*CFP: Alternate Words: Language and Identity in German Transnational
Literature and Cinema (Sep 30 2018; March 21-24 2019) - Session 17365  *

*50th Anniversary Convention: Northeastern Modern Language Association

*March 21-24, 2019*

*Washington, DC*

*Host Institution: Georgetown University*

Crossing political boundaries often means a new configuration of identity
in a different culture. Commonly, this new or adapted identity shares a
strong link to another language and the ability to express ideas and share
stories from the past in the new culture. This can be both a positive
journey of discovery or a challenging task in articulating the past within
in the new country. The German-speaking context presents an important look
into the politics of identity through different forms of governments in
Germany, Switzerland, and Austria over the last century. While scholars
have focused on the recent migration to Germany, literature and film has
documented how artists adapt to new contexts both in and outside of the
German-speaking countries for the last century in both forced exile and a
chosen new homeland.

This panel seeks contributions including a larger discourse on
transnational literature and film surrounding the German-speaking countries
and their links to identity, whether political or personal, and how this is
linked to its articulation through language. This articulation can be both
positive and negative in a better understanding of the self or challenging
through a sense of loss. The panel seeks to present migration both to and
from the German-speaking countries at different points in the 20th and 21st

Please submit abstracts of approximately 300 words, including the
submitter’s biographical information, through the NeMLA website:

More info on submission requirements per NeMLA:

 Submission deadline: September 30, 2018

For inquiries about the panel, contact:

Amanda Sheffer, Clinical Assistant Professor of German, The Catholic
University of America ([log in to unmask])

*Dr. Amanda Sheffer <>*

Clinical Assistant Professor of German
German Advisor
The Catholic University of America
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
208 McMahon Hall
Washington, DC 20064
(202) 319-5240

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