Geoff Eley, Professor:
“Fascism Then and Now.” Distinguished Lecture, Bogazici University, Istanbul, March 18, 2015
“Placing the Holocaust in History: Shifting Perspectives, 1960-2010.” Lecture, University of Missouri, Columbia, March 12, 2015
“The Stakes of Opposing Democracy: Conservative Revolution and the Crisis of Weimar.” Lecture, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, February 10, 2015
“Eric Hobsbawm, History, Politics: A ‘Slight Angle to the Universe,’ Brushing History with the Grain.” Lecture, University of California, Berkeley, February 26, 2015
“Fascism, Politics, and the Spectacle: The Staging of History under the Third Reich,” paper for Workshop on “Visualizing Fascism: Germany/Japan/China.” Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, November 21, 2014
“What Was German Modernity?” Lecture, University of Cincinnati, October 27, 2014
Julia Hell, Professor:
Julia Hell participated in a one-day symposium, entitled Cultural Preservation Today and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in the Department of English at Marquette University, March 27, 2015. Julia Hell’s lecture dealt with Anselm Kiefer’s architectural paintings and the ruins of the Nazi empire.
Julia Hell co-organized a GSA panel with Birgit Dahlke (Humboldt University), the president of the Christa-Wolf-Society, on east/west topographies in (post)GDR literature and the visual arts. Hell will present a paper on the trope of imperial decline and fall in the work of Wolf, Tellkamp, Müller, and Grünbein.
George Steinmetz, Professor:
He also participated in the one-day symposium, entitled “Cultural Preservation Today” and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in the Department of English at Marquette University, on March 27, 2015. As part of the morning session entitled Ruins and the City, Steinmetz discussed his Detroit film.
Johannes von Moltke, Professor:
He presented a talk on “Totalitarian Communication and the Critical Theory of Propaganda” at the annual meeting of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) in Montreal on March 27th.
On March 28th, he delivered a paper on “The Anonymity of Siegfried Kracauer” at a conference entitled “Transatlantic Theory Transfer - Missed Encounters?” at Columbia University, co-sponsored by New German Critique and the Deutsches Literaturachiv Marbach.
Mary Hennessy, Graduate Student:
On March 27, she presented Fassbinder’s Martha and the Female Complaint: Estranging the 1940’s Hollywood “Woman’s Film” at the American Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Meeting in Seattle. It’s part of a panel called “Aesthetic Works, Affective Worlds.”
She also participated in a graduate student conference, Performing Bodies: Gesture, Affect, and Embodiment On Screen, at the University of Chicago on April 18. Her presentation was titled “Performing Paranoia: Margit Carstensen and Social Gestus”.
Elizabeth Nijdam, Graduate Student:
“A Play on a Page: The Comics of PGH Glu¨hende Zukunft and East German Theater Posters,” (Canadian Society for the Study of Comics Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 7-8, 2015).
“Abstracted Autobiography: The Comics of Anke Feuchtenberger,” (Northeast Modern Language Association, Toronto, Canada, April 30-May 3, 2015).
“Comics in the Classroom: Teaching German Language, Culture and History with Comics,” (GSA, Washington, D.C., October 1-4, 2015).
She was also just elected to the Executive Committee for the International Comic Arts Forum.