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Call For Papers: Graduate Student Conference: Going Beyond Goethe: Teaching Germanic Pop-Culture(s) in a Foreign Language Classroom

  • December 28, 2015




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Abstracts for a 6th Biennial Graduate Student Conference in Germanic Studies during a University of Texas during Austin, Thursday and Friday, Mar 3-4, 2016, are invited by Jan 8, 2016.

Over a past several decades, a unfamiliar denunciation classroom has increasingly turn supposed as a site for learners to try a different operation of informative topics that capacitate them to turn culturally proficient and lettered users of a aim language. Popular enlightenment plays a executive purpose in stream college curricula, from discussions of film, digital literacy, and inhabitant comedy traditions, to cuisine, sports, and hip-hop. While pop-culture is widely supposed as executive to a growth of transcultural education in another language, there are changeable and expanding approaches to a focus in a classroom. Professional organizations such as ACTFL and a MLA have due content-based enlightening approaches that inspire a formation of informative artifacts—together with their associated practices and perspectives—into a training of unfamiliar languages during all levels of a curriculum. This discussion focuses on approaches to implementing postwar pop-culture into integrated language/culture instruction in Germanic languages. The Department of Germanic Studies during a University of Texas during Austin invites submissions from all areas of Germanic Studies (linguistics, literature, informative studies, and second denunciation studies) to share strange contributions to a training of pop-culture in a Germanic-language classroom.

Possible areas include but are not limited to:
•    Best practices/theoretical approaches to regulating pop-culture in undergraduate education
•    Factors impacting a preference of pop-cultural calm for a undergraduate classroom, including motivation, particular tyro preferences and interests, and inclination levels
•    Extracurricular programing and popular culture
•    Digital technology, entertainment, and renouned enlightenment in undergraduate education
•    Tensions or collaborations between pop-culture and canonical works
•    The attribute between pop-culture and representations of bland life

This discussion will start in and with a German Studies Workshop “Popular Music in Postwar German Culture,” that will start in a afternoon of Mar 4th, 2016.

Please send your abstracts (one page, 12-point font, Times New Roman) for a 20-minute display to:


Conference: Thursday and Friday, March 3-4
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, January 8
Acceptance Notification: Friday, January 22

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