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April 2020

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

April 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
569 Hamilton Hall, 102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Note: This event has been canceled. It will be included in the 2020-2021 NCGS program. By the late 1960s, West Germany and Israel were moving in almost opposite diplomatic directions in a political environment dominated by the Cold War. The Federal Republic launched ambitious policies to reconcile with its Iron Curtain neighbors, expand its influence in the Arab world, and promote West European interests vis-à-vis the United States. By contrast, Israel, unable to obtain peace with the Arabs after its…

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September 2020

The Problems of Genocide: Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression

September 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This virtual event is organized by the NC German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series. For the most updated details and information on joining the event, please visit the NCGSWS website. Speaker: A. DIRK MOSES I Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of Global Human Rights History, UNC—Chapel Hill, Department of History This presentation summarizes some main results of Moses’s forthcoming book The Problems of Genocide: Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression, which argues that genocide is not only a problem…

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October 2020

Third-World Refugees, Rights, and West Germany in the 1970s and 1980s

October 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This virtual event is organized by the NC German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series. For the most updated details and information on joining the event, please visit the NCGSWS website. Speaker: BILL SHARMANN I Graduate Student, Duke University, Department of History During the 1970s and 80s, thousands of refugees from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia began seeking asylum in West Germany each year. Banned from working and often forced to live in camps, these so-called “Third-World” refugees became objects…

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The Time of the Antechamber: A History of Waiting, 1500–1800

October 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This virtual event is organized by the NC German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series. For the most updated details and information on joining the event, please visit the NCGSWS website. Speaker: HELMUT PUFF I Elizabeth L. Eisenstein Collegiate Professor of History and Germanic Languages, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) While exploring the epistemological difficulties in studying time, the philosopher Henri Bergson cautioned his readers in 1888 that, “We necessarily express ourselves by means of words and we usually think in…

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November 2020

Nineteenth Century Science Goes Global

November 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This virtual event is organized by the NC German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series. For the most updated details and information on joining the event, please visit the NCGSWS website. Speaker: LORRAINE DASTON I Director Emerita, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin and Professor, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago During the latter half of the 19th century, international scientific collaborations of unprecedented scale, expense, and degree of organization were initiated in both the human and…

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Post-Colonialism, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust: The Achille Mbembe Case in Germany

November 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This virtual event is organized by the NC German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series. For the most updated details and information on joining the event, please visit the NCGSWS website. New NCGS Series “CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS”. This spring has witnessed heated debate in Germany about the campaign to disinvite Achille Mbembe, the South African-based Cameroonian theorist, as the keynote speaker at a music festival. In late March, some politicians and critics accused Mbembe of relativizing the Holocaust, trading in anti-Israel antisemitism…

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December 2020

The Sociology of Empire: German and Habsburg Theories of Multinational Statehood, 1848-1914

December 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This virtual event is organized by the NC German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series. For the most updated details and information on joining the event, please visit the NCGSWS website. Speaker: THOMAS PRENDERGAST I Graduate Student, Duke University , Department of History Over the past twenty years, historians have dramatically reevaluated the Habsburg Monarchy. Whereas scholars once characterized the Monarchy as a “prison of nations,” they now emphasize the effectiveness of its institutions and its subjects’ loyalty to the dynasty…

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January 2021

Discussion of “The Pale Death: Poison Gas and German Racial Exceptionalism, 1915-1945”

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This event is organized by the NC German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series. For the most updated details and information on joining the event, please visit the NCGSWS website. Graduate Writing Seminar with PETER B. THOMPSON I University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, Department of History In the second year of Wolf War I, the German-Jewish chemist Fritz Haber supervised the first deployment of industrialized chemical weapons against French colonial troops. The uncertain nature of the attack, both in its execution and outcome,…

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Masters or Victims of the Chemical World?: The Question of Complicity in a Chemically-Minded Third Reich

January 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This event is organized by the NC German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series. For the most updated details and information on joining the event, please visit the NCGSWS website. Konrad H. Jarausch Essay Prize Winner for Advanced Graduate Students in 2020 Speaker: PETER B. THOMPSON I University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of History The presentation will examine the ways in which the gas mask served as a technological site of discipline, conformity, and complicity in the envisioned air and gas…

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February 2021

FDJ-ler Make New Friends: International Youth Exchanges in the Eastern Bloc, 1972-1989

February 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This event is organized by the NC German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series. For the most updated details and information on joining the event, please visit the NCGSWS website. Speaker: MICHAEL SKALSKI I Graduate Student, UNC—Chapel Hill, Department of History In the spirit of communist internationalism, Eastern Bloc regimes provided ample opportunities for children, teenagers, and students to travel and become acquainted with their peers from other peoples’ democracies. Not only were the exchanges a popular vacation alternative for young…

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