Call for Papers


Teaching the GDR to Today's Undergraduates


45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

April 3-6, 2014

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Host: Susquehanna University


More than twenty years after the demise of the German Democratic Republic, most undergraduate students (the majority of them born after 1991) have little to no knowledge about life in the "other Germany." Why should they? Is the East German experience and its legacies still relevant? If so, which aspects and why?  How should “The GDR experience” be taught in the classroom?

This year’s panel is looking for contributions that offer both a theoretical focus and concrete examples of “teaching the GDR” within a content-based approach to foreign language teaching (curricular units, lessons, etc.).

Please submit a short abstract of 250-300 words to [log in to unmask].

Deadline:  September 30, 2013

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation

Email address

Postal address

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The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park.  NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124. 


The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as “the best book you’ll read this year.” The Keynote speaker will be David Staller of Project Shaw.


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.
Peter C. Weise, Ph.D.
Foreign Languages & Literatures
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 14N-326
Cambridge, MA  02139
ph: 617-253-3254
fax: 617-258-6189

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