Please note the updated keynote speaker and extended deadline information below.
The 12th annual Graduate Student Conference
of the German and Dutch Graduate Student Association
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison entitled
“What is a German Department?”
will take place on March 19 and 20, 2010.
Keynote speaker: Claire Kramsch, University of California, Berkeley:
Language departments as privileged sites for the study of meaning
What constitutes a German department varies widely not only from institution to
institution but also within individual departments. Many German departments
are entirely German in their name only, and many others share their space (both
physically and in the constructed space of academia) with other languages,
disciplines and cultures. Germanists working in literature, linguistics, applied
linguistics and all related sub-categories and fields may seem to have more in
common with their peers in sciences, letters and humanities than with their
colleagues in their own German department. Still, it is the German language that
structures the myriad disciplines into one department.
What is our common ground? In what direction does our own research take us?
How is what we do located within German Studies? What is a German
department and what will we emerging Germanists make of it?
This conference will illustrate and celebrate the diverse work done by scholars
who intersect at the term German. In order to address the question posed in the
title, the conference committee cordially invites abstracts on any aspect of
German, Austrian, or Swiss Studies including (but not at all limited to):
literature, linguistics, applied linguistics, philosophy, film, art history, history,
political science, musicology, sociology, minority studies, global studies and
The conference committee will host a pre-conference panel discussion with UW-
Madison faculty members on the importance, marketability and reality of taking
an interdisciplinary approach in academia.
Please submit your abstracts (approx. 250 words) to Joshua Bousquette
([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) by no later than January 25, 2010.
The primary language of the conference will be English, however papers in German
are also welcome.
Submissions should not bear the author’s name. Include the following
information as a separate attachment: name, title of paper, department and
university affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please contact
any of the committee members with potential questions or concerns:
GDGSA Conference Committee, 2010
Joshua Bousquette ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)
Ryan Carroll ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)
Katie Chapman ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)
Sarah Reed ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)
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