Call for Papers:  Pre-Twentieth-Century Countercultures

German Studies Association, 32nd Annual Conference St. Paul, Minnesota (October 2-5, 2008)


Developing out of Sociology, the term “counterculture” is used as a broad label for subversively-oriented collectives and the values and norms they put forth, yet tends to be restricted in common usage to the 20th and 21st centuries. This panel seeks to explore whether this term can retain its usefulness when attached to non-dominant cultural representations in earlier centuries. We welcome investigations that use the term to identify groups not typically associated with a challenge to the mainstream, as well as reinvestigations of groups long recognized to wander the periphery of German culture such as salons, freemasons, Jews, Saint Simonists, etc.  Additionally, we welcome explorations of the theoretical value of the term “counterculture” itself.


Send 300-word abstracts by 3. Feb. to both organizers and indicate anticipated audio-visual needs: Jennifer Colosimo ([log in to unmask] ) and Liesl Allingham ([log in to unmask]). Please also include a brief (1-paragraph) biography.


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