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TitelHistory by Generations. Generational Dynamics in Modern History
BeschreibungHistory by Generations. Generational Dynamics in Modern History

9.-11.12.2010 am DHI Washington

The concept of generations figures prominently in both popular culture and
historical studies. New departures in politics, culture, and economics are often
associated with a specific generational group. This applies to youthful (and
male) activists who seem to share some extraordinary experience as well as
similar political ideas, social habits and cultural practices and who manage to
stand in for the cultural hegemony of their views. It also includes distinctions
based on generational affiliations, which feature prominently in media,
consumer culture, migration, and everyday-life. Much of post-war German
history, for example, has been explained by the succession of the 45ers, the
68ers, and the 89ers. The concept of generations is similarly prominent in
American public discourse, as evidenced by the prevalence of catchphrases
like the “greatest generation,” “the baby boomer generation,” and “generation
X.” As an analytical category, the concept of generations has played an
important part in immigration studies; the distinction between first- and later
generation immigrants is central to the field. Now that the importance of the
categories gender, race, and ethnicity has been clearly established in the
social sciences and humanities, it is worth asking how far the concept of
generations cuts across those categories.

The graduate program on Generations in Modern History at the University of
Göttingen has begun a critical investigation of the assumptions that lie behind
the concept of generations and the definition of generational dynamics. It is
giving particular attention to “generation building” and the mobilization of
“generational meaning,” be it in political conflicts and “culture wars” or at
critical historical junctures. To explore the issues raised by the concept of
generations in transatlantic perspective, the Generations in Modern History
program and the German Historical Institute are jointly organizing the
conference “History by Generations: Generational Dynamics in Modern
History”, on Dec. 9.-11. 2010 in Washington DC.

The organizers welcome proposals on topics such as:
1. The role of generational assumptions in the making of cultural identity,
the distribution of economic resources, the orchestration of political
conflicts, and the making of historical tradition
2. The formation of generations and the development of generational
conflicts within social groups, with particular attention to migration and
family socialization.
3. The changing culture of subjectivity and community in educational
patterns and social habitat and their influence on the emergence of a
“generational sense” of experience and self in modern times.
4. The succession of generational styles in different spheres of activity,
such as, for example, popular culture, consumerism, business
management, and product development.

The conference will specifically test the applicability of the concept of
generations in the comparative study of national cultures over time. Proposals
(two pages maximum) are welcome from both young and established scholars
from different countries and disciplines such as history, business and
economic history, sociology, cultural studies, literature and anthropology.
Topics may range over a variety of fields, like memory and experience, war
and migration, management and corporate governance, youth and counterculture,
families and intellectuals, education and consumption.
Proposals should include an abstract of the paper and a curriculum vitae in
English. The proposals should be submitted via email (preferably in pdf
format) by February 26, 2010 to Ms. Baerbel Thomas (
and Sandra Kirchner

Prof. Dr. Bernd Weisbrod, &
Graduiertenkolleg Generationengeschichte
Humboldtallee 3
37073 Göttingen

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PersonName: Prof. Dr. Bernd Weisbrod u.a. 
Funktion: Sprecher des Graduiertenkollegs 
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KontaktdatenName/Institution: Graduiertenkolleg Generationengeschichte 
Strasse/Postfach: Humboldtallee 3 
Postleitzahl: 37073 
Stadt: Göttingen 
Telefon: +49-551-39-13727 
Fax: +49-551-39-9290 
SchlüsselbegriffeErzähltheorie; Historische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literatursoziologie
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