McGill University
Fourth Graduate Student Conference of the German Studies Department
Call for Papers
Representations of North America in German Literature, Film and Culture
April 28 - 30, 2006, at McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Professor Gerd Gemünden of Dartmouth College, 
will deliver the Keynote Address: 
"Gained in Translation: The Accented Cinema of Billy Wilder"

  "Amerika, du hast es besser / Als unser 
Kontinent, das alteŠ:"  thus expressed Johann 
Wolfgang von Goethe the idyllic view of the New 
World that has been continuously reproduced and 
contested on both sides of the Atlantic.
	German thinkers, writers, film makers, 
and artists-from Kant, Thomas Mann, Adorno, and 
Brecht to Handke, Wenders, and Karl May, to name 
just a few-have both raved about and raged 
against America. It is the goal of the Fourth 
Graduate Student Conference of McGill's German 
Studies Department to explore the 
interpretations, perceptions, and stereotypes of 
North America in German literature, film, and 
culture. How are utopian representations of the 
New World as a land of opportunity and freedom 
negotiated in contemporary depictions of North 
America? How do the cultural productions of 
German-speaking authors, film makers, and artists 
reiterate, undermine, and challenge utopian and 
nostalgic visions of the New World?  In which 
ways have the German colonial imagination and the 
fascination with the exoticized Other influenced 
transatlantic perceptions and relations? How does 
the lived experience of German exiles and 
expatriates shape the view of North America? What 
is the impact of their cultural criticism? How 
have North American self-definitions in fiction, 
film, and art influenced German representations? 
These are some of the questions the conference 
wants to address.

We invite scholars (faculty members and graduate 
students) to submit abstracts for papers engaging 
this topic from various approaches. We welcome 
contributions from all disciplines and encourage 
interdisciplinary approaches. Possible topics 
include (but are not limited to):

       -   Fascination with First Nations in 
German-speaking literature, film and culture
       -   Philosophical reflections on North America
       -   Hollywood and German cinema
       -   German exile literature and film
       -   Cultural interactions between German and North America
       -   Reception of North American literature in Germany
       -   The role of North America in popular culture
       -   Questions of German/European vs. North American Identity
       -   Transatlantic movement of ideas and cultural practices

We welcome interdisciplinary projects in various 
fields, such as (but not limited to):
Film and Media Studies/ Cultural Studies/ Native Studies/ Anthropology/ History
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, 2006
By mail: 
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McGill University 
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German Studies Department
Nicole Perry
688 Sherbrooke St. West, Suite 425
Montreal, P.Q. H3A 3R1, Canada

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