2014 marks a number of important anniversaries for Germany as it is 100 years since the start of the First World War, 75 years since the start of the Second World War, and 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Therefore, the University of Leeds, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, is organising the [Dis]Connected event series with the purpose of assessing the legacy of these anniversaries, focusing on how they have impacted the subsequent development of both German society and issues of national identity.
As part of this event series, the [Dis]Connected postgraduate conference will take place in Leeds on 28th June 2014. The conference aims to bring together postgraduates researching areas relevant to the [Dis]Connected project to investigate the overarching themes of change and continuity in German society in an interdisciplinary conference. It will give postgraduates the chance to discuss their work, receive feedback, and engage with new ideas in the expanding field of German Studies in a friendly but formal environment.
250 word proposals for papers are invited from postgraduates with an interest in the conference themes. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
– Gender and sexuality
– Politics and International Relations
– Memory and trauma
– Representations of Germany history
– The evolution of urban space and the gentrification of German cities
Proposals should be emailed, along with a short academic biography, to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 17th January 2014.
The conference is generously supported by the German Historical Society. However, unfortunately the conference organisers are unable to offer any financial assistance to cover attendees’ transport and accommodation costs.