Historians, philosophers, and other scholars have spent decades seeking to understand the dimensions, uses, consequences, and significance of ideology in Nazi Germany. We are looking to create a panel for the 2011 German Studies Association Conference that will complement this research by delving into how various individuals and organizations within the Third Reich employed ideology. In particular, we want to assess who created and/or made use of ideology, appraise how ideology was applied, and examine when ideology was strictly adhered to versus flexibly utilized. Overall, paper proposals should address one of the following issues:
- What was Nazi ideology composed of and how did its elements (for example anti-Semitism, the Führerprinzip, and attaining Lebensraum through conquest) interrelate with one another?
- How were the new world order and the new man supposed to look according to Nazi ideology?
- Did the ideological beliefs of Nazi leaders change over time or did they unfold according to the circumstances and opportunities provided to turn them into pragmatic politics?
- What did Nazi ideology add to already existing racial, anti-Semitic, and Völkisch ideologies?
- Was Nazi ideology a homogeneous entity or should it be considered a contested space, and if so, how?
- In what ways did Nazi leaders succeed in using ideology to achieve their aims and in what ways did they fail?
We request that anyone interested in joining this panel as a presenter submit a short abstract to Amy Carney (email@example.com) no later than January 25. Also, if anyone would be willing to serve as a moderator or commentator, please also send an e-mail to Amy by the same date.
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