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, Laura Isakov)


Graduate Studies, Hiring, and the Job Market: Feminist Ethical Practices

As a certain notorious 2017 ad for a $28,000/year, full-time job with required Ph.D. reminded us, German Studies faces harsh economic realities and ethical quandaries. We request presentation proposals for the WiG Thursday night session “Graduate Studies, Hiring, and the Job Market: Feminist Ethical Practices” that acknowledge the reality of a discipline facing economic pressure from administrations and the corporate university, but ones that offer strategies incorporating a feminist ethical approach to current issues related to graduate education in German Studies, the rigors of the job market, and/or the hiring process. We especially welcome treatments of the topic that offer ways in which we can resist the neoliberal practices that lie at the root of the current disciplinary dilemma. Presenters may wish to address the following or related questions:

- How have colleagues successfully advocated for VAPs, postdocs, and adjuncts?

- How have graduate programs balanced the need for student labor with the reality of the current job market?

- How have colleagues addressed issues of work/life balance for themselves and/or for more junior members of the profession?

- Service requirements tend to fall most to NTT, junior, and more often than not, women in our discipline. How might we achieve greater parity?

- How have grad students prepared themselves for life outside academia? Are graduate programs doing enough to help them?

- From colleagues who have stepped out of German studies in favor of other career options, what advice do you have for current grad students and the colleagues advising them?

In addressing these questions, we prefer proposals that focus on practical solutions that are applicable to other colleagues outside their own program.

Please send your 200-word proposal to Elizabeth Bridges ( and Emily Frazier-Rath ( by March 1, 2018.


WiG 2018 Pedagogy/Professional Session 

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


Whether due to illness, injury or aging, many people come to our German Studies classrooms with disabilities.  The goal of this panel is to look at the ways that the topic of disability is addressed in German Studies pedagogy, whether role of the person with a disability is the instructor, the student, or part of the course content. 


Possible questions to consider as part of this panel:

-How does a person’s disability affect their ability to teach or learn language?

-What kinds of accomodations are helpful to instructors and learners of language?

-How can universal design principles be used to benefit all students and instructors?

-How can study abroad programs be made more accessible to people with disabilities?

-How are people with disabilities presented in teaching materials?

-What content can be used to teach about people with disabilities in German Studies courses?


An intersectional feminist perspective is expected, and presentations that combine personal experience and research are desirable. 


Please send the title of your presentation, an abstract of approximately 200 words, and a short bio to panel organizers Amy Young ( and Laura Isakov ( by March 1, 2018.  


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

Feminist Pop Cultures & Pop Culture Feminisms: Performance, Circulation, Reception (Didem Uca, Maria Stehle, Corinna Kahnke)

In honor of the 2018 conference guest, Reyhan Şahin, PhD (aka Lady Bitch Ray), this panel welcomes papers that analyze and theorize intersectional feminism and feminist activism in popular culture in any medium within the German-speaking world and beyond. The panel will address new theories and analyze practices and performances within the rapidly changing contemporary political landscape. Possible questions include:

  • How do performers/activists/theorists engage with self-staging, particularly regarding race/ethnicity, nationality/citizenship status, religious identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, queerness, and ability?
  • How do artists use their positionalities to create feminisms across linguistic, cultural, national, generic and other boundaries?
  • How do artistic, activist, and/or scholarly practices interact?
  • What roles do ‘old’ and/or ‘new’ media play in artists’ visibility, reception, and circulation?

Creative, collaborative, and other non-traditional proposals are welcome.

Please send abstracts of 300 words, along with a short biography, to by March 1, 2018.



WiG 2018 Pre-20th Century Panel

Imaging the New Woman (Michelle James and Sarah Reed)

As the “Frauenfrage” gained significance in 19th-century German discourse, and the developing women’s movement raised awareness about women’s social and political situation, authors began to imagine what a “woman” could be, if she were to transgress contemporaneous norms of gender and sexuality. Through their literature, women started to explore alternatives for a woman’s identity outside of the roles of daughter, sister, wife, and mother. A growing number of texts confronted bourgeois double standards by asserting women’s sexual agency, and insisted on women’s economic, educational, and political emancipation. But what this “new woman” would look like was far from fixed. Women’s literature in the last half of the 19th century and the early 20th century is filled with divergent and often contradictory versions of the “new” woman, her challenges, and her possibilities. 

This panel seeks papers that examine explorations of the “new woman” in works by German-speaking women from the second-half of the long 19th century. We encourage a variety of theoretical and critical approaches that attend to any issues faced by women at the time, including race/ ethnicity/ nationality/ ability/ social class/ education/ etc.

Some writers who might be considered include:

Lou Andreas-Salomé

Helene Böhlau

Hedwig Dohm

Ilse Frapan

Elisabeth Heinroth

Maria Janitschek

Minna Kautsky

Grete Meisel-Hess

Gabriele Reuter

Fanny (Franziska) zu Reventlow

Please send 200-word abstracts to the co-chairs by March 1, 2018: Michelle S. James: and Sarah Reed:

WiG 2018 Open Session 1 

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

This panel seeks contributions that explore the circulation of matter—bodies and goods—among and between Austria, Germany, Central and Eastern European countries in order to consider how Western identities construct and determine subjectivity in German-language culture. Given that

bodies are shaped by narratives and material conditions produced by hetero- and homonormative regimes of neoliberalism, the panel interrogates what types of subjectivities emerge and become legible under conditions of global capitalism and (mass) consumerism as proper—or proper enough—and which ones are rendered or remain precarious. Papers could explore constellations of gendered, racialized, and classed bodies and matter in German-language and transnational film, literature, activism, and digital culture, among others. We particularly invite contributions that engage substantively with theoretical approaches to the cultures of neoliberalism, material feminisms, queer ecology, and/or affect.

Please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words along with a short bio to Hester Baer ( and Melissa Sheedy ( by March 1, 2018.


WiG 2018 Open Session 2 

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

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

Open Topic (Brandy Wilcox and Beret Norman)

We invite submissions for the poster session at the WiG conference in Sewanee, Tennessee, USA (Oct. 18-21, 2018). 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 250-400 words describing the project’s content, thesis, and form (a description of the layout, design, and materials/technology) and a short biography to by March 1, 2018.

Presenters must provide their own materials, equipment, and technology; please consider these in your proposal.

Contact session organizers, Brandy E. Wilcox (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Beret Norman (Boise State University), with any questions.



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) 

Abstracts due 01/10/18 (Vorträge auf Deutsch oder Englisch sind willkommen)
2018 marks 100 years of women's suffrage in Germany and Austria, early European adopters behind only the Scandinavian countries, and 47 years post-suffrage in Switzerland, a late adopter trailed only by Lichtenstein.

What does universal suffrage mean now, in a Germany in which the Chancellor is a woman and the Parliament includes a party that claims to be an “Alternative für Deutschland”; in a Europe that is regionalizing and bunkering; in a world in which governments are in deficit while the richest citizens and multinationals avoid taxation and finance their chosen interests? 
What did the vote mean then, during the heat of the struggles; when activists risked lives and livelihoods for more voice in public decision-making and self-determination; when societies were organized around working-class women's double burdens and bourgeois women's matrimonial hearths?

This panel invites contributions on women's suffrage in the European German-speaking context from historical, cultural, and/or theoretical perspectives that may define suffrage broadly or narrowly. We welcome treatment of a variety of material including representations in the arts, social movements, and political philosophy. Ideally, these examinations will include some consideration of the relevance of women's voting rights today.

Please submit an abstract of 350-600 words (as per GSA guidelines) to both Sonja Klocke and Jennifer Ruth Hosek by January 10, 2018. The panel will be submitted to the GSA by February 15 and accepted panelists must pay GSA dues by that time. The GSA conference is held in English and German. Participants are



CAUTG 2018 (May 26-29, 2018, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada,:Women and/in the Disaster Zone: Natural, Cultural, and Social Catastrophe in German Literature, Film and Media (Gaby Pailer, Laura Isakov)

Call for Papers / Appel à communications

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences /CAUTG Annual Meeting, 26-29 May 2018 at the University of Regina, Canada

Joint panel between three associations: Canadian Associate of University Teachers of German (CAUTG), The Coalition of Women in German (WIG), and Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF)

At first glance, one would think that a) "natural" disasters are caused by forces of nature and cannot be avoided by humankind, b) "technical" disasters are caused by human inventions running out of control, and c) “social” disasters are caused by human groups fighting over territory, resources, or ideologies. Yet, upon closer look, many disasters rather represent a mixture of triggers. From a geological perspective, and from viewpoints of modern "eco-criticism" and "environmental humanities," the ongoing discussion of the "anthropocene" deserves special consideration. We invite proposals that focus on women and gender aspects in German literature from early modern to the present. Comparative approaches on transatlantic perspectives are welcome, i.e. perceptions and depictions of disaster within the larger historical concepts of Europe and the Americas as "old" and "new" worlds. This may include descriptions and depictions of women's role, involvement and depiction in historical disasters (e.g. the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 as prominently dealt with by Voltaire, Candide; and Kleist, Erdbeben in Chili); or 20th century nuclear disasters and their aftermath (Chernobyl 1986; cf. Christa Wolf, Störfall; Alina Bronsky, Baba Dunja's letzte Liebe). We also invite contributions dealing with journalism, political discourse and media coverage of more recent and current disasters.

Your proposal must include: a paper title and an abstract (approx. 200 words). Please send your paper proposals by January 10, 2017, to Gaby Pailer ( and Laura Isakov (

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 be a signed-up member of either the CAUTG, WGSRF or the Coalition of Women in German (WIG) by March 15, 2018, and register for Congress. To assess the financial costs of doing so, consult the following website:

Congrès des sciences humaines et sociales / Rencontre annuelle de l’APAUC, du 26 au 29 mai 2018 à l’Université de Regina, Canada.


Comité conjoint de ces trois associations : Association des Professeurs d’Allemand des Universités Canadiennes (APAUC), The Coalition of Women in German (WIG), et

Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF).


Les femmes et/dans la zone sinistrée : catastrophe naturelle, culturelle et sociale dans la littérature, les films et les médias allemands.

À première vue, on pourrait croire que a) les forces de la nature sont la cause des catastrophes « naturelles » et ne peuvent être évitées par l’humanité ; b) les inventions

humaines échappant à tout contrôle, sont la cause des catastrophes « techniques », enfin c) les groupes humains qui se battent pour un territoire, des ressources ou des idéologies sont la cause des désastres « sociaux ». Pourtant lorsqu’on y regarde de plus près, bien des désastres résultent d’un mélange de déclencheurs. D’un point de vue de la géologie, de l’« éco-critique » moderne ainsi que des « sciences environnementales », la discussion actuelle de « l’anthropocène » mérite une attention  particulière. Ainsi, nous lançons des propositions qui ciblent les femmes et les genres sous tous leurs aspects, dans la littérature allemande, du début de l’ère moderne jusqu’à ce jour. Les approches comparatives sur les perspectives transatlantiques sont les bienvenues. Par exemple, les perceptions et représentations du désastre dans des concepts historiques plus larges, d’Europe et des Amériques, en tant que « vieux » et « nouveaux » mondes. Cela peut inclure des descriptions et représentations du rôle des femmes ainsi que leur implication dans des catastrophes historiques (comme le tremblement de terre de Lisbonne en 1755 traité par Voltaire dans Candide, ou Le tremblement de terre au Chili de Kleist) ; ou bien encore les catastrophes nucléaires du 20ème siècle et leurs conséquences (par exemple : Chernobyl en 1986 décrit dans Störfall de Christa Wolf, mais aussi dans Baba Dunja's letzte Liebe de Alina Bronsky). Nous invitons également les contributions émanant du journalisme, du discours politique ainsi que de la couverture médiatique de désastres plus récents et en cours.

Vos propositions de communication doivent inclure un titre et un résumé de 200 mots environ. Vous avez jusqu’au 10 janvier 2018 pour soumettre vos propositions. Prière de l’envoyer via courriel à Gaby Pailer ( et Laura Isakov (

Veuillez noter qu’il n’est pas nécessaire de faire partie d’une association pour soumettre une proposition de communication. Toutefois, si votre proposition est acceptée, vous devez être un membre inscrit dans l’une des associations suivantes : APAUC, WIG ou WGSRF au 15 mars 2018 et être inscrit pour le congrès. Pour évaluer le coût financier, veuillez consulter le site internet suivant :


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


This panel invites papers on literature and/or films that are either situated in the geographic region known as Eastern (or East-Central and Southeast) Europe or written by authors who were born and raised or have lived for years in Austria and have close ties to Eastern Europe. The presentations may be interdisciplinary and should offer feminist perspectives on such topics as agency and emancipation, gender and generation, identity and otherness, travelogues and the aesthetics of wandering, political conscience and memory, or conflicts and peace. Of particular interest would be studies on works by Zdenka Becker, Dimitre Dinev, Marjana Gaponenko, Karl-Markus Gauß, Maja Haderlap, Julya Rabinowich, Dragica Rajčić, Ilse Tielsch, Vladimir Vertlib, the children’s book author Michael Stavaric, or the young filmmaker Nina Kusturica.

Please send your abstract of 300 words to Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger < and Barbara Kosta <> by Friday, March 2, 2018.


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

AATG/ACTFL 2018: Inclusivity through Feminist Pedagogies: Theory, Models and Case Studies

This session will provide feminist strategies and practices for fostering inclusion in the German language classroom. It will show how an inclusive classroom builds on the students’ individual differences, various backgrounds and experiences to promote diversity of thought and perspective. This panel invites contributions that address the design of modes of teaching and learning that include, engage, and challenge all learners, e.g., by using language inclusive of all genders and sexual identities; creating an environment of inclusion that dismantles ableist strategies and instead encourages a growth mindset; or delivering equality of access to instruction and instructional materials.

Please, send an abstract of 150-200 words to both organizers: Karolina May-Chu; Regine Schwarzmeier

by December 31, 2017


MLA 2019 (Jan 3-6, 2019, Chicago, IL): Defining Bodies: Medical Discourses In German-Speaking Countries

(Barbara Kosta, Helga Thornson) 

(Women in German-sponsored session)


We are soliciting papers exploring the medical discourses in German-speaking countries with respect to sex, gender, and/or sexuality. The session is open to papers on any period. Possible topics include: how medical discourses construct(ed) gendered bodies; an analysis of sexual metaphors used in medical texts (e.g., the gendered personification of nature as a woman to be unveiled by masculine science); the historical or contemporary discussions of sex differentiation, gender-role expectations, and/or sexualities; female contributions to the medical field; debates around historical constructions/inventions of “the lesbian,” “the prostitute,” “the prude”; issues of reproductive biology; an analysis of the discourses of “female” illnesses such as hysteria or anorexia nervosa; and how women of specific historical eras responded to the medical discourses in their works. We are particularly interested in how the discourses on sex, gender, and sexuality intersected with discussions of race, class, and national identity. 


Please send a 1-2 page abstract to both organizers by March 15, 2018. Completed papers will be due December 1, 2018.

Barbara Kosta, University of Arizona  (

Helga Thorson, University of Victoria  (