CFP: New Approaches in German-Jewish History, Refugee Studies & Representing German and Jewish Pasts and Presents:

Thirteenth Southeast German Studies Workshop – ASU, Boone, NC, March 2020


 Appalachian State University

March 26-27, 2020, Boone, NC

Deadline: 10/15/2019

Seeing the ongoing need for a forum of scholarly exchange and conversation among German Studies professors and students in the Southeast, the Southeast German Studies Consortium (SEGSC) convened its first workshop in 2008. Since then, annual workshops with up to fifty senior and junior faculty members and students with strong interests in German Studies from Louisiana to Washington, D.C., have been taking place at various universities in the region. Like its predecessors, the Thirteenth SEGSC Workshop in 2020 will revolve around invigorating and collegial discussions of the participants’ short, pre-circulated position papers. The meeting eschews formal panel presentations in favor of more democratic group discussions of these papers. The position papers will address one of the workshop’s three central themes, reflecting subjects that have animated recent scholarship in field. 

The 2020 workshop’s themes are “New Approaches in German-Jewish Studies,” “Refugee and Migration Studies,” and “Public Representations of German and/or German-Jewish History and Culture.” The keynote lecture will be given by Professor Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Zentrum für Antisemitismuforschung, Technical University of Berlin), a renowned scholar of German-Jewish history and author of a number of key books on critical topics in this field, including the definitive study of Jewish life in Königsberg and influential volumes on gender studies in German-Jewish history. For more information, go to

Prospective participants from a broad array of fields (including literature and language, history, cultural and film studies, musicology, and political science) whose work touches on German and German-Jewish Studies from the early modern period to the present day are invited to submit a short paper abstract (150 words) and indicate which of the three themes they wish to address ( Submissions should include name, affiliation, position, and contact details. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2019. Selected workshop participants will be informed by mid-November. These participants are then expected to submit their three-page position papers to the organizers by February 15, 2020. The SEGSC will cover one night’s lodging in Boone and the workshop’s meals. For more information about the conference, or to submit a topic, please email the organizing committee at

The conference’s co-sponsors include Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies; College of Arts and Sciences; Departments of History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Philosophy and Religion as well as the Office of International Education and Development. Additional support is offered by Davidson College’s German Department, Emory University’s History and German Studies Departments, and the German Embassy and German Information Center, Washington, D.C. (for an up-to-date list see


For the 2020 SEGSC Workshop Organizing Committee:

 Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand

Amy Hudnall

Beverly Moser

Jeff Vahlbusch

Kevin Kennedy

Thomas Pegelow Kaplan