CFP: Thinking Beyond the Nation: Popular Fictions of Community in Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century German Culture
German Studies Association Conference, St. Paul, MN - October 2-5, 2008

The panel(s) seek to address ways in German culture that popularized and exploited the idea of nationhood and community in the nineteenth and early-twentieth century. By merging these two ideas in the paradigm of “national community” and popularizing it in different venues for different audiences (e.g. for women; in the context of Volksbildung=people’s education), an understanding of culture arose that eclipsed multifaceted, alternate versions of community. This understanding continued to define literary and social historiography in the twentieth century. What is of special interest to us are these alternate, multifaceted understandings of community existing in the nineteenth and early-twentieth century that are now hidden:  the imaginary intersection of local and global space in the formation of communities; avant-garde and transnational European aesthetic groupings; belongings to multiple ethnic/cu roups (“community without unity”); issue-driven, short-lived communities, etc.
Please send abstracts of max. 250 words to both organizers (Birgit Tautz and Arne Koch) at
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