REMINDER - Call for Papers

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust - in English or German?


This panel takes as a point of departure Alan Rosen's question pertaining to the use of English in teaching the Representation of the Holocaust ("How does a teacher resolve the tension between the centrality of English to teaching the Holocaust, on the one hand, and its marginality to the events, on the other?") and extends it to the use of German as the language of instruction.

What are the pedagogical concerns in teaching such a course in either German or English?  Is it possible to teach original German texts in an undergraduate (third- or fourth year) German course without risking the loss of in-depth discussions? How do our learning objectives differ in courses taught in English versus those taught in German (and those that use both)? What teaching approaches and materials can aid students to use their knowledge of the particularities of the German language in their attempts to read and deconstruct cultural narratives? Does the discussion of German texts allow for a deeper focus on processes rather than on contents? Do English-language texts undermine students' confidence in the "authenticity" of what they read?  Which of Ruth Klüger's childhood memoirs should be read in a course taught in German at a U.S. College or University: Still Alive, which was written for an American audience, or weiter leben, which was intended for German readers?


This panel solicits paper proposals from literary and cultural studies teacher-scholars who investigate various strategies for teaching the Representation of the Holocaust, and who address pedagogical concerns related to the choice of the language of instruction. Papers may address general pedagogical issues, and include sample lesson plans and teaching activities.

Please submit a short abstract
of 250-500 words to Natalie Eppelsheimer, [log in to unmask]

Deadline: September 30, 2009

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention are posted at

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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