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Women in German Studies

Programme

*The links for the conference have been sent out via the WIGS-FORUM@JISCMAIL.AC.UK. If you cannot find the links on the forum or are not signed up to the mailing list, please contact Katie Stone K.Stone@warwick.ac.uk.

Thursday 5 November 2020

17:30-19:00 (GMT): Keynote Lecture (open to non-members)
  • Dr Rosemarie Peña (Black German Heritage & Research Association): “Scholarly Activism: The Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA) and Black German Studies in the United States”

Please register separately using this booking form by Tuesday 3rd November. Once registration has closed, you will be sent a link to join the virtual keynote.

Friday 6 November 2020

The conference will take place via MS Teams. All paid-up members are invited to participate. Links for the meetings will be shared on WIGS-FORUM@JISCMAIL.AC.UK in the week before the conference. Please contact K.Stone@warwick.ac.uk if you have any questions.

This year's conference will combine a mixture of traditional "panels" (20-minute papers plus discussion) with more informal "workshops," for which papers have been submitted in advance here. "Workshops" will begin with brief introductions to key ideas and questions, followed by discussion that will be guided by the speakers and "respondents" who have read and engaged with their papers in detail. However, the idea is that all conference attendees can contribute to the workshop discussions, even if they have not read the papers.

12:00-13:30 Postgraduate and ECR Workshop: Finding your Academic Voice

Chair: Katie Stone (Warwick) + Doro Wiese (Warwick)

  • Laurel Plapp (Peter Lang): “A Publisher’s Perspective”
  • Roundtable Discussion and Q&A: Leila Mukhida (Cambridge); Leanne Dawson (Edinburgh); Tara Talwar Windsor (Birmingham); Chantal Sullivan-Thomsett (Leeds); Leila Essa (Trinity College Dublin)
14:00-15:30: Workshop 1: Women and Revolution

All attendees are warmly invited to participate in the workshops. Speakers will be giving shorter introductions to their research and the questions that motivate them to orient participants and steer the discussion. In contrast to a normal panel, the participants will have read each other's work in advance, as will the official respondents in each session. However, the workshops are intended to facilitate free-flowing discussion amongst all who participate. If you would like to look at the papers in advance of the session, they can be viewed here. If you think you might be interested in serving as a respondent for one of the workshops, please get in touch with Katie Stone.

Chairs: Christine Achinger (Warwick) + Chantal Sullivan-Thomsett (Leeds)

  • Alice Christensen (Reading), “In the Perfect Tense: Anneliese Maier’s History of Quality”
  • Corinne Painter (Leeds), “Women in Politics and the Public Sphere: Munich 1918-1923”
  • Aileen Lichtenstein (Glasgow), “‘…kauft Euch anstatt unnöthigen Putz lieber einen guten Revolver’ – German Anarchism and the ‘Woman Question’”

Respondents: Catherine Smale (KCL) + Charlotte Woodford (Cambridge) + Doro Wiese (Warwick)

16:00-17:00: Panel 1: Cultural Institutions in the Cold War

Chairs: Ingrid Sharp (Leeds) + Siobhán Donovan (UCD)

  • Elizabeth Ward (King’s College, London): “‘Showcase of the Free World’: Inter-German Rivalries at the Berlin Film Festival”
  • Sara Jones and Tara Talwar Windsor (Birmingham), “Literature, Knowledge & Secrecy: GDR Writers and Representations of the Stasi”
17:30-18:30: WIGS Social Event

Break-out rooms and bring your own glass! Share what you have been up to since we met in Dublin, swap tips with other WIGGIES, and update each other on what you're going to be working on over the next few years.

Saturday 7 November 2020

The conference will take place via MS Teams. Links for the meetings will be shared on WIGS-FORUM@JISCMAIL.AC.UK in the week before the conference. Please contact K.Stone@warwick.ac.uk if you cannot find the links.

09:00 – 10:30: Online Teaching Workshop and Best Practice Exchange: Roundtable and Discussion

Chairs: Sarah Pogoda (Bangor) + Siobhán Donovan (UCD)

  • Elizabeth Ward (King’s College, London): “Basic Principles for Inclusivity”
  • Hilary Potter (Royal Holloway, London): “Teaching Techniques”
11:00-12:30: Panel 2: Archives and Remembrance

Chairs: Elisabeth Herrmann (Warwick) + Sarah Pogoda (Bangor)

  • Lizzie Stewart (King’s College, London): “Digital Archives and Connective Memory Practices: Engaging Violent Histories of Armenian Life from Location Berlin”
  • Katie Stone (Warwick): “Vergangenheitsbewältigung and Violence Elsewhere: Reading the Nazi Past through the War in Iraq”
  • Meryem Choukri (Warwick), “‘I imagine the archive as a treasure chest’”: Archives and Resistant Knowledge of Black Feminists in Germany”
13:00-14:30: AGM and Prize-Giving
  • Postgraduate Essay Prize & First Book Proposal Prize
15:00-16:00: Panel 3: Interrogating Belonging and Propriety

Chairs: Ingrid Sharp (Leeds) + Katie Stone (Warwick)

  • Anna Hájková (Warwick): “On Gatekeeping: Highlights from the Life of a Heretic Holocaust Historian”
  • Carmel Heeley (Queen Mary, University of London): “German Jews, German Gentiles and the Alps: How Conceptions of Heimat, Bavarian Traditions, and Moral Values defined ‘German’ Belongings and German-Jewish Experience, 1920-1940”
16.30 -17:30: Workshop 2: Crisis and Identity

All attendees are warmly invited to participate in the workshops. Speakers will be giving shorter introductions to their research and the questions that motivate them to orient participants and steer the discussion. In contrast to a normal panel, the participants will have read each other's work in advance, as will the official respondents in each session. However, the workshops are intended to facilitate free-flowing discussion amongst all who participate. If you would like to look at the papers in advance of the session, they can be viewed here. If you think you might be interested in serving as a respondent for one of the workshops, please get in touch with Katie Stone.

Chairs: Catherine Smale (KCL) + Chantal Sullivan-Thomsett (Leeds)

  • Katy Heady (Southampton): “Charlott etwas verrückt and Male Responses to Female Emancipation during the Weimar Republic”
  • Rosie MacLeod (Independent Scholar): “The Significance of Femininity in the Poetry of Gerhard Fritsch”

Respondents: Katie Stone (Warwick) + Linda Shortt (Warwick)

WIGS 32nd Annual Conference

(5-7th November 2020, University of Warwick)

We are excited to announce the programme for the 32nd annual (and first virtual) WIGS conference, which will be hosted by the University of Warwick. To join WIGS or to find out the details of the bank account, please contact Sarah Pogoda.

Due to the online format, the conference will be free to attend for paid-up members. In support of our PG and precarious colleagues, we invite you to make a donation to the WIGS account (please use the word “donation” in the payment reference). This money will go towards supporting future conference attendance, travel grants and emergency hardship funds for PGRs, ECRs, and members on precarious contracts.