Cornell University

Re-Imagining the Discipline: German Studies, the Humanities, and the University

Friday, September 13, 2019

A.D. White house

A Conference of the Institute for German Cultural Studies (IGCS)
Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14, 2019

The conference will examine the disciplinary and institutional contexts that make up Anglo-American German Studies in our day. The field has since the 1970s developed a unique profile as an umbrella term for interdisciplinary endeavors that have driven critical conversations informed by the German intellectual tradition, helping frame momentous trends that in the last decades have reshaped humanities studies and the institution of the university in North America. This historical trajectory makes German Studies an optimal lens for appraising the state of the humanities in the current landscape of higher-education, as they meet the challenges and seize the opportunities created by profound changes in the structure and funding of the university; the technological and institutional developments that have reshaped the ways we teach and conduct research; the diversification and stratification of our student population; and the shrinking support for public education displayed by politicians and the public at large.

For information, please contact Patrizia C. McBride ( or Paul Fleming (

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