Thursday, September 26, 2019


Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) (

University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario), Canada, May 29 – June 1, 2020

The CAUTG is accepting proposals for papers to be given at the CAUTG annual meeting at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario). Papers presenting original, unpublished research on any topic or period of German-language literature, cinema, cultural studies, German language and language pedagogy are welcome, in English, French or German. They also welcome proposals in related fields (e.g., history, art history, philosophy, musicology, education) provided they are related to topics in German Studies.

Paper or panel proposals accepted:

1)      Single paper proposals: maximum 400 words.

2)      Panel proposals: panels of three papers on a related theme are welcome. The panel organizer should submit a proposal explaining the theme as well as the proposals for the individual papers as a package. Maximum 1,500 words. The panel proposals will be assessed on their merits as a panel separately from the single paper proposals.

The CAUTG encourages the submission of papers and panel sessions related to the 2020 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada special theme of “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism”. Possible inquiries for this theme may include, but are not limited to the following questions:

  • Which specific forms of truth and knowledge about (post)colonialism are being produced in German-language literature and culture?
  • What does German Studies “know” about racism? How is racism in German-language literature and culture voiced, challenged, or subverted? Which forms of racism are especially prevalent, and where does German Studies suffer from blind spots when it comes to racism?
  • How can we, as scholars of German Studies, address current issues of postcolonialism and racism (in organizations, institutions, our community)? How can we learn from other disciplines and discourses?
  • How can “confronting colonialism” redefine disciplinary, geopolitical, and national thinking and boundaries?
  • How can the experience and representations of the Holocaust and other forms of violence and atrocity based on the exclusion of ‘others’ in German history serve as resources for engaging current issues of racism? 
  • How can German Studies contribute to overcoming the divisive legacy of colonialism and promoting reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and settler populations?

Proposals due no later than 30 November 2019; late proposals will not be considered. Proposals are to be submitted electronically as a Word document, PDF or .rtf file. Because the proposals are refereed anonymous and blind by an adjudication committee, the authors’ names should not appear on the proposal itself. Please include your university affiliation and contact information in the e-mail with which you send your proposal. Decisions will be announced by January 14, 2020.

Presentation time at the conference is limited to 20 minutes per paper. Primary sources in German should be quoted in the original language.

The CAUTG meets as part of the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada (, organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The largest multidisciplinary meeting in Canada, the Congress hosts the meetings of more than 70 of scholarly associations during an 8-day period, bringing together scholars from across Canada and around the world.

Due to recent changes at the federal funding body, CAUTG does not offer travel assistance to faculty members and independent scholars.

Seminar Graduate Students Travel Award: Graduate students selected for presentation are eligible to receive a Travel Award generously provided by the journal “Seminar.”

Please note that presenters must be paid-up CAUTG members by 15 March 2020. Presenters on joint panels with other organizations must be paid-up members of either the CAUTG or the co-sponsoring organization.

Submissions and inquiries should be addressed to:

Dr. Stephan Jaeger, CAUTG Program Co‐Chair


Tel. (1) - 204 - 474 9930

Department of German and Slavic Studies

University of Manitoba, 327 Fletcher Argue Building

Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V5, Canada

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