Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Zealand ,Germany and the (Post) Colonial Pacific
The 16th annual conference of the New Zealand Studies Association together with the Centre for New Zealand Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, and the Institute for English and American Studies, Goethe University
Frankfurt, Germany

3 - 5 July 2009
Following the success of the 2006 conference in Paris and the 2008 conference in Florence, this event will be located in Frankfurt at Goethe University, within walking distance of the downtown district, with its vibrant historical centre and outstanding museums and art galleries.

The university offers superb conference facilities, and the nearby airport is a major hub for international flights.

On the Saturday, there will be an excursion with a boat trip on the Rhine, followed by wine tasting and a conference dinner at Vollrads Castle.

Keynote speakers confirmed are: Dr James Bade, Professor Werner Kreisel, Dr Cilla McQueen, Professor Hermann Mueckler, Dr Chris Pugsley, Dr Sarah Quigley, Professor Dieter Riemenschneider, Professor Dame Anne Salmond, Robert Sullivan, and Professor Albert Wendt.

Proposals for 20 minute papers must be sent by 15 December to Dr Ian Conrich, Centre for New Zealand Studies, Birkbeck, University of London (email:, or Professor Frank Schulze-Engler, Goethe University (email: mailto:schulze-engler@nelk.uni, or Dr Claudia Duppé (email:, or Dr Dominic Alessio, Richmond The American International University in London

The conference will accept papers within 3 key strands: New Zealand and Germany, New Zealand and the Pacific, and Germany and the Pacific. Abstracts need to be 250-300 words and accompanied by a bio sketch of 100-150 words.
A decision on proposals received will be made by 5 January.
Initial enquiries pre-proposal are welcomed and we will give priority to proposals received from members of NZSA.

Conference enquiries to Dr Ian Conrich or Professor Frank Schulze-Engler (at the above addresses).

The conference will accept proposals on a range of subjects including the following:New Zealand and Germany - migration and diasporas, refugees, voyaging, and tourism; German cultural influence on New Zealand, the reception and exposure of New Zealand culture in Germany;
the New Zealand writers James Bertram, Charles Brasch, Nigel Cox, Mary Creswell, Cathie Dunsford, Katherine Mansfield, James McNeish, Cilla McQueen, Sarah Quigley, William Satchell, and Hone Tuwhare in Germany; New Zealand writers Dan Davin, M. K. Joseph, and John Mulgan, and World War II; the New Zealand painter and German refugee Margot Phillips; German writers in New Zealand, such as Gerhard Köpf, and Karl Wolfskehl; the New Zealand filmmaker Gerd Pohlmann; New Zealand-German co-productions Among the Cinders, Te Rua, and Flight of the Albatross; New Zealand images of Germany and German images of New Zealand; the First World War and World War II, such as the battles at the Somme, Passchendaele, Le Quesnoy, Crete, Tobruk, El Alamein, and Trieste;
New Zealand and Germany in relation to Samoa. New Zealand and the Pacific - as well as papers on the Maori, we are keen to receive papers on any subject in relation to New Zealand and the Pacific, in particular regards the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, East Timor, and the Solomon Islands. Germany and the Pacific - any subject in relation to Germany and the Pacific, in particular regards the Solomon Islands, the Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands, Palau, the Marianas, Nauru, German New Guinea, and Samoa.

Papers can address subjects such as culture, identity, sociology, history, travel and migration, conflict, trade, imperialism, colonialism, postcolonialism, political economy, geography and the environment, missionaries and religion.

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