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TitelGSA Seminar 2015: Imagining Europe: Assessing the 'Eastern Turn' in Literature
BeschreibungGSA Seminar "Imagining Europe: Assessing the 'Eastern Turn' in Literature"
at the GSA Annual Conference (October 1-4, 2015, Washington, D.C.)

Conveners: Anke Biendarra (University of California - Irvine) and Maria Mayr (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Deadline: January 30, 2015.

This seminar focuses on the post-1989 discourse on Eastern and Central Europe, specifically the literary and cultural production of German-language writers. With the collapse of communist regimes and the 1990s wars in the Balkan region, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland experienced an influx of refugees, many of whom eventually settled in the respective countries and changed the demographic realities of immigration. Writers and filmmakers in particular have since opened up German-language culture towards more intercultural, transnational perspectives, leading scholars to speak of an “Eastern Turn” or, focusing more narrowly on the territories of the former Yugoslavia, a “Balkan Turn” with regard to literary production.

The critical success of these writers and the intensified scholarly debate about their narratives and aesthetics invite an assessment of German-language literature from and about the East to which the GSA seminar format lends itself perfectly. We propose a seminar on the literature of the Eastern Turn that brings together scholars working on the topic from North America and Europe. The seminar’s goal is to map the field of writing that deals with Eastern and Central Europe in the broadest possible way, including transnational writing by both ethnic and non-ethnic German-language authors.

In order to focus the discussion, we will revisit tshe observation that the literature from the East contributes “to a post-Cold War remapping of Europe” (B. Haines) and re-defines contemporary Europe by shifting attention from the Franco-German heart of the European Union to the Eastern periphery. Over the three days of the seminar, we will investigate how this body of work engages with questions surrounding the current state of Europe and its possibilities and limitations. Areas of inquiry might include Europe’s socialist past, the transnational European memory project, neoliberalism and austerity, periphery and center, and the Europeanization of identity.

The following questions are of particular interest to the area of inquiry and provide the intellectual framework of the seminar:

What are the central common themes emerging from this rapidly expanding body of work?
How are these works simultaneously shaped by and shaping contemporary German-language literature and/or European literature? How do these texts engage with and affect socio-political discourses (migration, integration, Europeanization) in the German-speaking countries? How do the Balkans serve as a projection screen for Europe and the European project? What theoretical approaches do individual scholars bring to the study of this literature? How do we assess this body of writing in the context of transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, and Europeanization?

Seminar Format

Participants will be asked to circulate 10-12 page research papers on a topic of their choice that takes into account some of the above detailed questions and makes explicit the research questions and methodology applied. Participants will submit these papers to the conveners seven weeks before the convention. The conveners will organize the papers into thematic clusters before sending them to participants, who will be asked to come prepared for a discussion of all papers. In addition, the conveners will provide a short reading list of theoretical writings on the topic of the seminar that participants should read ahead of time as the basis for discussion.

About Seminars at the GSA conference:

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. In order to reach the goal of extended discussion, seminar organizers and participants are expected to participate in all three installments of the seminar.

To apply: If you wish to participate in the seminar, please visit the GSA Website and enroll electronically under "Member Services > Conference Proposals."

Participation in a seminar involves intellectual work akin to preparing a paper and will thus count as such. All seminar participants will be listed by name in the program. If you are accepted to be an active participant in a seminar, you are not allowed to give a paper in panel sessions. However, you may moderate or comment on a panel.

Auditors: Some individuals may choose to be a silent auditor to a seminar. Slots for auditors are limited; the enrollment process for interested auditors will only take place after the entire GSA program is set.

Applications for enrollment are due by January 30, 2015. The GSA will inform applicants by February 6, 2015, whether they have been accepted or not (the deadline for paper/panel/roundtable proposals is Feb 16). Please do not send your applications directly to the seminar organizers.

If you have any questions about the content and format of the Seminar, please contact Anke Biendarra ( and Maria Mayr (
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Maria Mayr 
Funktion: Convener 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Maria Mayr 
Strasse/Postfach: Department of German and Russian, Memorial University 
Postleitzahl: A1B3X9 
Stadt: St. John's 
Telefon: 1-709-864-8829 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft; 01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.03.00 Germanistik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.10.00 Bundesrepublik Deutschland; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.11.00 Österreich; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.12.00 Schweiz
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