German Studies Association Conference, October 8-11, 2009, Washington D.C.
Mixed Matches:Transgressive Unions in Germany from the Late Middle Ages to the Present
Does the legalization of gay marriage pose, as its critics charge, an existential challenge to societal cohesion? Or does it stand at the culmination of a long-term evolution toward “companionate marriage”? Either way, the current controversy raises questions of historical continuity and discontinuity in the formation of social and cultural boundaries between “legitimate” and transgressive unions. What forces have shaped transgressivity over time, and how has their composition changed? How have the partners in transgressive unions negotiated their condition in society and culture, and with what impact on marriage as a vehicle, both for social reproduction and for the generation of collective identities? How have these transformations been reflected in cultural production?
The GSA invites proposals for interdisciplinary panels and papers that analyze the many forms and transformations of transgressive union over the long term, from the sacramentalization of marriage in the late Middle Ages to the present. Envisioned are five or six panels organized around one or more of the following categories of transgressivity:
Social: marriages between unequals, e.g. unions between nobles and non-nobles;
Legal: unions between free persons and slaves or bonded persons (Leibeigene, Eigenhörige);
Sexual: bigamy and polygamy; homosexual unions; marriages within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity;
Generational: marriages between young and old;
Confessional: marriages across a barrier of denominational or ideological division;
Religious: unions between Christians, Jews, Muslims, and “pagans”;
Ecclesiastical: unions in violation of canon law (“concubinage”) or the informal expectations that bore upon Protestant clergy;
Racial: unions in violation of racial barriers, e.g., unions with “Moors” or other non-Europeans; between colonizers and the colonized; between “Aryans” and Mischlinge (etc.)
Topics and themes might include, but are not limited to: the sacramentalization of marriage and the consolidation of clerical celibacy; the sixteenth-century assault on sacramentality; social misalliances and the formation of “companionate marriage”; the social and legal impact of confessionalization; the institutionalization, judicialization, and bureaucratization of marriage; structure of kinship and the intergenerational transfer of wealth in the transition to industrialized modernity; the racialization of marriage in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
This series of panels is organized by David M. Luebke (University of Oregon, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mary Lindemann (University of Miami, email@example.com).
For information on conference paper/panel submissions, see the GSA general call for papers, below:
Call for Papers
GERMAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
THIRTY-THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its Thirty-Third Annual Conference in Washington, D. C., 8-11 October 2009.
The Program Committee cordially invites proposals on any aspect of German, Austrian, or Swiss studies, including (but not limited to) history, Germanistik, film, art history, political science, musicology, religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies. Proposals for entire sessions and for interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged. Individual paper proposals and offers to serve as session moderators or commentators are also welcome. Programs of past GSA conferences may be viewed at the GSA website (www.thegsa.org).
Please see the GSA website (http://www.thegsa.org/ ) for information about the submission process, which opens on January 5, 2009.
Please note that ALL proposals must be submitted online; paper forms are not used. The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2009.
For more information, visit the GSA website or contact members of the 2009 Program Committee:
Program Director: Benjamin Marschke (Humboldt State University), firstname.lastname@example.org
Medieval, Early Modern, 18th-Century: Jason Coy (College of Charleston), email@example.com
19th-Century: George Williamson (University of Alabama), firstname.lastname@example.org
20th/21st-Century History: Katherine Pence (Baruch College), Katherine.Pence@baruch.cuny.edu
20th/21st-Century Literature, Cultural Studies: Rick McCormick (University of Minnesota), email@example.com
Interdisciplinary: Janet Ward (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), firstname.lastname@example.org
Political Science: E. Gene Frankland (Ball State University), email@example.com.
David M. Luebke
Department of History
1288 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1288
Fax: 541-346-4895 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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