The online 2021 CAUTG Annual Meeting (May 30- June 2) assembles presentations and special events on any topic or period in German Studies (German-language literature, cinema, cultural studies, German language, and language pedagogy), as well as from related fields such as history, art history, philosophy, political studies, and musicology. The virtual 2021 CAUTG meeting has a particular emphasis on questions of (post)colonialism and racism in German Studies, the relation of German and Indigenous Studies, social justice and genocide studies. It will explore – in live and simu-live session between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time (MDT) – the role German Studies, its research, teaching, and institutions, can play in the rethinking of the academy beyond its colonial, exclusionary, and racist legacies with a view toward transformative change and social justice.
Four special events challenge traditional forms of thinking about German heritage, memory, and identities, as well as provide thought-provoking input from other disciplines. Susan McHugh, renowned expert in literary theory, animal studies, and plant studies, and Professor of English at the University of New England, will connect to the topic of “Northern Relations” in a keynote lecture entitled “Inuit Sled Dogs: Storytelling as a Strategy of Resistance.” Lana Whiskeyjack, a multidisciplinary treaty scholartist from Saddle Lake Cree Nation and an assistant professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta will present a keynote lecture “Decolonization Begins with Spirit” in which she discusses decolonization and indigenization as important spirit-centred spaces to bridge Indigenous knowledge and worldviews as well as to have uncomfortable conversations. She will share how arts-based practices and cultural land-based teachings including the role of language supported the transformation of confronting and transcending historical wounds into intergenerational resilience.
A third keynote, sponsored by the Goethe Institut Toronto, Rosemarie Peña (Rutgers University) is entitled “The Portrayal of Black German Adoption.” It analyzes two documentaries about adoption and reunion narratives of members of the post-WWII cohort of Black German Americans who were born to local German women and Black occupation troops and who were adopted to the US by African Americans. The conference also features a roundtable by the CAUTG taskforce on Social Justice entitled “Reality Check: Lived Experiences of Racism and the Challenges and Hopes of Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice.”
Other special events include the Waterloo Centre for German Studies Canadian Book Prize lecture, a graduate student poster lounge and other educational workshops, informal meeting lounges, an event sponsored by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in which the Innovate German Award will be given out, several interdisciplinary special panels, and numerous award ceremonies in which the CAUTG PhD dissertation award and the Best Graduate Student Paper Award, among others, will be awarded. Most conference contributions are in English, but presentations are welcomed in German and French as well.
Stephan Jaeger, University of Manitoba | Belinda Kleinhans, Texas Tech University
Simone Pfleger, University of Alberta
For more information, contact the association directly. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.