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 ([log in to unmask])

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 ([log in to unmask])

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
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