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GERMAN-CFP-L  September 2009

GERMAN-CFP-L September 2009

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CFP: Contemporary Jewish-German Authors, NeMLA, Montreal (April 7-11, 2010)

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Contemporary Jewish-German Authors

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Wende, the face of united Germany is increasingly multicultural, in large part due to the need to welcome refugees and asylum seekers from countries in Africa and the Middle East, but also due to the need to integrate guest workers from Turkey, who have lived in Germany since the 1960s. Included in this multi cultural population are German Jews, who have returned to Germany for various reasons. Some have returned to reestablish their German roots, which were interrupted with forced emigration because of the Third Reich's policies of exterminating Jews. Others have returned from countries, which offered them refuge from Germany, to seek a better life in Europe, and others have emigrated from the former Soviet Union since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Jewish authors in Germany and Austria have comprised the German canon for centuries and contributed to German culture in numerous ways. Notable authors, writing before World War II include Heinrich Heine, Rachel Levin Varnhagen, Moses Mendelsohn, Franz Kafka, Arthur Schnitzler, Jurek Becker, and Elias Canetti. Indeed, from 1898 until 1938, Germany experienced a Jewish Cultural Renaissance, consisting of a period of rebirth and rediscovery of Jewish culture and the Hebrew language in Germany. Jewish writers, poets and painters from Germany and Eastern Europe consciously advanced a collective identity among German Jewry and established publishing houses, journals, adult education systems, libraries, schools, youth activities, museums and music associations. Berlin became a center for literary, artistic, and scholarly expression of Jewish thought and culture. Writers of this movement include Arnold Zweig, Theodor Herzl, and Else Lasker-Schüler. 

The purpose of this panel is to delve further into the themes currently examined by contemporary Jewish authors in Germany. These themes include not only questions of assimilation and acculturation, but also of a dual Jewish-German identity in a society which is, on the one hand, is becoming increasingly secular and, on the other hand, must address fundamentalist Islamic religious practices and come to terms with a conservative right-wing movements, not only in the Christian community, but also in right-wing youth groups. Proposals, which discuss authors addressing a reconciliation with the past and the quest for integration in the Germany after reunification are especially welcome, as are those which discuss authors, who address the current situation in the Middle East.

Summary for panel proposal:
The purpose of this panel is to delve further into the themes currently examined by contemporary Jewish authors in Germany. Proposals addressing any aspect of Jewish-German writing are welcome, as are those which address Jewish-German writing and current affairs in Israel and the Middle East. Please send a 250 word abstract to Edith Vandervoort at [log in to unmask]


Call for Papers:

Contemporary Jewish-German Authors

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

Jewish authors in Germany and Austria have comprised the German canon for centuries and contributed to German culture in numerous ways. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, many Jews have returned to Germany for various reasons. Some have returned to reestablish their German roots, which were interrupted with forced emigration because of the Third Reich's policies of exterminating Jews. Others have returned from countries, which previously offered them refuge from Germany, in order to seek a better life in Europe, and others have emigrated from the former Soviet Union since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The purpose of this panel is to delve further into the themes currently examined by contemporary Jewish authors in Germany. 

These themes include not only questions of assimilation and acculturation, but also of a dual Jewish-German identity in a society which is, on the one hand, becoming increasingly secular and, on the other hand, must address fundamentalist Islamic religious practices and come to terms with a conservative right-wing movements, not only among members of the Christian community, but also in right-wing youth groups. Proposals, which discuss authors addressing a reconciliation with the past and the quest for integration in the Germany after reunification are especially welcome, as are those which discuss authors, who address the current political situation Isreal and the Middle East.

Please note that this is a roundtable, in which 3-6 participants give brief, informal presentations (5-10 minutes) with the remainder of the session given to a conversation between the participants and the audience. 

Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words to Edith B. Vandervoort at [log in to unmask]

Deadline: September 30, 2009

Please include with your abstract: 
Name and Affiliation 
Email address 
Postal address 
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The 41thAnnual 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 roundtable.

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