Women in German Conference
The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta (Canada)
October 22 - 25, 2015

Landscapes of Transgression

Transgression is often understood negatively as the unwarranted
crossing of a boundary, breaking of a rule, or other offense. However,
acts of transgression can also destabilize hegemonic relations and
codes, and in so doing are creative forces that foster social change.
This panel explores the double meaning of transgression from the
perspective of a feminist critique that brings into focus intersecting
landscapes of oppression. It considers landscapes in which
transgressions take place or cannot take place; landscapes that are
being transgressed, destabilized, and permanently altered; or
landscapes that act as transgressors in and of themselves.

Landscapes are understood broadly as 1) elements of nature (land,
mountains, hills, bodies of water, flora and fauna, light and
weather); 2) as human constructions (buildings and structures,
architecture); and 3) as social spaces of human interaction and the
synthesis between humans and the space they occupy (community,
identity and belonging, locale, etc). Landscapes are not only the
backdrop to our lives, rather they should be critically examined as
inescapable historical, cultural, social contexts as well as agents in
their own right.

We envision contributions in feminist German studies that explore
transgression as a dynamic and multidirectional process and that
consider the way in which landscapes invite, limit, or participate in
this process. Papers could focus on the intersections of the natural
world, human environments, social and cultural arenas, as well as
rural and urban spaces, and consider aspects of gender, race,
ethnicity, migration, ecocriticism, or totalitarianism.

Please send a 300-word abstract and brief academic bio by February 1,
2015 to both panel organizers, Jennifer Miller ([log in to unmask]) and
Karolina May-Chu ([log in to unmask]).

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