New Research and Writing in Modern German History

A University of California Workshop
February 27-29, 2004

The workshop will be held in the Regents Room at the Hotel Durant, 2600 Durant Avenue, Berkeley 94704. The conveners are professors Gerald D. Feldman and Christina von Hodenberg.


Friday, February 27

1:00-2:30 p.m. Introduction and Keynote Lecture: William Hagen (UC Davis) on “German History Beyond the Sonderweg: New Grand Narratives? New Narrative Styles?”

Coffee Break
3:00-5:30 p.m. Session I: New Work on Post-1945 Germany (Chaired by James Sheehan of Stanford University)

  • Robert Moeller (UC Irvine), “What Did You Do in the War, Mutti? Courageous Women, Compassionate Commanders, and Stories of the Second World War”
  • Christina von Hodenberg (Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley), “Let’s Make the Sandman a Social Critic: West Germany’s Mass Media in the Long Sixties”
  • Frank Biess (UC San Diego), “The Protracted War: Returning POWs and the Making of East and West German Citizens”
  • Harold Marcuse (UC Santa Barbara), “Bridging the History-Memory Gap: The Role of Age Cohorts in the Historiography of Nazi Germany”


Saturday, February 28

9:00-11:00 p.m. Session II: New Projects on 19th and early 20th Century Germany (Chaired by William Hagen of UC Davis)

  • Mark Cioc (UC Santa Cruz), “The Rhine as a Human Artifact”
  • Ann Goldberg (UC Riverside), “Honor Disputes, Defamation, and the Law in Imperial Germany”
  • Katherine Roper (St. Mary’s College), “Mobilizing Crowds in Weimar Film and Society”

Coffee Break

11:30-1:30 p.m. Session III: Intellectuals and Ideologies (Chaired by Margaret L. Anderson of UC Berkeley)

  • David Luft (UC San Diego), “Intellectual History and the ‘Other’ Germany”
  • Cathryn Carson (UC Berkeley), “Critiques of Scientific Rationality in the Federal Republic”
  • Kenneth D. Barkin (UC Riverside), “W.E.B. Du Bois’ Love Affair with Imperial Germany”

Lunch Break

3:00-5:30 p.m. Session IV: Graduate Student Projects (Chaired by Christina von Hodenberg of UC Berkeley)

  • David Marshall (UC Riverside), “The Presentation of History in Berlin’s Zeughaus, 1953-2003”
  • Edith Sheffer (UC Berkeley), “Bordering East and West: Division and Reunification among Neighbors”
  • Alan Rosenfeld (UC Irvine), “Political Violence and an ‘Excess’ of Women’s Liberation in West Germany, 1970-1977”
  • Benjamin Wurgaft (UC Berkeley), “Mendelssohn, Kant and Maimon on Philosophy and Heresy”


Sunday, February 29

9:30-11:00 p.m. Session V: Graduate Student Projects (Chaired by Gerald D. Feldman of UC Berkeley)

  • Eric Bryden (UC Davis), “Legitimizing Weimar: Republican Political Culture, 1918-1933”
  • Joshua Sternfeld (UCLA), “Echo der Welt: The Social and Cultural Reception of Jazz Music in Late Weimar and Early Nazi Germany, 1928 -1934”

Coffee Break

11:30-12:00 p.m. Concluding Discussion: Where Do We Go From Here?

Sponsored by the DAAD and the Center for German and European Studies at the Institute for European Studies, University of California, Berkeley