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"German Orientalisms" cluster meets for the first time/Le groupe de recherche sur les orientalismes allemands se rencontre pour la première fois

During the Symposium "East meets West - German Orientalisms" at the University of Victoria (October 2011) scholars discussed the need to revisit assumptions about German Orientalisms. For one, they found necessary to re-assess what used to be largely a philological discourse and understanding of the Orient and to re-position German Orientalisms in the context of current debates in post-colonial theory. Moreover, the events of September 11, 2001, have fundamentally changed public perceptions and the nature of discourses about the cultural "others" in Germany and Europe, resulting in a need for new frameworks for how we approach the very concept of Orientalism.


The German Studies Association invites proposals for the Thirty-six Annual Conference in Wisconsin/L’Association des Etudes d’Allemand à ouvert l’appel à candidature pour sa trente-sixième Conférence Annuelle qui se déroulera dans le Wisconsin

The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 4-7, 2012. The Program Committee cordially invites proposals on any aspect of German, Austrian, or Swiss studies, including (but not limited to) history, Germanistik, film, art history, political science, anthropology, musicology, religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies. Proposals for entire sessions and for interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged.  Individual paper proposals and offers to serve as session moderators or commentators are also welcome.  Programs of past GSA conferences may be viewed at the GSA website ( Pleasesee the GSA website for information about the submission process, which opens on January 5, 2012.  ALL proposals must be submitted online; paper forms are not used.  The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2012. Please note that presenters must be members of the German Studies Association. Information on membership is available on the GSA website (

L’Association des Etudes d’Allemand à ouvert l’appel à candidature pour sa trente-sixième Conférence Annuelle qui se déroulera dans le Wisconsin


GO AWARD 2011- Call for Nominations

The DAAD funded  project and the Canadian Association for University Teachers of German (CAUTG)  invite nominations for the new round of the "German Online (GO)" award for the best online course materials in the field of German and Germany-related Studies at Canadian Colleges and Universities.

This award acknowledges the enormous effort scholars and teachers invest in developing online materials and it is also an expression of appreciation for sharing the results. The award carries a prize of $ 1,000. The award winner will be honoured at the annual meeting of the CAUTG and have the opportunity to present the project at the conference.

The award seeks to stimulate efforst for creating course pages that show innovative and engaging ways of presenting course-related materials (e.g. modules, student projects), teaching platforms like WebCT, or other internet-based teaching materials for university or college courses.

For nominations please submit a brief statement (no longer than one page) explaining why the site(s) should be considered for this award.

Members of any department can submit online materials for consideration, as long as the content of the materials is related to German studies. Self-nominations are accepted as well as nominations for other colleagues' site(s). In either case, access to all relevant pages is required. If this poses a problem, please let us know. All sensitive material will be treated confidentially.

Nomination Deadline: 17th November, 2011.

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