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GERMAN-CFP-L August 2004

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CFP:Cities of Memory: Urban Space and the Nazi Past

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Karen Eng <[log in to unmask]>

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German Studies CFP Forum <[log in to unmask]>

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>From: Gavriel Rosenfeld <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP:Cities of Memory: Urban Space and the Nazi Past
>Date: 13 August 2004
>
>Call for Papers
>
>Cities of Memory:
>Urban Space and the Nazi Past in Postwar Germany
>
>Gavriel Rosenfeld and Paul Jaskot, Editors
>
>We are seeking abstracts and manuscripts for a book on the Nazi past¼s
>impact on the postwar physical and social development of German cities.  For
>all of the recent scholarship on the German people¼s struggle to come to
>terms with the Nazi experience (Vergangenheitsbew”ltigung), and despite the
>considerable scholarship on the specific case of Berlin, we still know very
>little about how the confrontation with the Nazi past has been pursued in,
>or shaped the physical development of, most German cities since 1945. This
>volume aims to rectify this situation by assembling a wide range of essays
>exploring how diverse German cities beyond Berlin have wrestled with the
>Nazi legacy.
>
>Working from Maurice Halbwachs¼s contention that memories are always rooted
>in spatial frameworks and David Harvey¼s careful work on the spatialization
>of political economy, we aim to show how the confrontation with the Nazi
>legacy during the postwar period found wide expression in debates over
>architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, monuments, and other
>features of the German urban environment. We welcome contributions that
>utilize methodologies from diverse academic fields -- whether history,
>geography, art and architectural history, and cultural studies -- that help
>shed light on our primary focus: how the struggle over remembering and
>memorializing the Nazi era has shaped the form of the urban environment, how
>the urban environment, in turn, stands as a physical expression of memory,
>and how ideological and political debates concerning the National Socialist
>past have been functionally instrumentalized through built forms.  In
>exploring this question, we intend to analyze not only the visual form of
>German cities, but the role played by their inhabitants in shaping them.  We
>aim, in short, to combine aesthetic analysis with a focus on agency.  Our
>ultimate goal is to complicate the discussion of the Germans¼ confrontation
>with the Nazi past by moving from a singular focus on the national level
>toward the more local, urban level, in the hope of shedding new light upon
>the dynamics of remembrance in the postwar period.
>
>Among the many specific questions that we aim to explore are:
>
>…     How did different German cities respond to the Nazi legacy after 1945?
>To what extent did they attempt to evade or confront it? To what degree did
>the nature of a given city or town¼s experience during the Nazi era
>determine its ability to wrestle with its legacy after 1945?
>…     How did German cities¼ strategies of dealing with the Nazi past
>(whether evasion or confrontation) physically shape their urban
>environments? How did Germans attempt to instrumentalize specific spaces,
>memorials and unmarked sites related to the Nazi past?
>…     How has the treatment of „perpetrator sites¾ differed from that of
>„victim sites?¾
>…     Has the German response to specific sites typically been decided from
>the top down, by political officials, or from the bottom up by ordinary
>citizens?
>…     What conflicts have erupted over specific sites of memory? How have
>conflicts over memory manifested themselves differently in architecture,
>urban planning, historic preservation, and monuments?  Has the ability of
>German cities to deal with the Nazi past become easier or more difficult
>over the course of the postwar era?
>…     How have cities responded to or reacted against the model of Berlin as
>the dominant focus of remembrance? Is there a comparative urban or
>architectural relationship between specific city projects and those in
>Berlin?
>…     How has the built environment been used in terms of the changing
>significance of debates around the Holocaust and National Socialism? Is
>there a chronology or developing historical philosophy for specific postwar
>urban geographies?
>…     Have specific architects or urban planners been particular associated
>with the project of remembrance in cities outside of Berlin? Is there a
>local aesthetic or professional debate that makes the agency of these
>architects or planners more evident?
>…     Finally, can we generalize whatsoever about specific cities¼ „success¾
>or „failure¾ in coming to terms with the Nazi era?  If so, which cities have
>distinguished themselves as the best examples of one trend or the other?
>
>Our goal is to assemble ten to twelve papers for this volume that cover a
>representative sample of cities and towns across Germany (both West and
>East) over the course of the postwar period.  Final submissions should be
>20-25 double-spaced pages (5,000-7,000 words). Maps, photographs, and other
>visual material are welcome.
>
>We intend to have the manuscript ready for publication by 2006.  We are
>currently in discussions with various publishers who have expressed interest
>in our volume.   Once we have assembled the contributors and a complete set
>of abstracts we will finalize the contract.
>
>If you are interest in submitting a proposal to the volume, please contact
>us by the following dates:
>
>          October 1, 2004, Title and abstract of proposed paper
>          September 1, 2005, Completed Manuscript
>
>For more information, please contact the editors at:
>
>[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>(Department of History, Fairfield University, USA) or [log in to unmask]
><mailto:[log in to unmask]>  (Department of Art History, DePaul University,
>USA).


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