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Ergebnisanzeige "German Pasts - German Futures"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelGerman Pasts - German Futures
BeschreibungDAAD-sponsored Postgraduate Conference, 4-7 May, 2016

German Pasts - German Futures

This conference brings together postgraduates from across the UK, Ireland and Germany to present cutting-edge work on contemporary German-(language) history, culture and society. The scope of the conference is broad, to encourage dialogue between postgraduates working across different disciplines, and a variety of themes relating to the German-speaking countries. In general terms, we are interested in the most recent debates on how the German past is being remembered and memorialised, and - as important - on what kind of future is emerging, or being imagined, for the German-speaking countries. We are especially interested in the cultural, political and social consequences and emerging understandings of rapid demographic transformation, German leadership in Europe, the rapidly changing relationship between German-speaking countries and ‘the world’, the impact of recent crises (the EURO and refugee crisis), and in new and emerging national, regional, and local identities.

Dr Hans Kundnani, Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, will present a plenary talk at the conference (title to be confirmed).


Participants will present papers of thirty minutes in English or German.

All accommodation and meals in Leeds will be covered free-of-charge, but UK and Ireland participants will need to pay their own travel. Participants from Germany will have their flights paid but will need to pay their own transport to and from airports.

Brief abstracts (100-200 words) and a short CV to be sent to Stuart Taberner ( by December 18, 2015.

Showcasing Public Engagement and Impact

A major interest of the conference is in how research on German themes can contribute to public engagement and impact. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a number of events happening in and around the conference, showcasing public engagement and impact in German at Leeds. There will also be sessions on ‘how to get published’ and ‘how to apply for academic posts’.

Performance by Roger Grunwald: The Mitzvah

They were called “mischlinge,” a Nazi term meaning “mixed blood” or, more crudely, “halfbreed.” It was used to describe Germans descended from one or two Jewish grandparents. By the outbreak of the Second World War, tens of thousands of “mischlinge” were serving in the German armed forces. The Mitzvah (the play), conceived, co-written and performed by actor and child of survivor, Roger Grunwald, tells the tragic story of a German half-Jew who became an officer in Hitler’s army.

Performance by RJC Dance

RJD Dance is a historically black dance group from North Leeds. This performance, which was designed in collaboration with members of the German department at Leeds and funded by the AHRC, presents young black Britons’ interpretation of the relevance of the Holocaust to their present-day lives, in dance.

The Skipton Diaries

Caroline Summers presents her translation project, working with undergraduate and postgraduate students at Leeds, and with Skipton Library, to translate diaries written by German PoWs interned in Skipton during World War One.

Conscientious Objectors in World War One

Ingrid Sharp presents her research and outreach project, working with various community groups in the UK, on the history of conscientious objectors in the UK during World War One.

Junge Filmmacher auf Spurensuche in Bautzen

Paul Cooke presents his AHRC-funded project, in which he travelled to Bautzen with young British people and, working with young Germans and the education team at Bautzen, developed a film dealing with how the GDR past is remembered.

Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context

This AHRC-funded exhibition, designed by Stuart Taberner in collaboration with the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation and the UK National Holocaust Centre, will be displayed at the conference venue throughout the conference.
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PersonName: Stuart Taberner 
Funktion: Professor of German 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Professor Stuart Taberner 
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