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Roundtable: The Decline of German Studies & German History in the United States?
April 12, 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join CES and NC German Studies for a zoom roundtable on the state of German Studies in the US.
The shrinking number of tenure-track jobs and the decline of undergraduate and graduate programs in German Studies and German History in recent years is alarming. Both developments threaten the future of the field. This development is part of two larger trends: on the one hand, changes in the field of history in the United States, mainly the move away from European/Western history towards global history; on the other hand, the increasing shift of resources at American colleges and universities away from the humanities and social sciences to the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as well as professional schools (economics, law, medicine).
This roundtable will address this development by discussion the following three questions in this roundtable with experts in the field:
1. What is the current situation in German Studies and German History? Is it the same for both fields?
2. How can we explain the development?
3. Which consequences does it have for the future of the field and what can be done to change it?
Featured speakers include:
Moderator: Teresa Walch | Assistant Professor of Modern European History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of History
Moderator: Karen Hagemann | James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History
Introduction: Konrad H. Jarausch | Lurcy Professor of European Civilization, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Discussant: Philipp Setlzel | Associate Professor of History and Graduate Director, Ducquesne University, Department of History
Discussant: Adam R. Seipp | Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Professor of History, Texas A&M Arts & Humanities
Discussant: Sara F. Hall | GSA President, Associate Professor of Germanic Studies, University of Illinois Chicago
Discussant: James Chappel | Gilhuly Family Associate Professor, Duke University, Department of History