The Wayne State University Classical and Modern Languages Graduate Forum will host its 9th Annual Graduate Conference this year on April 2, 2011 in Detroit, MI.  This year's conference is themed "Shifting Identities and the (Re)Discovery of the Other."  As an interdisciplinary department, we are looking for students from across departments to submit abstracts and would appreciate if you could circulate the attached Call for Papers to the graduate students in your department. For further information, please contact Julie Koehler [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>  or Lukasz Pawelek  [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Call for Papers

9th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Conference Theme: Shifting Identities and the (Re)Discovery of the Other

Sponsored by the Classical and Modern Languages Graduate Forum
Wayne State University
Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Conference Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011

Submission Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, January 14, 2011

What happens when people move or are displaced into a society or culture previously unknown?  Is there an awakening of a latent self, a reaffirmation of a present self, or a transformation of a new self?  How do identities change within a given society's broader historical framework? Do identities melt together or form a mosaic?  Are we constantly rediscovering ourselves or are we actively working to create new identities?

Abstracts for 20 minute papers are welcome. Topics include but are not limited to….
Cultural Knowledge • Identity/Loss of Identity • Cultural Others/Cultural Gaps • Historical Frameworks • Duality • Linguistic Otherness • Hybridity • Transmutation/Transformation • Breaking Down Identity • Global/Local Identity • Actively Creating Identity • National Identity • Human/Animal Identity • Assimilation and Integration • Destabilization • Non-human others, Aliens • Departures/Returns • Inclusion/Exclusion • Subculture, Counterculture • Margins • Cultural Diaspora • Gender Identity • Changing Role of Women • Exile • Colonial/Post-Colonial Identity • Man/Machine Identity, Cyborgs
Submission Criteria
1. Abstracts and papers must be in English.
2. Abstracts must not exceed 200 words.
3. Abstracts must contain the following information: name of presenter, affiliation and status, mailing
address, e-mail address, title of paper.
4. Presentation time limit 20 minutes (8 page maximum).

For further information, contact Julie Koehler [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or Lukasz [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Abstracts should be submitted to

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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