26th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar: German History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2020
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, European History / Studies

The German Historical Institute (GHI) Washington, the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University, and Villa Vigoni – Centro Italo-Tedesco per l’Eccelenza Europea are pleased to announce the 26th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History. The seminar will take place at Villa Vigoni in Loveno di Menaggio, Italy, on May 25-29, 2020. Conveners: Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University), Christiane Liermann Traniello (Villa Vigoni), Corinna Unger (European University Institute, Florence), and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI Washington).

The seminar will bring together junior scholars from Europe and North America who are nearing completion of their doctoral dissertations. We plan to invite up to sixteen doctoral students from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss their dissertation projects. The organizers welcome proposals from doctoral students working on any aspect of the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century German-speaking Central Europe or on topics in European, transnational, comparative or global history that have a signi­ficant German component. For the 2020 seminar we especially invite proposals that connect German and Italian history. Doctoral students working in related fields – including art history, legal history, and the history of science – are also encouraged to apply. The discussions will be based on papers (in German or English) submitted six weeks in advance. The seminar will be conducted bilingually, in German and English; therefore fluency in both languages is a prerequisite. The organizers will cover travel and lodging expenses.

We are now accepting applications from doctoral students whose dissertations are at an advanced stage (that is, in the write-up rather than research stage) but who will be granted their degrees after June 2020. Applications should include: (1) vita, max. 2 pages; (2) dissertation project description, max. 1000 words; (3) provisional table of contents, indicating which chapters have been completed (max. 2 pages), (4) letter of reference from the major dissertation advisor (commenting on progress toward completion and fluency in English and German). Applicants may submit their materials in German or English (preferably in the language in which they are writing their dissertation). The first three documents should be combined into a single PDF and uploaded at https://www.ghi-dc.org/tds-2020 by January 15, 2020. Letters of reference should be emailed to Richard Wetzell at wetzell@ghi-dc.org (preferably as a PDF) by the advisor by the same date. Questions may be directed to Richard Wetzell via email.

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Dr. Richard F. Wetzell
German Historical Institute 
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