Call for Papers: Roundtable session on "Immigration and Integration in German Popular Culture"
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention 
March 23-26, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland

Since Thilo Sarrazin’s controversial book Deutschland schafft sich ab was published in 2010, there has been an explosion of comedy and satire in Germany dealing with issues of immigration and integration, from sketches on established mainstream television programs such as the heute show to new productions such as Abdelkarim’s StandUp Migranten on ARD’s EinsPlus. With the recent debates surrounding comedian Jan Böhmermann’s satirical poem pillorying the Turkish president Recep Erdogan, the limits of satire and its political effects have also been the subject of widespread media attention. This roundtable will explore how immigration and integration are treated in German popular culture, with a specific focus on stand up comedy and satire. Participants can be working on projects related to migration comedy, political satire or representations of migrants and minorities in popular media.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words through the NeMLA website: 

Submission deadline: September 30, 2016

"Immigration and Integration in German Popular Culture" is planned as a roundtable session with 3-6 participants. The format consists of short presentations of 7-10 minutes with maximum time allotted for discussion, debate, and dialogue. 

For inquiries about the session, contact:

Kathrin Bower, Associate Professor and Coordinator of German Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
University of Richmond, VA 23173
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