CFP: German Studies Association Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
October 4-7, 2012.

*Germany and the Middle East*: A Call to Modernity and its Volatile Response.

Germany’s dealings with modernism before the Second World War initiated a
dangerous return to one’s eigentlichkeit (authenticity) through the
construction of a nationalistic focal point, which served as the nations
ethos. The state’s return to a constituted authentic ethos is pertinent to
our contemporary understanding of the continuously growing gap between the
east and the west. The influence of prolific (anti) modernist writers such
as Martin Heidegger, Ernst Jünger, and Oswald Spengler went far beyond
Germany’s borders. While many German modernists argued against the
nihilism of a decadent West before the Second World War, its echoes can
still be heard throughout the second part of the twentieth century. A
telling example are the works of key-ideologues of the Iranian Revolution
of 1979 (Al-e-Ahmad, Shariati), whose seminal writings are not isolated in
their ties to German modernist thinkers.

This panel seeks to explore the lasting affects of a variety of German
modernists on nations of the Middle East, given the open nature of the
modernist debate; proposals from all angles of modernism, related to the
Middle East are encouraged.

Please send abstracts of no more than 400 words to [log in to unmask] by Jan.
29, 2012. Early submissions are encouraged. The completed panel proposal
must be submitted to the GSA by February 15.

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Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
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