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Berlin Program GSA Distinguished Lecture 2017

Sabine Hake: The Proletarian Prometheus June 12, 2017

This year's lecture will be delivered by cultural historian Sabine Hake, Professor and Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture in the Department of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. In her talk, Sabine Hake will examine representations of the most famous Titan in political cartoons, poems, and essays to draw attention to the little studied visual culture of the labor movement and argue for a different model of appropriation that emphasizes the emotional aspects of such appropriation and refunctionalization.

The lecture will be followed by a commentary by historian Ute Frevert, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, and a discussion. The event will be moderated by Harald Wenzel, Professor of Sociology at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, FU Berlin.

  • TIME: June 12, 2017, 18-20 h (c.t.) followed by a reception 20-21 h
  • LOCATION: FU Berlin, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies
    Room 009, Ehrenbergstr. 26/28, 14195 Berlin
  • LANGUAGE: The lecture and discussion will be held in English.
  • REGISTRATION: Not required; participation is free of charge.
  • GETTING THERE: S/U-Bahn: S1 Lichterfelde West I U-Bahn: U3 Thielplatz
    Bus: M11 Ehrenbergstr., M48 und 101 Unter den Eichen/Drakestr.

Berlin Program Summer Workshop 2017

Continuities and Ruptures: Reflections on Crucial Concepts June 28-30, 2017

Contention over moments of ‘continuity’ and ‘rupture’ have fundamentally shaped scholarly debates not only in German Studies but also in a range of other national historiographies and fields of inquiry. Establishing narratives of developments have made these concepts indispensable to scholarly analysis. In history, for example, both terms have proven essential given the need for periodization. At the same time, they have also often proved problematic in capturing both complex interactions of ‘strands’ of continuity and rupture and processes of more evolutionary change. This workshop seeks to advance critical reflection on these concepts, their usefulness and potential limits as narrative devices in a broad array of disciplines that intersect with German Studies, including Anthropology, Art History, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Dr. Deborah Barton | University of Glasgow, BP Alumna 2014/15
Dr. Jeremy DeWaal | Freie Universität Berlin, BP Alumnus 2014/15
Karin Goihl | Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin Program
Dr. Thomas Haakenson | California College of the Arts, BP Alumnus 2003/04
Dr. Carol Hager | Bryn Mawr College, BP Alumna 1991/92

  • TIME: June 28-30, 2017, 10-18.30 each day
  • LOCATION: FU Berlin, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies
    Room 009, Ehrenbergstr. 26/28, 14195 Berlin
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • REGISTRATION: Please register by June 1, 2017 by sending an email to bprogram@zedat.fu-berlin.de; participation is free of charge.
  • GETTING THERE: S/U-Bahn: S1 Lichterfelde West I U-Bahn: U3 Thielplatz
    Bus: M11 Ehrenbergstr., M48 und 101 Unter den Eichen/Drakestr.

Berlin Program Alumni Panel at the GSA Annual Conference in Atlanta, October 5-8, 2017 (exact time TBA)

"The Christian, Democratic Values of the West?": Humanitarianism and Memory in Postwar Germany

This year's BP alumni panel organized by René Staedtler (BP Fellow 2015/16) will address the rise of the politics of humanitarianism in the aftermath of World War II and analyze how memories of the past served as catalysts, which transformed the universal into particular interests. The enormous suffering caused by World War II, the Holocaust, and its aftermath led to a steep increase in an interest into universalist ideas such as human rights and humanitarianism. These ideals were promoted as “safeguards of civilization” which would protect “civilian populations from the horrors of another war” (1947 International Red Cross Conference). However, the conflicting intersections between humanitarianism and divergent memories of a violent past opened opportunities to pursue self-interest and implement political agendas. We will explore how and why state and non-state actors such as the Federal Government of Germany, the Red Cross, the International Tracing Service (ITS), and the West German Expellee Organization utilized a humanitarianism which claimed to represent universal Christian, democratic, and western values to legitimize attempts to revise the postwar order and to negotiate the history of Nazism and the war.

TIME: Exact time will be announced in the preliminary program
LOCATION: GSA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia at the Sheraton Atlanta
FOR DETAILS: refer to the information on the GSA website

Berlin Program

The German Studies Association has representatives involved in the selection process of this important program, which is open to GSA and non-GSA members. The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin and is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-18th century. The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals, permanent or long-term residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students at a North American university who have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years.

For more information, please visit the Berlin Program's website.

Eligibility and Terms

The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals, permanent and long-term residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students enrolled at a North American university who have completed all coursework required for the Ph.D. and must have achieved ABD (all but dissertation) status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years. The Berlin Program is a residential program and provides between ten and twelve months of research support.

News: Additional Postdoc Fellowships funded by the Max Kade Foundation

We are happy to announce that the German Studies Association has secured funding for two additional postdoc researchers for our program from the Max Kade Foundation. The fellowship offers a stipend of $20,000 for a research stay in Berlin between ten to twelve months. The support covers living and travel expenses. Eligible are U.S. citizens who have received their doctorates in the last two calendar years. All applicants must submit an application to the Berlin Program and will be considered in the same applicant pool.

Academic Profile

The program offers a stimulating academic environment that combines excellent research opportunities at one of Germany’s most distinguished research universities with intellectual and cultural interaction. Our colloquium - run by distinguished scholars each semester - serves as a central meeting point for all fellows to share, discuss and support each other’s work. Essential to the program’s mission is our close cooperation with our North American partner, the German Studies Association – the largest professional association of scholars focused on German, Austrian, and Swiss history, literature, culture studies, political science, and economics. Each year, our Summer Workshop and the GSA Distinguished Lecture at the Freie Universität Berlin as well as our Alumni Panel at the GSA Annual Conference in the U.S. provide a forum for scholarly exchange and seek to strengthen ties between fellows, alumni and the academic community in Berlin and beyond.

Institutional Structure

The Berlin Program is based at the Freie Universität Berlin, one of the nation's leading research universities and two-time winner in the national competition for excellence in higher education. The program is funded and administered in close cooperation with our North American partner, the GSA. Fellows will be enrolled at the Freie Universität and will enjoy all privileges and services. Through our multidisciplinary advisory committee of professors fellows have access to a unique network of experts and institutions in one of the densest and most innovative academic regions in Europe.

Application Receipt Deadline: December 1
Submissions will be accepted as of November 1


For further information, visit our website at http://www.fu-berlin.de/bprogram or send an email to bprogram@zedat.fu-berlin.de