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TitelACLA Seminar: Imaginaries of “Mitteleuropa/Central Europe” between the Slavic East and the German West
BeschreibungCall for Papers -- A Seminar at the ACLA annual conference "CAPITALS," 2014

Imaginaries of “Mitteleuropa/Central Europe” between the Slavic East and the German West

ACLA: American Comparative Literature Association

Annual Meeting

March 20-23, 2014, New York University


This seminar aims to examine the spatial imaginaries propelled by the discourse of “Central Europe,” from the early 20th century onwards. In particular, it interrogates the tension between the German notion of “Mitteleuropa” and its wide influence in the Slavic and Eastern European sphere. Rather than just a vague geographical location, the idea of “Central Europe” has referred to a culturally complex, hybrid space which has been appropriated for different political and poetical agendas in the course of the last century: German and Austrian politicians have used it for colonialist mappings during both world wars, Austrian-Jewish writers imagined it as the last humanist utopia against fascism in the 1940s, and Eastern European dissidents have invoked the subversive aspects of its Austro-Hungarian legacy counter oppressive Soviet rule. Two major disruptions of the Central European map have shaped the discourse until this day: the extermination of Central European Jews during the Second World War and the radical division of the continent following it. We are interested how the geopolitical meets the geopoetical when dealing with questions of trauma, displacement, cultural memory, ideology, and identity in the literature of this multilayered region.

Please submit your paper abstract (250 words) by Nov 15th, 2014.

Possible topics:

- Central Europe between utopia and nostalgia

- Imperialist and fascist appropriations of Europe

- Central European spaces of loss and atrocity

- Central Europe after 1989 – new and old divisions between east, west and center

- Central European cities as repositories of memory

- Central Europe as postmodern Third Space

Please submit your abstract here:

If you have any questions prior to applying, do not hesitate to contact the seminar organizers:

Irina Denischenko (, Columbia University
Yvonne Zivkovic (, Columbia University

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortNew York
PersonName: Yvonne Zivkovic 
Funktion: Koordinatorin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Columbia University, Germanic Languages 
Strasse/Postfach: 414 Hamilton Hall, 1130 Amsterdam Ave 
Postleitzahl: 10027 
Stadt: New York, New York 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
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