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>From: "Julia K. Baker" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Childhood in Exile and the 
>Creative Product (02/02/08; GSA; Oct 2-5, 2008)
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>CALL FOR PAPERS  Proposed Special Session for 
>the German Studies Association Conference in St. 
>Paul, Minnesota, October 2-5, 2008
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><http://www.thegsa.org>www.thegsa.org
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>Childhood in Exile and the Creative Product
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>Literary works and art by former child-refugees 
>and  child exiles are a relatively new chapter 
>in Holocaust and Exile Studies. Childhood in 
>exile is today regarded both as rescue and 
>trauma  an experience that in many cases lead 
>to a lasting sense of rootlessness and 
>displacement. According to child traumatologist 
>Lenore Terr, trauma in childhood may set a theme 
>for the subsequent work of the artist. And 
>indeed, in some cases, life in exile triggered 
>remarkable pieces of literature and art. This 
>panel proposes to shed light on the childhood 
>and adolescence
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>experience under exile conditions between 1933 
>and 1945 and at the impact these years had on 
>the literary or artistic production of former 
>child exiles. Papers are invited that explore 
>the dynamics and interaction between exile and 
>art, particularly literature of child exiles 
>from German speaking countries.
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>Papers based on an interdisciplinary approach 
>will be given particular consideration. Topics 
>may include (but are not limited to):
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>-     child exile as rescue and trauma
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>-     rescue operations such as the "Kindertransport"
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>-     exile as an experience of rootlessness and displacement
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>-     exile as positive experience
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>-      insiders and outsiders: the experience of being different
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>-      hybridity / acculturation within the new society and issues of 
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>  national,ethnic, cultural, and religious identity
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>-     travel experiences, borders and border-crossings
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>-     transgenerational trauma and the effect of exile on family dynamics
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>-     mother-daughter relationships in exile
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>  -    the experience of children at educational 
>institutions in the host countries
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>-     autobiographical and autofictional writing as therapeutic 
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>       strategy
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>-     Holocaust exile in comparison to other exile situations
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>  Please send abstracts of max. 250 words and a 
>very short bio blurb to both organizers (Julia 
>K. Baker and Natalie Eppelsheimer) 
>at <mailto:steiermarkat@fuse,net>steiermarkat@fuse,net 
>and <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
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>  Abstracts are due no later than February 2, 2008.
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