Third Berlin Program Summer Workshop "Virtual Germans"
Freie Universität Berlin, June 19-20, 2014
In her travels through Eastern Europe in the 1990s, the writer Ruth Ellen Gruber noted that non-Jews were embracing, creating, and marketing an idea of Jewishness that had little to do with the Jews who had lived in the region before the Holocaust. Through practices and cultural products, these “virtual Jews” had come in dialog with “their own visions of Jews and Jewish matters, and themselves.” In recent years, the historian Winson Chu has adapted this concept to show the enactment of a “virtually German” culture that serves commercial interests, European reconciliation, and cosmopolitan credentials in Poland today.
In 2014, the Berlin Program summer workshop will invite papers that expand upon the idea of “virtual Germans” in a variety of constellations, including Germans and German-speakers who have fashioned new identities for themselves abroad, people living in Germany of diverse backgrounds whose German belonging is contested, as well as constructions of Germanness in the virtual realm of cyberspace and in the classroom. This workshop will pay special attention to the global flow of “Germanness” as well as to its local constructions. By exploring such representations and contestations, we can see how new definitions of Germanness arise and how new inclusions and exclusions are made.
This workshop will seek participants from a broad array of disciplines in German Studies.
FORMAT: This workshop serves as a forum for Berlin Program fellows and alumni, but also welcomes current doctoral students, recent PhDs, as well as non-tenured and tenured faculty in any field.
APPLICATION, DEADLINE, NOTIFICATION: Submit a 250-word abstract and short, two-page curriculum vitae (including position, department and institution) in one pdf via email by 15 February 2014 to: email@example.com.
DETAILED CALL FOR PAPERS:
Dr. April Eisman | Iowa State University
Dr. Winson Chu | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Karin Goihl | Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin Program
Dr. Thomas Haakenson | Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Dr. Jenny Wuestenberg | Freie Universität Berlin / European Law School Wiesbaden
Berlin Program for Advanced German and
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