German Studies Association Annual Conference
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 28 September ­ 1 October 2006
Panel title: Grand/parentsı Pasts; Grand/childrenıs Memories
Seeking papers that explore the ways the second and third post-war
generations of Germans ³remember² the turbulent history of the 20th century
and the role their grand/parents played in it. How are the multiple German
traumata ­ the war, the Holocaust, allied bombings on German cities, the
flight and the expulsion from the East ­ seen through the eyes of those born
too late to remember any of these events? How does ³postmemory² influence
historical representation in the works of these younger writers, filmmakers,
or artists? How do later generations define themselves through the memories
of their grand/parents?  Do these memories help construct identities that
bring them closer to, or rather, separate them from, their families? In what
ways is the recent (1990s-2000s) ³grand/father-literature² similar to, or
different from, the ³father-literature² of the 1970s?
Papers may explore but are not restricted to the following topics and
* Memory and postmemory
* Biography/Autobiography/Fiction
* Breaking & representing ³taboos² of German suffering
* Searching for roots/ travel to memorial places (formerly German
* Generational conflicts

Panel subject to approval by GSA program committee.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract, a brief professional bio, and contact
information by January 31st, 2006. Submit via email attachment (MS Word)
with subject line GSA 2006 to Joanna K. Stimmel at [log in to unmask]

Joanna K. Stimmel, Ph.D.
Department of German
Middlebury College
FIC TL, Cook 15
Middlebury, VT 05753


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