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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 (

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

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 ( 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 (

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 ( workshop_theatre)

“One Amongst Millions” – a performance by RJC Dance on the relevance of the Holocaust for Young Britons today. ( (

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 (

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 (

Conference Dinner: 18:00 La Besi
211 Clarendon Rd, Leeds LS2 9DT (

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


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