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October 2019

Twentieth-Century Anti-Utopianism and its West German Antidote

October 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
569 Hamilton Hall, 102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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A melancholic thread in assessments of the end of the Cold War, the triumph of liberal democracy and capitalism over “really existing socialism” led academics and public intellectuals to pronounce the end of utopian ambitions. Some West Germans, however, resisted this logic and refused to abandon hope for a superlative existence. But they also recognized that old paradigms of utopian thought had lost their currency, jettisoning the conviction that society marched incrementally and inexorably toward an ideal form. Instead, they…

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November 2019

“Ein lustiger Guerillakrieg”: Comedy and Censorship in the Vormärz

November 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
569 Hamilton Hall, 102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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As the turbulent decades before the Revolution of 1848 progressed, radical and liberal dramatists such as Georg Büchner, Karl Gutzkow, and Heinrich Laube wrote dramas that functioned as stand-ins for their liberational aspirations. Given the sneakiness with which these authors had to pursue their aims due to censorship, their dramatic works evoke what Heinrich Hubert Houben, the first major historian of German censorship, has elsewhere called “ein lustiger Guerillakrieg.” The authors pursued surreptitious strategies to smuggle a message into the…

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December 2019

Whose Peculiarities? Race in National Socialist Overseas Colonial Planning

December 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
569 Hamilton Hall, 102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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With the passing of the Nuremberg Laws in 1935, Nazi racial ideology became the hegemonic discourse of international propaganda and diplomacy. In turn, it linked Nazi racial antisemitism to the Third Reich’s overseas colonial ambitions and portrayed Germany’s colonial policies as peculiar: different and more radical than those of its European neighbors. This talk seeks to challenge this national distinction by focusing on what the colonial organizations under the Third Reich were actually planning and with whom. By decentralizing international…

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January 2020

Germany in the World, 1500-2000: A Global History

January 23, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Center #4003, 301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Guest Speaker: DAVID BLACKBOURN  I  Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair of History, Vanderbilt University, Department of History Moderator: KONRAD H. JARAUSCH I UNC Chapel Hill , Department of History In cooperation with the UNC Chapel Hill Center for European Studies This event is part of the North Carolina German Studies Workshop and Seminar Series. Please visit these guidelines for information on weeknight parking on campus.

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Graduate Luncheon | NC German Studies Workshop and Seminar Series

January 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Center #4003, 301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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DAVID BLACKBOURN |Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair of History, Vanderbilt University, Department of History Moderators: Max Lazar and Michael Skalski |UNC Chapel Hill, Department of History In cooperation with the Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill Departments of History This event is part of the North Carolina German Studies Workshop and Seminar Series.

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A Vanishing Century: The State 19th Century European Studies

January 24, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Center #4003, 301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Possible Participants: CEMIL AYDIN | UNC Chapel Hill, Department of History, Global History DAVID BLACKBOURN | Vanderbilt University, Department of History, German Central European History CHAD BRYANT | UNC Chapel Hill, Department of History, History of the Habsburg Empire LLOYD KRAMER | UNC Chapel Hill, Department of History, French History JAKOB NORBERG | Duke University, Department of Germanic Languages and Literature, German Studies See also: “Discussion Forum: The Vanishing Nineteenth Century in European History?” ed. by Karen Hagemann and Simone…

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February 2020

Swastikas on Jakob Schiff-Straße: The Aryanization of Jewish Street Names in Frankfurt am Main, 1933-38

February 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
569 Hamilton Hall, 102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Guest Speaker: MAX LAZAR |Graduate Student, UNC Chapel Hill, History Moderator: Karen Auerbach | UNC Chapel Hill, Department of History In cooperation with the UNC Chapel Hill Carolina Center for Jewish Studies This event is part of the North Carolina German Studies Workshop and Seminar Series. Please visit these guidelines for information on weeknight parking on campus.

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March 2020

West Germany and Israel: Foreign Relations, Domestic Politics, and the Cold War, 1965-1974

March 6, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
569 Hamilton Hall, 102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Guest Speaker: Carole Fink | Humanities Distinguished Professor Emeritus Emeritus Faculty, the State University of Ohio, Department of History Moderator: Konrad H. Jarausch | UNC Chapel Hill, Department of History In cooperation with the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and the UNC Chapel Hill Carolina Center for Jewish Studies This event is part of the North Carolina German Studies Workshop and Seminar Series. Please visit these guidelines for information on weeknight parking on campus.

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Black-Jewish Poetic Encounters vis-à-vis the Holocaust

March 19, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
569 Hamilton Hall, 102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Guest Speaker: CHRISTINA MEKONEN | Visiting Assistant Professor, Davidson College, German Studies Department Moderator: Priscilla Layne | UNC Chapel Hill, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Literatures In cooperation with Duke University Department of Germanic Languages and Literature and the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Literatures and the UNC Chapel Hill Carolina Center for Jewish Studies This event is part of the North Carolina German Studies Workshop and Seminar Series. Please visit these guidelines for…

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April 2020

Third-World Refugees and Asylum in Divided Germany in the 1970s and 80s

April 16, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
569 Hamilton Hall, 102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Guest Speaker: BILL SHARMANN | Graduate Student, Duke University, History Department Moderator: James Chappel | Duke, Department of History In cooperation with the Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill Departments of History This event is part of the North Carolina German Studies Workshop and Seminar Series. Please visit these guidelines for information on weeknight parking on campus.

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