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TitelGSA-Panel: Germany or Europe? The European Union and the German Question
BeschreibungGermany or Europe? The European Union and the German Question
The German Studies Association (GSA) Thirty-Seventh Annual Conference
Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, 2013

This seminar focuses its attention on Germany and the ongoing crisis in the European Union, specifically in light of Germany’s prominent role in the EU and the growing role of EU policies in member states. Building on the Fulbright 2012 German Studies Seminar on Germany and the EU and a _German Studies Review_ forum on the crisis in the EU with contributions from Fulbright participants (forthcoming in 2013), the seminar willpresent an interdisciplinary approach to these issues. The organizers represent literary studies, political science, and cultural studies, and expect to draw participants from these fields as well as from sociology, geography, and economics. Art historians, musicologists, historians, and linguists may be interested as well. Our goal is to develop a rich and fruitful discussion of contemporary German-European issues that intersects disciplinary perspectives and fosters continued, enriched dialog. We hope to develop an edited volume of seminar papers.

Our plan for the seminar is to alternate between social science and humanities papers to reflect the kind of interdisciplinary discussion that makes the GSA conference so stimulating. All three organizers participated in the interdisciplinary 2012 Fulbright summer seminar and have additional experience managing far-ranging discussions between representatives of different fields. After their acceptance to the seminar, participants will submit papers of 25-30 pages to Ian Wilson ( by September 1, 2013, so that all the other contributors may read them before the conference begins. At the conference itself, participants will offer briefer, somewhat more informal presentations of their papers so that session may emphasize discussion. Each session will also have a moderator/commentator (one of the conveners), although Ian Wilson will serve as primary organizer and contact person for participants.

For flexibility and richness, we suggest that the seminar will draw broadly on the organizing principle laid out above but also require participants to engage Jürgen Habermas’ recent work on the EU, _Zur Verfassung Europas_ (2011, published in English translation as _The Crisis of the European Union_ in 2012), in their presentations. Habermas’ work resonates with a central concern about the development of the EU: economic issues have often taken the forefront at the cost of the development of European political or cultural identity. Habermas suggests a cosmopolitan response based partially on the essential German notion of “human dignity” as an aspect of human rights. While we do not believe that his work answers all concerns faced by the EU or is without controversy, we think that his arguments will provide a reasonably brief, contemporary, and important work to give the seminar additional cohesion. Certainly Habermas is familiar to scholars across the interdisciplinary spectrum of German Studies.

Those who wish to submit a proposal should fill out the GSA Seminar Application Form and email it to the Seminar Coordinator for this session, Suzanne Marchand at In addition to other information, the form asks for a brief statement of purpose. It should describe the participant’s qualifications and planned contribution to the seminar.
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortDenver/Colorado (USA)
PersonName: Ian W. Wilson 
Funktion: Associate Professor of German and Humanities 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Ian Wilson/Centre College 
Strasse/Postfach: 600 W. Walnut St. 
Postleitzahl: 40422 
Stadt: Danville/KY 
Telefon: 1-859-238-5241 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literatursoziologie; Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie
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