25th Anniversary Comparative Literature and Germanic Languages and Literatures Graduate Student Symposium


2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Washington University's Graduate Student Symposia in Comparative Literature as well as Germanic Languages and Literatures. To commemorate this event, the departments will hold a collaborative symposium on Friday, February 26, 2016.

The symposium will begin at 8:30 am with breakfast in the German Department Lounge. Two panels will be presented in Umrath Lounge, first at 9:45 am (Resisting the Status Quo: Socio-political Dissent and Disruption) and later at 1:30 pm (Rewriting Belonging: Gender, Race, and National Identity). Two keynote speakers will also be featured, Necia Chronister at 11:15 am and Nick Tamarkin at 3:30 pm.  A Q&A session will follow both keynote speakers.

Submissions for the symposium were from Washington University students in all fields, disciplines, and national language and literature departments. Papers or presentations reflect not only the current research interests of the students but also foster dialogue across fields and disciplines.

Possible questions to be addressed in this symosium include but are not limited to:

  • comparative approaches
  • the division of literatures, cultures, and langauges
  • translation and adaptation
  • canon formation
  • genre media, intermediality
  • print and media technologies (including digital spaces)
  • spatial theory
  • narratology and storytelling
  • temporality and historicism
  • intersectionality, identity, and diversity
  • literature and the national
  • border-crossing and/or diaspora
  • gender and sexuality
  • disability studies
  • globalization and multiculturalism

All papers should be presented in English and should be approximately 15-20 minutes in length.  An abstract of approximately 300 words as well as a list of key terms discussed in the paper should be submitted no later than January 15th.

Accepted applicates are encouraged to participate in an individual workshop meeting with fellow panelists and moderators in early February. Please send proposals and any additional questions to the symposium committee at germancomplitsymposium2016@gmail.com. Kindly write "Graduate Student Symposium" in the subject heading.

For more information about the German Department at Washington University in St. Louis, please visit the department's main page.

The symposium committee may be contacted at germancomplitsymposium2016@gmail.com.