Family and Knowledge (GSA 2019 Seminar)
The GSA Family and Kinship Network is organizing a seminar for the 2019 Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, October 3-6 in Portland, Oregon. We invite proposals for the seminar, Family and Knowledge.
This seminar explores “Das Wissen der Familie”: what kind of knowledge about the family is produced in autobiographies, diaries, letters, literary texts, or films? What kinds of knowledge – about the domestic sphere, gender differences, or practical skills – are produced BY and transferred via the family across historical eras? The family is a site of education, both practical and affective; it further functions as a transmitter of wider social knowledge, mediation between social orders and individual. But it also has its secrets: it can suppress knowledge by keeping knowledge from family members or from outsiders; by hiding the explicitly political or producing an ideology of quietistic domesticity – how can hidden forms of knowledge be exposed? We invite participants from all periods of German Studies (history, literature, and film), and from all career stages; we particularly welcome multi- and interdisciplinary approaches, and those that address questions of diversity and inclusion.
GSA seminars meet over three days at the conference. Seminar participants will be asked to submit a paper of 5-6 pages three weeks before the conference. Pre-circulated papers will be grouped into three themes (one per day of the seminar) and discussed in turn along with a short theoretical or methodological text.
Please submit a 300-word abstract of what you would like to contribute to the seminar and a brief bio. Seminar enrolment opens on 5 January 2019, and applications are due by 26 January 2019. Responses will be sent out on 31 January. Please visit the GSA website and submit electronically at https://www.xcdsystem.com/gsa.
Please contact conveners, Sarah Eldridge (firstname.lastname@example.org), Margareth Lanzinger (email@example.com), or Eleanor ter Horst (firstname.lastname@example.org), with any questions. For more information about the 2019 German Studies Association Conference, see here: https://www.thegsa.org/conference/current-conference