Call for Papers

"Vorwärts! (mit Blick zurück. . . ):
Utopia and Nostalgia in German literature and culture"

April 29th, 30th and May 1st, 2004, at McGill University, Montréal, Canada

Nietzsche believed that Germans belonged to the day before yesterday and the day after tomorrow: "as yet they have no today", wrote the philosopher in Beyond Good and Evil. Inspired by the current trend of "Ostalgie" (Nostalgia for the former East German way of life), the Third Graduate Student Conference of McGill's German Studies Department will explore the broader utopian and nostalgic discourse in German literature and culture. Falling back to an idealized past or springing forward to an ideal future, the idealism inherent in utopia and nostalgia did not die with Nietzsche's denunciation: it lives on and offers us the opportunity to cast a new light on German literature and culture.

We invite all scholars to submit abstracts for papers dealing with this topic from various approaches, such as (for example):

* Theoretical and philosophical discourse on Utopia and Nostalgia
* State of the (re)union: problems of German reunification
* "Ostalgie": Nostalgia for the former East German way of life
* Memory and guilt issue in the former East Germany
* Blut-und-Boden Utopia of the National-Socialists
* Romanticism and revolution
* The myth of a national identity

We welcome interdisciplinary projects in various fields, such as (but not limited to):

* Film studies / * Cultural studies / * Jewish studies / * Women's studies

Please submit your abstract (with title and description but without your name, max. 1 page, in German, English or French) and a separate sheet with your name, address and the title of your project before January 31st, 2004.

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German Studies Department                           [log in to unmask]
c/o Thomas Kruger OR Nathalie Lachance         
688 Sherbrooke St. West, Suite 425                      For information, consult web-site:     
Montréal, P.Q., H3A 3R1               

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