Dear Colleagues,
Please consider submitting proposals for the this panel.

Wishing you a happy New Year,
Roxane Riegler

Roxane Riegler, Ph.D,  Asst. Prof.
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
Box 4024
Emporia State University
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS 66801
Tel. (620) 341-5902

Call for Papers: "Ich bin ganz in der Nähe" Ethnic minorities in contemporary Austrian, German, and Swiss Literature
GSA Conference, October 8-11, 2009, Washington D.C.
Literature can be a means through which minorities negotiate identity and subject positions. The representation of minorities in literature also creates a basis for communication between the minority and majority society regardless of the author's origin. In both cases, the author pursues emancipatory strategies and intends to represent members of the minority in their human wholeness thus deconstructing the stereotypes that impede cultural communication.

This panel seeks papers on longer established minorities in the three German-speaking countries. Possible topics are:

o        The individual and society
o     The group and society
o  Nationhood and nationality
o     Being an outsider
o      Discrimination
o Cultural survival
o      Finding a voice
o        History and literature
o Representations of a specific minority (Croats, Frisians, ethnic Germans, Jenish, Jews, Roma, Sinti, Slovenes, second and third generation Turks etc.)
o Theorizing the literary representation of ethnic and national minorities
o       Representation and literary genre


If you are interested in this panel, please send a 1 page abstract by February 1st, 2009 to:

Roxane Riegler
Emporia State University
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Hiltrud Arens
University of Montana
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