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Calls for Papers: Women in German Conference 2014

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Panels at the 2014 WiG Conference

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Panels at the 2014 WiG Conference: Full calls for papers

WiG 2014: Thursday Evening Panel: Re-Defining German Studies and The Positionality of German Scholars from A Place of Power
In the face of departments being eliminated or reduced to programs, the identity of German scholars and teachers in the academy is challenged. Moreover, in many cases it is a daily fight for survival as a Germanist. In these attempts to survive, we face the pressure and the challenge of producing a certain number of majors or otherwise our existence will be thrown into jeopardy by administrators. Simultaneously, the opportunity and funding for the humanities seems to come from digital humanities. However, in addition to real possible contributions of digital humanities to the field it also seems to rationalize our profession away. Colleges and universities may all too easily substitute our role and presence as teachers through moocs and online classes. How do we take control of this situation and re-define our identities as Germanists in a field that is already interdisciplinary but demands in this situation even more interdisciplinarity. How do we achieve such re-definition from a place of power and self-confidence and without defining us from a place of Existenzangst?

We are looking for contributions in the form of 5-7 minute presentations of mission statements, addressing these issues and reflecting on personal attempts to address these concerns that derive from creative solutions forged at your home institutions and in your personal lives as they intersect with your professional situation. The session will take the format of a round-table discussion followed by break-out sessions.

Please send a ca. 1-page abstract to both of the panel organizers, Ute Bettray ( and Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau (, by March 1, 2014.


WiG 2014: Pedagogy Panel: Sustainability as Feminist Practice: Pedagogical Approaches
In many regards, Germany leads the world in sustainability.  Often visually represented by three overlapping circles of environmental, social and economic sustainability, the triple bottom line model of sustainability represents that part of human endeavor that is 1) environmentally sound, 2) socially just, and 3) economically viable.  Germany’s focus on environmental issues, socially progressive cultural structures, and a thriving economy make Germany a positive case study in sustainability.  In a time when German Studies is seeing decreasing enrollment, Germany’s relevance for Sustainability and Environmental Studies can be a valuable asset.

This panel seeks presentations on courses that engage with Sustainability or Environmental Studies alongside German Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.  How can these perspectives support one another?  To what extent can a focus on sustainability provide a framework for considering German culture?  What courses have been or can be offered that can tap into interest in Sustainability Studies?  How can German Studies courses and programs benefit from the perspectives offered by Sustainability Studies?

Please submit an abstract of approximately 200 words to both organizers by March 10, 2014:  Elizabeth Bridges ( and Sonja Klocke (


WiG 2014: Guest-Related Panel: Translation and Gender
This guest-related panel invites submissions that engage the nexus of translation and gender from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to:


  • Feminist approaches to translation theory

  • The agency of the female translator: motivations, text choices, restrictions, opportunities?

  • Translation as a “female”-coded task—valuing/devaluing the work of translation?

  • Women translators as agents of cultural transfer (within Europe; transatlantic, global)?

  • From female translator to female author: translation as the entry to authorship?

  • Translations of texts by women authors: whose texts get translated and why?

  • The role of women in the business of translation (from the 18th century to today)?

Please send 200-word abstracts to both Astrid Weigert ( and Rachel Freudenburg ( by March 15, 2014.


WiG 2014: Pre-20th-Century Panel: The “Fair Sex” and the “Dark Continent:” Women Write/Imagine Africa
This panel will explore the intersections between race and gender, power, privilege and oppression in the work of German-speaking women who write about Africa. Women writers have encountered and written about Africa in both fiction and nonfiction for centuries in the form of novels, fairy tales, travelogues, colonial memoirs, and missionary literature. This panel seeks to investigate how these women writers used constructions of Africa and Africans in their writing and how Africa could serve as an opportunity to escape constricting gender roles or to enact colonial fantasies. We will tackle the question of whether women, as members of an oppressed group, show tolerance, solidarity, or racist and colonial attitudes toward members of other oppressed groups. We invite proposals for papers that deal with any aspect of women's writing about Africa from before the First World War. We are particularly interested in papers that explore race outside of colonial contexts, the relation of race and gender to each other and to other categories such as class, religion, and sexuality, and little-studied or little-known works that complicate our understandings of race and gender in pre-20th Century Germany or German-speaking countries.

Please send 1-page abstracts to both panel organizers, MaureenGallagher ( and Rob McFarland ( by March 1, 2014.


WiG 2014: Women Writing the First World War

The 100th anniversary of the First World War is an opportunity to revisit the texts that emerge out of this violent conflict, to expand the canon dominated by male writers, and to reconsider the understanding of the experience of war beyond the arenas of combat. German women not only commented on their nation’s war efforts in various ways, but they also documented and imagined the events of this tumultuous time period through literature, journalism and life writing, in both fictional and non-fictional texts. This panel seeks to examine how German women wrote the First World War and how these writings deepen our understanding of the gendered experience of the war.

This panel seeks to address such questions as:

  • What roles did German women play in war efforts, both on the front and at home, and how are these contributions described through women’s literature?
  • What genres do women employ in writing the war, and how does genre influence the text or the story told?
  • How do women narrate their experiences of war? What narrative strategies do they use?
  • What themes are prevalent in women’s writings about the war, and what new topics, insights, and approaches to the discussion of war do they introduce?
  • In what ways do women’s representations of war broaden our understanding of the history of the First World War, as well as women’s experiences of war and conflict?
  • What is the place of German women’s literature in the canon as we examine the First World War 100 years later?

We invite proposals from across disciplines that examine female-authored texts about the First World War. Please send a 250-350 word abstract and brief bio by March 15, 2014 to Barbara Kosta, and Julie Shoults,



WiG 2014: Feminist Embodiments and Empowerment: Pre-, Pro-, Post-, Anti-, Trans- and Queer—from Bachmann's Malina to Mutti Merkel
This panel seeks to engage discussions of the many faces of feminism and cognate areas of study, interrogating historical critiques of embodiment and offering new theoretical frameworks for recent and contemporary debates. We invite original papers examining connections among gender and sexual politics; body, voice, performance, and representation; and agency, power, and knowledge in literary and cultural texts. Medium and period are open, and we welcome submissions on male, masculine, queer, and trans embodiments, as well as papers addressing intersectionality with an eye to class, race, ethnicity, faith, ability, age, and technology.

Presentations may take feminist approaches to bodies and power, including the following:

  • feminist integrations and performances of empowerment (such as pole dancing)

  • feminist icons past and present, and their legacies (such as Alice Schwarzer)

  • the self-fashioning of contemporary political and cultural figures (such as Angela Merkel and Lady Bitch Ray)

  • representations and performances of (dis)empowerment through masculinity, cross-dressing, and passing (such as Marlene Dietrich, Else Lasker-Schüler, and Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina)

  • performance studies and the genderqueer body (such as Bridge Markland’s cabaret and renditions of German classics like Faust in the Box)

  • feminism and race; Turkish-German feminism; Afro-German feminism; feminist interrogations of whiteness

  • sexual agency and aging; prostitution; youth sexuality  

  • postfeminist movements; debates about mothering and careers

  • the body in Islamic feminism and anti-Muslim feminism

  • the commodification of the body in neoliberal society

  • technology, cyborgs, and electronics

  • transnational feminisms, social transformation, and global change

  • intersections of feminist studies with digital humanities

Especially welcome are proposals for presentations that are innovative, creative, interactive, polemical, or nontraditional, and that invite us to think outside of the familiar and customary frames of feminism.

Please send inquiries and proposals of 200-300 words to both organizers by March 15, 2014: Erika Berroth ( and Faye Stewart (



WiG 2014: Poster Session: Open Topic

We invite submissions to the poster session at the 2014 WiG conference in Shawnee on Delaware, PA. The purpose of the poster session is to allow scholars to employ visual forms to initiate conversations about their research, teaching, or academic life. Examples of visual forms include: posters, 3-D art, interactive exhibits, and multimedia presentations. “Posters” from past sessions have addressed a great variety of topics such as teaching, literature, film, cultural studies, history, politics, the balancing of career and family. Presentations have taken the form of PowerPoint presentations, websites, dioramas, installations, games, cardboard posters, etc. We encourage participants to be creative in the construction and presentation at this session. Please be advised that presenters must provide their own materials and equipment, including projectors, computers, headphones, and extension cords. To ensure that your information is available throughout the conference, all presentations MUST be accompanied by a simple explanatory handout.

Many universities support the production of posters as a way of publicizing research. You may want to find out what your institution offers in terms of audiovisual support and travel funds. Get creative – the poster session is a great way to get valuable feedback on your newest, brilliant idea!
Please submit abstracts of 300-400 words describing the project’s content, thesis, and form. This must include a description of the layout, design, material, and technology that will be used. Please send your proposals electronically by March 1, 2014 to the session organizers Nichole Neuman, University of Minnesota, and Nicole Grewling, Washington College, at


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CAUTG 2014: New Feminist and Queer Approaches in German Studies

The Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) Conference May 24-27, 2014 Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario  

In its inaugural collaborative panel with the CAUTG, Women in German would like to assess the field of North American German Studies from critical perspectives rooted in gender and queer theory. The format will feature short paper presentations (ca. 10 minutes) followed by a roundtable discussion. We aim to show some of the diversity of current approaches to the interpretation of texts, broadly conceived, within German Studies. Each presenter will offer their reading of a text of their choice; the roundtable will discuss correspondences and divergences among the various approaches. We hope that this will lead to a fruitful discussion of current theoretical perspectives within and beyond the field.  Questions the papers and the roundtable discussion could address include but are not limited to:  Do gender-sexual theories and critiques offer special opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration between German Studies and other fields? What are examples?  Are there uniquely Canadian (and/or North American) approaches to gender-sexual criticism, especially within German Studies? How do these interface (or not) with Germanistik?  How can North American German Studies practitioners continue to model interdisciplinary collaboration through their use of these theories of gender and queerness?  The organizers and organizations encourage participation by scholars based in both Canada and the United States.  Interested participants should send their proposals in DOC or PDF format to Kyle Frackman (University of British Columbia, and Ilinca Iuraşcu (University of British Columbia, by November 30, 2013. The proposals will be refereed in a double-blind process before acceptance; no identifying information should be on the document itself. Please include any necessary contact and affiliation information in the body of the e-mail. Accepted presenters and discussants must be members of the CAUTG ( in order to register for the conference.


GSA 2014: Narrating Gender in the First Person – Authors’ Strategies to Giving Gender a  Voice
Panel at the 2014 GSA, Kansas City, MO, Sept. 18-21, 2014

“ICH schreibt ein Buch. ICH hat viel erlebt, also kann ICH auch viel erzählen.” Juli Zeh begins her essay “Sag nicht Er zu mir oder: Vom Verschwinden des Erzählers im Autor” with these words, and thereby emphasizes the proliferation of first-person narratives at the beginning of the 21st century. According to Zeh, about two-thirds of all contemporary German fiction features a first-person narrator. As readers, we rely on these first-person narrators to divulge information about themselves and other characters, including their gender identities, their bodies, their environments, and their perspectives.

This panel investigates strategies that authors use to disclose facts about gender and gender identity, either explicitly or implicitly, through first-person narration. What strategies for narrating gender have endured and how might these strategies be changing in light of more frequent, and more explicit, depictions of queer identities? What do these narrative strategies tell us about the ways in which gender is constructed in literature in the 21st century? And what role might narrative reliability play? We invite papers that critically examine author strategies for writing gender in the first person in contemporary texts.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a short biographical note by February 1, 2014 to Necia Chronister ( and Sonja Klocke ( Please include your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and any audio-visual requirements for the presentation.


AATG/ACTFL 2014: Eco-Pedagogy and Feminist Praxis in German / Modern Languages and Literatures
Feminist collaborative pedagogies and practices, such as, for example, co-creating knowledge by drawing on dialogue, reflection, critique and experience, community based learning for social justice, or interdisciplinary orientations have long informed “Green German Studies” as well as teaching and learning in German Studies as part of the Environmental Humanities. This panel seeks to bring together contributions on pedagogy and praxis that reflect feminist and environmentalist commitments in Modern Languages and Literatures, particularly, of course, in German. How are feminist pedagogies created and nurtured in courses or units focused on the environment? What specific types of classroom activities and/or pedagogical strategies foster language development and raise awareness about how social and environmental justice issues intersect with feminist approaches to teaching and learning?

In this context, topics could include:

  • Teaching and activism; dimensions of engagement
  • Integrated study abroad experiences; partnerships; stakeholders
  • Modern Languages and Literatures and the Environmental Humanities
  • Feminist praxis and eco-pedagogy in Modern Languages and Literatures teaching and learning contexts: content based; interdisciplinary; community based; project based; inquiry based; authentic materials; innovations
  • Blended forms of teaching and learning; innovative collaborations
  • Developing eco-literacy as feminist praxis
  • Developing intercultural competence in environmentalism and feminist praxis

Please send abstracts (up to 500 words) to both co-organizers, Erika Berroth, and Lauren Brooks, by January 15, 2014.


ASA 2015: Habsburg Feminisms
WiG-ASA Panel: Habsburg Feminisms
Crossing Borders—Blurring Borders, Annual conference of the Austrian Studies Association, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, 
March 26-29, 2015

This panel seeks papers that interrogate historical or aesthetic acts that blur the contours of our traditional understanding of the ‘aristocracy’ (the Hapsburgs in the Austrian context) and of ‘feminism,’ and more importantly, of how these notions seem antithetical to one another. The inspiration here is based on Ellis Wasson’s challenge to notions of the aristocracy that are labeled ‘philistine, decadent, amateur, and ‘backward,’’ seeing this social group as a dynamic and important force in the history of Europe, and how visual and material culture, for example, can convey ideas about power to the court, to family and to self that are more progressive and potentially “feminist.”

Please send proposals to Beth Muellner and Nicole McInteer


MLA 2015: Bodies that Matter: Corporeality and Materiality in the Age of Goethe

MLA Session co-sponsored by the Coalition of Women in German and the Goethe Society of North America; Vancouver, January 8-11, 2015
This panel reconsiders the human form as a living, breathing organism in literature and culture around 1800 with particular emphasis on gendered and sexed bodies. Recent scholarship has redirected attention to the importance of the material world in modern conceptions of gender and sexuality. We seek original papers that apply theories of materiality and discourse to the Goethezeit in order to generate new understandings of the complex and reciprocal relationship between nature and society. Papers might examine but are not limited to: reproductive and birth practices; motherhood; infanticide; the institution of marriage; prostitution; sexual practices; sexuality; theatrical performances, including public and private stagings of the body, theories of declamation, set and costume design, etc; performative art, including genres such as the tableau vivant; male and female authors' attempts to write the body; regulatory practices of the body such as exercise, hygiene, and diet; corporal discipline and punishment; unruly and rebellious bodies; bodies in religion and religious practices; death, decay and rituals of mourning; body modification, beauty, and fashion; mechanization of the body through automation or prosthetics; tortured, traumatized, disfigured or wounded bodies; military institutions and cultures of warfare; environmental concerns; philosophical reassessments of Cartesian dualism; or scientific fields of inquiry such anatomical studies. Please email proposals (250-300 words) to Julie Koser ( by March 1st.

MLA 2015: Feminism and Neoliberalism

This panel explores the tension that neoliberalism creates between opening up sexual and gender freedom on the one hand, and maintaining hetero-normative roles on the other. By looking at a variety of German-language texts (e.g. literature, theatre, film, magazines, websites etc.) papers may explore:

  • feminism, pop-feminism & post-feminism in German culture
  • changing images of masculinity and femininity in neoliberalism
  • the de-stabilization of the nuclear family – and the reification of family
  • the creation of identity through bodies
  • motherhood, and parenthood

Please send a 250-300 words abstract and a short bio to BOTH organizers by March 1, 2014: Imke Brust ( and Mareike Herrmann (

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