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[ecrea] CFPs: joint national conference Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association
Fri Oct 12 09:49:57 GMT 2018
*POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION*
*2019 JOINT NATIONAL CONFERENCE*
Wardman Park Marriot
17-20 April 2019
For information on PCA/ACA and the conference, please go to
*DEADLINE:NOVEMBER 1, 2018*
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:http://pcaaca.org.
*Individual and full panel proposals are considered. For full panel
proposals (generally four persons) please include titles, abstracts and
contact information for all participants.*
Claude Desmarais, (German), FCCS
1148 Research Road
UBC, Okanagan Campus
Canada V1V 1V7
Email: (claude.desmarais /at/ ubc.ca) <mailto:(claude.desmarais /at/ ubc.ca)>
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, http://ncp.pcaaca.org/(which
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
*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:
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Meetings Updates [other German Studies conferences; meetings at the
conference outside of panels]; Future PCA/ACA cfps).
German Literature and Culture Area Chair
(claude.desmarais /at/ ubc.ca) <mailto:(claude.desmarais /at/ ubc.ca)>
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