The Permanence of Change

The 7th Annual German Studies Graduate Student Conference

at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 1 and 2, 2005


Call for Papers

Keynote Speaker: Vittorio Hoesle, Professor of German, Philosophy, and Government and International Studies, University of Notre Dame: Psychology of the Gambler and Ethics of Gambling. Reflections on Schiller's "Fiesco"


Change affects all forms of life and knows no limitations. Variations, modifications, and revolutions have been welcomed, feared, and reviled by people throughout the ages. Diverse social, political, and cultural factors trigger this all-encompassing phenomenon. This conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum in which to discuss change as a permanent condition of human existence. Possible areas of concentrations include but are not limited to:


Literary and Cultural Studies

The perception and interpretation of artifacts are in a continuous state of change. New approaches are discovered while old ones are modified or challenged, providing innovative insights and deeper understanding. Possible topics include: thoughts on the role of literature in todayís German speaking societies, change traced in the work of one German speaking author, in the works of one generation, or in the reception history of both works and authors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Migration and Society

At the social and political level change has the most powerful influence over human lives. The sociodemographic, historical, economic, political, legislative, and pastoral aspects of human migration and refugee movements still require critical interrogations. Simultaneously, inter-cultural exchanges enrich and diversify societies for better or worse. Possible topics include: migration as a force of social, geographic, or political change; consequences of the European Unionís enlargement in May 2004; changes within societies.



Change in Germanic languages is and has been a defining factor. Whether prompted by the establishment of new national boundaries, the rise of the global economy, immigration, language contact, or other unseen forces, it has reconfigured the way in which languages were and the way they are now. Possible topics include: language change, trends in contemporary Germanic languages, language contact or immigration affecting the growth of language varieties, or the development and maintenance of spoken German.


Second Language Acquisition/Foreign Language Pedagogy

New attitudes toward foreign language pedagogy have resulted in fresh ways of approaching teaching a second language to students. Possible topics include: new teaching methods, problems unique to 21st-century learners of Germanic languages, or integrating target language regional variations into the curriculum.


Abstracts of no more than 250 words must be received by Friday, January 28, 2005. Submissions should not bear the authorís name. Please include the following information as a separate attachment: name, title of paper, department and university affiliation (where applicable), address, phone number, and e-mail address. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length (8-10 pages).


Please send abstracts by e-mail to: [log in to unmask] (for literature/cultural studies including migration and society) and [log in to unmask] (for linguistics/SLA)



or by post to:

Ivana Bradaric, Corina Petrescu, and

Jennifer Ward
Department of German

University of Wisconsin
818 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706



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