Call for Pariticipants: German Studies Association Conference Seminar on Foreign Military Forces in the Two Germanys since 1944 (San Diego, CA). Application Deadline: January 28, 2016

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September 29, 2016 to October 2, 2016
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, German History / Studies, Military History, Modern European History / Studies, Political Science

Dear Colleagues,

I'd like to call your attention to a seminar on Foreign Military Forces in the Two Germanys from 1944 to the Present that will be organized by Alexander Vazansky and me at the German Studies Association (GSA) annual conference in San Diego, California, September 29-October 2, 2016.  A description from the GSA website follows, and the attached link also includes full information about how to apply.   Applications must be submitted on the GSA website by January 28.  If you have any questions, please contact me or Alex Vazansky directly.  We'd also appreciate it if you forwarded this message to any colleagues working on the subject.


Tom Maulucci

Seminar 7: Foreign Military Forces in Two Germanys, from 1944 to the Present


Thomas Maulucci (American International College),

Alexander Vazansky (University of Nebraska, Lincoln),


Seminar Description:

This seminar takes an interdisciplinary look at the foreign military forces stationed in Germany from 1944 to the present, exploring their political, economic, cultural and social impact. Millions of foreigners have lived in Germany since the mid‐1940s as a result of military deployments. Their interactions with the German population were often amicable but could also cause considerable tension, particularly when they involved military maneuvers or fraternization with local women.

We welcome contributions on the following topics: the economic impact of foreign forces on Germany; the cultural impact of foreign forces on Germany and vice‐versa; East and West German perspectives on foreign troops, including in popular culture and the arts; the overall strategic balance and military strategy in Central Europe during the Cold War; “empire” and the foreign military forces in Germany; military stationing and the question of German sovereignty, including the use of bases for “Out of (NATO) Area” operations; Foreign Forces, the German Peace Movements, and the Second Cold War; relations with local German communities, including tensions caused by military maneuvers, “Tiefflieger,” etc.; terrorist attacks on foreign forces by the RAF, IRA, and others; the impact of basing on the German ecology and landscape; any aspect of the British, French, and other (not US or Soviet) foreign military presence in Germany; comparative studies of two or more of the foreign forces in Germany or of the post‐1944/45 presence with the post‐1918 presence; and the post‐Cold War draw down and its impact on the United Germany.

Seminar Format:

The conveners will ask participants to contribute 8‐10 page essays placing their research in the framework of the topics outlined above. The conveners will circulate the papers four weeks prior to the conference. At the conference the conveners will group the contributions based on their subject matter and develop guiding questions for the daily seminar discussions.

Proposed Size: 12‐15 Participants, 1-5 Silent Auditors


Please use the following link for information about how to apply:


Contact Info: 

Thomas Maulucci (History Department, American International College) and Alexander Vazansky (History Department, University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

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