German exiles to the United States have distinctly influenced American culture and public life. The purpose of this panel is to explore the ways in which their work was shaped by the condition of exile in a diaspora. The question whether their cultural displacement as part of the Jewish Diaspora can also be interpreted as an intellectual diaspora leads to more general considerations concerning the relationship between intellectuals and their cultural context: How did their European intellectual foundations interact with the American context? To what degree does transplanting ideas from one cultural context to another transform these ideas? Is there a connection between these considerations and the narrow definition of an intellectual as a critic of the cultural and political context s/he lives in and the transnational experience of a diaspora?
Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit abstracts of ca. 250 words to Prisca Augustyn firstname.lastname@example.org or Anthony J. Tamburri email@example.com.
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