CFP “Race” in the German-Speaking Countries (GSA 2009)
In recent years new discussions of the meaning and importance of the category
of race in the German-speaking countries have begun in a variety of disciplines
and historical periods. This panel or series of panels seeks to encourage
broader discussions among scholars in those various areas. What counts
as “race” will be construed very broadly, and contributors may want to consider
any groups of people who have been racialized in any time period and from any
perspective. Contributors may want to focus on how conceptualizations
of “race” have affected those individuals or groups racialized or what
functions racialization has played for dominant German-speaking groups or
within the political, philosophical, ideological, cultural etc.
conceptualizations or representations on which they drew and/or helped to
produce. Contributors might want to explore how “race” intersects with other
categories like nation, ethnicity, gender, or class. Papers that explore how
German-speakers use racial categories in non-German speaking parts of the world
or how German conceptualizations of “race” may relate to those of other
countries are welcome. In the context of the new “Critical Whiteness Studies”
in Germany, contributors may want to consider “white” as a racial category.
Contributors may also want to entertain the possibility that race can have
positive as well as negative meanings for individuals or groups who affirm
their “race” as one component of their identity.
Please send 300-word abstracts and a short CV by January 31 to Sara Lennox,
[log in to unmask] If you are already considering submitting a panel on
some aspect of this topic and would like your panel to be included as part of a
larger series of panels, please contact me also.
The 2009 conference of the German Studies Association will be held from 8-11
October 2009 in Washington, DC.
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor: Megan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Info available at: http://www.missouri.edu/~graswww/resources/gerlistserv.html