This roundtable provides an opportunity to exchange old and new ideas from both experienced teachers and advocates of Berlin, as well as from newcomers to the use of Berlin as a teaching tool and source of inspiration. Contributions on “Berlin” as a seminar or lecture topic and as study abroad destination are especially welcome.
Berlin is the most culturally diverse and historically significant city in Germany, an urban background of countless literary testimonials and fictionalizations as well as a creator of its own film genre (“Berlin Movies”) and ad hoc film movement (Berliner Schule). As one of the world’s leading artistic and cultural centers—not to mention its reputation as a club and party mecca—Berlin is also arguably the most exciting German city for young people from all over the world. It comes as no surprise, then, that Berlin is often named a favorite destination for American students of German, as well as students with no background in German studies who are drawn to the city for other reasons. The German capital has thus become a favorite subject in American college classrooms, as well as a prime destination for summer programs, faculty-led trips, and exchange programs.
As German language programs struggle to reinvent themselves and to find new ways to reach out to students, Berlin has become for many educators a sort of gateway drug to the broader study of German language and culture. This roundtable provides an opportunity to exchange old and new ideas from both experienced teachers and advocates of Berlin, as well as from newcomers to the use of Berlin as a teaching tool and source of inspiration. Contributions on “Berlin” as a seminar or lecture topic and as study abroad destination are especially welcome. Although we expect mostly abstracts from a German Studies perspective, travel courses and other courses taught exclusively in English that focus on history, political science, fine arts, or philosophy are also welcome. We also welcome discussions of individual written works or films with regard to their pedagogic potential—be it in the US classroom or in the city itself: from Benjamin’s Berliner Kindheit to Berliner Spaziergänge: Literatur, Archtektur, Film; from Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz to Brussig’s Sonnenallee; from Ruttman’s Berlin - Sinfonie der Großstadt to Tykwer’s Babylon Berlin.
Please contact Thomas Herold at [log in to unmask] or Len Cagle at [log in to unmask] with questions regarding submissions. Abstracts of 150 to 200 words with a short bio may be submitted through the NeMLA website by Sept. 30, 2020 here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18699
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Sean Franzel
Assistant Editor: Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Info available at: https://grs.missouri.edu/german/resources