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Call for Papers and Seminar Participation

German Studies Association Meeting Sept 28 to Oct 2, 2016 in San Diego

ABOUT MARGINS AND CONTACT ZONES:
500 YEARS OF DUTCH-GERMAN CULTURAL INTERACTION

This seminar will bring together scholars working on the intersections of Dutch,
Flemish, and German culture. The idea is that in the case of smaller cultural
entities like the Netherlands and Flemish-speaking Belgium, a “national”
approach misses an essential aspect of these cultures: their higher
receptiveness to impulses coming from surrounding cultural traditions. Because
of their assumed marginality, such cultures have a meaningful function as
contact zones. In the case of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, we have
three distinct but historically, geographically, and linguistically proximate
cultures. Over the course of five centuries, discernible patterns of
interaction, refraction, and projection have developed. There is a long and
varied tradition of artistic, intellectual, and cultural interaction.
Individual papers will offer case studies of these interactions and
cumulatively contribute to new models for understanding their patterns.

The application deadline for enrollment in the seminar is January 28, 2016. GSA
membership is required. Visit www.thegsa.org for more info. Members can login
and click on member services. From the choices on the left, click on the link
for conference proposals. Then click on validate. This will take you to the
program submission home page. You will see a link for applying to participate
in a seminar. On the subsequent page, select the seminar and fill in the boxes
with a 300-word statement of your interest in the seminar (in which you would
briefly summarize the topic you plan to write on) and a “minivita” of no more
than 1000 characters.

Short papers of up to 3000 words, written in English or German, are due by July
29 so that they can be pre-circulated among the seminar participants. The paper
should include and may emphasize reflection on the precise mode of cultural
interaction represented by the texts or cultural phenomena in question. Our
intention is to publish revised proceedings of the seminar as a volume on
Netherlandic-German cultural relations.

If you have any questions about the process or anything else, please contact
Carl Niekerk ([log in to unmask]) or Simon Richter ([log in to unmask]).

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