September 15, 2014

Peter Lang @ the GSA 2014 Conference

by Thomas O. Haakenson

We are pleased to announce that Peter Lang will be attending the annual conference of the German Studies Association, taking place in Kansas City, Missouri, on 18-21 September 2014.

Please drop by the stand to browse our latest publications in German Studies, including recent volumes from our series German Visual Culture, Women in German Literature, Cultural History and Literary Imagination, Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature and Contemporary German Writers and Filmmakers.

Commissioning Editor Laurel Plapp will be in attendance and is currently taking appointments. For more information, please contact her at

January 26, 2014

CFP: Art, War, and Trauma (GSA Conference Seminar; deadline 30 Jan. 2014):

by Thomas O. Haakenson

You are invited to participate in the “Art, War, and Trauma” seminar at the German Studies Association (GSA) conference from 18 to 21 September 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.


Select essays from seminar participants will be published in a volume on “Art, War, and Trauma” in Peter Lang’s German Visual Culture book series


Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking.


If you wish to participate in a seminar, please visit the GSA Website ( and enroll electronically under “membership services > conference proposals.”


To access full and detailed descriptions of the content and format of the seminar click this link


The GSA will notify applicants by February 6, 2014, whether applicants have been accepted or not.

January 7, 2014

CFP: Volume on “Cosmopolitanism Reconsidered” (due 17 Feb. 2014)

by Thomas O. Haakenson

Essays of 8500-10000 words are solicited for a volume tentatively titled “Cosmopolitanism Reconsidered: Jürgen Habermas, Germany, and the European Union” to be submitted to Routledge for publication. The volume seeks to examine the work of Habermas in relation to European Union crises, both recent and historical.

Authors should specially address the cultural — as opposed to political or economic — catalysts for, or implications of, one (or more) of the EU crises. Authors should frame their interventions in light of Habermas’s concept of “cosmopolitanism.” Authors addressing cosmopolitanism and the EU crisis / crises in the following areas, in particular, are encouraged, but essays on other topics related to Habermas’s concept of “cosmopolitanism” in light of debates about the European Union are also welcomed:

- film / television / media
– art
– music
– theater
– food / gastronomic culture
– visual culture
– language instruction / second language issues
– literary culture

For full consideration, complete draft essays, and the author’s curriculum vitae, are due to the volume’s three editors by 17 February 2014.

Volume Editors:

Dr. Genna Gaspare
Associate Editor, Politics and Poetry
Director of the North American Studies Program, The University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Affiliated Faculty, Center for German and European Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Dr. Ian Wilson
Chair, German, Chinese and Japanese, Centre College
Associate Professor of German and Humanities, Centre College

December 17, 2013

CFP: Berlin Program Summer Workshop on “Virtual Germans” (due 15 Feb. 2014)

by Thomas O. Haakenson

June 19-20, 2014
Freie Universität Berlin
Call for Papers

Berlin Program Summer Workshop
Virtual Germans

In her travels through Eastern Europe in the 1990s, the writer Ruth Ellen Gruber noted that non-Jews were embracing, creating, and marketing an idea of Jewishness that had little to do with the Jews who had lived in the region before the Holocaust. Through practices and cultural products, these “virtual Jews” had come in dialog with “their own visions of Jews and Jewish matters, and themselves.” In recent years, the historian Winson Chu has adapted this concept to show the enactment of a “virtually German” culture that serves commercial interests, European reconciliation, and cosmopolitan credentials in Poland today.

In 2014, the Berlin Program summer workshop will invite papers that expand upon the idea of “virtual Germans” in a variety of constellations, including Germans and German-speakers who have fashioned new identities for themselves abroad, people living in Germany of diverse backgrounds whose German belonging is contested, as well as constructions of Germanness in the virtual realm of cyberspace and in the classroom. This workshop will pay special attention to the global flow of “Germanness” as well as to its local constructions. By exploring such representations and contestations, we can see how new definitions of Germanness arise and how new inclusions and exclusions are made.

This workshop will seek participants from a broad array of disciplines in German Studies. Topics, both historical and contemporary, may include (but are not limited to):

Commerce, Consumerism & Cuisine: When do German businesses highlight or hide their national background, and how has the concept of “Made in Germany” changed in a globalizing world? How have German celebrities such as Karl Lagerfeld and Heidi Klum shaped notions of German identity abroad? How do certain goods and foods, such as the Döner Kebab, become coded as German, and what are the connotations (authentic, ecological, fair trade, regional) that are invoked?

Culture & Entertainment: How do music, theater and the visual arts rely upon and/or construct German identity? How have national and international audiences received and imitated what they see as German in the arts? How do movies, video games, and historical reenactment, especially those dealing with the Second World War, foster and promote stereotypes of German identity?

Diversity: How have Jews, Turks and others been selectively cast as “Germans,” either in Germany or abroad? Have “new Germans” such as Kevin Prince Boateng, Susianna Kentikian, Wladimir Klitschko, Marcel Nguyen, Mesut Özil, and Lukas Podolski become seen as the face of a new Germany? How are they seen abroad in their “homelands”? In non-German speaking countries, how do different communities celebrate, commemorate, and construct their sense of German distinctiveness?

Language & Travel: How have German concepts made their way into other languages, and how have various foreign language “–isms” become used or misused in Germany? How has German culture and language teaching changed with digital technologies? How do different sites mobilize a German past to try to attract German tourists, and what role does “virtual Germanness” play in heritage travel in Germany?

New Media & Politics: How has the internet allowed new expressions of Germanness to arise? How are debates about security and privacy in the virtual world rooted in Germany’s historical experience? How have these discussions impacted German political culture and policy responses to the challenges of virtual communication?

FORMAT: This workshop serves as a forum for Berlin Program fellows and alumni, but also welcomes current doctoral students, recent PhDs, as well as non-tenured and tenured faculty in any field.

APPLICATION, DEADLINE, NOTIFICATION: Submit a 250-word abstract and short, two-page curriculum vitae (including position, department and institution) in one pdf via email by 15 February 2014 to: Accepted presenters will be notified in mid-March.

REQUIREMENTS: Presenters are required to submit a 25-page paper (MLA style) or excerpt (i.e., chapter, article, etc.) and a one-page bio for circulation to workshop participants by 31 May 2014. All workshop participants are asked to read these submissions, as well as a selection of two or three required readings related to the theme, prior to the workshop. Presenters who do not meet the submission deadline will not be able to present their work.

SUGGESTIONS FOR BACKGROUND READINGS: Presenters will be invited to suggest one text (max. 25 pages) for the plenary session reading list.


WORKSHOP VENUE: Freie Universität Berlin.

FEES: Participation in the workshop is free of charge.

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION: Participants are responsible for organizing and paying for their travel and accommodation. We encourage participants to seek funding from their home institutions or alternative sources to cover those costs. Assistance with logistical matters will be provided.

Dr. April Eisman | Iowa State University
Dr. Winson Chu | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Karin Goihl | Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin Program
Dr. Thomas Haakenson | Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Dr. Jenny Wuestenberg | Freie Universität Berlin / European Law School Wiesbaden

February 2, 2013

German Visual Culture Book Series

by Thomas O. Haakenson

The first volume of the book series German Visual Culture is featured in Peter Lang Oxford’s most recent catalog. Volume one of the series is titled Representations of German Identity:

The book series German Visual Culture is co-edited by Dr. Deborah Ascher Barstone (University of Technology, Sydney) and Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson (Minneapolis College of Art and Design). Note that Dr. Barnstone and Dr. Haakenson also co-coordinate the Visual Culture Network of the German Studies Association.

Please feel free to share the news with friends and colleagues. And look for more information soon on the blog and the Facebook page of the Visual Culture Network concerning submission and publication opportunities with this exciting new series.

September 20, 2010


by germanculture

Welcome to the GSA’s Visual Culture Network!

As we develop the listserv for our newly formed GVCN, we encourage you to utilize our blog and our Facebook page.

Look for posts on / about / from the GSA Conference, penal ideas for the 2011 GSA conference, and other exciting Visual Culture Network news in the weeks ahead. In the interim, please go to Facebook and “Friend” the German Visual Culture Network

Deb Ascher Barnstone ( & Thomas O. Haakenson (
January 2, 2011

The Listserv is Here!

by germanculture

The Interdisciplinary Initiatives Committee of the German Studies Association (GSA) has established of a series of networks in the spirit of interdisciplinarity as well as to encourage breaking with traditional periodization. As co-coordinators of the GSA’s Visual Culture Network, we are pleased to announce the launch of the GSA’s VCN listserv.

The listserv will add to the VCN’s Facebook page and “German Visual Culture” website as means by which to facilitate discussions and collaborations related to German visual culture across borders, disciplines, periods, and institutions.

• To subscribe to the GSA’s VCN, simply type the word “Subscribe” into the subject line of an email, and send it to <>

• To post to the listserv, simply send / forward the content of your email to <>. Place the word “Post” in the subject line of your email followed by a brief description of the contents (i.e, “Post: CFP – Modern German Volume’).

• To unsubscribe from the GSA’s VCN, simply type the word “Unsubscribe” in the subject line of an email, and send it to <>

• Feel free to visit frequently the German Visual Culture website and to “friend” the VCN on Facebook.

September 8, 2010

German Culture Association

by germanculture

Dear Colleagues,

Make sure to visit our Facebook page and “like” us! link here.

This blog is very new. Feel free to email Tom Haakenson or Deborah Ascher for any other information about our program and/or contributing!


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