Wenn der Toni mit der Vroni – Heimat as a Gendered Space
In traditional Heimat expressions women and men are usually displayed in ways that lead to their eventual fulfillment of gender expectations. We would like to look at Heimat at a larger scale against the backdrop of geographical expansion and the constant political change that the notion of Heimat has undergone, and is still undergoing. We are particularly interested in papers that explore significant transformations of Heimat and connect it with portrayals of femininity and masculinity. Our panel would like to present contrasting depictions of gender from traditional and progressive understandings of Heimat that demonstrate the full tensions of this concept. In addition, we are interested how the building of the European Union has affected German understandings of Heimat and gender roles.
We would like to invite papers that explore Heimat as a gendered space in German literature, theater, theory and film and challenge contradict or transcend gender roles usually associated with Heimat.
Please send a 150 words abstract by April 4, 2012 to Imke Brust (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Yvonne Franke (email@example.com).
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