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GSA Distinguished Lecture, July 8, 2020, 6-8 P.M.

Konrad H. Jarausch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Embattled Europe: A Progressive Alternative 

The text of the lecture has been published on H-Soz-Kult    

Guest Lecture: Frank Biess, University of California, San Diego, February 5, 2020

Republik der Angst: Eine andere Geschichte der Bundesrepublik 


Hope Harrison, George Washington University,  October 30, 2019

After the Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present

Berlin Program Alumni Panel at the GSA, October 5, 2019

Across the Borders of Text and Nation: Intertextuality and Intermediality in 20th and 21st Century Film, Art, and Exhibition Culture


GSA Distinguished Lecture, July 4, 2019, 6-8 P.M.

Johannes von Moltke, University of Michigan / German Studies Association

The Meme is the Message:  Alt-Right/Neue Rechte and the Political Affordances of Social Media

View the lecture -- Listen to the commentary by Simon Strick -- Read the report by the Press Office

Berlin Program Summer Workshop, June 24-26, 2019



Guest Lecture by Pamela Potter, Professor of German and Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Dec. 6, 2018 

The Ghosts of Denazification in Histories of the Arts. 

Historians Professor David Barclay, Executive Director of the GSA and Max Kade Postdoctoral Fellow Scott Krause, Ph.D.  guided fellows through cold war Berlin on November 24, 2018.

Berlin Program Alumni Panel at the GSA, September 29, 2018 

State Building as a Cultural Act: Intersections of Bureaucracy with
Art and Architectural Production in German Regimes, 1815-1989


Berlin Program Summer Workshop, June 27-29, 2018

Strange Bedfellows / Unexpected Allies

GSA Distinguished Lecture by H. Glenn Penny, June 18, 2018

Kihawahine: German Ethnology and its Histories of the World


Berlin Program Alumni Panel at the GSA in Atlanta, October 2017 organized by René Staedtler

‘The Christian, Democratic Values of the West?’: Humanitarianism and Memory in Postwar Germany


Berlin Program Summer Workshop, June 28-30, 2017

Continuities and Ruptures: Reflections on Crucial Concepts

Report by campus.leben

GSA Distinguished Lecture by Professor Sabine Hake, June 12, 2017 6-8 p.m. followed by a reception

The Proletarian Prometheus

Workshop with Professor Sabine Hake, June 12, 2017, 10-12 a.m.

Becoming Part of German Studies: Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities

Booklaunch: Different Germans, Many Germanies: New Transatlantic Perspectives, February 16, 2017


Berlin Program Summer Workshop, June 23-25, 2016

Becoming TransGerman: Transnational, Transdisciplinary, Transgender, Transhuman


GSA Distinguished Lecture by Professor Irene Kacandes, June 30, 2016

Memory Work for/in the 21st Century


Berlin Program Alumni Roundtable at the GSA, San Diego, September 29 - October 2, 2016 

Refugees, Migrants, Citizens: Germany’s Recurring Complexities of Becoming a Country of Immigration



Lesung und Gespräch, 25.11.2015, 18-20 Uhr, Raum 009, Ehrenbergstr. 26/28

Adriana Altaras liest aus Doitscha - Moderation: Irene Kacandes


Berlin Program Alumni Roundtable at the GSA, Washington, D.C. October 4, 2015 

Writing Histories of Germans Abroad: Approaches and Methodologies to German Sources on Africa and the Middle East


Berlin Program Summer Workshop, June 18-19, 2015, Seminarzentrum Room L 115

Violence, Oppression and Civil Disobedience: From the Cold War Past to the Neoliberal Present

Report   Press

GSA Distinguished Lecture by Professor Joy Calico, June 30, 2015, Seminarzentrum Room L 115

Arnold Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe: Musical Remigration and Holocaust Commemoration

Report   Press


Berlin Program Alumni Panel at the GSA, September 18–21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri

Integration in Theory and Practice, 1960-2010


Berlin Program Summer Workshop, June 19-20, 2014, FU Berlin, Seminarzentrum Room L 115

Virtual Germans

Report   Press

Distinguished Lecture by Professor Suzanne L. Marchand, June 2, 2014 FU Berlin, Seminarzentrum Room L 115

Orientalism and the Classical Tradition in Germany

Report   Press


Berlin Program Alumni Roundtable at the GSA, October 3–6, 2013 in Denver, Colorado

Studying Memory: Methodologies and Tools for Research

Program   Report

Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Dr. David Barclay, July 3, 2013 FU Berlin, Seminarzentrum Room L 115

Old Glory und Berliner Bär. Die USA und West-Berlin 1948–1994

Program    Press

Berlin Program Summer Workshop, June 20-21, 2013, FU Berlin, Seminarzentrum Room L 115

Germany Looks East

Program    Report     Press


Berlin Program Alumni Panel at the GSA, Oct. 4-7, 2012, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A New Era of German Bevölkerungspolitik? Legacies and Myths in German Discourses on Demography

Program     Report

Berlin Program Summer Workshop, June 25, 2012, FU Berlin, Seminarzentrum Room L 115

German Studies Between the Global and the Local

Program        Report


25th Anniversary Alumni Conference

In June 2011, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies celebrated its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary with an alumni conference. Since the program's establishment in 1986 at the Freie Universität Berlin it has supported more than 250 scholars who now teach and research at some of the most influential universities and colleges in the US, Canada and beyond. The conference provided an opportunity for Berlin Program alumni to reconnect with the Freie Universität Berlin and other academic institutions. We wish to thank the DAAD and the Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft for its generous support.

Conference Program - Conference Report - Meet three Berlin Program Alumni

Our cooperation with the German Studies Association (GSA) offers Berlin Program Fellows and Alumni a chance to present their work at the annual GSA Conference to an expert audience. As a multidisciplinary professional association of scholars, the GSA has greatly contributed to generating new knowledge on key social, cultural, and political issues. Each year, one or more Berlin Program Panels and Roundtables at the GSA serve as a site for critical engagement. The panels and roundtables are thematically open; contributions from all disciplines are welcome. Panels and roundtables in recent years have been:

Berlin Program Alumni Panel at the GSA, September 24, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky

Architectures of Berlin

Program   Report


The Visual Arts in Cold War Germany and Beyond

Program    Report


Being and Becoming a Minority in Germany: Immigrant Integration, Political Representation and Minority Rights


Making the GDR: Constructing a Socialist Society in the East After 1945


The Berlin Wall: Ethnographic, Historical, and Literary Analyses


The Shared Intellectual History of Germany and the US before
and after WW II



Colonial Past and Postcolonial Present: Reflecting on Race and Warfare  in German Thought, 1890-2005

Representing Dictatorship: The Third Reich and the GDR


Negotiated Identities: The Struggle to Define German and  Immigrant Identities in the Twentieth Century