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  1. Jan-Wouter Zwart, posting Call for contributions
  2. Patrick Stevenson, German conference

Message 1: posting Call for contributions

Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 17:59:35 +0200 (METDST)
From: Jan-Wouter Zwart <>
Subject: posting Call for contributions


 Germanic Generative Syntax Newsletter, Fall 1997.

 Call for Contributions

The editors of the Germanic Generative Syntax Newsletter
invite contributions for the Fall 1997 issue.

We are especially interested in:

 - dissertation abstracts
 - book notices
 - calls for papers and conference announcements
 - conference reports
 - paper abstracts (15-20 lines max.)
 - titles of unpublished papers
 - bibliographic details of articles that have appeared or
 will appear in edited volumes or working paper volumes

All these contributions should be related to the field of
germanic generative syntax.

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Message 2: German conference

Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 09:52:57 GMT
From: Patrick Stevenson <>
Subject: German conference

Call for Papers:

 Competing Constructions of Contemporary Germany

An international conference organised jointly by the University of Southampton
 and Southampton Institute.

Date:		16-17 April 1998

Venue:	Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, UK

Organisers:	Patrick Stevenson, University of Southampton
		John Theobald, Southampton Institute
		Mike Weaver, Southampton Institute

Keynote speakers:	Peter Auer, Hamburg University
			 Ulrike Meinhof, Bradford University


Titles and abstracts (approx. 200 words) for 30-minute papers are invited under
 two main headings, corresponding to two strands in the conference 

1 Divergent Discourses
This strand will focus on public (e.g. mediatic, educational, political, intellectual, 
historiographical) encodings of contemporary German identities. It 
will analyse and question a range of formulations intended to 
influence German collective self-understanding. For example:

. What has become of the triumphal discourse of unity?
. Post-unification `Eastern' and `Western' discourses and identities - old
 ideologies in new disguises? Or new responses to new conflicts?
. Far right and neo-nazi discourses of Germanness - taboo-breaking 
 protest? Or a potent discursive response to perceived inadequate 
 identity myths? 
. `European', `multicultural' and `global' identities - 
 genuine alternatives? Or escape from the German into the utopian? 
. Stereotyping `the Germans' - fun for whom? Whose games?

The unifying feature of contributions should be a methodological approach based 
on critical discourse analysis of texts.

Please send proposals for papers in this strand to:
Dr John Theobald, Associate Professor in Modern Languages,
Southampton Institute, East Park Terrace, Southampton S014 0YN, UK.
Tel. +44 1703 319583 Fax. +44 1703 319490 

2 Communicative Dissonance
This strand will focus on personal encodings of contemporary German identities,
 and will address some of the issues underlying discordant 
communicative practices in the reshaped German speech community. For 

. Will communicative differences between `East' and `West' Germans be as 
 short-lived as some commentators suppose?
. Are these differences a superficial `problem' to be `overcome' through 
 compensatory education programmes? Or an expression of profoundly 
 divergent cultural identities? 
. Is the East/West dichotomy still appropriate? Or are hybrid speech 
 styles emerging? 
. Should East/West questions be treated in isolation? Or should they 
 be seen as one amongst many manifestations of inter- (or 
 intra-)cultural communication patterns that have evolved in 
 Germany in recent years?

The unifying feature of contributions should be a methodological approach 
based on the analysis of interpersonal interaction or of attitudes 
towards communicative difference.

Please send proposals for papers in this strand to:
Patrick Stevenson, Senior Lecturer in German, School of Modern Languages, 
University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK.
Tel. +44 1703 593405 Fax. +44 1703 593288 

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