CALL FOR PAPERS
Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) (www.cautg.org)
Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, 24-27 May 2014
You are invited to submit proposals for papers to be given at the CAUTG annual meeting at Brock University. Papers presenting original, unpublished research on any topic or period of German-language literature, cinema, cultural studies, German language and language pedagogy are welcome, in English, French or German.
You may submit a single paper or panel proposal:
1) Single paper proposals: maximum 400 words for a 20-minute presentation.
2) Panel proposals: panels of three papers on a related theme are welcome. The panel organizer should submit a proposal explaining the theme as well as the proposals for the individual papers as a package. Maximum 1500 words. The panel proposals will be assessed on their merits as a panel separately from the single paper proposals.
We especially encourage the submission of papers and panel sessions related to this year’s special theme of “Remapping the Province – Rethinking Provincialism” (please see below.
The CAUTG conference will take place May 24th-27th, 2014 at Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada (located about one hour’s drive from Toronto and 20 minutes from Niagara Falls). The CAUTG meets as part of the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada, organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (www.congress2014.ca). The largest multidisciplinary meeting in Canada, the Congress hosts the meetings of dozens of scholarly associations during an 8-day period, bringing together scholars from across Canada and around the world.
Please send submissions of proposals to the program chair by 30 November 2013; late proposals will not be considered. Proposals are to be submitted electronically as a Word document or .rtf file. Because the proposals are refereed blind by an adjudication committee, the authors’ names should not appear on the proposal itself. Please include your university affiliation and contact information in the e-mail with which you send your proposal. Decisions will be announced in early January.
Please note that presenters must be paid-up CAUTG members at the time of their presentation.
Submissions and inquiries should be addressed to:
Gabriele Mueller, CAUTG Program Chair
Tel: 416-7362100, x40004
DLLL, York University
Special Conference Theme : Remapping the Province-Rethinking Provincialism
We invite single paper and panel proposals that explore the concepts of the province and provincialism in contemporary German-language culture. As in other Humanities disciplines, questions of space, territoriality, and mobility have become central topics in German Studies in recent years. Scholars have paid particular attention to the tensions between the core and the periphery and between cosmopolitanism and provinciality as the site where questions of national or transnational identity have been renegotiated since unification. However, the notion of the province remains an ambiguous concept. One the one hand, cinematic and literary constructions of the province frequently function to criticize politically and cultural conservative attitudes and to question conventional hierarchies of cultural and artistic values. In their emphasis of backwardness and lack of sophistication, the province is portrayed as a space that traps the individual and stifles creativity. On the other hand, representations of the province and rural spaces often offer nostalgic counter-models to disorientating hybrid and fluid models of identity that are usually associated with urban and metropolitan spaces. They try to re-affirm notions of more unified and stable forms of national identity or serve as a means to withdraw from or resist the perceived threat of globalization.
During the last few decades, processes of globalization have significantly changed the face of the province. Through increased mobility, constantly changing media landscapes and the decentralization of cultural production, conventional notions of geographical isolation and the resulting cultural backwardness and lack of sophistication seem outdated. Yet, in contemporary literary and cinematic productions the province remains an important trope; aesthetic conventions and genres traditionally associated with the province, e.g. Heimatfilm, continue to influence artists in German-language culture, but often they are re-functioned and reinterpreted, especially by writers and film directors of younger generations. A sustained scholarly examination of contemporary notions of the concepts of the province and provincialism and an exploration of their critical and possibly subversive potential promises to be very productive and allow for new and interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding of contemporary German-language culture.
To facilitate this in-depth discussion, we invite proposals for papers that address the following questions or other issues related to the concepts of the province and provincialism:
- shifts in our understanding of provincialism, relationship to other concepts, e.g. the local, regional, rural
- the province as a political and cultural unit and a counter-current to globalization processes
- re-focus on the province as a sign of German culture’s provincialism or as a challenge to other dominant models of (collective) identity
- the province as a site for oppositional, critical voices and creative energies
- intersections between notions of the province and other than geographical categories to negotiate identity, e.g. linguistic, temporal?
- the changing landscape of the European culture industry and its impact on the notion of provincialism
- relationship between transnational cultural production and the reinterpretation of provincialism
- the visual representation of the province in film
- contemporary notions of the province as a repository of new images or a new visual language in film
- the mapping of provincial characteristics onto urban space
- the province as the site of cultural production and innovation
Please send enquiries and submissions to:
Gabriele Mueller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
4700 Keele Street
Tel: 416-736-2100, ext. 40004 Email: email@example.com
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