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>From: Waterloo Centre for German Studies <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Diaspora Experiences: German-Speaking Immigrants and 
>their Descendants (11/30/05; 8/24/06-8/27/06)
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>*Call for Expressions of Interest and Proposals*
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>/*Diaspora Experiences: German-Speaking Immigrants and their Descendants*/
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>*Waterloo Centre for German Studies*
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>*University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada*
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>*24-27 August 2006*
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>The Waterloo Centre for German Studies at the University of Waterloo
>invites expressions of interest and, subsequently, proposals for papers
>of thirty minutes length to be given in English (preferred) or German at
>an international interdisciplinary conference on the diaspora
>experiences of German-speaking immigrants and their descendants.
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>The Kitchener-Waterloo region, home to the Waterloo Centre for German
>Studies and University of Waterloo, is Canada's most prominent area of
>German settlement.
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>The conference will explore commonalities and differences experienced by
>German-speaking immigrants and their descendants when living in
>geographical and linguistic settings other than those of their own
>ethnic origin. These can include individuals and groups in all
>continents of the world. Sessions will be planned with a focus on
>history, linguistics, literature and film. Topics within these may
>include, among others:
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>       acculturation strategies of German-speaking people (assimilation,
>       integration, separation);
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>       bilingualism, loss and maintenance of the German language among
>       immigrants and their descendants;
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>       emigration/immigration history;
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>       emigration/immigration of German-speaking people as a subject of
>       literature and film;
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>       gender issues;
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>       impact of WW I, WW II and the experience of Germany under National
>       Socialist rule on German-speaking people in the diaspora;
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>       interactions between German-speaking immigrants and their
>       descendants, with others in their adopted countries, and among
>       members of different waves of German-speaking immigrants;
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>       relations between the German language and identity development.
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>Potential participants are invited to address these issues within
>specific geographical contexts and/or as part of international and
>cross-cultural comparisons.
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>To be considered, please send an initial brief (a sentence or two)
>expression of interest, with your rough topic by September 30, 2005.
>This will assist us in planning and budgeting. Follow this with a
>proposal of up to five hundred words without your name, and on separate
>sheets your name, address, professional affiliation and brief curriculum
>vitae. You may submit by e-mail attachment (preferred), fax or mail, to
>arrive in the organizers' hands not later than November 30, 2005. We
>will acknowledge receipt of expressions of interest and proposals
>quickly and inform you of the result by February 28, 2006. All proposals
>will be assessed anonymously by an international panel of expert
>scholars in the respective fields. Presenters will be required to submit
>the full text of their presentation to the conference committee by July
>15, 2006. These will be posted on the conference website and be made
>available to conference registrants through the use of a password.
>Subsequently, selected papers will be included in the published
>conference volume. These contributions will need to fit the thematic
>framework described by the volume's editor. The volume will be in
>English. Contributions written in German and accepted will be translated
>in co-operation with their authors.
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>All presenters will receive travel subsidies and will be expected to
>attend and participate actively in the full conference. The conference
>program is planned to include three keynote speakers of international
>reputation in the field and will offer opportunities to become
>acquainted with the region of Waterloo. It will be open to the public.
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>Reply to:
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>Diaspora Experiences Conference Committee
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>Waterloo Centre for German Studies
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>University of Waterloo
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>200 University Ave. West
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>Waterloo ON N2L 3G1
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>Canada
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>E-mail: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>_
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>Fax: 519 746 5243
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>Phone: 519 888 4567, ext. 7547
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>www.wcgs.ca
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