On Friday, April 1, 2005, a one-day conference on "Roots of Irritation and Ties that Still Bind: Exploring Transatlantic Relations between Germany and the U.S." will take place at Butler University, Indianapolis from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm.
The conference will explore from a comparative perspective the causes, symptoms, and outcomes of the irritation as well as continuing bonds that characterize the post-Cold War relations between Germany and the U.S. Because of the timeliness and urgency of the issue, the conference organizers plan to edit and publish the conference proceedings soon after the meeting and participants are invited to submit their revised chapter presentations by fall 2005.
The conference is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Butler University/Indiana, and Grand Valley State University/Michigan and will bring together distinguished scholars, experts, journalists, teachers, and policy makers from both countries.
Conference organizers are Prof. Antonio Menendez (Butler University, Indiana), Prof. Stefan Immerfall (Paedagogische Hochschule Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany), and Prof. Hermann Kurthen (Grand Valley State University, Michigan).
Keynote speaker on German-American relations will be Prof. Konrad Jarausch (UNC Chapel Hill and Director ZZF Potsdam), followed by 3 parallel panels with paper presentations and group discussions on
Economic ties: business and the prospects of German-American trade
Cultural ties: academic & scientific exchange, teaching, media & public discourse about German-American relations
Political ties: international organizations (UN, IMF, WTO, NATO), migration, human rights, environment etc
Between the panels we will split participants into parallel "Focus Discussion Groups" to explore selected topics more broadly from the perspective of academics, administrators, policy makers, journalists, and teachers, such as teaching German language and history, media stereotypes, national identities, UN membership & bilateral cooperation.
The organizers would like to invite scholars, journalists, teachers, or policy makers with an interest in comparative transatlantic research related to above topics to join us at Butler University as either conference participants OR as panel members presenting papers.
If you are interested to contribute a paper, please submit an abstract with your c.v. If you are selected as panel presenter, we would ask you to make a commitment to submit your conference paper no later than March 15, 2005.
The organizers will be able to provide funds for participants who present a paper on one of our panels covering airfare, meals, and two overnight stays in Indianapolis on Thursday, March 31, and on Friday, April 1.
Please send proposals or registrations by January 15, 2005 to:
Prof. Antonio Menendez, Chair
Department of Sociology
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: (317) 940-9284
Fax: (317) 940-9487
Prof. Hermann Kurthen
Grand Valley State University
Department of Sociology
Allendale, MI 49401
Phone: (616) 331-8720
Fax: (616) 331-3735
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