CFP: Feminist German Studies – Special Focus: Disability Studies

The editors of Feminist German Studies (formerly Women in German Yearbook) are seeking contributions to a special focus on disability studies within a German studies context.

Contributions may include the representation of abled and disabled bodies in literature (film, theater, etc.), teaching to/about students with disabilities, or even personal experiences as a differently abled person. We are seeking two types of contributions: scholarly articles for publication in Feminist German Studies and essays of a more personal or reflective nature to be published on the Women in German website (

Scholarly articles should follow submission guidelines for Feminist German Studies. They should not exceed 10,000 words and should be formatted according to the MLA Handbook 8th edition. (Complete guidelines can be found here: These submissions will be anonymously peer reviewed. To be considered for publication in issue 35, submissions should be received by 12/31/18.

Essays for the website will be edited by the co-editors and may take a variety of forms: personal reflections, review essays, interviews, etc. Examples can be viewed on the Women in German website, for the special focus on race and inclusivity, Women in German Yearbook issue 32: Please be in touch with the co-editors with your ideas. Essays for the website should be submitted by 8/15/2018.

The Women in German Conference in October 2018 will include a panel “Teaching as/to/about People with Disabilities,” organized by Amy Young and Laura Isakov. Website essays for the focus on disability studies will be posted to the website before the conference, and the scholarly articles in Feminist German Studies that will be published subsequently are intended to continue this conversation. Questions and inquiries should be directed to the co-editors: Waltraud Maierhofer and Alexandra Hill (

General information:
About: Women in German Yearbook is a refereed publication presenting a wide range of feminist approaches to all aspects of German literature, culture, and language, including pedagogy. It was started in 1985 as a “response to the growing interest in Women’s Studies in German literature and culture” (Preface by Marianne and Edith Waldstein in vol. 1: p. v). Reflecting the interdisciplinary perspectives that inform feminist German studies, each issue contains critical inquiries employing gender and other analytical categories to examine the work, history, life, literature, and arts of the German-speaking world.
Current editors: Waltraud Maierhofer (University of Iowa), Alexandra M. Hill (University of Portland)
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
DOI: 10.5250/

In Memoriam Julie Klassen

Dear Wiggies,

We are heartbroken to hear the news of Julie Klassen’s passing. As we enact change at our institutions in this political climate, we must also remember those who worked tirelessly before us. Julie was a longtime active and activist member of Women in German who frequently attended the annual meetings (and helped script the Cabaret!), took care of printing and mailing the Newsletter for several years, co-organized the 1990 annual meeting, and served as president from 2006-2008. She was a supportive and enthusiastic mentor to many younger Wiggies over the decades of her engagement with the organization. We recall Julie’s work and presence at WiG with fondness and admiration. While we are sad to know that we will no longer see her there, we will celebrate her life and her contributions to our profession. We remember and will remain inspired by her sharp intellect, her generosity, her care for and support of junior faculty, her humour, her commitment to feminism, her work as an activist, and her deep love for literature.

We extend our condolences to those who knew her and her work well.

Your WiG Team

WiG Statement on Charlottesville

In the spirit of all that the Coalition of Women in German stands for, we condemn the actions of white supremacists, including the recent violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Tragically, that violence is not limited to the vicious attack on De’Andre Harris and the murder of Heather Heyer. A newspaper headline in the last days read “Racism never died in Virginia,” but in truth, racism is not just isolated to one location, but indeed, remains very much alive throughout the United States. Charlottesville is but one bitter reminder of the ways that white supremacy persists. The threats against Jews, the uttering of Nazi slogans, and the display of Nazi symbols contribute to a climate in which it has become increasingly acceptable to publicly and violently target people of color and Jews.

As North American German Studies scholars, we are compelled to speak out against the threatening behavior and speech of neo-nazis, KKK, and white supremacists in the United States. As a feminist organization, we are committed to scholarship that challenges interlocking systems of oppression and power. We recognize that feminist goals must include the end of racism and white supremacy. We recognize that systems that promote and rely on racism; sexism; homophobia; transphobia; ableism; colonialism; and other forms of exploitation, hatred and exclusion are interlinked, and often support one another. We express our solidarity with all groups who stand against white supremacy and racism.

This is a painful, traumatic time for us, for members, students, and colleagues who are targeted directly, often daily, by racist violence. This has not been the first or the last of such episodes. Cognizant of the inadequacy of words alone in the expression of solidarity and support, we call on our members, as teachers, scholars, and leaders, to name and challenge white supremacy wherever it is manifest, whether in the overt and obvious racisms that took place in Charlottesville or in the everyday.

As allies, we ask you to consider these pledges:

I pledge to do the work. I will put my body on the line during protests if able. I will use my voice to speak against white supremacy, and I will act.

I will remind myself that allyship is a process. I will make mistakes but I will apologize, educate myself and not make them again. I will not let my emotions get in the way of my fight against white supremacy. There is too much at stake.

I will check on people who are impacted by this event more than me, and I will not allow myself to be celebrated for doing something that should be common sense.

Support WiG!

In this age of political upheaval, there are more worthy organizations in need of donations than one can possibly fund. But as you contemplate which organizations you would like to support (perhaps with your tax refund?), let me make a case for supporting WiG.
In our mission statement, the Coalition of Women in German adopts a stance towards German Studies that interrogates the intersection of gender with other categories of identity such as sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity. In other words, at the heart of this organization is the cutting-edge scholarship that questions systems of power and oppression.
We are also passionately committed to supporting other scholars at all ranks. Donations to WiG make possible the following expressions of support:
  • The Zantop Travel Award for Graduate Students
  • The WiG Dissertation Prize
  • The WiG Prize for Best Article
  • The Faculty Research Award
  • The WiG Professional Development Award
(More information on awards can be found here: )
So as you think about what activism can mean within the academy, as you consider what WiG has meant to you over the years, please donate to Women in German. You can do so by clicking  on the “Donate” button in the right-hand sidebar of this page.
Of course you can e-mail me with any questions.
Thank you for your support!
All best,
Allie Hill
Fundraising Coordinator

Support WiG through Amazon Smile Purchases

Thanks to the brilliance of Wiggies at the 2016 conference and the dedication of our treasurer, Denise Della Rossa, you can now make donations to Women in German when you make purchases at Amazon!

First, go to:

Log in and follow the directions to choose your charity. You can easily find WiG by searching “Women in German” or “Coalition of Women in German.”

If you have already selected the charity to which you would like your donations to be directed, you can change that choice by clicking on the drop-down arrow next to the charity you are currently supporting. (This can be found under the search box.)

Now, off COURSE we support our local bookstores (as long as we are lucky enough to have one). And yet there are inevitably online purchases that have to be made via Amazon (for example, my dog’s flea & tick medication). So why not use Amazon to give a percentage of your purchase back to WiG? Something to consider as we make lists of summer reading to buy!

Thank you, Denise! And thank you, Wiggies, for your support of our amazing coalition!

Your Fundraising Coordinator,

Allie Hill