Call for Papers (2nd posting)

German-American Connections
The 6th Annual German Studies Graduate Student Conference
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

April 2 and 3, 2004

Keynote Speaker:
Carol Poore
Professor of German Studies
Brown University
German/American bodies politic: A look at some current biocultural debates.

Connections between  the German-speaking world and the United States go
back more than 300 years. These ties have often been complex and at times
problematic. This conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum in
which to discuss such connections, both past and present. Departments of
History, Foreign Languages, Linguistics, Comparative Literature,
Philosophy, Geography, Political Science, Foreign Language Education and
Art History are encouraged to participate. The conference will focus on
German-American connections in the following areas:

Literature and Culture
The United States and Canada have been both a place of utopia and of
disappointment for German writers. Conversely, for North Americans looking
back provides insights into common ground as well as differences. While
seemingly disconnected at times cultural debates in both regions have
always influenced one another.
Possible topics include: The transfer and conflict of views and ideas in
past/present cultural and political debates, America as seen by German
authors, Germany as seen by American authors, and authors in emigration and

Migration and Society
The US embassy in Germany states The achievements and contributions of
German-Americans have had a profound effect on making the United States the
country it is today.  This area focuses on the past and present influences
these countries have had on each other through migration.

The historical and cultural connections between German-speaking countries
and the United States have had a definite impact on both languages over the
years. How has German immigration influenced regional varieties of American
English? How have varieties of German spoken in the United States developed
and been maintained over time? How is the German language understood and
perceived in the United States, and conversely, how has the influence of
English been received in the German-speaking world?

Second Language Acquisition/ Foreign Language Pedagogy
Comparing and building connections between cultures has become an
increasingly important component in many foreign language curricula,
including German. How can one effectively help students compare German
speaking cultures with their own? What role do linguistic aspects such as
pragmatics play in the teaching of language and culture?

Abstracts of no more than 250 words must be received by Friday, January 30,
2004. Submissions should not bear the author's name. Please include the
following information as a separate attachment: name, title of paper,
department and university affiliation if applicable, address, phone number,
and e-mail address. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length (8-10

Please send abstracts by mail:

Carrie Jackson and Jürgen Schaupp
Department of German
University of Wisconsin
818 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

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