CfP: Media and Migration

43rd Annual Conference of The German Studies Association

Oct. 3 – 6, 2019, Portland, OR

Organizers: Mert Bahadir Reisoğlu & Jocelyn Aksin

In the introduction to their edited volume on Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium (2012), Sabine Hake and Barbara Mennel write that film professionals “create new modes of production, develop innovative ways of seeing, and inspire new aesthetic styles and sensibilities” (4-5).  At the same time, their volume shows a keen awareness of the problems inherent in the use of ethnicity as a means of categorization, noting that Turkish German filmmakers and actors “at once mediate, resist, and illuminate the dynamic and fluid positions marked by the qualifiers ‘Turkish’ and ‘German’” (2). Extending our discussion beyond film, the organizers invite proposals for presentations broadly devoted to the study of media and migration in the context of German studies. We welcome contributions from a wide range of disciplines including literature, history, theater, journalism, film studies, music, and visual arts in relation to the theme of migration in Germany.  

We are particularly interested in asking how authors/artists/filmmakers utilize media to intervene in, respond to, or otherwise shape discussions of migration and cultural identity; how do they work with or resist the conventions and institutions associated with the medium they work in; and how does intermediality figure in their works if they work across different media? What critical tools or frameworks exist to engage with literary and non-literary works that thematize migration; and conversely, what critical blind spots are revealed, and what strategies can be developed to address them? How can these critical frameworks developed across different disciplines ranging from literary studies to media history contribute to each other for a comprehensive understanding of media and migration in Germany?

Please submit a 250-word abstract by February 1, 2019 to both panel organizers: Mert Bahadir Reisoğlu, Koç University ([log in to unmask]) and Jocelyn Aksin, University of North Carolina Greensboro ([log in to unmask]).

Jocelyn Aksin, Ph.D
Lecturer of German
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
MHRA 1131
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