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Germany and the Imagined East, Twelfth Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference at the University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, March 2004


Twelfth Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference at the
University of California at Berkeley

March 13-14, 2004

G E R M A N Y and the Imagined E A S T


This conference will examine the German notion of the East as something that denotes
merely a geographic location but also connotes a wide array of varying ideas. Whether
it is the nineteenth-century "Orient" somewhere in the modern Near East or the
distant islands of Japan in the Far East, the vast expanse of Russia or the
immigrants living next door, the East can be found at once everywhere and nowhere
specifically. The graduate students of the Department of German at the University of
California at Berkeley invite scholars from across the disciplines to submit
proposals that both attempt to define and explode the concept of East-West discourse.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

* The Orient, Geographic or Cultural Construct?
* The Colonial East
* Gender Perspectives on the "Easterner"
* Eastern Empires (Prussia, Austria)
* Conflicting or Complementary Philosophies?  Literary East-West Parallels
* East-West Musical, Religious, etc. Influences
* Tropes of a Feared East
* The "East" within the "West" (diaspora)
* Indo-Germanic Connections

Deadline for submissions: January 5, 2004

The language of the conference is English, but submissions in German are also
welcome. Please send a one-page anonymous abstract with a separate coversheet
indicating the author's name, affiliation, address, phone number and email address
to:

Lee M. Roberts
Department of German
5319 Dwinelle Hall, #3243
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3243, USA
email: leemroberts2003@yahoo.com