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Sixth Berlin Program Summer Workshop: June 28 – June 30, 2017

Continuities and Ruptures: Reflections on Crucial Concepts
Call for Papers (due February 15, 2017)

Contention over moments of ‘continuity’ and ‘rupture’ have fundamentally shaped scholarly debates not only in German Studies but also in a range of other national historiographies and fields of inquiry. Establishing narratives of developments have made these concepts indispensable to scholarly analysis. In history, for example, both terms have proven essential given the need for periodization. At the same time, they have also often proved problematic in capturing both complex interactions of ‘strands’ of continuity and rupture and processes of more evolutionary change. This workshop seeks to advance critical reflection on these concepts, their usefulness and potential limits as narrative devices in a broad array of disciplines that intersect with German Studies, including Anthropology, Art History, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology. Examples of suitable topics include, but are by no means limited to work that reflect on:

  • Questions of periodization
  • Themes of continuity and rupture in literature and literary movements
  • Questions of continuity and rupture of pre- and post-war histories with the period of the Third Reich
  • Use of continuity and rupture as narrative devices/nuanced uses of the term
  • Continuity and rupture in political and social movements, both within Germany and comparatively
  • Continuity and rupture in the structuring of national and international institutions

FORMAT: The event serves as a forum for Berlin Program fellows and alumni, but invites participation of all other scholars. During the workshop, scholars will present for ten minutes on papers that participants will have read prior to the beginning of the workshop. A substantial period of time will be reserved at the end of the panels for discussion of the papers.

APPLICATION & DEADLINE: Please submit a 250-word abstract and a two-page CV by February 15, 2017 to bprogram@zedat.fu-berlin.de

REQUIREMENTS: Presenters are required to submit a 25-page paper or an existing publication of similar length and a one-page bio for circulation to workshop participants by (deadline). All workshop participants are asked to read these submissions prior to the workshop. A selection of two or three optional background readings may also be circulated.

SUGGESTIONS FOR BACKGROUND READINGS: Presenters will be invited to suggest one text (max. 25 pages) for the optional background reading list.

WORKSHOP TIMELINE

February 15: Deadline abstract (250 words) and two-page CV
March 15: Notification of acceptance or rejection emailed
April 15: Circulation of our preliminary program and general readings
May 31: Deadline for full-length essays (max. 25 pages) and bio (one page max)
Early June: Essays distributed to workshop participants

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Dr. Deborah Barton | Glasgow University
Dr. Jeremy DeWaal | Freie Universität Berlin
Karin Goihl | Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin Program
Dr. Thomas Haakenson | California College of the Arts
Dr. Carol Hager | Bryn Mawr College

Berlin Program

The German Studies Association has representatives involved in the selection process of this important program, which is open to GSA and non-GSA members. The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin and is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-18th century. The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals, permanent or long-term residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students at a North American university who have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years.

For more information, please visit the Berlin Program's website.

Eligibility and Terms

The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals, permanent and long-term residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students enrolled at a North American university who have completed all coursework required for the Ph.D. and must have achieved ABD (all but dissertation) status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years. The Berlin Program is a residential program and provides between ten and twelve months of research support.

News: Additional Postdoc Fellowships funded by the Max Kade Foundation

We are happy to announce that the German Studies Association has secured funding for two additional postdoc researchers for our program from the Max Kade Foundation. The fellowship offers a stipend of $20,000 for a research stay in Berlin between ten to twelve months. The support covers living and travel expenses. Eligible are U.S. citizens who have received their doctorates in the last two calendar years. All applicants must submit an application to the Berlin Program and will be considered in the same applicant pool.

Academic Profile

The program offers a stimulating academic environment that combines excellent research opportunities at one of Germany’s most distinguished research universities with intellectual and cultural interaction. Our colloquium - run by distinguished scholars each semester - serves as a central meeting point for all fellows to share, discuss and support each other’s work. Essential to the program’s mission is our close cooperation with our North American partner, the German Studies Association – the largest professional association of scholars focused on German, Austrian, and Swiss history, literature, culture studies, political science, and economics. Each year, our Summer Workshop and the GSA Distinguished Lecture at the Freie Universität Berlin as well as our Alumni Panel at the GSA Annual Conference in the U.S. provide a forum for scholarly exchange and seek to strengthen ties between fellows, alumni and the academic community in Berlin and beyond.

Institutional Structure

The Berlin Program is based at the Freie Universität Berlin, one of the nation's leading research universities and two-time winner in the national competition for excellence in higher education. The program is funded and administered in close cooperation with our North American partner, the GSA. Fellows will be enrolled at the Freie Universität and will enjoy all privileges and services. Through our multidisciplinary advisory committee of professors fellows have access to a unique network of experts and institutions in one of the densest and most innovative academic regions in Europe.

Application Receipt Deadline: December 1
Submissions will be accepted as of November 1


For further information, visit our website at
http://www.fu-berlin.de/bprogram or send an email to bprogram@zedat.fu-berlin.de