I’m in Milwaukee to give a paper at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association and to hear what 4000 of my colleagues are working on in their research and teaching endeavors.
Permitting sufficient internet coverage and time, I hope to post intermittent reports about interesting projects on this blog.
Those students currently in German 200, which focuses on Weimar Germany, and in German 340, which looks at Afro-German history and culture, as well as students interested in taking German 351 on the Holocaust (Spring 2013), might be interested in learning that by taking these courses they are exposed to the research and debate of what are arguably some of the most vibrant areas of German Studies research.
Here are just a few examples from the catalog to give you an idea:
Regarding the Afro-German topic, see the talk “Schwarze-Über-Lebens-Kunst: Expressing the Black German Collective in Afrekete.” In connection to Weimar Germany, there are several panels on Weimar film, with more than one paper concentrating on Fritz Lang’s M: “Death in Avuncular Guise: Fritz Lang’s Film M as a Social Barometer”; “Sounds of the City in Emil und die Detektive and M.” And for those interested in memory and discussions of the Holocaust, there is, for instance, “A World Without Jews: Nazi Germany, Representations of the Past, and the Holocaust.”
As I said, these are only a few examples. If you are interested in reading more about the conference, visit the German Studies Association website.