CfP: Crossing Borders – Blurring Borders (University of Michigan-Dearborn)

Annual Conference of the Austrian Studies Association (2015)
“Crossing Borders – Blurring Borders”
March 26-29, 2015 – University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan
Deadline: September 15, 2014

Conference organizer: Jacqueline Vansant (jvansant at umich.edu)

Submit full abstracts (English or German) of 400 words maximum, with a title and a short (200 word) biography suitable for an introduction to: 2015asaconference at gmail.com by September 15, 2014.

In her novel Engel des Vergessens Maja Haderlap writes of crossing the border from Carinthia into Slovenia, “Das Überschreiten der Grenze ist hier kein natürlicher Vorgang, es ist ein politischer Akt” (220). In addition to being a political act, a border crossing or blurring can be an aesthetic act, a collaborative act, a historical act, or a combination of the above. The conference topic is conceived to elicit submissions reflecting the widest variety of disciplinary as well as multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives. Papers may address mixed genres, artistic collaborations across borders, cultural transfers in Austrian Studies and between Austrian Studies and other area studies. They can also focus on literal border crossings involved in experiences of exile, property restitution, and travel literature. Talks on crossing or blurring borders of gender are also welcome. The Conference Committee particularly looks forward to receiving proposals on the work of the conference’s

Guest speakers, author Maja Haderlap, artist Ursula Hübner, and actor/director Karl Markovics.

Some suggested topics:

  • Crossing and/or blurring borders in genres
  • Crossing and/or blurring borders in gender (Studies)
  • Crossing and/or blurring borders in Austrian Studies
  • Linguistic borders and border crossings in Austria
  • Artistic ventures that involve a metaphorical or real border crossing
  • Literal border crossings (exile, property restitution, collaborations)
  • Cultural transfers and perceptions of the other
  • Austria’s place in international movements
  • Scholarly collaborations and debates across disciplines and national borders
  • Crossing of borders in music, art, film, scholarship that involves an Austrian + connection
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