Panel Proposal for the German Studies Association (GSA), 37th Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, 2013.
CFP: “Women Between Two Reichs: Work, Motherhood, and Reproduction in the Weimar Republic”
We are looking for a third paper to join our proposed panel focusing on the issues of work, motherhood, and reproduction in the Weimar Republic. Our first paper focuses on abortion, motherhood, and careers in a play by Ilse Langner. The second deals with how these issues were portrayed to and interpreted by lower middle- and working-class women readers of the serialized novels of Vicki Baum and Irmgard Keun.
Potential topics include:
- transformations of the role of women in society (from the Wilhelmine Empire, through the Weimar Republic, into the Third Reich)
- professional / personal challenges faced by New Women / New Mothers
- analyses of literary and filmic representations of work, motherhood, and abortion in Weimar Germany
- political activism fighting for women’s rights
- representations / interpretations of New Women through political ideologies
- conflicts between reality and idealized images of New Women / New Mothers
Proposal submissions by first-time GSA presenters and advanced graduate students are welcome.
Please send abstracts of up to 300 words to both organizers no later than February 11, 2013:
Belinda Carstens-Wickham: [log in to unmask]
Adi King: [log in to unmask]
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