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RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelWeimar Colonialism
Beschreibung"Weimar Colonialism"
Call for Papers
School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
National University of Ireland Maynooth, 12-14 April 2012
Organisers: Professor Florian Krobb, Dr Elaine Martin

German colonialism was marked by its extraordinarily brief lifespan.
Germany was a latecomer to the colonial scene in 1884 and was forced to
relinquish colonial possessions after the First World War a mere
thirty-five years later. Germans, however, partook in the European colonial
project at the level of the imagination for a decidedly lengthy period
prior to the acquisition of colonies and in the aftermath of their
confiscation. The "colonial fantasies" of pre-colonial Germany have been
the subject of extensive research; the colonial discourse in the immediate
aftermath of colonial loss is the focus of this conference. Entirely
stripped of her colonial possessions at the Treaty of Versailles, Germany,
unlike other European nations, was faced with the end of empire well before
the end of the European colonial project. Germany became, to borrow Marcia
Klotz' phrase, "a postcolonial state in a still-colonial world". What makes
the constellation of the German colonial experiment additionally unique is
the fact that it was brought to an end not because of national liberation
movements in the colonies or international processes of decolonisation.
Rather, Germany's transition from imperial power to postcolonial nation
took place amidst domestic political collapse, military defeat and foreign
occupation. This atypical case of colonial loss left behind a strong legacy
for German literature, culture and public discourse. Curiously, the
colonial theme blossomed in the two decades that followed the confiscation
of Germany's overseas territories, a clear indication that the colonial
imagination continued to be deeply rooted in German society beyond the
duration of the formal colonial experiment. In fact, as noted by David
Thomas Murphy, a striking aspect of colonial discourse during Weimar's
"crusade for colonies" is "the disparity between the actual significance
that the overseas empire held for Germany and the enormous amount of
language, paper, ink, and futile energy expended on its recovery after the
Versailles peace settlement." This conference sets itself the task of
investigating the manner in which colonial loss found expression in the
literary and public discourse of the Weimar period. It seeks to explore the
colonial consciousness of the former metropole by mapping out the field
between loss and desire and between imaginings and realities. Areas for
consideration are not limited to but might include:
- the overseas in the literary, filmic, and artistic imagination of
the Weimar period;
- the extolling of colonial life and the propagation of expansionist
ideals and chauvinistic rhetoric of alleged German superiority in the
literature and public discourse of this period, be it explicit or implicit;
- the resonances between literary intervention and public discourse,
and between their respective agendas and methods;
- new aesthetics and functions of exoticism;
- activities of colonial associations;
- the discourse of reverse colonialism: the so-called 'black horror'
on the Rhine;
- the relation between the narrative of emigration to colonial space
and the loss of overseas possessions;
- colonialism and the political landscape;
- continuities beyond Weimar.

The language of the conference is English. Abstracts of no more than 250
words are invited for thirty-minute papers. Please send proposals to either or It is intended that the
conference proceedings will be published.
Deadline for submissions: 25 April 2011

Florian Krobb
Professor of German
Head of School
School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
National University of Ireland Maynooth
County Kildare
Republic of Ireland
Tel. 00353 1 708 3702

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortMaynooth (Ireland)
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1880 - 1945
Klassifikation17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte
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