CfP Berlin Program Summer Workshop

CfP: Ninth Berlin Program Summer Workshop: June 30–July 2, 2021 ( Apply by March 17)                                                                                                                                                       


We are, maybe we have always been, “alone together.” And while the challenges of being “alone” and “together” have existed historically in various, often complex ways, the current moment of cultural extremism, of Brexit, of American unilateralism, and of a global pandemic, have given the challenge a new urgency. 

In her last New Year’s address to the nation on December 31, 2020, Chancellor Angela Merkel touched on the need to be “together” and “alone” simultaneously while urging the German public to cooperate with pandemic measures: “To me, this is an expression of what makes it possible to live in a humane society in the first place—consideration of others, awareness of when to show restraint, and a sense that we are part of a larger community.”

But how have we been, how can we continue to be “alone together” without homogenizing diverse voices, ideologies, beliefs, and positions? What dangers, and what opportunities—at home and abroad, real and imagined—has being “alone together” posed and how might it affect Germany and German-speaking communities?

To these ends, the Berlin Program Summer Workshop 2021 seeks proposals from a diverse array of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on what it means to be “alone together” in historical or contemporary terms. The proposals may take a variety of forms: from case studies, literary analyses, and policy examinations to media matters, cultural comparisons, historical considerations, and aesthetic investigations.  Read more

APPLICATION & DEADLINE: Submit one PDF file containing a 250-word abstract, a two-page c.v., and a 150-word bio by March 17, 2021 to bprogram[at]

LOGISTICS: The workshop will be an English language online event free of charge.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE                                                   

  • Dr. Deborah Barton | Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Jeremy DeWaal | University of Exeter
  • Karin Goihl | Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin Program
  • Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson | California College of the Arts
  • Dr. Carol Hager | Bryn Mawr College

 Best wishes from Berlin,

Karin Goihl


Berlin Program for Advanced German and

European Studies I Freie Universität Berlin

tel: +49 30 838 56671

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