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[ecrea] CFPs: joint national conference Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association

Fri Oct 12 09:49:57 GMT 2018





Wardman Park Marriot

Washington DC

17-20 April 2019

For information on PCA/ACA and the conference, please go to



The "German Literature and Culture" area for the 2019 Popular and American Culture Association meeting in Washington DC invites proposals related to the portrayal of disability in culture writ large and internationally.  Proposals representing perspectives in the humanities and the arts (e.g., film, history, literature, visual arts), social sciences (e.g., anthropology, cultural studies, sociology), and mass media (e.g., print or electronic journalism) in historical or contemporary contexts are welcome. Proposals should clearly establish what connections the presenter intend to draw between their chosen topic and disability studies from a popular culture perspective.


* Subject areas might include but are not limited to:*

·Any of the areas of German Culture as seen through the popular culture lens in any form of text or media, be it fictional work, historical, political, or artistic work in medias as diverse as print, television, film, the performing arts, and online. In particular:

oGerman-American Relationships: Strengths/Weaknesses. Eine Bestandsaufnahme. What remains to be done, what more can be done, or should less be done? The good, the bad and the ugly. What to make of calls within Europe (after the Iran nuclear deal cancellation by the US, and the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem) to leave OTAN, or to become a separate power; what is the popular and cultural reaction to this political change?

oMovies: Which German movies have made it in England, America, Australia, Canada? Which have made it to other countries? Why have these films made it in the English-speaking world? Why not? Have the reasons changed over time? Is the series “Berlin Babylon” an answer to past failures to translate? Do German moviemakers even care about the English-speaking market? Or have they become like German Krimis, available in so many countries, just not those that speak English?

oMovies: German genres. What German genres are dominating German movies? German made for tv, online streaming movies? Just the same old love stories? Where is the status and or trajectory of genres such as horror movies? Slashers? Sci-fi thrillers? Road movies? in Germany.

oGermany and Immigration in Popular Culture. What manifestations of the recent surge in migration to Germany are to be found in popular culture. How is popular culture shaping the debate on migration to Germany? What are the key moments of the present inscribed in such debates, and what do they tell us about the past, present, and perhaps even the future?

oThe Shoah and Reconciliation. Though the genocides perpetrated in the Shoah and against the indigenous populations of Canada, Australia, the US and elsewhere must be viewed as different in so many ways, is there a way or ways to use discussions about the Shoah so as to strengthen social resolve to have Reconciliation with indigenous peoples? What could be the advantages of such an approach, what the pitfalls? Is there a German imaginarium of Native Americans, and is is helpful or harmful to attempts at Reconciliation in Turtle Island and elsewhere?

Proposal abstracts (max 300 words) must be submitted online at the PCAACA website at:

*Individual and full panel proposals are considered. For full panel proposals (generally four persons) please include titles, abstracts and contact information for all participants.*

Area Chair:

Claude Desmarais, (German), FCCS


1148 Research Road

UBC, Okanagan Campus

Kelowna, BC

Canada V1V 1V7

Email: (claude.desmarais /at/ <mailto:(claude.desmarais /at/>

Cfp: German Studies Area (PCA, San Diego, California, April 12-15, 2017)

Panel I: Politics and Immigration.

Throughout immigration policy’s long history in Germany, most notably in the aftermath of WWII and German unification in 1990, it has been contested political, social, and cultural territory. This is no less the case now, with Germany taking in some 1.1 million refugees in 2015. What do past cultural, social, and political expressions and manifestations vis-à-vis immigration issues tell us about the present, or vice-versa? What are the moments of cultural production that best inform us about the past, and/or the present, and why?

Panel II: German Comics: The Trouble with Graphic Novels.

The genre trouble between comic and graphic novels is exacerbated at times by the way German culture is (or is not) inscribed and acknowledged in the reception of such texts. What are the markers of German Comics, and are they drawn, written, and received via an audience shaped in German comic traditions? If so, what are the trajectories and intersections with French/Belgian /bande dessinée/, American and British comics/graphic novels, or Japanese comics/graphic novels?

Panel III: Weimar Cinema and Popular Culture: Zombies, Vampires and Robots (from the Future?)

The Weimar Republic was a fecund period of cultural production, and in many ways still speaks to a contemporary (North) American sensibility. What are the Weimar influences on popular culture, particularly in terms of film, and the zombies, vampires and robots in the futuristic, expressionistic vein of film and other media? What is the relation, or is there one, between modern-day German representations to North American audiences, particularly of the zombies, vampires and robots? Do the walkers from “The Walking Dead” translate into German culture? How so? Which cultural dead (Germans?) have been revived by this contemporary fascination with the undead?

Panel IV: Lacunae of German Studies and /Germanistik/: Environmentalism, Disability, and Beyond

The distance between Germanistik and German Studies is well-known and much-lamented. There are several candidates that gesture toward this divide that receive minor shrift in North American German Studies, despite receiving considerable attention in Germany. Take for instance Disability Studies, or environmentalism, which is such an important topic in Germany. Is German Studies unable to give proper attention to certain fields? What are these fields, and what are the causes of their neglect? How do we assure they find a place within German Studies? Conversely, what does /Germanistik/ neglect and on which North American German Studies sheds light?

Note: Papers not focused on these topics, but dealing with other areas or aspects of German Literature and Culture (particularly film and popular culture), will also be considered.

*Submission information: *Please submit your 200-300 word abstract/proposal through the PCA database, does not open until JULY 1^st ) to the German Literature and Culture area. PCA requires pro­posals be submitted to only one subject area at a time. You must include your name, email address, and (if applicable) your academic affiliation on the site. Otherwise we might not be able to contact you.

*Note: Deadline: *The deadline for paper/presentation proposals is November 1, 2016.

*Conference date and location: *As indicated above, the conference takes place from April 11-15, 2017, in San Diego, California

*Inquiries? *If you should have any inquiries or further questions about the German Literature and Culture Area at the PCA/ACA national conference, please contact: *Thinking of presenting/attending, and wanting to be on an email list?* Send your email to (claude.desmarais /at/, and state the sort of updates you would like (i.e. Reminders [when database opens, a month and two weeks before the deadline, etc.); Updates on Finalized Panels; Meetings Updates [other German Studies conferences; meetings at the conference outside of panels]; Future PCA/ACA cfps).

Claude Desmarais

German Literature and Culture Area Chair

(claude.desmarais /at/ <mailto:(claude.desmarais /at/>

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