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Ergebnisanzeige "Falling Walls, Changing Borders in German and Scandinavian Cultures"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelFalling Walls, Changing Borders in German and Scandinavian Cultures
BeschreibungCall for Proposals for the fourth biennial graduate student conference in German and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Title: Falling Walls, Changing Borders in German and Scandinavian Cultures

This interdisciplinary graduate conference will examine the implications of creating, crossing and changing borders throughout German and Scandinavian history. Although inspired by the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent change of political borders in 1989/1990, this conference aims to look at walls and borders in a broader cultural and historical context. Of particular interest are questions of space – physical, mental, cultural, social, historical, political, economic, as well as interpersonal – and its effects. For this conference, walls and borders can be specific, physical manifestations, or they can be imaginary or presumed. In thinking about borders and the walls that, at times, define them, some questions that arise include:

What is the relationship of a political border and a wall that defines it physically?
What specific events surround the building or destruction of such walls?
Who is permitted to cross the border and who is not? What does the interruption of space mean to the people on either side of it?
How does identity change with building and collapse of walls, changing political boundaries, or crossing borders?
How do ideas change, mutually inflect, move and evolve across such boundaries?
How are national, ethnic, or racial identities shaped or affected by walls and borders?
How are walls and borders represented in literary and cultural texts? How do walls and borders influence literary and cultural production?

Possible paper topics include but are not limited to the following: the building and/or collapse of walls and political boundaries, ideology, the passing of time, identity constructions, public and private memory, gender, religion, family and relationships, generational conflicts, cultural production and reception, race, language and communication, and historical, literary, and cultural narratives.

Deadline for Paper Proposals: Sunday, October 25, 2009. Proposals should be one page and include a biographical paragraph. Submit to Delene White and Victoria Lenshyn: and
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: White, Delene  
Funktion: Ansprechpartnerin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst, German and Scandinavian Studies 
Strasse/Postfach: 516 Herter Hall 
Postleitzahl: 01003 
Stadt: Amherst, MA  
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
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