H-Transnational German Studies provides a moderated interdisciplinary network for the discussion of topics relevant to the study of the German diaspora and intercultural transfer between German and non-German societies from the 17th century to the present. H-TGS was formerly H-GAGCS (German-American and German-Canadian Studies). Its archives are available here.

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Society for German-American Studies Symposium, Philadelphia, 20-22 April, 2017

The Society for German-American Studies will hold its 41st Annual symposium in Philadelphia, PA, 20 – 22 April 2017. The theme is “The Protestant Reformation at 500: Its Legacy from Pennsylvania across German America,” but there will also be sessions on other topics. The program is now available on the society's website: http://sgas.org/symposium/

QUERY: Immigrant emotions: happy vs glücklich

Dear Colleagues,

A friend sent me the following quotation from Jacques Lacan’s Ethics of Psychoanalysis:

“I hardly need to remind you of the story of the individual who emigrated from Germany to America and who was asked, ‘Are you happy?’ ‘Oh, yes, I am very happy,’ he answered, ‘I am really very, very happy, aber nicht glücklich!’”

I wasn't familiar with the story. Has anyone actually come across happy but unglücklich Germans abroad? I’m interested in immigrant emotions generally, so similar references would also interest me.


Monique Laney
David Jünger

Jünger on Laney, 'German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past during the Civil Rights Era'

Monique Laney. German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past during the Civil Rights Era. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014. 320 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-300-19803-4.

Reviewed by David Jünger (Free University of Berlin) Published on H-TGS (February, 2017) Commissioned by Alison C. Efford

Vergangenheitsbewältigung in the American South: Confronting Huntsville’s German Past