Conference schedule

Join us for two days exploring the concept of Gemeinschaft across the different fields of German Studies. Please note: All times are BST.

Saturday, 25 July 2020


Conference opening

Welcome address by Ruth Krahe, Director of the DAAD Branch Office London

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Gemeinschaft in the Weimar Republic

Chair: Nayden Tafradzhiyski (University of Aberdeen)

Abby Ralston: The Evolution of the German Woman (King’s College London)

Dieuwe Beersma: Das Reich der Seele – Walther Rathenau’s Cultural Pessimism and Prussian Nationalism (University of Amsterdam)

Gwendoline Choi: Colonial Fantasy in the Everyday Weimar Republic (University of St. Andrew’s)

Noël Placide Agbossou: Beiträge der Kultur zur Gemeinschaftsbildung in der Weimarer Republik (University of Abomey-Calavi)

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Lunch break

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Inclusivity through Gender-Neutral Language

Chairs: Antonia Macauley & Lucia Di Cicco (Durham University)

Tom Pigram: (Un)sexing the German Body: Gender Neutral Verkörperungen in German Romanticism (Balliol College, Oxford University)

Bridget Huggins: Gegenderte Sprache in der Bibel und Gottesbilder der christlichen Gemeinschaft (Durham University)

Antonia Macauley: Die Auswirkungen genderneutraler, non-sexistischer Sprache auf Gemeinschaften (Durham University)

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Refreshment break

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Community in Virtual Spaces

Chair: Lieke Rademakers (University of Amsterdam)

Oliver Lawrie: Schaden virtuelle Gemeinschaften der deutschen Demokratie? (University of Leeds)

Sydney Bennett-Miller: In Which Ways Have Online Communities Offered Support to the Gay Communities in Germany? (Cardiff University) cancelled

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Refreshment break

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Communities during the Holocaust

Chair: Rebecca Litvack (Durham University)

Olga Wesolowska: Das Polen-Denkmal in Berlin – Umstrittenes Erinnern (University of Lodz)

Delyan Yanev: Die Folgen der NS-Justiz – Straftat, Ahndung, Amnestie – Erinnerung an die Opfer und die Wirklichkeit des demokratischen Wiederaufbaus (Durham University)

James Sinclair: Disincentivized Remembrance, Trauma, and the Queer-Historical Latency Period – Memorialization and the Queer Individual (University of British Columbia)

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Sunday, 26 July 2020


Sense of Community in Remembering the GDR (part 1)

Chair: Chris Harris (Durham University)

Job Knobbout: Helmut Kohl’s Role in German Unity and European Integration – ‘Was There a Trade-off Between European Integration and German Unification Between 1985 and 1992?’ (University of Amsterdam)

Renske de Vries: Integrating Artists’ Communities After 1989/90 – The Case of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin (University of Amsterdam)

Carolina Gironés-Fraile: Ostalgie, Ossis und Wessis (Durham University)

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Lunch break

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Sense of Community in Remembering the GDR (part 2)

Chair: Chris Harris (Durham University)

Anna Nadgrodkiewicz: Gemeinschaftsgefühl im Erinnern an die DDR anhand des Filmes Das Leben der Anderen (2005) von Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce)

Toby Shay: How Former East Germans’ Personal Experiences of an Alternative Form of Gemeinschaft, Configured Between 1989 and 1991, Alter the Feeling of Gemeinschaft When Remembering the GDR (University of Hull)

Florian Read: Dissatisfaction in the Neue Bundesländer (University of Leeds)

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Refreshment break

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Reading Group – Exploring Intersections Between Climate Crisis and Sense of Community

Chair: Clarisa Novello (University of Aberdeen)

Sophie Thickett (Durham University),
Deodat d’Almeida (University of Abomey-Calavi),
Stephanie Burrell (King’s College London),
Anna Nadgrodkiewicz (Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce),
Antonia Macauley (Durham University),
and Bridget Huggins (Durham University

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Please note: Where necessary, the Chairs reserve the right to alter the order of presentations within individual time slots. Thank you very much for your understanding.

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