Department of Germanic Studies

Negotiating Europe, Defining Germany: Past, Present, and Future

The Third Biannual Germanic Studies Graduate Student Conference

Thu, March 25, 2010 | Burdine Hall 337 - Conference Room

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Germanic Grad Conf
Germanic Grad Conf

Since the end of World War II, Germany has repeatedly occupied a central position in debates over the development of modern-day Europe. From early attempts to forge a transnational European community, to the Cold War and reunification, and debates over guest labor and immigration, Germany has been the stage of numerous developments that have bearing on the broader European context. Conversely, projects to define and create Europe have necessarily inflected political, social and cultural developments in Germany. In today’s Europe, decisions made in Brussels reach across conventional borders and affect everyday life in Germany. Individuals and communities, too, cross lines that were once drawn in concrete and iron, and continually call into question what Germany, in fact, is.

The 2010 conference will focus on the many tensions that have emerged from the historical, cultural, social and political interactions of Germany and Europe; and will examine how Germany and Europe have mutually conditioned each other’s development since 1945.  Presenters will be invited from various disciplines to address topics including conceptions and perceptions of Europe from German perspectives and vice-versa; German culture as European and/or EU culture; borders and border transgression; migrant and minority experiences; legacies of East and West; ideas of nation and nationality; etc. As with past conferences, the organizers hope to provide a forum for discussion and engagement with pertinent topics, and to promote lively exchange and connections among graduate students working in contemporary German Studies and related fields.

The plenary speaker will be Dr. Barbara Mennel of the University of Florida. She will be giving a talk entitled "Cosmopolitan Affect and Turkish-German Cinema."

Please click on Germanic Graduate Conference for more details.

Sponsored by: The Department of Germanic Studies

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