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, convening 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; please email to RSVP and request a paper. Meetings will take place on select Fridays from 3 – 4:30 pm, and all meetings are currently held online via Zoom. Participants must register for each event individually.

We are now accepting proposals for AY 2021-2022. Please find the German Studies Call for Proposals here. Please find the application form here.

Seminar Schedule 2020-2021

Friday, September 25, 2020
Racial Profiling on the U-Bahn: Policing the Berlin Gap in the Schönefeld Airport Refugee Crisis, Lauren Stokes
Friday, October 16, 2020
“Democracy as an Interpretive Process: The Case of Protestant Conscientious Objectors in the Early Federal Republic of Germany,” Brandon Bloch
Friday, November 20, 2020
This seminar is now full. Thank you for your interest. “Mit dem Kreidestift und Farben”: Revolutionizing Grünewald in the German Democratic Republic, Tamara Golan
Friday, January 29, 2021
Lives in Boxes: Belongings on Journeys of Displacement, Sheer Ganor
Friday, February 19, 2021
Auch ich in Arkadien? Wilhelm von Gloeden’s Homoerotic Photography, Javier Samper Vendrell
Friday, March 12, 2021
“Shirley Graham Du Bois and the (East) German Connection,” Tiffany Florvil