*Dear Readers,*
On behalf of our editorial staff and the Department of German at UC
Berkeley, it is our pleasure to present *TRANSIT Journal*
<>'s newly published call for papers for the
2018-2019 issue (Vol. 12, No. 1), entitled "Landscapes of Migration"
2018-2019: *Landscape of Migration*

*According to the UNHCR, there are currently 65.6 million people around the
world who have been forced to leave their home. Of these, 22.5 million are
refugees, half of whom are under 18 years old. Twenty people per minute are
forcibly displaced. At the same time, climate change is rapidly increasing;
according to NASA, 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since
2001. Sea levels are rising, droughts continue to devastate agricultural
communities, extreme weather is growing more frequent and destroying
societal infrastructure across the globe; biodiversity is diminishing.*

*It is clear that these crises affect one another. As the world arounds us
changes both physically and ideologically, it grows ever more urgent to
consider the human relationship to landscapes and how our actions,
perspectives, and interventions affect and shape them. Within the
interrelated discourses on climate, politics, and [migratory] spaces, the
term “landscape” can have a variety of implications beyond the conventional
connotation of fixed outdoor environment. Rather than affirm ‘natural,’
immutable characteristics, “landscape” can reflect the changing assemblage
of geographical, physical, and imaginary entities. For instance, Georg
Simmel intuits that to perceive a particular landscape is a creative and
constitutive act that actualizes a viewer’s subjective expression.
Alternatively, “landscape” can take on a metaphorical dimension to describe
the composition of a group or set of practices such as cultural landscapes,
media landscapes, and, for our purposes, migration landscapes.*

*In this issue of TRANSIT, we hope to address the following questions: How
do different understandings of landscape interact and in turn shape each
other? How might a landscape of migration affect the ecological landscape,
and vice-versa? How does one represent changes in the environment,
especially in light of the unprecedented magnitude, speed and intricacy of
transnational movement and global-environmental transformation? How can we
strive to make patterns of migration more intelligible and what are the
limits of that intelligibility? What are the roles of the scholar and the
artist in these discourses? Can the language we use to discuss matters of
extinction, biodiversity, and geographical environment serve us in
rethinking our notions of social diversity in Germany and matters of
so-called integration and its implications?*

*With notions of progress and change pitted against nostalgic calls for
preservation and restoration to times past in the German-speaking world,
German Studies has a responsibility to question the discourses surrounding
landscapes of migration and its own status as an academic field. What are
the implications for German Studies of analyzing global phenomena that call
into question the very idea of national borders? What does the changing
human landscape of the German-speaking world mean for the discipline? How
do concepts of nation persist or dissolve in the wake of so-called “refugee
crises” or climate change? How should the field position itself in the face
of these questions?*

*This CFP encourages contributions from a wide range of related disciplines
including but not limited to literary studies, language pedagogy, history,
linguistics, film and media studies, performance studies, geography,
philosophy, translation, critical theory, and anthropology. **We welcome
all submissions, both traditional papers and multi-media projects that make
use of our online platform’s digital capabilities. In addition, we kindly
request new translations for our publication: the only German Studies
academic journal to regularly feature both scholarly and literary
translations from the German-speaking world.*
As the new co-managing editors, Molly Krueger and I (Michael Sandberg) are
looking forward to receiving your submissions by *August 1st, 2018.* Please
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Michael Sandberg and Molly Krueger
Managing Co-Editors

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