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German Area Studies Symposium: "Spaces Re-Membered, Cultures Re-Written"

Spaces Re-Membered, Cultures Re-Written

A Symposium organized by the German Area Studies Program
of Hobart and William Smith Colleges

made possible with generous support from
Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund
NY6 Consortium
Human Rights and Genocide Symposium
German Area Studies Program

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 10:30am-7:30pm

In 2017, the German Area Studies Symposium will sharpen the focus of identity, nation, and culture on notions of space. Cultural topography—which Sigrid Weigel described as “transforming ‘classic’ discourse-historical criticism, like Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978), into a prescriptive conception of another, alternative theory, founded upon the experience of cultural identity no longer equaling national territory” (Weigel 2009, 191)—will aid us in investigating how places and artifacts register and reflect the shifting ground of cultural and identity formation. This theoretical framework gives us the opportunity to pursue questions of identity and culture in times of migration by observing how spaces are re-written as the narratives of the new arrivals coexist, and compete with, traditional narratives; how spaces are re-membered, as this discourse inevitably involves memory and the construction of the past to establish a position in the present in order to chart a path into the future.

>>We encourage all scholars interested in cultural topography to attend.  The keynote address and the film will be of interest to scholars of history, sociology, anthropology, architecture, and fields related to European Studies, just to name a few.  The keynote and student poster session will be in English, and the film will also contain English sutitles.  The faculty seminar will be in German.  We also encourage student participation in the poster session, so feel free to share this opportunity with your students!

10:30-11:15 Light Breakfast, Pick up nametags and folders (Bartlett Theater, Coxe)
11:15-11:30 Opening Remarks (Bartlett Theater, Coxe)
11:30-12:45 Keynote Address with Professor emeritus of German Hinrich C. Seeba (UC Berkeley)
followed by Discussion (Bartlett Theater, Coxe); live-cast
12:45-1:45 Lunch and Student Poster Presentation (Bartlett Theater, Coxe)
1:45-3:00 Seminar (in German) based on pre-circulated materials (Bartlett Theater, Coxe)
3:00-3:30 Coffee and Snack Break (Foyer, Gearan)
3:30-5:30 Film Screening: In der Kurve / In the Curve followed by discussion with possible
attendance via Skype from filmmaker Gabriele Hochleitner (Fish Screening Room,
5:30-5:45 Closing Remarks (Fish Screening Room, Gearan)
6:00-7:30 Dinner (Common Room, Scandling)

>>Please contact Ashwin Manthripragada ( by March 1, 2017 if you and/or your students would like to attend so that we can make the proper arrangements for food.  

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