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Berlin Program Alumni Panel
GSA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, October 5th-8th, 2017
Friday, October 6, 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM, Grand Salon E

"The Christian, Democratic Values of the West?": Humanitarianism and Memory in Postwar Germany (co-sponsored by the GSA Memory Studies Network)

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: Friday, October 6th, 4:15 PM -- 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Grand Salon E
FOR DETAILS: refer to conference 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.

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. All fellows enjoy library privileges, access to faculty, IT services and program infrastructure. 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

The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies is soliciting applications for its next fellowship competition. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research. Awards provide between ten and twelve months of research support. 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 research colloquium serves as a central meeting point for all fellows to share, discuss and support each other’s work.

For application guidelines and forms, go to: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/bprogram/application/index.html

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