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At the Max Kade Institute – Outside the Kaiserreich Symposium October 8-10, 2015

| October 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Outside the Kaiserreich: The German Diaspora in the World War I Era International Symposium, October 8–10, 2015

Organized by the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies and the UW–Madison German Department

Free and Open to the Public, on the University of Wisconsin–Madison Campus

During the era of the “Great War,” many nations had significant numbers of first- or second-generation ethnic Germans living within their borders. Speakers of German could be found in the United States, Russia, Denmark, southern Africa, China, and Latin America. This symposium will look at the complex situations and dynamics of societies with German populations on the periphery or outside the borders of the German Empire in this period of global armed conflict.

Schedule of Events:

October 8, Thursday, 5:00–8:00 pm [University Club]

5:00 Exhibit Opening and Reception
From the Archives of the Max Kade Institute: The German-American Press During the World War I Era

6:00 Keynote Address
Imperial Germany as a Country of Emigration and Immigration, Werner Sollors, Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Research Professor of English, Harvard University

7:00 Reception

October 9, Friday morning [Pyle Center]

9:00 Words of Welcome

9:30–10:15 The German-American Experience in World War I:
A Centennial Assessment, Walter Kamphoefner, Texas A&M University

10:30–11:15 Fissures in the Element: German-American Disunity and the First World War, Cora Lee Kluge, UW–Madison

11:30–12:15 Urban Language Shift and the German Language in Early 20th Century Metro Detroit
Felecia Lucht, Independent Scholar

October 9, Friday afternoon [Pyle Center]

2:00–2:45 Conflicting Loyalties in Wartime: The “Germanness” of British and American Jews during World War I, Sarah Panter, Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz, Germany

3:00–3:45 The Impact of World War I on American Classical Music, Pamela Potter, UW–Madison

4:00–4:45 Enemy Alien Internment in the British Empire during World War I, Stefan Manz, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

October 10, Saturday morning [Pyle Center]

9:30–10:15 Rethinking “National Indifference”: German and Polish Activists in Łódź during the First World War, Winson Chu, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

10:30–11:15 Brothers in Arms but Strangers at Home: Germans in Schleswig-Holstein during and after WWI, Julie Allen, UW–Madison

11:30–12:15 The Immediacy of the Unapproachable: Writings on China by German POWs in East Asia during World War I, Weijia Li, UW–Madison

October 10, Saturday afternoon [Pyle Center]

2:00–2:45 The Martyrs of Alcatraz: A Narrative Account of Hutterite Conscientious Objectors, Duane Stolzfus, Goshen College

3:00–3:45 Pennsylvaniadeutschtum: Pennsylvania Dutch Identity and the World War I Era, Mark Louden, UW–Madison

4:00 Wrap-up Discussion

For abstracts, directions, and other information, contact Antje Petty:

The symposium is the forty-eighth Wisconsin Workshop, an annual interdisciplinary forum in German studies. It is made possible through the generous financial support of the UW–Madison Anonymous Fund, the Jay and Ruth Halls Visiting Scholars Fund, and the UW Lectures Committee*.

It is cosponsored by the Department of History, the Center for European Studies, the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, as well as the Friends of the Max Kade Institute.
Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies
432 East Campus Mall
Madison, WI 53706-1407
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