literature, film, museums, monuments, music, and politics.
Please send 200-250 word abstracts and a short bio (approx. 100 words,
please no CVs) by February 8, 2008 to both
Barbara Kosta at [log in to unmask]
Sonja Klocke at [log in to unmask]
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