Call for Papers: Traveling and Yet Standing Still? - Travel in the Age of
Globalization in German literature
41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure
This panel seeks to investigate the possibility/impossibility of discovering
the foreign in a world characterized by homogenization. As Marshall McLuhan
points out, globalization turns the world into a "global village", reduces
distances and compresses time. Bombarded by images via easy accessible
media, we are transported to a different place and time instantaneously,
thinking we know the world. Yet, as Allan Liska and George Ritzer claim,
when we do see other places with our own eyes, our search for authenticity
is not a genuine one since we only seek to verify our preconceived notions
of the foreign and the exotic. In fact, we are unable to discover the
unknown, all we actually strive for is the familiar. Are the authors and
protagonists in contemporary German literature able to become familiar with
that which they do not know? Or are they simply seeking to replicate the
pictures indelibly burnt into their memory by the media? Are the
protagonists traveling to arrive at a new destination or has travel become a
utopian undertaking that is doomed to failure from the outset? Are they
traveling and yet standing still?
Please send abstracts (~300 words) to Gabriele Eichmanns
([log in to unmask]) and Dagmar Jaeger ([log in to unmask]).
Deadline: September 30, 2009
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)
The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well
as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for
Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session;
however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention
participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative
session or participate in a round table.
Travel to Canada now requires a passport for U.S. citizens. Please apply
early for a passport if necessary.
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Acting Assistant Editor: Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Info available at: http://www.missouri.edu/~graswww/resources/gerlistserv.html