DAAD-sponsored Postgraduate Conference, 4-7 May, 2016

“German Pasts – German Futures”

This conference brings together postgraduate scholars from across the UK and Germany to present recent, cutting-edge work on contemporary German-(language) history, culture and society. The scope of the conference is deliberately broad, to encourage dialogue between postgraduates working across different disciplines, and a variety of themes relating to the German-speaking countries. In general terms,however, we are interested in the most recent debates on how the German past is being remembered and memorialised, and – as important – on what kind of future is emerging for the German-speaking countries. We are especially interested in the cultural, political and social consequences and emerging understandings of rapid demographic transformation, German leadership in Europe, the rapidly changing relationship between German-speaking countries and ‘the world’, the impact of recent crises (the EURO and refugee crisis), and in new andemerging national, regional, and local identities.

Dr Hans Kundnani, Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, will present a plenary talk at the conference (title to be confirmed).

Participants will present papers of thirty minutes in either English or German. The conference will begin on the afternoon of 4 May, and conclude on the morning of 7 May. There will be sessions on ‘how to get published’ and ‘how to apply for academic posts’.

All accommodation and meals in Leeds will be covered (free-of-charge). Participants from Germany will also have their flights paid.

We are pleased to welcome as our plenary speaker: Hans Kundnani, German Marshall Fund in Berlin.



A provisional programme is now live! Click here for a PDF of the programme.

DAAD Postgraduate Conference
‘German Pasts – German Futures’
4-7 May 2016

Wednesday, 4 May 2016
REGISTRATION 16:00 – 17:00
Hinsley Hall Conference and Pastoral Centre (www.hinsley-hall.co.uk)

Keynote: 17:00-18:00 (The Margaret Clitherow Room)
Dr. Ingrid Sharp: Commemoration and International Relations: Germany and Britain remember the First World War.

Dinner: 18:00 – 19:00
Hinsley Hall Conference and Pastoral Centre http://www.hinsley-hall.co.uk

Keynote: 19:30 (The Margaret Clitherow Room)
Prof. Paul Cooke: ‘Mit der Kamera durch das Stasi-Gefängnis Bautzen II’. Outreach project with young Germans and British, at Bautzen (http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/screeningeuropeanheritage/workshop- films-now-online/)

Thursday, 5 May 2016
Panel 1: 09:00 – 10:30 / Memory of the Holocaust (The Jeanne Jugan Room) / Panel Chair: Sarah Mc-Evoy
Maria Roca Lizarazu (University of Warwick): “Alles in Scherben, ohne Bezug”? – Towards a Quasi-Crystalline Poetics of Holocaust Remembrance in Eva Menasse’s fiction
Daniela Wegrostek (University of Leeds): The Holocaust: A Human Memory?
Anja Thiele (Europäisches Kolleg Jena): Representations of the Shoah in East German literature

Panel 2: 09:00 – 10:30 / Culture and Literature (1) (The Mary Ward Room) / Panel Chair: Ian Ellison
Mariella Scheer (Humboldt University of Berlin / University of Tübingen): Once More, With Feeling: Literature, Memory, and Emotion
Ellen Pilsworth (University College London): Wars Past and Wars Present in Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Dominic O’Key (University of Leeds): ‘Overtaken by time, by history’: W. G. Sebald, J. M. Coetzee, and the Weight of the Archive

Panel 3: 10:30 – 12:00 / Identity and nationality (1) (The Jeanne Jugan Room) / Panel Chair: Daniela Wegrostek
Daniel Kubiak (Humboldt University of Berlin): Identity and Identification 25 years after Reunification
Christoph Pretzer (University of Cambridge): How the Germans became German – German ethnogenesis from the 9th to the 12th century
Stephan Ehrig (University of Bristol): (Re)-building a new national identity

Panel 4: 10:30 – 12:00 / Culture and Literature (The Mary Ward Room) / Panel Chair: Dominic O’Key
Jade Douglas (University of Leeds): Collective Memory/ies of the Holocaust: educational, political, and societal challenges of remembering the German past from a minority perspective
Lilian Gergely (University of Hull): Robert Schindel
Ian Ellison (University of Leeds): Reading Melancholy in the Future

Keynote: 12:00-13:00 (The Margaret Clitherow Room)
Dr. Caroline Summers: Skipton Diaries. Translating the Diaries of Germans PoWs in Skipton (https://arts.leeds.ac.uk/kriegsgefangen/)

LUNCH: 13:00 – 14:00
Hinsley Hall Conference and Pastoral Centre

Panel 5: 14:00 – 15:30 / Memory and Trauma (The Jeanne Jugan Room) / Panel Chair: Daniela Wegrostek
Hanna Schumacher (University of Warwick): “Hinterrücks packen die-Toten die Lebenden, werfen sie nieder.” – On the interrelation between Past, Present and the U/Dystopian Moment in the Works of Dietmar Dath and Reinhard Jirgl.
Doreen Pastor (University of Bristol): Dark Tourism? Visitor Experiences at German memorial sites

Panel 6: 14:00 – 15:30 / Identity and nationality (2) (The Mary Ward Room) / Panel Chair: Sarah Pogoda
Marina Durnin (University College Cork): Comedic Treatment of the Second World War: German national identity in Rubbeldiekatz (2011)
Hannah Speicher (University of Trier): Eine dystopische Reise entlang der Grenzen deutscher und europäischer Identität Wolfram Lotz‘ Die lächerliche Finsternis
Mark Barnard (University of Leeds): German Relegation and Rememberance of World War One – Prescribed Memory or Changing Commemoration?

BREAK: 15:30 – 16:00 Travel to University of Leeds – The Workshop Theatre (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125107/ workshop_theatre)

“One Amongst Millions” – a performance by RJC Dance on the relevance of the Holocaust for Young Britons today. (http://www.rjcdance.org.uk) (https://www.facebook.com/rjcdanceleedsuni/)

COFFEE BREAK: 17:00 – 17:30 The Workshop Theatre’s Lobby

Conference Dinner: 18:30 Hansa’s Restaurant
Hansas Gujarati Vegetarian Restaurant 72/74 North Street Leeds LS2 7PN (http://hansasrestaurant.com)

Friday 06 May 2016
Careers Session: 09:30-10:30 (The Margaret Clitherow Room)
Prof. Frank Finlay and Prof. Stuart Taberner: Careers session and How to get published

Panel 7: 10:30 – 12:00 / Politics and Society ROOM 1 / Panel Chair: Sebastian Schweer
Marlene Schrijnders (University of Birmingham): From London to Leipzig and back: Goth scenes in the GDR between Endzeit, Weltschmerz and Revolution
Pavlo Shopin (University of Cambridge): The role of the International Parliamentary Scholarship Programme of the German Bundestag
Ali Jones (University of Cambridge): Remembering Violence: Radical Political Struggles After ‘68

Panel 8: 10:30 – 12:00 / Memory and Mass-Media ROOM 2 / Panel Chair: Ann Kinzer
Sarah Mc-Evoy (University College Dublin): ‘Sprachlosigkeit’ and Expressing Reality in Post-Wende Literature
Tim Hoellering (University of Birtish Columbia): Seriously Funny: The Cultural Politics of Serdar Somuncu’s Ethno-Comedy
Francesca Roe (University of Bristol): Feminism, Female Violence and the Far Right: Re-thinking Representations of Violent Women in German Mass Media

Keynote: 12:00-13:00 (The Margaret Clitherow Room)
Dr. Hans Kundnani: The paradoxical continuities of German history

LUNCH: 13:00 – 14:00 Hinsley Hall Conference and Pastoral Centre

Panel 9: 14:00- 15:30 / Memory and Trauma ROOM 1 / Panel Chair: Tim Hoellering
Florian Lehmann (University of Bamberg): Heimat, das erzählte Dispositiv. Vertreibungserinnerung und Flüchtlingskrise bei Ulrike Draesner und Jenny Erpenbeck
Josefin Graef (University of Birmingham): Violence and Inner Unity: What a Narrative Approach to the Nationalsozialistische Untergrund (NSU) can tell us about German Society
Ann Kinzer (University of Kent): Wandering – A European Concept?

Panel 10: 14:00-15:30 / Memory and Politics ROOM 2 / Panel Chair: Lilian Gergely
Jonathan Kaplan (FU-Berlin): Diplomacy under Shadows: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German Democratic Republic and the Nazi Past
Sebastian Schweer: Radikale Reminiszenzen. Linkspolitische Kämpfe während der Bonner Republik in den Romanen „Der schwarze Stern der Tupamaros“ und „Der Eindringling“
Sarah Pogoda (University of Sheffield): “Morgen mehr”. Christoph Schlingensiefs aktionistisches Projekt Deutschlandsuche

BREAK: 15:45 – 16:00
Travel to University of Leeds – The Workshop Theatre

Roger Grunwald: “The Mitzvah Project”  16:30 – 17:45
Presentation by Roger Grunwald: “The Mitzvah Project” – a one-person drama and lecture about Germans of Jewish descent in the Wehrmacht (http://www.themitzvah.org)

Conference Dinner: 18:00 La Besi
211 Clarendon Rd, Leeds LS2 9DT (http://labesi.co.uk/)

Saturday, 7 May 2016
Breakfast and Checkout 08:00-11:00
Hinsley Hall Conference and Pastoral Centre