35th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA)
September 22-25, 2011
Louisville, Kentucky

Topic: Literature and/in Interdisciplinarity

Individual paper abstracts, as well as—preferably—complete session proposals (3 speakers; moderator; commentator) are invited for a panel series on the topic: “Literature and/in Interdisciplinarity.”  Panels will explore a variety of issues pertaining to the location, critique, and (re-)legitimation of German-speaking literatures in interdisciplinary discourses and methodological frameworks today.

Questions to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

- How does interdisciplinarity (re-)define the aesthetic function of literature?
- In what ways does interdisciplinarity question the primacy and autonomy status of literature?
- Has recent interdisciplinary scholarship tended to marginalize literature?
- In what ways has interdisciplinarity expanded or disbanded hermeneutic and other traditional readings of literature?
- Has interdisciplinarity led to productive (or problematic) revisions of the literary canon?
- What are some theoretical interactions between interdisciplinarity, intermediality, and literature?
- How does interdisciplinarity impact the teaching of literature today?

Please send inquiries and proposals (email only) by 10 January 2011 to:

Rolf J. Goebel
Professor of German
Session Coordinator, Diachronic/Interdisciplinary Panels, GSA 2011
Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, AL 35899, USA
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NOTE: Proposals must also be submitted online through the GSA website at by 15 February 2011.

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Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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