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Best wishes, 

Sonja Klocke


Women in
German Dissertation Prize 2011, Best Article Prize 2011, and Zantop Travel
Award for Graduate Students

for all three: March 1, 2011. For criteria, eligibility, and information
on how to apply read on or consult the Women in German website: 


Women in
German Dissertation Prize 2011


The Award

year Women in German issues a call for dissertations by WIG members to be
considered for the Women in German Dissertation Prize of $500. The 2010 award
will be conferred at the 2011 WiG conference. The recipient's name will be
published in the Women of German Newsletter and on the website.

Who Is

completed, defended, accepted, and filed during the calendar year 2010. In rare
circumstances, the official graduation date may fall in the next calendar year,
causing questions about eligibility. In such cases, please consult the chair of
the prize committee before the deadline. In general, the official submission
date recorded on the filed copy decides about the year of eligibility. For
information on how to join Women in German, visit our membership pages.

for Selection

We are
looking for dissertations that

* reflect
the values of the Women in German Mission Statement (see below);

* make a
substantial contribution to the current dialogue in the given area;

demonstrate solid and innovative scholarship.

How to

You may either
apply yourself, or be nominated. The application package must include:

* a cover
letter (either by the author or by a nominator) describing the strengths of the
dissertation and any other reasons why it deserves consideration for the award
(If the dissertation comes from a system using outside examiners, these
examiners' reports should neither be included nor referenced or paraphrased in
the nominating letter. We'd appreciate receiving the cover letter in a separate

* two
hard copies of the dissertation, each with an abstract, plus one complete
electronic copy (in both Microsoft Word and as PDF on a CD; we'd appreciate if
the CD also contained a zipped copy);

* the
applicant's mailing and email addresses and phone numbers.

Send the
application to the Chair of the Dissertation Prize Selection Committee, Professor Jennifer Askey at


Women in
German Best Article Prize 2011

Women in
German invites nominations for our new Best Article award. The purpose of this
award is to recognize excellent research and scholarship in the field of
feminist German studies. The prize is conferred annually and was awarded for
the first time in 2004.

author of the article selected will receive a $500 cash award and a certificate
of recognition.


article must be published in a journal issue or collection with a 2010
publication date.
* The work must present original new research that makes a
significant contribution to the field of feminist German studies.
* The author
must be a current WiG member.

Articles may
be written in either German or English. 

Send the
article as PDF file to Prof.
Jennifer Ruth Hosek at jhosek(AT)

March 1, 2011

The award
will be formally announced at the 2011 WiG Conference. Questions may be
addressed to Jennifer
Ruth Hosek or to
the WiG President, Barbara Kosta (president(AT)


Travel Award for Graduate Students: New Procedures and Award Amounts

by the work of Susanne Zantop, Women in German established an award in her
honor to help nurture and sustain research and publication in feminist cultural
studies.  The Zantop Travel Award has supported work on more than a dozen
dissertations since it was established in 2002.  We are happy to announce
that progress on WiG's current campaign to endow this fund makes it possible to
establish new award amounts, beginning in 2009:  Each year WiG will now
grant up to two awards, each in the amount of $1500. 

Zantop was Professor of German and Comparative Literature and Chair of the
Department of German at Dartmouth College when she and her husband Half were
murdered in January 2001.  Their deaths were a blow to Dartmouth, to Women
in German, and to the wider academic community.

At the
time of her death, Susanne Zantop was serving, with Patricia Herminghouse, as
coeditor of the Women in German Yearbook, a task she approached with her
characteristic good humor, boundless energy, high standards and formidable
critical faculties – tempered by gentleness and good will.  Her own
scholarly publications have made a lasting impact on our field of German
Studies.  She authored Colonial Fantasies: Conquest, Family, and Nation
in Precolonial Germany, 1770-1870 (Duke UP, 1997), and edited or coedited
several volumes, including Bitter Healing: German Women Writers from Pietism
to Romanticism (with Jeannine Blackwell, Nebraska, 1997, 1990); The
Imperialist Imagination: German Colonialism and its Legacy (with Sara
Lennox and Sara Friedrichsmeyer, Michigan, 1998); and reprints of several of
Friederike Helene Unger’s texts.  She also published numerous articles on
Heine, Unger, and other authors, as well as articles on orientalism,
colonialism, and literary theory.  

Zantop Award for Graduate Student Travel, which supports dissertation research
by graduate students in German Studies, was established in her honor and
awarded for the first time in 2002.

Graduate students who have not yet
completed the Ph.D. Applicants must be WiG members with a dissertation project
approved by a faculty advisor for research on a topic in feminist German
cultural studies that requires travel to consult specific archives, libraries,
cultural centers, or authors.

1. We seek proposals that address a
significant topic with demonstrated relevance to German Studies from an
approach informed by feminist cultural studies, that is, an approach that engages
the intersections of gender with other relevant categories such as sexuality,
class, race, citizenship, and ethnicity.  In addition, we encourage
proposals that further the project of rethinking German Studies along
transnational lines.
2. The proposed research travel must be for the purpose of
obtaining access to materials or information not accessible by other means.
The materials or information sought must be central to the success of the
dissertation project.
4. The research plan must be feasible within the proposed
time period.
5. The request for funding must be supported by a letter from a
major professor (dissertation advisor or committee member).


To the
student: In a
statement of no more than 750 words, describe your dissertation project and
explain why travel to the specified site(s) is necessary.  In addition,
please include the following information (required): 

a timetable

contact information for the people or institutions you will
be working with

a one-page budget statement listing the projected cost of
travel to the site

the amount requested from WiG, and support anticipated from
other sources (if any).

To the
faculty member:
Please address the quality and significance of the project, the importance of
the research travel, and the applicant’s ability to see the project the project
through to completion.

Deadline:  March 1, 2010.  The Zantop
Award Committee, consisting of the WiG president and two other WiG members,
will consider applications and send notifications.

Responsibility: As soon
as is feasible after implementing the award, recipients are to present a report
on research results at the poster session of the WiG annual conference. 
Acknowledgment of the award in the dissertation would be appreciated.

all materials electronically to: 
Barbara Kosta, WiG President


Dr. Sonja E. Klocke
Assistant Professor of German
Chair, German Program
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Knox College
2 E. South St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
phone: 309-341-7416

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