CFP: Small Forms – Resistant Forms? Postmigration Intermedial

Interdisciplinary workshop organized by the research network Widerständige Praxen. Postmigration in Literatur, Medien und Sprache der Gegenwart
November 12-13, 2021
University of Hamburg
Stichtag: 2021 07 20

The workshop »Small Forms – Resistant Forms? Postmigration Intermedial« is dedicated to an interdisciplinary discussion about the artistic, resistant, discursive potential of thinking postmigration and small forms together.

The postmigrant perspective, which refers to the stories and experiences of those who have not migrated themselves, but who bring a so-called migration background with them as personal knowledge and collective/family memory, is accompanied by a political attitude that makes use of subversive, ironic practices and thus questions hegemonic structures and exposes discrimination. In combination with small forms, which cover a wide variety of genres, the workshop will therefore examine in particular those literary and artistic small forms and their practices which also appear outside of established, curated publication channels and hence open up a space for the participation of marginalized voices.

While the term ›small form‹ traditionally refers to short prose texts of the feuilleton, in more recent research contexts it is used for the analysis of a variety of short text types or even audiovisual narrative formats. Thus, the workshop will inquire into the resistive potential of, for example, song lyrics, tweets, columns, zines, short films, music videos, podcasts, blog posts, short stories, comics, poems, jokes, memes etc.

(Early career) Researchers from all humanities disciplines are encouraged to submit contribution proposals. Applications from BIPoC and queer researchers are especially encouraged and will be given priority.

The selected presenters will submit their papers by mid-October so that they can be circulated among the participants before the workshop. During the workshop, the papers will be discussed in thematically arranged panels. The workshop results will be published at the end of 2022, probably in the (small) form of a zine.

Papers can be submitted and presented in German or English.

Depending on pandemic regulations and in accordance with state and institutional guidelines, the format of the workshop will be determined at a later date. Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses are unlikely to be reimbursed.

Please submit an abstract (400 words max) and brief biographical information (150 words max) in a single PDF to and by 20 July 2021.