Dear Readers,

Due to numerous requests, TRANSIT has decided to extend our CfP's deadline
for submissions to *September 21st, 2019*. Please see our CfP below as well
as a flyer attached for your convenience.

*2019-2020: Landscapes of Migration*

*According to the UNHCR's most recent, available data,[1]
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currently 70.8 million people around the world who have been forced from
their homes. Of these, 25.9 million are refugees, over half of whom are
under 18 years old. Thirty people per minute are forcibly displaced. At the
same time, climate change is rapidly intensifying; rising sea levels,
extreme weather, and natural catastrophes are slowly but surely becoming
the norm. According to a 2018 special report by UN Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change,[2]
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has 11 years left to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees
Celsius by curbing carbon emission by at least 45 percent (25 percent
higher than current standards). The alternative increase of 2 degrees or
higher would be disastrous for agricultural communities, biodiversity and
societal infrastructures across the globe.*

*It is clear that these crises affect one another. As the world around 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 and/or overlap with an
ecological landscape? 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 sort of ethical considerations are
necessary in framing mobility and the environment with both images and

*TRANSIT invites reflections on German Studies as an academic field in
light of these questions. What are the implications for German Studies in
analyzing global phenomena that call into question the very idea of
national borders? How do concepts of nation persist or dissolve in the wake
of so-called “refugee crises” or climate change? How do linguistic and
cultural evolutions challenge or nuance conventional understandings of
national arts and literatures?*

*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.*

English- or German-language papers or projects are due for editorial review
by *September 21st, 2019*. [log in to unmask], CC
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Michael Sandberg

Managing Editor


[1] <>
“Figures at a Glance.” (2019, June). Retrieved from Accessed June 25th, 2019.

[2] <>
IPCC, 2018: Summary for Policymakers. In: *Global warming of 1.5°C. An IPCC
Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above
pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways,
in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of
climate change, sustainable development, and  efforts  to  eradicate
poverty*  [V.  Masson-Delmotte,  P.  Zhai,  H.  O.  Pörtner,  D.  Roberts,
J.  Skea,  P.  R.  Shukla,A. Pirani, W. Moufouma-Okia, C. Péan, R. Pidcock,
S. Connors, J. B. R. Matthews, Y. Chen, X. Zhou, M. I. Gomis,E. Lonnoy, T.
Maycock, M. Tignor, T. Waterfield (eds.)]. World Meteorological
Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 32 pp.

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