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>>German Studies Association 2004 -- call for papers
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>>We are seeking 1-2 papers to complete a panel proposal for this
>>year's GSA (October 6-10, Washington DC).
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>>Marketing Socialisms?: Culture, Consumption, and Cold War Competition
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>>This panel explores the relationship between the German
>>citizen-consumer-producer and the construction of German nations
>>since 1945. The national trajectories of the GDR and the FRG are
>>generally conceived in contrast - the austerity of a planned
>>society vs. a Wirtschaftswunder of consumer goods. Yet does this
>>explanatory model, grounded in the study of official policy and
>>Cold War narratives, adequately map the relationships between
>>citizen and nation, between Germanness and socialism? What do
>>cultural artifacts reveal about how intra-German competition
>>complicated those terms, as both the GDR and the FRG sought to
>>market a new national identity to their own (and in some cases each
>>other's) citizens? For example, papers might explore the ways in
>>which East German socialism appropriates the capitalist discourse
>>of consumption; or how Western capitalism relies upon the assurance
>>of state-provided social services to undergird popular support of
>>the Economic Miracle.
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>>We are particularly interested in proposals that build on recent
>>research on consumer culture, and on constructions of gender,
>>class, race and sexuality in this context. Currently, the panel
>>consists of two cultural studies (lit/film emphasis) papers
>>focusing on the 1950s and 1960s. We also welcome submissions from
>>other disciplinary perspectives (history, political science, etc.),
>>and from other points in time; both comparative and single-state
>>approaches will be considered.
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>>Send abstracts by Feb. 1 to both email addresses below:
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>>Jennifer Ruth Hosek
>>Dept. of Comparative Literature
>>Univ. of California-Berkeley
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>>Liz Mittman
>>Dept. of Linguistics & Languages
>>Michigan State University
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