Angela Merkel: The Legacy

Konstantinos D. Karatzas,PhD Announcement
Subject Fields
European History / Studies, German History / Studies, Government and Public Service

Angela Merkel: The Legacy

International Conference
( Zoom sessions:2 days-Virtual platform:5 days)

Thematic Approach
GIRES, the Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship wishes to explore the life and legacy of Angela Merkel, one of the most influential and controversial leaders of the 21st century.

Angela Merkel is Germany’s first female chancellor, the first post-unification leader to have been brought up in the East Germany, and a Protestant in a party (CDU) traditionally dominated by Catholics. She has served as Chancellor for almost 16 years as the Chancellor, second to her mentor’s tenure, the architect of German reunification and Maastricht Treaty, Helmut Kohl. 

We wish to explore Merkel’s role in the formation of the 21st century politics and economy. How a Angela (born Angela Kasner), a daughter of a Lutheran pastor, raised and educated in East Germany climb the ladder of power and become one of the most powerful and influential politicians in the history of Europe? What was her role in the Eurozone economic crisis and how her political decisions influenced European stability, especially after the Syrian refugee crisis? Did Germany benefit and how this shaped modern Germany’s economy, politics and its position as a G7 member?   

We seek to explore the interconnected aspects and decisions that shaped the modern German and European identity and society. Also we wish to re-examine the role of Germany in the global geopolitics under Merkel’s leadership. We hope that the interdisciplinary approaches will reveal the complex yet fascinating career of Angela Merkel and explore how her decisions shaped and/or affected Germany, Europe and the world. 

Proposed Topics
-Merkel: Personal & Professional Transitions: From East to West Germany
-The Rise in German Politics
-Helmut Kohl: the Mentor
-German Elections: Analysis and coalitions
-Germany in Europe
-Germany in the World
-Germany and the Environment: Summits and EU policies
-Germany and Turkey
-Islamic State and the Role of Germany
-Peacekeeping German Forces in Abroad
-Refugee Crisis and German (re)Actions
-Financial Crisis and the German Role
-Greece and Germany: The History of the Eurozone Crisis
-Germany and Russia: The “War” of Energy Power
-Covid Crisis and the German Response
-Angela Merkel’s cabinet: ministers and supporters
-Germany in G20 and G7 Summits
-Foreign Policy: USA, China, Russia
-Germany under Merkel: Social, Economic and other aspects
-German Arms Industry during Merkel

Proposed Formats (Lingua franca: English)
-Individual papers (GIRES will include it in a panel)
-Panels (up to 4 presentations-chaired by one of the presenters or appointed by GIRES)
-Roundtable presentations (chaired by one of the presenters or appointed by GIRES)
-Poster presentations
-Student presentations (one paper presented by up to 3 young scholars)
-Keynote speech (depending on the time availability)
-Pre-recorder presentation (s) (Asynchronous Platform)
-Pre-recorder presentation (s) (Synchronous-live- Sessions: live participation of presenter (s) during the Q&A sessions)

Publication Opportunity 
The Organizing Committee and GIRES Press will publish the most powerful and dynamic presentations of the conference and include them
in a collective volume in the form of short articles and/or long essays. For more information please contact us

Live Sessions & Recording
All speakers are offered up to 30 minutes to present their work. All speakers have the option to have their presentations recorded (during live sessions) in HD quality. The recordings will be uploaded to GIRES media for unlimited access and dissemination.

Asynchronous Options
All participants have the option to have their presentations (video/audio/text) uploaded to our Virtual Platform. All  registered participants will have access to the material for 5 days.

Our proposed topics & formats are not restrictive and we invite additional germane ideas
Due to the restrictions of Corona Crisis our event (for the time being) will take place VIRTUALLY

DATES OF CONFERENCE: 12-13 February 2022 (+5 days Virtual Platform)
FORMAT:Synchronous & Asynchronous 
ACCREDITATION: Official Certificate Issued by GIRES 
SUBMISSIONS: Please submit your proposal electronically via the webpage.

Contact Information

GIRES-Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship (Amsterdam,the Netherlands) 

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