CFP: Austrian Studies Association Annual Conference (Dearborn, MI, March 26-29, 2015)

Call for Papers: Annual Conference of the Austrian Studies Association

Crossing Borders—Blurring Borders

University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan - March 26-29, 2015


In her novel Engel des Vergessens Maja Haderlap writes of crossing the border from Carinthia into Slovenia: “Das Überschreiten der Grenze ist hier kein natürlicher Vorgang, es ist ein politischer Akt” (220). In addition to being a political act, a border crossing or blurring can be an aesthetic act, a collaborative act, a historical act, or a combination of the above.


The breadth of topic is conceived to elicit submissions reflecting the widest variety of disciplinary as well as multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives. The Conference Committee particularly looks forward to receiving proposals on the work of the conference’s guest speakers, author Maja Haderlap, artist Ursula Hübner, and actor/director Karl Markovics.


Possible topics include crossing and/or blurring borders in: genres, gender (Studies), Austrian Studies. Ventures in the literary, visual, and performative arts that involve metaphorical or real border crossings. Literal border crossings. Cultural transfers and perceptions of the other. Austria’s place in international movements. Scholarly collaborations and debates across disciplines and national borders.


Submit full abstracts (English or German) of  400 words maximum, with a title and a short (200 word) biography suitable for an introduction to: by September 15, 2014. If the Austrian connection is not immediately apparent, please elaborate in the abstract.


Individual papers or full panels of 3-4 papers submitted as a block may be proposed; the conference committee may request modifications.

Presenters are required to be members of the Austrian Studies Association by subscribing to its journal.


Conference organizer: Jacqueline Vansant

Conference Languages: English and German