Reminder, deadline fast approaching:

Rebellion and Revolution:  Defiance in German Language, History and Art

Paper proposals are being accepted for the 16th Annual Interdisciplinary
German Studies Conference, March 7-9, 2008 at the University of California,

The German-speaking world has witnessed a wide array of rebellions. Whether
the yearly May-Day riots, the disputes over orthographic reform, the
extra-parliamentary opposition of the late 1960s, or the failed revolution
of 1848, a multitude of events have incited and continue to incite defiance
and acute emotional intensity. Such protests often take the form of
political and artistic movements, but they have also arisen through
fictional representations, ranging from Wernher der Gartenaere’s Helmbrecht,
Martin Luther’s Bible translation, and Goethe’s Werther to Feridun
Zaimoglu’s Ertan Ongun and Kanak TV.

In a time when Germany has become increasingly concerned with “parallel
societies” and the threat of international and homegrown terrorism, various
modes of protest have resurfaced in political and academic discussions. With
the fortieth anniversary of the student insurrections of 1968 fast
approaching, this conference seeks to reflect on past rebellions and
revolutions, as well as explore new manifestations thereof in the
German-speaking world. We wish to encourage an informed discussion on the
phenomena and limitations of rebellion during times of war and intensified
national security.

What does collective emotional intensity, in the form of rebellion and
revolution, effect in society? What is at stake when defiant expression is
censored? Should societies and governments respond to rebellious acts
differently than they did in previous eras? What happens to former rebels
and revolutionaries? Does society reject them? Punish them? Integrate them?
How does public reception of rebellious acts and revolutions shape academic
and political discourse?

We invite scholars from all disciplines to submit paper proposals in English
or German responding to questions of rebellion and revolution in the
German-speaking world. Possible topics include but are not limited to the

•    Rebellious/Revolutionary Movements in History, Art, Literature and
•    Language and Propaganda
•    Linguistic Rebellion (Dialects, Anglicisms, Sprachinseln,
        Multilingualism, Language Reform)
•    Communal Rebellion (Riots, Subcultures, Sects and Communes)
•    Icons of Rebellion and Revolution and German National Identity
•    Defying Censorship
•    Rebelling Against History, Legacy and Collective Memory
•    Resisting Categorization and Oppression: Class, Gender and Ethnicity
•    Staging German Identity through Communal Enthusiasm (World Cup 2006)

Forward abstracts of no more than 300 words, in either German or English, to
Melissa Etzler [log in to unmask]  Deadline:  Dec. 15, 2007.

For further details, or questions please contact Priscilla Layne
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