Many U-M faculty and graduate students will participate in the German Studies Association 2018 conference September 27-30, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The complete program is online here.


Critical European Culture Studies
Sessions 005, 124, 241
Assistant Professor Kristin Dickinson

Feeling beyond the Human: Animals, AI, Machines (sponsored by the Emotion Studies Network)
Sessions 008, 128, 245
PhD Candidate Elizabeth McNeill

The Future of the Tragic
Sessions 026, 144, 262
Convener: Professor Silke-Maria Weineck

Liberalism and Its Discontents: Music and Culture in German-Speaking Europe, 1848-1914
Sessions 014, 133, 251
PhD Candidate Emily Gauld

Popular Culture in 20th-Century Germany
Sessions 018, 138, 255
PhD Candidate Kathryn Holihan

Teaching German History in the 21st Century: Challenges and Strategies
Sessions 023, 142, 260
Ariana Orozco (PhD '16)

Weimar Culture Revisited
Sessions 030, 149, 266
Convener: Professor Emerita Kathleen Canning
PhD Candidate Domenic DeSocio
Lecturer II (Stamps School of Art & Design) Susan Funkenstein
PhD Candidate Mary Hennessy

Writing Global Crises: New Approaches to Reading Elfriede Jelinek
Sessions 031, 150, 268
Convener: Teresa Kovacs


034. 1968–2018 (1)
PhD Candidate in History David Spreen
"Decolonizing the West German 1968: Maoism, “Foreign Extremism,” and Political Violence in the Global ’70s"

045. Digital Research and Critical Curation in Black German Studies: Pedagogical Practices (Roundtable cosponsored by the Black Diaspora Studies and Digital Humanities Networks)
Assistant Professor Kira Thurman

047. Frank Lloyd Wright and German Architecture
Associate Professor Claire Zimmerman
"Wright, Kahn, and the Factory"

058. The Beißreflexe Controversy and Its Aftermath: 2017’s Most Thought-Provoking Anthology and Some of Its Major Points of Critique
Moderator: Professor Helmut Puff

092. Dodging and Taking Responsibility for the Nazi Past
Moderator: Assistant Professor Tyler Whitney

109. The Evolution of 20th-Century Philosophy and Aesthetics
Simon Walsh (PhD '14)
"Two Jewish-German Historians, or, Erich Auerbach and Siegfried Kracauer’s Modernist Conception of History"

162. Futures of Catastrophe (1): Disaster, Prophecy, and Messianism in Weimar Political Theology
Commentator: Professor Julia Hell

165. Narrating Defeat after World War I
Commentator: Professor Scott Spector

166. Policing the Borders of the GDR: Transnational and Global Approaches
PhD Candidate in History Johanna Folland
“'Not Even the Highest Wall Can Stop HIV': Sex, the State, and the German-German Border in the Era of AIDS"

173. Sounding Bodies (2): Sounded on the Body (sponsored by the Music and Sound Studies Network)
Moderator: Assistant Professor Kira Thurman

185. Comics Studies (2): Diversity and Inclusion (sponsored by the Comics Studies Network)
Commentator: Elizabeth Nijdam (PhD '17)

186. Envisioning German Encounters with the Other: German Film in the Age of Merkel’s “Wir schaffen das”
Moderator: Professor Johannes von Moltke

190. Memories of the Nazi Era in Fiction and Non-Fiction
Assistant Professor Tyler Whitney
"Literary Histories of Erasure: Sound and Unsound in Heinrich Böll’s Doktor Murkes gesammeltes Schweigen (1955)"

220. Jonathan Hess Memorial Roundtable
Moderator: Professor Scott Spector

229. Representations and Practices of Queer Politics in East and West Germany
PhD Candidate Andrea Rottmann
"Identifying Transgender Subjectivities in Postwar Berlin"

230. State Building as a Cultural Act: Intersections of Bureaucracy with Art and Architectural
Production in German Regimes, 1815–1989
(Alumni Panel of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies)
Commentator: Associate Professor Claire Zimmerman
PhD Candidate Naomi Vaughan
"The Bureaucratic and Photographic Architecture of Nazi Sovereignty: Visualizing State Power in the Neue Reichskanzlei’s “Vorräume der Macht”"

276. Comics Studies (3): German Graphic Medicine (sponsored by the Comics Studies Network)
Moderator: Ariana Orozco (PhD '16)
Elizabeth Nijdam (PhD '17)
"Wie es ist, sich anders darzustellen: Daniela Schreiter’s Schattenspringer and Comics on Autism"

278. East German Trajectories of 1968 beyond the Public Sphere
Moderator: Geoff Eley

302. Critique and Surveillance in the GDR
Emine Seda Kayim
"Articulating “What Remains” through Windows: Surveillance, Subject Formation, and Freedom in Christa Wolf’s 1990 Erzählung Was Bleibt"

306. Futures of Catastrophe (2): Barbarism, Crisis, and Critique from Interwar Germany to Contemporary Politics
Professor Julia Hell
"Empire and Time: Oswald Spengler and Martin Heidegger"

312. Migration, Xenophobia, and the New Racism in Postwar Germany
Commentator: Rita Chin