43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Panel information:*
Das Neuschreiben der Vergangenheit: Counterfactual History in German

The 'what-if' tales of history in literature have received much attention in
the past several years. However, a decidedly skewed focus on American and
British literature fosters the impression that so-called 'alternate history'
is a phenomenon primarily of the English-speaking world. While alternate
histories on FDR's presidency or the American Civil War are, quite
logically, to be found primarily (or even exclusively?) in English-language
literature, the prominence of this phenomenon in German-language literature
is revealed by works such as N or Ich war Hitlers Schutzengel by Dieter
Kühn, Ein Garten im Norden by Michael Kleeberg, as well as films like Good
Bye, Lenin or Helden wie wir (based on the novel by Thomas Brussig). Such
works that either re-write history or stage the re-writing of history raise
intriguing questions about how we come to terms with our historical past,
the nature of national memory, and the function of writing pasts that did
not happen. This session will bring these questions into focus in the
context of German-language literature. Papers on counterfactual histories or
literature making use of counterfactual history, as well as papers on the
function of counterfactual history in German literature, are welcome. Please
send a 250-300 word abstract by email to: Kathleen Singles, LMU <
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Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address and Postal address
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The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient
air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher
College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area
institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various
activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction

Building upon the excellence of past NeMLA conferences, the association
continues to grow as a vibrant community of scholars, thanks to the wide
array of intellectual and cultural opportunities at every venue. Compact yet
diverse, Rochester also boasts important historical connections; it is the
site of the home, publication operations, and orations of Frederick
Douglass, where he edited the North Star, as well as his eponymous
periodical, and delivered the speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of
July?”. Visitors can explore the houses of abolitionist, suffragette, and
reformer Susan B. Anthony and the inventor of devices popularizing
photography, George Eastman, as well as shopping and eateries; attendees
will also be within reach of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, known for
its local wineries.

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.

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