>From: Nicola McLelland <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP Germania remembered Nov20-21, 2009
>Please see below a call for papers for a conference in Nov 2009, being
>origanized by me and Dr Christina Lee (a colleague in English) at
>Since some people have already asked, I should say that the cutoff at 1600
>was rather arbitrary - we would of course welcome relevant proposals
>relating to the 16th century too.
>If anyone would like this information as an attachment (which I can't send
>through German Studies), please let me know.
> Institute for Medieval Research
>Germania Remembered 1600-2009
>International Symposium, University of Nottingham, November 20-21, 2009
>First Call for Papers
>2009 marks the 2000th anniversary of the Battle of the Teutoburger Wald
>(Hermannsschlacht) when 'Hermann' (Arminius) and the Germanic tribe of the
>Cherusci defeated the Roman forces. This event is widely remembered in post-
>medieval sources, where it has served as a template for a proud tradition
>of 'free Germania' for writers and scholars in Germany and beyond. Ever
>since the rediscovery of sources like Tacitus's Germania in the 15th
>century, not just remembrance of the Teutoburger Wald, but also subsequent
>rediscoveries and re-creations of the Germanic inheritance have been
>incorporated into the self-images of Germany and of other countries. Such
>remembrances and reinventions have taken many different forms, from
>uncritical praise (as 17th-century cultural patriots' praise for the
>ancient Germanic language), to Romantic medievalism, to biting satire (such
>as Heine's Nordsee 1825) and Nazi mythologizing.
>The tradition of Germania in German and other literatures and cultures will
>be explored at a Symposium in 2009 at the University of Nottingham. How is
>Germania - the peoples, customs and morals, language and literature, of
>ancient northern Europe - remembered and reinvented from 1600-2009? How do
>such remembrances and re-creations help construct national or trans-
>national identities, in Europe and beyond? We particularly invite
>comparative approaches, whether exploring continuities and discontinuities
>over time, or examining similarities and differences between individual
>writers, between discourse traditions, and/or in different countries.
>Professor Roberta Frank will present a plenary lecture at the Symposium.
>Professor Frank has published widely on medievalism, and is Marie Borroff
>Professor of English at Yale University.
>1. Urtext, Ursprache? The Germanic inheritance in language history and
>2. Re-inventing traditions: The recreated Germanic past in literature and
>3. Germania Historia: The Germanic past in history and philosophy
>4. Stage and Screen: The Germanic past in theatre and film
>Submission of Abstracts: Abstracts of 350 words should be emailed
>(preferably as Word attachments) to the organizers (email below) by May
>15th, 2009, indicating under which panel you wish to be considered.
>For all enquiries, please contact the organizers:
>Dr Christina Lee (School of English Studies, University of Nottingham)
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>Dr Nicola McLelland (School of Modern Languages, University of Nottingham)
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>Sponsors: Institute for Medieval Research at the University of Nottingham
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