With apologies for cross-postings.

Please take note of the new deadline.

Best wishes, 

Sonja Klocke 

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

Deadline for all three: postmarked
by 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
Every 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 Eligible
Dissertations 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.

Criteria 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

How to Apply
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 envelope.);
* 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:

Birgit Tautz

Department of German

7700 College Station, Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME 04011-8477


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 anually and was awarded for the first time in 2004.

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


* The 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 3 copies of the article to:

Prof. Barbara Mennel
Department of
4008 Turlington Hall
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117310
FL 32611-7310

Deadline: March 1, 2011

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


Zantop Travel Award for Graduate
Students: New Procedures and Award Amounts

Inspired 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. 

Susanne 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.

The 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.
3.  The materials or
information sought must be central to the success of the dissertation project.
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).

Proposal Guidelines: 

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


information for the people or institutions you will be working with

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

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.

Recipient 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.

Submit 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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