Proposed special session for the German Studies Association  
Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota,
October 2-5, 2008


Developments such as the collapse of communism and global trade  
agreements have altered the world economy radically. Increased flows  
of migrants around the globe as well as postmodern forms of nomadism  
in the Western hemisphere have lead to deterritorialization (the  
dislodging of cultural subjects and objects from particular locations  
in time and space) and destabilized identities. This panel proposes  
to look at the impact these transformations have had on cultural  
production in the German speaking countries. Possible perspectives  
include the significance of a globalized editorial market for  
aesthetic production, the role of new media, and how authors and  
artists respond to the challenge to build "symbolic capital." The  
session will give preference to analyses of the growing body of  
contemporary German literary texts and films that deal with  
narratives of (global) capitalism, money, unemployment, and consumption.

Please e-mail abstracts of no more than 500 words (in German or  
English) and very short biographical info by January 31, 2008 to Anke  
Biendarra, University of California, Irvine ([log in to unmask]).

Anke S. Biendarra	
Assistant Professor of German
University of California, Irvine
400 Murray Krieger Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3150
phone: (949) 824-6406
Fax: (949) 824-6416

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