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Titel20th and 21st-century German and Balkan Encounters (GSA-Panel)
BeschreibungCall for Papers: 20th and 21st-century German and Balkan Encounters
Panel Series at the GSA, Milwaukee, WI, 4-7 October, 2012

Like the Oriental Other, the Balkan Other has for centuries occupied an ambiguous position in the minds of Germans and Austrians. Perceived as “die europäische Türkei” in the era of Ottoman rule, the region morphed into “das Pulverfaß Europas” during the Balkan Wars, only to disappear as a term during the Cold War and transform into the image of a communist Eastern Europe. The Bosnian conflict in the 1990s brought to life older stereotypes, stirring up fears in German media and public discourses about the future of Europe. The crisis in Greece, the limping economies of Bulgaria and Romania, and the ongoing Balkan exodus have made concerns about disintegration and corruption an even greater object of EU debates.

At the same time, the cultural relations between these two parts of Europe have deepened. Ever since the 1920s, Balkan intellectuals, film directors, writers, and artists have found their way into German-speaking societies. During the Cold War, political prerogatives drew East Germany closer to the countries of Yugoslavia, Romania and Bulgaria, while West Germany continued to trade with and send tourists to Greece and Turkey. In the last decades, the changing status of the Gastarbeiter and the cultural practices of Balkan immigrants have called for reevaluation of representational dichotomies of Balkan and German, Eastern and Western, and Oriental and European identities.

We invite new approaches and contributions to three panels that address 20th and 21st -century German-Balkan cross-cultural encounters in 1) art and literature, 2) film and media, and 3) history and theory.

Topics of interest can include but are not limited to:
- representations of the Balkans in Germany and Austria
- Balkan re-imaginings of Germanness and Austrianness (Dimitre Dinev, Herta Müller, Sasa Stanisic, Carmen-Francesca Banciu, etc.)
- transnational filmmaking and co-productions (Fatih Akin, Milcho Manchevski, Emir Kusturica, Radu Mihaileanu and others)
- Cold War encounters
- EU and the Balkans, foreign policies of integration and disintegration
- migratory movements to and from the Balkans and German-speaking Europe
- cultural genocide, memory, and history
- Balkan alterity, Orientalism, and Balkanism
- post-communist and diasporic cultures
- imperial ambitions and phantasms

Papers may be in German or English and may address a specific country, author, or a work, or be of a comparative nature. Please send abstracts of 300 words and a brief biographical statement to Boryana Dobreva ( and Mariana Ivanova ( by January 15, 2012. The completed panel proposals will be submitted to the GSA by February 15, 2012.
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Mariana Ivanova 
Funktion: Veranstalterin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Rice University, Department of German Studies 
Strasse/Postfach: 6100 Main St. 
Postleitzahl: 77005 
Stadt: Houston, TX 
Telefon: +1 713 857 0313 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.)
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
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