Center for German and European Studies

German-History Lecture Series


Nov 30
Speaker Kathleen Canning (University of Michigan)

Speaker Kathleen Canning (University of Michigan)

States of Exception and Sudden Democracies in 20th Century Germany

On November 30th, Professor Kathleen Canning, Sonya O. Rose Collegiate Professor of History and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, Women’s Studies and German at the University of Michigan, gave a lecture entitled, “States of Exception and Sudden Democracies in 20th Century Germany”, for 20 participants in Moses Hall. Canning began by discussing how populism is often misconstrued as a strengthening of democracy, when in her opinion it delegitimizes institutions and representation in favor of direct, popular rule. Canning then presented a question that guided the rest of the lecture: how are affinities for democracies dismantled?

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Nov 03
Em. Prof. Margaret Anderson

 Professor Emeritus, Margaret Anderson

Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture

On the evening of November 3rd, the Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture took place at the Bancroft Hotel. IES Director Jeroen Dewulf introduced Margaret Anderson, Professor Emeritus in History at UC Berkeley, as the keynote speaker, and she spoke to an audience of over 120 attendees. Anderson’s lecture, entitled “Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story: The Armenian Genocide and the Problem of Humanitarian Intervention,” centralized on the topic of the Armenian Genocide and the overarching question of humanitarian intervention, with a specific focus on the role of US Ambassador Henry Morgenthau.

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Sep 28

Prof. Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University)

Porcelain in the Age of Mass Production

On September 28, Suzanne Marchand, Boyd Professor of European Intellectual History at Louisiana State University, gave a lecture in the CGES lecture series at IES on the cultural and economic history of porcelain in Europe between the 18th and 19th century. Marchand began with an introduction to the historical conditions of the porcelain industry in Europe. She explained how in the 17th century, the Netherlands were the largest importer of Chinese and Japanese porcelains, but that trade was cut with the fall of Ming Dynasty, which engendered an opportunity for domestic producers.

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Sep 14

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and John Deak (Univ. of Notre Dame)

War Unmakes the State: Austria-Hungary’s Internal Wars 1914-18

On September 14, 2017, IES welcomed John Deak from the University of Notre Dame to Moses Hall for a lecture titled “War Unmakes the State: Austria-Hungary’s Internal Wars 1914-18.” This was the inaugural lecture of this semester’s CGES lecture series and was co-sponsored by the IES Austrian Studies Program. Deak’s talk focused largely on the history of state-building, while specifically analyzing the paradigms and problems in the historiography of the Habsburg Empire during World War One. According to Deak, the traditional historiography of the Habsburg Empire during the first World War followed a Hegelian logic; viewing the empire as a sideshow in European history.

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Apr 13

Speaker Molly Loberg (California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo)

Consumer Culture and Street Politics in Berlin

Molly Loberg, Associate Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, gave a lecture on consumer culture and street politics in Berlin between 1914-1945. The lecture centered on the contents of Loberg’s book, The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin, where she cites three important factors to consider when identifying sites of consumption: chronology, space, and perception.

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Mar 14

Speaker Paul Betts (Oxford University)

Eastern Europe and Decolonization during the Cold War

IES’ Center for German and European Studies (CGES) was pleased to welcome Paul Betts, Professor of Modern European History at St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, for a lecture entitled “Red Globalism: The ‘Other’ Europe, Decolonization and African Heritage.” The contents of his lecture comprise part of a four-year project spearheaded by Betts and nine other scholars that focuses on how the fields of anthropology, architecture, and art helped to connect socialist countries in different regions of the world.

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Dec 01
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Prof. Jonathan Wiesen (Southern Illinois University)

The Perception by Nazi Germany of Racial Violence in the US

To conclude its German History Lecture Series for the fall semester, the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at IES welcomed Jonathan Wiesen, Chair of the Department of History at Southern Illinois University. 

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Nov 18
Paul Nolte and Jeroen Dewulf

Paul Nolte (Freie Universität Berlin) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

The Rise of Populism in Europe and the United States

IES welcomed Paul Nolte, Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin and current Visiting Professor at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, for a lecture on the new wave of populism that is currently sweeping Europe and the United States.

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Nov 03
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Celia Applegate (Vanderbilt University)

Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Lecture: Music and Work

For 2016's Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Lecture, IES hosted Celia Applegate of Vanderbilt University at the Bancroft Hotel, where she gave a talk on music’s vital role in shaping the German nation.

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Oct 20
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Rita Chin (Univ. of Michigan) and IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

The Absent Presence of Race in Postwar Germany

IES was pleased to have Prof. Rita Chin of the University of Michigan present on the historical, political, and cultural contexts surrounding the reason why the term Rasse, or race, has been so controversial in German political discourse, unlike in the United States where it is still frequently used.

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