CFP: GERMAN STUDIES (11/21/2013, Kentucky Foreign Language Conference,
April 10-12, 2014)

The German Studies Division of the Department of Modern and Classical
Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Kentucky invites
your submissions.

67th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference

April 10-12, 2014

The Kentucky Foreign Language Conference is proud to open sessions devoted
to the presentation of scholarly research in the area of
German-Austrian-Swiss studies.

Abstracts are invited in all areas and aspects of this field, including,
but not limited to:

Regular Sessions:

Graduate Student Panel: Joseph O’Neil ([log in to unmask]) and Brenna
Byrd ([log in to unmask])

18th Century: Joseph O’Neil ([log in to unmask])

19th Century: Linda K. Worley ([log in to unmask])

20th Century to 1945: Hillary Hope Herzog ([log in to unmask]) and Harald
Höbusch ([log in to unmask])

20th Century after 1945: Theodore Fiedler ([log in to unmask]) and N. Jeff
Rogers ([log in to unmask])

Special Sessions:

German Pop Culture, Science Fiction and Fantasy. Heide Crawford (
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This special session will address all aspects of pop culture, science
fiction and fantasy in German literature and cultural history. Topics may
include, but are not limited to pop culture in the arts, film, TV culture,
youth culture, food culture, urban slang, literature, music, fashion,
sports, games, fantasy and science fiction as they relate to the larger
concept of pop culture. Papers addressing pop culture and fantasy topics
from a variety of periods in German history are encouraged.

German Travel Writing. Richard Sperber ([log in to unmask])

All periods and aspects (such as gender, age, ethnic identity, publishing
contexts, provincialism/ cosmopolitanism, colonialism) welcome.

Committed Literature after the Fall of the Wall. Marc Mueller (
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Since the end of the 1980s there is no consensus in the German public realm
anymore of how to analyze and discuss the status quo. Jürgen Habermas
called the current state of affairs back then “Die neue
Unübersichtlichkeit”. The capitalist society turned into a consumer economy
and with the Fall of the Wall the major ideological oppositions that shaped
the intellectual debates for more than 40 years are obsolete. Globalization
arrived and single political theories or convictions failed to sufficiently
describe the economic and cultural changes in society in the Post-Wall era.

Hence,the period of moral literary institutions such as the early “Gruppe
47” or exposed individuals such as Böll seems long over. The ever growing
differentiation of public discourses even accelerated with the introduction
of new media. In the past a book publication with a major publishing house,
the publication of a critical essay, of a political article in a newspaper
or magazine, an interview with one of the few TV channels more or less
guaranteed a certain level of public attention. Today in the digital world
of blogs, e-books and online publications communicative action and
interaction, production and reception of literary content almost coincide
with each other. The ever present (and ever online) media society devalued
the significance of an author as moral authority—there are simply too many
stages (or screens), with too many experts for too many debates.

However, the question remains of how can literary texts today take effect
beyond sheer entertainment of their readership, beyond of just being a good
"read"? How can contemporary literature still reflect on more and more
complex societal and political processes and engage in important debates?
What does "committed literature" truly mean today, and how can it make
itself still heard?

Sessions are 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question& answer session.
In addition to individual abstracts for paper presentations, proposals for
panels of 5 papers will be considered.

The KFLC has a tradition of attracting scholars from a broad range of
languages and specializations. This year’s conference will have sessions in
Arabic Studies, East Asian Studies, French and Francophone Studies,
German-Austrian-Swiss Studies, Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Studies
(Spanish Peninsular and Spanish American), Neo-Latin Studies,
Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, Italian Studies, Russian Studies, Language
Technology, Second Language Acquisition, and Translation Studies.

Individually submitted abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Panel proposals of 5 presentations should be submitted as follows: The
panel organizer should electronically submit a panel proposal.The panel
proposal cannot exceed one page in length and should include the theme of
the panel, the organizer's name and contact information, and the names,
contact information and affiliations of the panel participants. Each
participant MUST submit an individual abstract using our online system in
addition to the panel proposal. Please indicate that your presentation is
part of a pre-organized panel and list the title and organizer of the panel
in the abstract.

Papers may be read in English or German. Acceptance of a paper or complete
panel implies a commitment on the part of all participants to register and
attend the conference. All presenters must pay the appropriate registration
fee by February 15, 2014 to be included in the program.

To submit abstracts and panel proposals BY NOVEMBER 21, 2013, please visit:

Harald Höbusch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of German Studies
Associate Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures
and Cultures
Co-Editor, *Colloquia Germanica*
1055 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506
Tel.: (859) 257-1873
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Skype contact name: harald.hoebusch.jun

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