German Studies Seminar | Newberry

German Studies Seminar

Bicycle Marsch, from the by Jean Diehl, published Mainz : B. Schottss Soehne. From the James Francis Driscoll sheet music collection. 

This seminar, which convened for the first time in AY 2020-2021, provides a forum for scholarship-in-progress in the area of German Studies, broadly defined. We welcome work on modern and pre-modern topics from all disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to Literature, History, Art History, Philosophy, Music, and the Social Sciences. The seminar is particularly interested in papers that cross disciplinary boundaries, and that reconceptualize the materials and conventions of German Studies as a field, including beyond the frames of the German language and nation state.

The Newberry is unable to provide funds for travel and lodging for presenters and respondents, but can assist in locating discounted accommodations. If you have questions, please contact the seminar organizers: Alice Goff (University of Chicago), Imke Meyer (University of Illinois Chicago), Sophie Salvo (University of Chicago), Anna Souchuk (DePaul University), Lauren Stokes (Northwestern University).

The seminar is generously sponsored by the History Department at the University of Chicago, Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago, The Department of Modern Languages at DePaul University, and the Department of History at Northwestern University.

This seminar is free and open to faculty members, independent scholars, graduate students, and interested members of the public. Each session features a work in-progress paper that will be pre-circulated. Meetings will take place on select Fridays from 3 – 4:30 pm, and will be a mix of in-person events and online events via Zoom. Participants must register for each event individually. See event pages below for registration details.

The Call for Proposals is now open. Please click here to submit a one-page proposal and brief CV.

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Seminar Schedule 2021-2022

Friday, September 24, 2021
Empire by Automobile: Entrepreneurial Imperialism and the Weak Colonial State in German East Africa, Andrew Denning, University of Kansas
Friday, October 15, 2021
Jewish Anorexia: The Anorexic Body and the Holocaust Body in the 1970s and 1980s, Alice Weinreb, Loyola University
Friday, November 19, 2021
Gendered Origins: Man, Woman, and the Philosophy of Language, Sophie Salvo, University of Chicago
Friday, January 21, 2022
Asylum Seekers, Antiforeigner Violence, and Coming to Terms with the Past after German Reunification, Christopher Molnar, University of Michigan-Flint
Friday, February 25, 2022
Divinatory Intimacies: Cinephilia and Palmistry in Weimar Film Magazine Culture, Ervin Malakaj, University of British Columbia
Friday, March 11, 2022
Reading the Nineteenth-Century Paper Mill, Ilinca Iurascu, University of British Columbia
Friday, April 8, 2022
The Politics of Early Modern Women’s Work: Swallows in Winter, Patricia Simpson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln