Call for Papers

“Queer Space(s) in the German-Speaking World”

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 7-10, 2011 New Brunswick, NY.
Hyatt, New Brunswick.
Host Institution:  Rutgers University.

This panel invites papers that deal with discourses of queer space in the German-speaking world, as well as representations of LGBT space(s) in German-language literature and visual culture. Papers might look at the sites of rural queerness; public and private tensions within queer space; virtual space; queer buildings, institutions, and monuments; and gay neighborhoods; those that look beyond Berlin are especially welcome.

Send 200-300 word abstracts to Yvonne Ivory, University of South Carolina [log in to unmask] .

Deadline:  September 30, 2010

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The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events.  Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2011 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org<
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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.  Do not accept a slot if you may cancel to present on another session.

 

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Queer Space(s) in the German-Speaking World

Gordon Ingram, Anne-Marie Bouthillette, and Yolanda Retter have argued that queer space “enables people with marginalized (homo)sexualities and identities to survive and to gradually expand their influence and opportunities to live fully,” because it provides “a basis for survival, contact, communality, and . . . community.”  In some of the earliest works that ever documented LGBT existence in German-speaking central Europe, this liberatory view of queer space was articulated; it can still be heard today in discourses on queer life in a modern urban environment. This panel invites papers that deal with discourses of queer space in the German-speaking world, as well as representations of LGBT space(s) in German-language literature and visual culture.

If “queer places are always formed by a mixture of accidental and purposeful (though often unevenly articulated) forces” (Ingram, Bouthillette, and Retter), we must ask ourselves what particular “accidental and purposeful forces” have been at work in the German context. How does the fact that the most important early documenters of gay experience were German or Austrian? Does the history of gay persecution during the Nazi period inflect queer space differently in Vienna than it might, say, in London? How does the legacy of Germany’s division and unification effect the story of its queer places? How does the German “obsession with monuments” (Huyssen) play out in the context of queer space?

We welcome papers that deal with such topics as the sites of rural queerness; fictional representations of LGBT space; public versus private queer space; virtual space; queer buildings, institutions, and monuments; cruising areas; queer tourism; and gay neighborhoods. It may well be impossible to tell the story of queer spaces in the German-speaking world without reference to Berlin, but contributions that look at other cities or move beyond the borders of Germany are especially encouraged.
 
Yvonne Ivory, Ph.D.
German Program Director
Associate Professor of German & Comparative Literature
Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Welsh Humanities Building, Room 921
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Departmental Fax: 803-777-0454
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