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TRANSIT Call for Papers: Considering Multilingualism in German Studies Special Topic, Spring 2010   What language does German Studies speak? What is the role of multilingual, interlingual, or simply non-German texts in an increasingly inclusive, multicultural model of German Studies?   If the purview of German Studies is often taken to be the “German-speaking world” and texts composed in that language, this definition is far from clear-cut. From Latin texts of the medieval and early modern periods to the polyglot Habsburg monarchy to literatures of migration in the 20th and 21st centuries, the phenomenon of multilingualism is one that Germanistik can hardly overlook. The increasing awareness of and interest in multiculturalism and transnationalism raise questions of language as well. What role does multilingualism or monolingualism play in literature, art, music, film, and other forms of media and culture?   In this special issue of TRANSIT, we invite submissions that address multiple-language media and texts, as well as other cultural forms in which multilingualism is manifested, such as social space, education, and linguistic identity. As it is our aim to stimulate an ongoing discourse about multilingual issues, we encourage articles of varying methodological, disciplinary, and critical focus. Possible topics might include:   • The role of multilingualism in contemporary cultural production: Literature, art, music, film, multimedia • Medium-specific issues of multilingualism: Translation, dubbing and subtitling; differing multilingual strategies • Multilingualism in historical perspective: Defining vernacular and national literatures • Multilingualism in literary and language studies and pedagogy: German Studies as a multilingual discipline • Multilingualism and cultural identity   We welcome submissions that help to clarify how a multilingually oriented critique can strengthen and/or reinvent our discipline’s paradigms, while articulating the relevance of our inquiries for related fields such as world literature, migration studies, linguistics and applied linguistics, European history, and literary/film theory. For this reason, submissions should be written in a style and tone that addresses a broad audience.   Papers relating to this special topic should be submitted by February 15, 2010. TRANSIT also accepts other submissions of articles and book reviews on a rolling basis throughout the year. For submission guidelines, please see the “Submissions” page on our website: