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>From:   Renate Rechtien <[log in to unmask]>
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>WOMEN IN GERMAN STUDIES 2003
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>Local Narratives/ Global Narratives of Identity
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>An interdisciplinary conference to be hosted by the University of
>Bath.
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>September 1-3, 2003
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>In the last decade Germany has experienced a period of political and
>cultural turbulence which many attribute to the combined challenges
>of unification and globalisation.  The response to this growing
>exposure to global markets, global politics and migration in a period
>of national reconstruction has been a renationalisation of discourse
>amongst many elites.  A key consequence of this national
>[re]orientation has been a shift away from the local and global as
>spaces of identity negotiation and construction.  This conference
>sets out to explore the role of the local and the global in the
>construction of identities with emphasis on developments in Germany
>since the 1970s, although papers treating earlier periods and/or
>representations from other countries in the German speaking world are
>also welcome.  Papers exploring examples of resistance to the
>national through recourse to the local and/or global are particularly
>welcome. The organisers understand the process of globalisation as
>one that can also be emancipatory and seek to move the debate beyond
>the more negative responses typical of German public debate.
>
>Papers are invited on any aspect of this topic, and it is hoped that
>a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas will be
>represented including literary, cinematic, historical,
>anthropological as well as political science approaches.  Gendered
>readings of the local/global problematic will form a main strand of
>the conference.  Panel topics will focus on narratives of travel and
>migration, constructions of Self and Other in the global/local
>encounter, migrant literatures, and narratives of 'Heimat'.
>
>Other proposal topics might include but are not limited to:
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>- Women and globalisation
>- Legacies of the GDR in a unified Germany
>- Production of localities [cityscapes as a space of local/global
>encounter; the urban-rural divide]
>- German literature in a global marketplace
>- Cross-cultural narratives of Self and Other
>- Debates about ownership of culture and memory
>[Leitkultur/Holocaust]
>- Linguistic globalisation
>- Germany's political role in the New World Order
>- Promoting German culture and language abroad
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>It is hoped that a selection of papers will be published in a special
>edition of 'German Monitor'.
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>Abstracts of no more than 200-400 words should be sent to either
>Karoline von Oppen [[log in to unmask]] or Renate Rechtien
>[[log in to unmask]] at the University of Bath by February 1, 2003.
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>Dr. Renate Anna Rechtien
>Lecturer in European Studies and German
>The University of Bath
>Bath BA2 7AY
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>Dr. Karoline von Oppen
>Lecturer in European Studies and German
>The University of Bath
>Bath BA2 7AY
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