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PalatinoGerman Studies Association, October 2 - 5, 2008 St. Paul, Minnesota Palatino CFP Session sponsored by the Coalition of Women in German (WIG) “New Conservatism and Nationalism in Germanophone Countries: Realities, Representations and Responses” This panel encourages critical, interdisciplinary, and feminist responses to the PalatinoRechtsrutschPalatino (shift towards the right) and new nationalisms in Germanophone and other European countries in recent years. The main idea is that political conservativism, along with the various right wing, anti-Islamic extremisms on the one hand, and the drastic loss of power of the social democratic parties throughout Europe on the other hand, have become so prominent that we need to take this phenomenon more seriously as a transnational phenomenon in German studies. We invite papers that deal with the realities and representations of – and critical and artistic responses to -- the nationalist and xenophobic (anti-semitic and anti-Islamic) ideology and propaganda of right wing populism since the late 1990s (e.g. Jörg Haider, Jen-Marie Le Pen, and Christoph Blocher), as well as papers that deal with the weakness of the left parties and their past and future strategies to regain votes. We welcome transnational approaches. Questions to be addressed in papers may include: SymbolPalatinoWhat is the place in European history of the right wing politicians’ tactics and propaganda, e.g. their - appeal to latent resentments, - use of abusive language, and conscious breaking of taboos (e.g. bluntly anti-semitic and xenophobic remarks), - contrivance of conspiracies (Haider and Blocher) in order to win sympathy, and their - scapegoating of immigrants and asylum seekers for complex economic and social problems and what kind of theories and vocabulary are best fit to discuss these? SymbolPalatinoHow do nationalist movements borrow from, and adapt each others’ propaganda strategies? E.g. the Swiss Peoples’ Party’s controversial sheep poster (that promotes the peoples’ initiative for the expulsion of criminal foreigners in order to ‘create security’ by showing three white sheep kick out a black sheep) has been adapted practically one-to-one by neo-national movements in Spain (democracia national) and in Germany (the Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands in Hessen). SymbolPalatinoWhat kind of counter-representations are created by oppositional camps and what is the place and impact of new media such as YouTube? SymbolPalatinoWhat are the main characteristics of the ‘good, diligent and decent’ white Christian European people that right wing populist parties are appealing to? How do national and international media respond? SymbolPalatinoHow do contemporary writers and directors respond to new nationalisms? What kind of style and genres do they use? SymbolPalatinoHow have immigrant writers and filmmakers reacted to new nationalisms and right wing violence – in their texts and through personal activities? SymbolPalatinoWhat kinds of resistance have popular nationalist leaders, parties and movements met? What old forms of resistance are still used (e.g. demonstrations, critical journalism, documentary filmmaking, comedy and satire, and not least the law) and what new (e.g. computer-based) forms have emerged (e.g. counter-propaganda on YouTube)? SymbolPalatinoHow do the leftist parties respond to, and explain their weakness and lack of unity? SymbolPalatinoHow has the left’s loss of power been depicted and/or referenced in film (e.g. documentary film) and literature? Please send abstracts of 250-500 words by 13 January 2008 to Karin Baumgartner ([log in to unmask]) and Andrea Reimann ([log in to unmask]). –– Andrea Reimann Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor of German Department of Modern Languages and Literatures University of Miami P.O. Box 248093 Coral Gables, FL  33124-2074 Phone:  305-284-4858, ext. 8-7255 Fax:  305-284-2068 Email: [log in to unmask] Cell: 773 319 9012