Call for Papers:
"Germany's Colonialism in International Perspective"
  International Interdisciplinary Conference on
German Colonialism and Post - Colonialism
September 6-9, 2007, San Francisco, USA

In response to increasing study of Germany's
colonial legacy, we are soliciting papers for an
International Interdisciplinary Conference on
"German Colonialism and Post- Colonialism" at San
Francisco State University. The 35 years of
Germany's colonial rule left a lasting impact on
territories in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific
Ocean and shaped German politics. However, due to
twentieth-century historical developments in
Germany and the centrality of Britain's and
France's imperialistic thrusts, Germany's brief
colonial engagement has been viewed as relatively
insignificant. Recent interest in Germany's
colonial history has been motivated by
contemporary developments in the German political
situation, such as the change of Article 116 of
the Basic Law in 2000, the call for a "deutsche
Leitkultur" ("defining" or "leading" German
culture), the resistance to the notion of a
multicultural society, and the brutal attacks on
Afro-Germans, as well as by the interest in
postcolonial theory in academia. There does exist
a wealth of significant historical inquiry into
German colonialism. However, only over the past
years has there been a change in scholarship that
included, for instance, the notion of race as one
of the central components in identifying links
between historical colonialism and contemporary
German society. The conference organizers seek a
broader spectrum in order to grasp Germany's
imperial project, including, but not limited to
the disciplinary fields of medicine, law, and
anthropology. In addition, we invite scholars who
focus on the intersection between modernity and
colonialism. This conference will address
Germany's biased and troubled relationship with
its colonial past by using as its departure point
the "scramble for Africa." While the organizers
acknowledge that colonial engagement neither
started nor ended with formal colonial rule, we
wish to limit the historical frame and focus. We
invite theoretically informed papers dealing with
aspects of Germany's colonial empire to the
present day addressing the relationship(s) between:

-         German National (cultural) Identity and German Post-Colonialism;
-         The Construction of Race as a Signifying "Otherness"
-         Race, Gender, Nation, and Religion and
their connection to modern economic and intellectual systems
-         Colonialism and Modernity
-         The Visual Representations of
Colonialism in the Arts and Literature (cartoons,
postcards, stamps, paintings etc.)
-         German Colonialism and Film
-         Guilt, Responsibility and National
Identity in Postwar Germany; or Means of Coming to Terms with a Colonial Past
-         Reception / Perception of Germany's
Colonialism and Post-Colonialism seen from the
"Outside" - Responses from Other Countries and Ethnicities
-         Germany's Colonialism in Comparison
with Other Colonial Powers such as England, France, and Spain
-         German Colonialism and the Orientalist
Tradition (i.e., Ottoman, Persian, Chinese, and Japanese)
-         German Colonialism and the Relationship
Between the Professional Study of Texts and National Interest
-         German Colonialism and the South
Pacific (German New Guinea, Micronesia, Melanesia and Samoa)
-         Contemporary Germany, Xenophobia, and its Colonial Past
-         Colonialism, Violence, and language
-         German Colonialism and Black Jews
-         Colonialism, Violence, Genocide and Holocaust

Confirmed Speakers:

Dr. Russell Berman (Stanford University)
Dr. Klaus Scherpe (Humboldt Universität Berlin)
Dr. Alexander Honold (Universität Basel)
Dr. Beate Kundrus (Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung)
Dr. Oliver Simons (Harvard University)

The conference organizers would like to
acknowledge the generous support and cooperation
by the Goethe-Institute San Francisco,
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and the College of
Humanities at San Francisco State University.

Papers should be 20 minutes long and must be
presented and discussed in English. Please submit
a paper proposal of no more than 400 words and a brief C.V. simultaneously to

Dr. Volker Langbehn
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Deadline for submission: December 1, 2006
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