CFP: GERMAN STUDIES (11/15/2015, KFLC - The Languages, Literatures,
and Cultures Conference, April 14-16, 2016)
The KFLC is proud to open sessions devoted to the presentation of
scholarly research in the area of German-Austrian-Swiss studies.
Abstracts are invited in all areas and aspects of this field,
including, but not limited to:
· Graduate Student Panel: Joseph O’Neil ([log in to unmask]) and
Brenna Byrd ([log in to unmask])
· 18th Century: Joseph O’Neil ([log in to unmask])
· 19th Century: Linda K. Worley ([log in to unmask])
· 20th Century to 1945: Hillary Hope Herzog ([log in to unmask]) and
Harald Höbusch ([log in to unmask])
· 20th Century after 1945: Theodore Fiedler ([log in to unmask]) and N.
Jeff Rogers ([log in to unmask])
· Fairy Tales: New Ways of Reading / New Ways of Teaching (Linda K.
Worley; [log in to unmask])
· Weltliteratur between Cosmopolis and Nation (Joseph O’Neil;
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Goethe’s references to Weltliteratur name a cultural modernity that is
also an enduring aspect of his material legacy, as his name and works
become objects of circulation, translation, and transformation. This
panel (series) will examine the concept of Weltliteratur from many
angles with reference to its roots in the age of Goethe: for example,
in terms of the tensions between the German Weltliteratur and the
English “world literature”; emblematic models of cultural and symbolic
circulation in Goethe’s work or in Goethe’s wake; national and
cosmopolitan issues, models, or appropriations in/of the literature of
Goethe and his age or its successors (Heine, Stifter, etc.). Of
special interest is the tension between the national and the
universal, the particular and the general, the translatable and the
untranslatable. We want to explore the implications and the impact of
the concept, the symbolic and textual economy, and the artefacts of
Weltliteratur in their origins and its destinies. Panel(s) sponsored
by the Goethe Society of North America.
· City and Country in German Film (N. Jeff Rogers; [log in to unmask])
This session seeks to explore the uses and abuses of urban and rural
spaces in German filmmaking in the 20th and 21st centuries. Papers
should address the myriad ways in which the representations of space
are mobilized in the construction of social meaning(s) within
individual films and genres in the German tradition.
· 21st Century German Film (N. Jeff Rogers; [log in to unmask])
This session seeks to explore trends in contemporary German film,
including, but not limited to, the Berlin School, documentary,
international co-productions, heritage film, made-for-TV film, youth
films and comedies. Papers may focus on a particular film, director,
or genre as well as production trends and funding, Filmpolitik, and/or
discussions of film(s) in the public sphere.
· “Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel”: Sport in 20th Century German
Literature and Film (Rebeccah Dawson; [log in to unmask])
Marcel Reich-Ranicki cites sport and literature as “feindliche
Brüder,” meaning that while perhaps constantly battling each other,
the two cultural productions are ultimately intertwined. Though
Germany encountered dramatically different historical landscapes
throughout the 20th century, sport is consistently shown to play an
integral role in communicating contemporary social critique and
reinforcing social and cultural ideologies. Throughout the twentieth
century, scholars such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Bertolt Brecht,
Siegfried Lenz, and Peter Handke, to name only a few, have turned to
sport in their works to illuminate cultural and political conflicts.
This panel investigates how sport has persisted throughout the 20th
century as a constant topos of German literary and cultural
imagination. In order to bridge a gap in the paucity of scholarship,
this panel seeks to identify the politicized role German literature
and film awarded sport throughout the tumultuous eras of Germany’s
We invite submissions from all scholars who work on the German lands
and their neighbors, including those who are interested in sport as it
relates to literature, film, history, religion, identity, and a focus
on the development of sport as a cultural signifier in the 20th
century as a whole.
Topics might include but are not limited to: sport in literature,
sport in cinema, gender and sport, sport as a historicizing force,
athletic heroism, fandom, sport in popular culture, and sport as a
In addition to individual abstracts for paper presentations, proposals
for panels of 4-5 papers will be considered. Paper presentations are
20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question & answer session.
The KFLC has a tradition of attracting scholars from a broad range of
languages and specializations. This year’s conference will have
sessions in Arabic Studies, East Asian Studies, English as a Foreign
Language, French and Francophone Studies, German-Austrian-Swiss
Studies, Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Studies (Spanish Peninsular
and Spanish American), General Linguistics, Neo-Latin Studies,
Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, Italian Studies, Russian and Slavic
Studies, Second Language Acquisition, and Translation Studies.
Individually submitted abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
Panel proposals of 4-5 presentations should be submitted as follows:
The panel organizer should electronically submit a panel proposal.
The panel proposal cannot exceed one page in length and should include
the theme of the panel, the organizer's name and contact information,
and the names, contact information and affiliations of the panel
participants. Each participant MUST submit an individual abstract
using our online system in addition to the panel proposal. Please
indicate that your presentation is part of a pre-organized panel and
list the title and organizer of the panel in the abstract.
Papers may be read in English or German. Acceptance of a paper or
complete panel implies a commitment on the part of all participants to
register and attend the conference. All presenters must pay the
appropriate registration fee by February 15, 2016 to be included in
For general information about the conference and paper presentation
guidelines, and to submit abstracts and panel proposals BY NOVEMBER
15, 2015, please visit our website: https://kflc.as.uky.edu/.
Harald Höbusch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of German Studies
Associate Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages,
Literatures and Cultures
Co-Editor, Colloquia Germanica
1055 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506
Tel.: (859) 257-1873
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Skype contact name: harald.hoebusch.jun
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor: Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Info available at: http://grs.missouri.edu/resources/gerlistserv.html