2013 Sixth Annual Southeast German Studies Workshop
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, March 7-8, 2013
Environment – Umwelt
Object – Gegenstand
Science – Wissenschaft
The Southeast German Studies Workshop is an event dedicated to fostering creative, interdisciplinary dialogue among faculty members, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students interested in the history, society, and cultures of German-speaking Central Europe. The Southeast workshop brings together scholars from more than twenty institutions in the region, including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. This workshop has been and is generously funded by grants from the German Academic Exchange Service; the Haines-Morris Endowment of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the Departments of History and Modern and Foreign Languages and Literatures at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the Department of History and the Laney Graduate School at Emory University; The Carolina-Duke PhD in German Studies; The Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at Duke University; The Max Kade Center for European and German Studies at Vanderbilt University; and Georgia State University.
The workshop will be held over a two-day period, with a series of three workshop sessions on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Thursday afternoon will also feature a keynote address by David Blackbourn, Professor of History at Vanderbilt University: "Nature and Environment in Modern Germany: A Difficult History."
Instead of reading formal papers, the panels are dedicated to discussions of the 1-3 page "positions papers" on one of the workshop themes, which the participants submit in advance of the workshop. The themes for each year's workshop reflect issues of growing interest to the German Studies scholarly community. This year's themes are: Environment - Umwelt , Object - Gegenstand, and Science -Wissenschaft.
The keynote address and the workshop are free and open to the public; more detailed information about these events may be found by following the links to the left. All participants in the workshops will be expected to read the position papers before the conference, since there are no formal papers will be delivered. If you are interested in attending one or more panels of the workshop and would like to receive access to the papers, please send an email to the workshop organizing committee.