CFP: ¡°Alternative Family Models in Germanophone Literature and Film¡±
Women in German Sponsored Panel at the 2015 GSA, Washington, D.C., October 1-4, 2015

In contemporary American popular culture, representations of LGBT families are on the rise, as exemplified in groundbreaking TV shows like Queer as Folk, The L-Word, and Transparent and more recently into network television with Modern Family and The New Normal. Similarly, challenges to heteronormative family structures found their way into the broader German television market via Lindenstra¦Âe, when the lesbian character Tanja Schildknecht and her partner welcomed a baby boy in 2006. Popular contemporary Germanophone literature, too, increasingly depicts gay and lesbian families, such as Ariane R¨¹diger¡¯s Aktion Eisprung (2006), Mirjam M¨¹ntefering¡¯s Jetzt zu dritt (2007), or Martin Falken¡¯s Papas unterm Regenbogen (2014).

This panel invites submissions related to the representation of family models that offer alternatives to heteronormative family structures. We welcome papers that critically examine any such representations in Germanophone literature and film, without restrictions in period, genre, theoretical, or methodological framework.

Possible paper topics could include (but are not limited to):

- alternative family models over time
- divergent representations of different kinds of alternative family models
- the circulation of representations of LGBT families transnationally: e.g. the reception of American depictions of alternative family models in a German context and vice versa
- the relation between the representation of alternative family models and genre
- alternative family activism in the media (print, tv, online)
- the critical reception of representations of alternative family models by publishers/reviewers/readers/audiences

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a short biographical note by February 1, 2015 to Suzuko Knott ([log in to unmask]) and Cindy Walter-Gensler ([log in to unmask]). Please include your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and any audio-visual requirements for the presentation.

Cindy Walter-Gensler, M.A.
Ph.D. Candidate in Germanic Studies
German Studies Review, Editorial Assistant
University of Texas at Austin
Department of Germanic Studies
Office: BUR 382
2505 University Avenue
Mailcode C3300
Austin, TX 78712-1802

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