Writing Multiculturalism in Austria

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution:  Tufts University

The last two decades have witnessed a growing number of literary works
emerging from Austria that grapple with questions related to the
contentious topics of integration and multiculturalism in the Second
Republic. These cultural developments can be viewed in light of
geopolitical shifts in and around Austria during the 1990s (e.g. the
formation of post-Soviet states, the Yugoslav wars and disintegration,
Austriaís accession to the EU), which propelled an influx of refugees,
asylum seekers, foreign workers and migrants into Austria. In 2000,
the ÷VP/FP÷ government coalition occasioned a critical reassessment of
perceptions regarding integration and belonging within Austrian
This panel invites papers that investigate works responding to these
political, cultural and social shifts. Some works to consider would be
those by both minority and non-minority writers such as Dimitrť Dinev,
Vladimir Vertlib, Semier Insayif, Doron Rabinovici, Elfriede Jelinek
or Barbara Frischmuth. What narrative techniques and genres have these
authors employed to articulate challenges of integration? How do they
grapple with the ethical and political dimensions of an increasingly
pluralistic society? While similarities exist, the discussion of
multiculturalism in Austria has not run the same course as in Germany;
how do these discussions in Austria remain distinct from those in
Germany and why?
Please send 250-300 word abstracts by September 30th, 2012 to Tessa
Wegener, [log in to unmask]

Deadline:  September 30, 2012
Please include with your abstract:
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The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of
sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location.
The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts,
a city known for its national and maritime history, academic
facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and
blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston
Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include
keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours
and workshops.

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.

Tessa Wegener
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of German
Intercultural Center 461A
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057

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Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
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