Thirty-Eighth Annual GSA Conference: September 18-21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri

We are happy to announce that we will be present at this year’s German Studies Association (GSA) in Kansas City with a panel series on “The GDR’s Third Generation – Between Memory and Every Life” and a panel on “Remembering and Forgetting the German Democratic Republic.” For more information, please see the Tentative Conference Program here.

Please, join us for an informal network meeting to exchange ideas, and ask questions about our work on Saturday, September 20 at 2pm at Cafe Gratitude. The cafe is a 15min walk from the conference hotel 333 Southwest Blvd.

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

April 3-6, 2014, Harrisburg, PA

Thank you for joining us for our event on February 21, 2014 in Baltimore. Our next network meeting will take place on Saturday, April 5th at NeMLA after the panel “Teaching the GDR to Today’s Undergraduates (Session I)” in the Hilton-Lancaster room. For more information on GDR related panels at this convention, please click here

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CFP: The GDR’s Third Generation – Between Memory and Everyday Life

The GDR’s Third Generation – Between Memory and Everyday Life (German Studies Association Conference 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri; September 18-21, 2014)

EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 20, 2014

For the past decade we can observe an increased attempt of Germans born in the late 1970s and early 80s to participate in the reflections of Germany’s socialist past. Their voices, mainly expressed in autobiographies, social media, and via the social movement 3te Generation Ostdeutschland (3rd Generation East Germany), challenge established views on the GDR past, held by former East Germans of older generations, as well as the reunified Germany. Today, third generation East Germans have taken on the role as mediator between generations, between East and West, and between the struggle of forgetting and remembering the GDR’s past.

This panel seeks to bring together diverse scholarly perspectives from various disciplines and countries to discuss how this new generation of Germans utilizes its role to engage in the public debate about cultural memory of the GDR in today’s Germany.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a short biographical note by January 20th, 2014 to Katrin Bahr (kbahr@german.umass.edu) and Jeremy Straughn (jeremy.straughn@westminster-mo.edu). Please include your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and any audio-visual requirements for the presentation. Abstracts and papers can be submitted and given in either English or German.

Please note that all panelists including the commentator and moderator must be registered for the conference by February 15, 2014 in order to attend the conference.