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Call for Papers: ?Contemporary Queer German Culture?

Deadline: September 10, 2006

NEMLA 38th Annual Convention, March 1-4, 2007 Baltimore, Maryland

This interdisciplinary GLBT panel proposes to explore queer relations 
to history, memory, im/migrant subjectivity, East and West German 
identity, and self-representation, as well as other thematic interests 
pertaining to contemporary queer culture. 	Since the fall of the Berlin 
Wall, Germany has witnessed an intense revival of queer, transgender, 
and transsexual culture.  Integrally linked to the end of East Germany, 
the intensification of immigrant identity questions, the political 
sanctioning of the so-called Homo-Ehe, expanded Europe-wide 
celebrations of Christopher Street Day, and the revival of Weimar 
culture, queer culture both embodies and undermines new German 
identity. In a country striving for historical normalization, 
im/migrant integration into the national Leitkultur, as well as gender 
equality, the spectacles and performances of queer culture explore 
German-speakers? most intense political discussions, often reflected on 
the physical body. Whether this is the political/sexual autobiography 
of a century or the pornographic/repressive manifestation of sexual 
desire, the queer body becomes a privileged space for subverting 
normativity.

Questions might include:

-	What defines trans self-representation? -	What role do political and 
historical contexts play in identity formation? -	How do cultural 
clashes play out in the queer scene? -	To what extend does the spatial 
and ideological expansion of the European Union redefine gendered 
topographies? -	How do particular artistic genres answer the questions 
of what can be considered masculine or feminine?  -	In what way is 
sexual difference undermined by staged cultural manifestations? How do 
particular artistic genres answer the questions of what can be 
considered masculine or feminine?
-	To what extend does the spatial and ideological expansion of the 
European Union redefine gendered topographies?

We welcome abstracts that address any aspects of queer culture both in 
the German-speaking context and by internationally engaged 
German-speaking artists.

Submit one-page abstracts to Christina Wegel, [log in to unmask] or 
mail to Department of Germanic Languages, University of North Carolina 
at Chapel Hill, 438 Dey Hall CB#3160, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. Deadline: 
September 10, 2006

-- 
Christina J. Wegel, Ph.D.
Lecturer in German
Department of Germanic Languages
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
438 Dey Hall, CB #3160
Chapel Hill, NC 25799

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