Call for Proposals 
Austria In Transit: Displacement and the Nation State

1-2 September 2017 – Department of German, King’s College London


Proposals are invited for ‘Austria in Transit: Displacement and the Nation State,’ a workshop to be held at King’s College London on 1 and 2 September 2017 with the generous support of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, the Austrian Cultural Forum and the German Screen Studies Network. The workshop will examine cultural responses to issues of transit and the place of the nation state in an era of mass international displacement. It invites contributions that focus on responses to the current refugee crisis, as well as those which offer a historical or comparative perspective on questions of human displacement and mass migration in the Austrian context.

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Selected papers will be published in the twenty-sixth issue of the journal Austrian Studies.
Austrian Studies is a peer-reviewed yearbook published in English under the auspices of the Modern Humanities Research Association. It adheres to the MHRA style guidelines (; the word length for articles is typically 6,500. Workshop papers should be no longer than 25 minutes; the languages for the workshop are English and German. Literary readings and film screenings will accompany the academic panels. Confirmed speakers include: 


·      Christine Ivanovic (Vienna), ‘“We are translated men.” Translational Literature and Migration’


·      Wiebke Sievers (ÖAW/Frankfurt Oder), ‘Setting the Frame: the literary conditions for refugees writing in Austria’


·      Monika Mokre (ÖAW), ‘The Art of Solidarity.Cultural and Artistic Projects with Refugees and Migrants


·      Erica Carter (King's College London), ‘Visual History Matters: Tracing Austrian Émigré History through Family Photos


·      Sandra Vlasta (Mainz), ‘Narrating the unnarratable? Flight and migration in Martin Horváth’s Mohr im Hemd (2012) and Daniel Zipfel’s Eine Handvoll Rosinen’ (2015)


·      Martin Brady (King’s College London), ‘Migration and Misanthropy in Thomas Larcher’s Symphony Nr. 2: Kenotaph (2015-2016)’


·      Allyson Fiddler (Lancaster), ‘Popular Music as Contested Space of Political Mobilisation’


·      Caitríona Ní Dhúill (Durham), ‘On Sharon Dodua Otoo’ (title tbc)


·      Felix Tweraser (West Georgia), ‘Climate Change, Border Politics, and Mass Displacement in Erwin Uhrmann's Ich bin die Zukunft (2014)


·      Markus Priller (Red Cross Austria), ProjektXchange


Please send paper abstracts of c. 300 words plus a short biographical note to: [log in to unmask], with cc to [log in to unmask], by 12 December 2016.


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