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The graduate students of the Department of Germanic Studies at the
University of Texas at Austin invite graduate students and other
colleagues in Modern Languages, History, Comparative Literature, European
Studies, Art History, Foreign Language Education, Sociology, Political
Science, Philosophy, Linguistics and related disciplines to submit
abstracts for our eighth annual graduate symposium, to be held on the UT
campus in Austin, Texas on Friday, April 9, 2004.



Call for Papers:



”Survival, Transformations, and Adaptations: Identities in the History and
Culture of Central and Northern Europe”


Keynote Speaker: Dieter Haller, Cultural Anthropologist and Visiting
Professor at the Department of Germanic Studies, University of Texas at
Austin



The complexity of one’s identity is a topic that has intrigued scholars
for years.  A growing body of research continues to explore, among other
things, how identity evolves, how it is shaped by outside forces, and how
it emerges after moments of social unrest.  Questions surrounding past and
present (mis)representations of Jewish identity in Central Europe, for
example, continue to generate discourse among social scientists, while the
more recent phenomenon of “Ostalgie” exemplifies the dynamic of a re-
emerging GDR identity largely absent following German reunification.

This one day event is intended to provide an interdisciplinary forum for
the discussion of issues pertaining to national, group, and individual
identities.  Proposals from all periods are welcome.



Topics can include:



Nation and Identity

Family and Family Relations
"Ostalgie"
Discourses of Gender: Representations of Masculinity and Femininity in
Literature, the Arts, and Popular Culture
Visual Culture/Media Representation of ethnic, political, and social
Minorities
The German Homeland and Borderlands
Jewish and German Identity
Intellectuals and the State
Narratives of Migration and Travel
Guerillas, Freedom Fighters and Terrorists

Approaches to Teaching Cultures within Cultures
Open Topic



Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by Friday, February 20,
2004.  Include your name, the title of your paper, your university and
department affiliation, your address, telephone number, e-mail address,
and any equipment requirements.  Presentations will be 20 minutes each (8-
10 pages).



You may send your abstracts by mail OR as an attachment in e-mail.



Abstracts in hard copy should be mailed to:



Jason Williamson and Clair Mealy

Dept. of Germanic Studies

University of Texas at Austin

1 University Station C3300

Austin, TX 788712-0304



Abstracts per e-mail should be sent to one or both of the following:

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Feel free to visit our website at:

http://www.utexas.edu/depts/german/main.html

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