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Thursday, January 10, 2019  
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GSA 2019 Seminar Applications now being accepted

The 43rd German Studies Association Conference in Portland, Oregon, October 3-6, 2019, will feature a series of seminars including an AATG-sponsored seminar focused on "Sustainability and German Studies: From Ecocriticism to Community Engagement." Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first or second morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking.

Sustainability and German Studies: From Ecocriticism to Community Engagement

Interest in the intersection of German Studies and environmental sustainability has recently led to a significant number of publications and curriculum development projects. German film, cultural studies, and theory have garnered attention from scholars in the Environmental Humanities. Further, new curricular and co-curricular projects have extended the interest in German environmental(ist) culture to include relationship-building with sustainability stakeholders on campus and in surrounding communities. This seminar invites participants to reflect comprehensively on how this interest contributes to, challenges, and expands contemporary approaches to German Studies in the US. Through contributor papers and guided discussions, we will explore new possibilities for ecocritical analysis, engaged scholarship, program growth, community partnership development, and interdisciplinary intercultural learning. The seminar is sponsored by AATG, with support from the GSA Environmental Studies Network.

Format: Three months before the conference, participants will discuss selected texts in a blog contribution. One month prior, participants will circulate 5-page papers or 10-minute presentations. During the conference, each day will include one panel of participant papers and one whole-group discussion session or workshop.

Submitting your application: You must be an active GSA member in order to apply. Please submit a 250-word proposal describing your research and/or curriculum development topic. Please also include a brief 50 word bio. Visit the GSA website and apply electronically. Please also email application materials to the co-conveners of the AATG-sponsored seminar: Seth Peabody, Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Olaf College, and Dan Nolan, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth.

For detailed descriptions of all seminars offered, and the names and email addresses of the conveners, please see the seminar listing on GSA's website.

Applications for seminar enrollment are due by January 26, 2019.

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