Calls for Papers

Calls for Papers: Women in German Conference 2018

& WiG-Sponsored Panels at MLA, AATG/ACTFL, GSA, ASA, and CAUTG

Panels at the 2018 WiG Conference,  Oct. 18-21, Sewanee, Tennessee, U.S.

WiG 2018: Thursday Night Session

Graduate Studies, Hiring, and the Job Market: Feminist Ethical Practices (Elizabeth Bridges)


WiG 2018 Pedagogy/Professional Session 

Teaching as/to/about People with Disabilities (Amy Young)


WiG 2018 Guest Related Session (Reyhan Şahin/Lady Bitch Ray)

Feminist Pop Culture & Pop Culture Feminism (Didem Uca, Maria Stehle, Corinna Kahnke)


WiG 2018 Pre-20th Century Panel

Imaging the New Woman (Michelle James and Sarah Reed)

WiG 2018 Open Session 1 

Circulating Matter(s): Bodies, Goods, and the Formation of Subjectivity (Hester Baer, Melissa Sheedy)

WiG 2018 Open Session 2 

The Forest Unseen: Feminism and the Visibility of Connections in Bodies, Nature, Science, and Violence (Erika Berroth, Joela Jacobs)

WiG 2017 Poster Session

Open Topic (Brandy Wilcox and Beret Norman)


Professional Development Webinar 

Stereotype Threat (Lisabeth Hock)

WiG-Sponsored Panels at other 2018/19 Conferences 

GSA Seminar 2018 (Sept 27-30, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA): Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage in Germany and Austria (Jenn Hosek, Sonja Klocke) 

CAUTG 2018 (May 26-29, 2018, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada): "Citing the Heterosexual Norm Differently?" 
Ancient Gender Myths and their Reprise in German Literature (Gaby Pailer)

ASA 2018 (May 30-June 1, 2018, Burlington, VT): Writing Eastern Europe: Women's Voices and Feminist Perspectivies (Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger)

AATG/ACTFL 2018 (November 16-18, 2018, New Orleans, LA)Inclusivity Through Feminist Pedagogies (Regine Schwarzmeier) 

MLA 2019 (Jan 3-6, 2019, Chicago, IL): Medical Discourses (Barbara Kosta, Helga Thornson) 


Panels at the 2018 WiG Conference: Full Calls for Papers

WiG 2018: Thursday Night Session

Female Leadership in Academia


Leadership takes many forms – from peer mentors to department chairs to deans – and these roles foster the development and exchange of transferrable ideas, skills, and perspectives. At different career levels and at different types of institutions, the number of women in academic leadership positions has increased over the years, but they still continue to be underrepresented. We aim to address this gap and promote female leadership in academia, but we also wish to emphasize specifically feminist leadership as a means to address feminist issues in academia, such as social justice, inclusivity, diversity, and intersectionality. Inspired by the most recent Coalitional Feminism in Action panel from the 2016 Women in German annual meeting, which focused on the WiG Herstory project, our panel endeavors to continue and initiate conversations about the value of institutional memory and the continuities fostered through sustained dialogue in order to improve leadership practices of current and future academic leaders. 


For this interactive and collaborative panel, we invite short contributions of approximately 8-10 minutes that address different kinds of leadership in academia, from mentoring of and by graduate students and junior and mid-career level faculty, to more formally-recognized leadership positions at higher levels. Papers can address the following questions: “5 Pieces of Advice for Female Department Chairs and Other Academic Leaders,” “Goals of Feminist Leadership,” or “Feminist Leadership in German Studies: Challenges and Opportunities. An ideal body of contributions would offer perspectives from different career points and institutions as well as a range of personal stories and histories of female and feminist leadership in academia. Following these brief talks, we will follow a round table format in which each presenter facilitates closer, collaborative discussions among smaller groups. Interested contributors should send abstracts of 200 words or fewer along with a short CV to Elisabeth Krimmer (emkrimmer@ucdavis.eduand Melissa Sheedy ( by February 15th, 2017. We look forward to reading your submissions and continuing the dialogue!



WiG 2017: Pedagogy/Professional Session

Boosting Enrollments in German Programs: Strategies and Practices

This panel seeks presentations addressing specific strategies, practices, and reflections on boosting enrollments in German programs nationwide. How do we attract students to German courses and programs with content, pedagogy, course formats, collaborations, interdisciplinary work, community engagement, social justice, study abroad, faculty-student research, internships, integrating MINT/STEM, and other practices? What helps with increasing visibility of German programs on and off campus? How can we leverage our membership in consortia etc. to advance resource sharing? 


Depending on the number of submissions and topics, we would like to consider a roundtable or workshop format for this panel. Please send abstracts of 200-300 words, including your thoughts on the panel format, to both organizers by March 1, 2016: Erika Berroth ( and Magda Tarnawska Senel (

Please email both organizers with any questions about the panel or submissions. Panelists should become members of Women in German or renew their membership for 2017 prior to the conference.


WiG 2017: Guest Related Panel (Julia Franck)

Gender, Language, and Violence in the Works of Julia Franck

Organized in conjunction with Julia Franck’s visit to the 2017 Women in German conference, this panel seeks contributions that develop feminist and queer approaches to Franck’s work, in particular her abiding concerns with gender, language, violence, the politics of the family, and German history. We especially encourage theoretical interventions that attend to questions of intimacy, affect, space, female authorship, political literature, and/or the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and religion in Franck’s writing.

Please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words along with a short bio to Hester Baer ( and Lars Richter ( by March 1, 2017.


WiG 2017: Pre-20th Century Panel

Magical Things, Haunted Objects: Gender and Object-Oriented Ontology in Early German Women’s Literature

In Annette von Droste Hülshoff’s Die Judenbuche, the eponymous tree stands as a silent witness to human violence and weakness.  In Theodor Storm’s “Marthe und Ihre Uhr,” a woman finds comfort in her relationship with a clock, and soon finds the clock preferable to human company.


Such odd moments between things and people call for a rethinking of our assumed anthropomorphic heirarchy: Do objects only have meaning when a human sees them or interacts with them, or do they hold meaning before and after human time?  Can humans sense the indepentent nature of objects, and does this extra-human presence make the object uncanny?  


In this panel, we will investigate the presence of uncanny objects in pre-20th century German literature, focusing on works by German-speaking women or on other works that place objects into gender dynamics.  We invite papers that will provide a gendered reading of recent developments in what José Brenner calls “Mensch-Object Beziehungen” or other concepts from Object-Oriented Ontology (OOO).  


We are epecially interested to approach these questions as they appear in pre-20th century texts.  Objects that carry magical connotations or odd connections to a literary character can be found in Medieval and Early Modern texts by women, such as sexualized pots and pans in the dramas of Roswith von Gandersheim or the Hungarian Crown in the writings of Helene Kottanerin.  These strange objects emerge with a vengance in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, from Benedicta Nauberts ur-Gothic works to the Kunstmärchen of the Romantic period.  As can be seen in the above citations from Droste and Storm, these strange objects even occur in Realist and Naturalist texts, where connections to objects exert power on human characters.  We are happy to consider texts from the long nineteenth century, up through the first two decades of the twentieth century.  


Questions to consider as a part of this panel:  


How is gender is constructed in relation to odd, uncanny or even haunted objects? 


How are characters or ideas controlled by objects, and do these objects display any sort of agency? 


What role might race, spiritualism, sexuality or religion play in the object/human interaction?   


What are the socio-political, psychological and narratological implications of objects that take on a life of their own?  


Please submit a 500-word abstract by March 1, 2017 to Petra Watzke (pwatzke@skidmore) or to Rob McFarland (


WiG 2017: Open Session 1

Mapping Identities through Mobilities

Mobility is one of the factors that defines people in concrete ways. For example, mobile practices define pedestrians, drivers, and pilots; motivational forces define refugees, immigrants, and tourists. Ideology can also define mobile identities. Historically, pilgrims, explorers, tourists and participants on a Grand Tour have been linked to aristocracy, Bildung, personal enrichment, religious devotion, and leisure, and these types of mobilities have been widely perceived and depicted as positive. Similarly, the contemporary focus on globalization and transnationalism has led to a more positive reception of mobile forms of identities and challenged the claims to authenticity and “rootedness” at the core of traditional notions of place-based identities. In this context, sedentariness has become more and more labeled with negative connotations while “placelessness” has become reconceived in more positive terms such as open, perpetually becoming, and a manifestation of the permeability of boundaries. Nonetheless, throughout history there have been many forms of mobilities that have been ideologically defined as transgressive or deviant and marginalized, such as so-called wandering Jews, hobos, drifters, vagabonds, and guest workers. Often hidden in the critiques and marginalization of particular types of mobilities are assumptions about gender, sexuality, race, citizenship, and other socially constructed categories.


With the framework of feminist German Studies, this panel solicits contributions that explore the representation of the relationship between mobilities and identity-formation across all media. We are particularly interested in papers that focus on the intersection of mobility with race, gender, and sexuality.


Papers could address such topics as:

-        Intersectionality and mobility

-        Mobile practices, mobile identities

-        Movements across natural, political, and cultural boundaries

-        Embodiment, health, and mobile identities

-        Time, mobility, and identity

-        Authenticity, rootedness, belonging

-        Deviance and transgression

-        Landscapes of mobility and identity

-        Systems of circulation, flow, dynamism and identity

-        Notions of placelessness and no-place

-        Gendering and racialization of motion and mobility

-        Globalization and transnationalism

-        Diasporic identities

-       Other types of mobilities (social, cultural, political, ideological) and identity formation

-        Mobility and performativity

-        Military mobilities and mobilities of conquest

Please submit a 200-300 word abstract and brief bio by March 1, 2017 to panel organizers Liesl Allingham ( and Stefanie Ohnesorg (


WiG 2018: Open Session 2

The Forest Unseen: Feminism and the Visibility of Connections in Bodies, Nature, Science, and Violence

This panel connects to our new conference site at Sewanee: The University of the South. The title references the work of resident ecologist and evolutionary biologist David George Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature (2012) and The Songs of Trees: Stories From Nature's Great Connectors (2017), which is inspired by the Cumberland Plateau where Sewanee is located. Haskell illustrates the intricate connections of local and global in the sustained observation of a small patch of land in the Appalachian Mountains. A focus on forests is simultaneously also emerging in Germany: Peter von Wohlleben's besteller Das geheime Leben der Bäume: Was sie fühlen, wie sie kommunizieren--die Entdeckung einer verborgenen Welt (2015) reveals the forest’s secrets as a romanticized vision of solidarity and community in the midst of the country’s “refugee crisis.” Stacy Alaimo’s work Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (2010) and Rob Nixon’s Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (2011) offer intersectional readings of bodies and environments that can help theorize these phenomena. Nixon calls attention to forms of activism in the global South, where interconnected environments suffer from the effects of slow violence, the gradual and often invisible effects of exploitations, toxicity, climate change, while Alaimo introduces a concept of trans-corporeality, where porous bodies interface with other entities, and materials flowing through bodies. 


This panel seeks to convene presenters interested in exploring connections among feminist theories, environmental studies, and the sciences in the context of German Studies, with a focus on representations of forests, trees, and gendered bodies. Contributions could include eco-feminist perspectives on diverse texts, including oral and written narratives, fiction, poetry, graphic novels, and visual texts. Topics could include: 

  • The interconnectedness of climate change with human societies and more-than human forms of life, for example in the genre of climate fiction.
  • Notions of cultural and literary plant agency, violence, or eroticism,  for example in genres like the grotesque or science fiction, or phyto-myths in our daily lives, e.g. in the diversity of narratives connecting women and trees.
  • Representations of human and more-than-human entanglements in narratives that increase visibility and awareness, for example in the genre of fairy tales and feminist re-visions of tales.
  • The networks of violence committed against material objects and all forms of life in war and conflicts, and the representations of memory and trauma in relation to such violence, for example in autobiographical genres, trauma narratives, narratives of flight, displacement, and migrations.


Depending on the range of submissions and topics, we would like to consider a roundtable or workshop format for this panel. Please send abstracts of 200-300 words, including your thoughts on the panel format, to both organizers by March 1, 2018. Organizers:  Erika Berroth ( and Joela Jacobs (


Please email organizers with any questions about the panel or submissions. Panelists should become members of The Coalition of Women in German or renew their membership for 2018 prior to the conference.


WiG 2018: Poster Session

We invite submissions for the poster session at the WiG conference in Banff (Alberta, Canada; Oct. 26-29, 2017). The poster session allows scholars to employ audiovisual forms to initiate conversations about intersectional feminist issues in their research, teaching, and activism. Submissions have taken the form of traditional posters, PowerPoint presentations, short films, websites, dioramas, installations, interactive experiences, etc. “Posters” can address a variety of topics, such as pedagogy, literature, film, cultural studies, history, and politics. Be creative, discover a new approach to your work, and gain valuable feedback in real time.
Please email an abstract of 300-400 words describing the project’s content, thesis, and form (a description of the layout, design, and materials/technology) and a short biography to wigposter2017[at] by March 1, 2017.
Presenters must provide their own materials, equipment, and technology; please consider these logistics in your proposal.
Contact session organizers, Didem Uca (University of Pennsylvania) and Amy Young (Central College), with any questions or concerns.


WiG-sponsored Panels at Other 2017/18 Conferences: Full Calls for Papers

GSA Seminar 2017: Feminist Scholar-Activism and the Politics of Affect

This seminar investigates the interplay among feminist theory, academic labor, and affect as activist work. Our first goal is to interrogate the functioning of affect in feminist scholar-activist practices. We consider, for example, Sara Ahmed’s work on how feminism relies on the loneliness of being a killjoy, of challenging sites of happiness, while survival as feminist resides in the precarious moments of recognition and connection between similar killjoy activists. Jasbir Puar argues for an interrogation of debility that recognizes affect in the body as site of creative resistance, but also increasing surveillance and regulation. Other readings address the function of anger, joy, and other affects in activism. 

  • How do affects inform your positioning as feminist researcher? Where are limits or sites of conflict for such positioning? 
  • How do affects participate in research or creative practice? What affective relationships exist between the researcher and the research subject? 
  • How are affects deployed as strategies or goals in activist research?
  • How do affects construct particular relationships between the researcher and the subjects/objects of study? 
  • How do you write your affects in? 

Scholars of color and queer scholars participating in work against racism, homophobia, and other forms of exclusion have been foundational to the work of affect studies. This seminar emphasizes feminist scholar-activism as intersectional practice, highlights the diversity of feminist practice, and considers how homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusionary violence inform feminist scholar-activism and the politics of affect. 

  • How do gender, sexuality, race, nation and ability operate in the politics of feminist affect?
  • How does the body function as site of creative disturbance/resistance as well as object of surveillance?
  • How do affects circulate in the production of feminist alliances, coalitions, and acts of solidarity?
  • How can collaborative academic-activist work account for diverse subject positions and what are the potential obstacles for such work?

The seminar is organized around a selection of theoretical texts and pre-circulated thought papers. Selected readings by feminist-activist scholars develop concepts related to affect, recognize the challenges to some understandings of intersectionality posed by affect theory, and center the contributions of queer scholars and scholars of color. Texts for the seminar (circulated by April 1st) include selections from Sara Ahmed's On Living a Feminist Life, Jasbir Puar’s Affective Politics: States of Debility and Capacity, Jin Haritaworn’s Queer Lovers and Hateful Others, and entries from Ahmed’s blog feminist killjoys

Each participant will prepare an individual short paper addressing the guiding questions of the seminar from the perspective of their own research, research practices, or activist work (due Aug. 1). Their short papers (3-5 pages) should end with a series of impulse questions. Each paper will be assigned two respondents, who will collaborate on a response (350-500 words; due Sept 1). These responses will form the jumping-off point for the discussions of the three seminar sessions. Conveners will read all of the individual papers in advance, form the response groups, and guide the conversation when needed. The seminar will result in a collaborative research blog where public scholarship meets conceptual tools for scholar-activist interventions.


CAUTG 2017: "Citing the Heterosexual Norm Differently?" 
Ancient Gender Myths and their Reprise in German Literature

Hat denn zur unerhörten Tat der Mann Allein das Recht?

The German term "Geschlecht" has an (at least) threefold meaning, comprising sex, gender, and lineage. Our point of departure is Judith Butler's notion of "citationality" in identity formation, referring to the compulsory heterosexuality in traditional sex-gender discourse (Gender Trouble); to concepts of nature and physicality in such discourse (Bodies that Matter); and to the role of family ties and kinship with regards to gender (Antigone's Claim).  For this joint panel, we'd invite contributions investigating the reprise of ancient myths in German literature, medieval to modern, more often than not circling around the notion of "Geschlechterfluch" and thus opening up intertextual relations and presenting forms of "citational identity formation" in literature.


Your proposal must include: a paper title and an abstract (approx. 200 words) 

Please note: You do not have to join an association in order to submit a paper proposal. However, if your paper is accepted, you must join either the CAUTG or the Coalition of Women in German (WIG) and register for Congress. To assess the financial costs of doing so, consult the following website:


Please send your paper proposals to Gaby Pailer (


AATG/ACTFL 2017: Teaching the “Syrian Solidarity Crisis”

For Firas Alshater, the YouTube star who, according to the Guardian, became Germany’s most hugged refugee, the term “refugee crisis” is a misnomer. “I prefer to call it a solidarity crisis,” he says, referring to a lack of solidarity he perceives between EU member states. With a focus on integrating the voices and the agency of those who had to flee their country, we solicit contributions that address teaching about Syria and German speaking countries at all levels of the German curriculum. We are interested in both challenges that this topic brings and opportunities for expanding or redefining teaching and learning in the German classroom. 

Contributions could offer insights into how content, methods, and pedagogy can introduce, increase, or promote solidarity with people who are frequently dehumanized and reduced to the source of a perceived threat.  How can we focus in our teaching on the agency of those who had to flee their country, without falling into the trap of othering or marginalizing them? How can feminist practices increase the knowledge (of ourselves and the cultures and worldviews of others), skills (empathy, communication) and attitudes (curiosity, openness) regarding those who had to flee war and persecution? Topics could include:  

  • resources and the use and didactisation of authentic materials
  • collaborations across disciplines
  • teaching units and assessments
  • interventions based on creativity and affect
  • teaching and activism 


Please send an abstract of 150-200 words to all three organizers: Erika Berroth; Magda Tarnawska Senel

and Jaclyn Kurash by December 31, 2016. 



Please make sure to also include the following in your e-mail: your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, a brief biographical note, any audio-visual requirements for the presentation, and your membership status for AATG/ACTFL and WiG.

MLA 2018: Politicizing Women’s Bodies in the Merkel Age

Angela Merkel has been German chancellor for over a decade now; Germany also has a female defense minister. These facts do not mean, however, that sexism is gone from German politics, advertisement, everyday rhetoric and general assumptions about women, women’s roles, and women’s bodies. The aftermath of the attacks on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2015 can serve as an example: Instead of a debate about antiquated rape laws, the incident was used as a political tool to push an anti-refugee and anti-immigrant agenda. The politicization of women’s bodies became a racial issue as the infamous Focus and Süddeutsche Zeitung covers demonstrated. Here, the white bodies of German women were inappropriately touched by black hands who left their imprints on these bodies while the text focused on the women’s German identity and the migrant background of the assailants. Initiatives such as #ausnahmslos have attempted to move beyond this racialized politicization of the attacks. Those initiatives used the public interest to encourage broader debates about sexism and sexual violence in Germany. 


In our panel we ask in what ways women’s bodies are coded and used as political weapons. We are interested in political, historical, and cultural representations (including but not limited to music, film, and literature) that speak to issues such as: women’s bodies that should reproduce (Herdprämie), women’s bodies that shouldn’t be touched by others (racialized discourse and anti-refugee rhetoric), women’s bodies that should or can be legislated (abortion), and women’s bodies that should be dressed (slut shaming, body shaming, dress codes) or rather undressed/unveiled (burqa/burqini). We also encourage contributions that take an opposite, empowering stance where women use their body to embody their resistance against sexism (in music, film, literature). Our focus is on the years 2000-2016 but we also welcome historical research into these issues. We particularly invite contributions that take an intersectional approach. 



Please send 200-300 word abstracts by March 3rd to Nicole Coleman ( and Steffen Kaupp (