Call for Papers: West Coast Germanists' Workshop

Bewerbungsschluss: 31. Januar 2018

March 17-18, 2018
Conference at UC Davis
Edward Ross Dickinson UC Davis), Paul Lerner (USC), Ulli Strasser (UC San Diego), Andrea Westermann (GHI-West)

The first West Coast Germanists' Workshop seeks to discuss research, historiographical trends, professional developments, and German history and culture generally. Invited are historians of Germany and scholars of German literature and culture from around the West. Graduate students are welcome as well.

Rather than focus on a particular theme or themes, or adopt the usual conference panel format, we would like to try to generate a more free-form discussion.  We will ask each attendee to submit at least two weeks in advance (by March 3) a 5-10 page white paper addressing how her current research project speaks to issues of historiographic/methodological concern in German/European history/studies. These submissions will be made available to all attendees.  

We would like define these 'white paper' contributions broadly; they might include for example a comment on broad historiographical trends and developments, a summary of the implications of findings in an ongoing research project, discussion of a particular problem of translation or method, or an interpretive comment on a particular source/excerpt from a source. Whatever their form, these contributions need not be polished publishable or pre-publication work--we are hoping rather for short, informal 'thought-pieces' as a foundation for open-ended discussion.

The conference organizers will sort these white papers into two sessions, and at the workshop we will hold an open discussion of common themes in the papers.  For each session there will be two commentators/moderators, who will focus the discussion around appropriate themes and raise questions of potential interest.

The workshop is supported by GHI-West, the Max Kade Center for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies at USC, the Davis Humanities Institute, the UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences, and the German Studies Department at UC Davis. We have limited funding available to subsidize travel costs; those funds will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis, proportional to cost of travel from your location.

If you are interested in attending, please send an email message with your proposed topic by January 31, 2018 to Edward Dickinson, at erdickinson(at)