The 17th Annual Conference of the German and Dutch Graduate Student Association
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Relative to What?
Exploring Concepts of Identity and Family in Germanic Studies
November 13-14, 2015
Berkeley Language Center, University of California, Berkeley
University of Freiburg
Call for Papers
Issues of identity and family have important consequences for individuals and for societies. Changes to Germany’s dual citizenship laws in 2014 highlighted the question “Who is German?” and Austria continues to revise partnership and adoption legislation, recognizing new family structures. In an increasingly global and technology-driven landscape, scholarly investigations inform our understanding of how identities are (de)constructed and the ways people relate to each other. Improved access to data from the past and present, such as census data and genetic analyses, have also enabled researchers to gain critical insights into cultural and linguistic phenomena.
With such developments in mind, this conference aims to examine literal and metaphorical families and identities through the lenses offered by Germanic Studies. We encourage submissions from both historical and contemporary perspectives, and questions that can serve as a starting point for reflection include, but are not limited to:
Second Language Acquisition
Abstracts for single or multi-authored 20 minute presentations should be no more than 300 words and are due by May 22, 2015 (Extended Deadline). The primary language of this conference will be English, but submissions in German or Dutch are also welcome. Abstracts should not include the presenter’s name. Please include the following as a separate attachment: name, title of paper, department and university affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address. Please submit your abstracts to Christine Evans at [log in to unmask]. For further details on the conference, keynote speaker, and accommodations (including the option to stay with UW-Madison graduate students), please see our conference website: http://gdgsaconference.german.wisc.edu/.