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“Migration, Memory, and Diversity in Germany”

Emory U will host a conference under this title on Sep 22-23. The keynote speaker is Rita Chin, Professor of History, who delivered the Halle German Studies Lecture in 2011.

The detailed conference program is attached, here’s an excerpt from the official conference announcement:

“Since its founding as a nation state, Germany has underscored the cultural differences of its immigrants and minorities in an attempt to construct unity among the majority. Coining “immigrants” as “alien” and a threat to its cultural—and, at times, racial—identity, became a pattern in modern Germany history. In this two day research conference, 11 highly esteemed international scholars will explore how the nation’s identity and historic memory have failed to posit migration and diversity as beneficial elements of a modern society, especially after 1945 when West Germany was strongly “Westernized.” Speakers will examine how the Cold War, separation into two nation states, and coping with its Holocaust past affected Germany’s path to cultural diversity, as well as how the 1990 reunification opened new venues for cultural identity.
*Unless otherwise noted, all presentations will take place in the Jones Room of the Robert W. Woodruff Library.”

For more information, conference registration and parking please go to


About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.


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