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>Subject: CFP: GSA panel on 'Modern Antisemitism, Liberalism and Nationalism'
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>We would like to invite contributions for a panel on
>'Modern Antisemitism, Liberalism and Nationalism'
>at the German Studies Association Annual 
>Conference, San Diego, 4-7 October 2007
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>This panel will explore the relationship of 
>forms of liberalism and modern antisemitism. One 
>possible point of interest will be the role 
>liberal nationalism played in this 
>constellation, and the consequences these 
>observations might have for the 
>conceptualization of seemingly different types 
>of nationalism (such as 'Eastern' vs. 'Western' 
>nationalism) more generally. The panel 
>organizers invite contributions from various 
>fields, such as history, literature, social or 
>political sciences; all possible perspectives on 
>the difficult relation of liberalism and 
>antisemitism are welcome.
>
>One part of the panel will focus on the ways in 
>which deep-seated ambivalences regarding 
>capitalist modernity have led some liberals to 
>embrace particular forms of anti-Semitism, thus 
>calling into question the widespread view that 
>these two sets of attitudes and political 
>convictions are mutually exclusive. This aspect 
>will be explored with reference to two 19th 
>century case studies, Gustav Freytag and 
>Heinrich von Treitschke. Both authors were 
>'National Liberals', and are widely recognized 
>as having significantly contributed to the 
>growing hegemony of antisemitism in Germany in 
>the second half of the nineteenth century. Both 
>were prominent writers (one a novelist, the 
>other a historian), and political journalists, 
>and editors of significant national-liberal 
>publications (the Grenzboten and the Preussische 
>Jahrbücher). The discourses of each were shaped 
>by a kind of de-dialecticized, liberal 
>Hegelianism, which affirmed the rise of 
>bourgeois society, but was wary of rapid and 
>radical political, economic and social change.
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>Central to the discussion in this part of the 
>panel will be the relation of 'liberal 
>nationalism' to antisemitic critiques of 
>capitalist modernity. It should be noted that 
>the authors under discussion subscribed to a 
>form of what is usually described as 'political' 
>or 'Western' nationalism, a form of nationalism 
>which is still frequently opposed to 'romantic', 
>'ethnic', 'Eastern', or specifically 'German' 
>nationalism in the scholarly literature. This 
>observation challenges the widespread assumption 
>that these supposed 'types' of nationalism are 
>diametrically opposed, since such an assumption 
>is of limited use for describing, let alone 
>explaining liberal antisemitism. Moreover, both 
>examples call into question the notion that 
>specifically modern, secular forms of 
>anti-Semitism necessarily have to be predicated 
>on a developed notion of 'race.'
>
>Further papers could focus on a range of related topics. Examples might be:
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>another representative of forms of liberal 
>antisemitism from this or another national 
>context or period
>an exploration of the tensions between liberalism and antisemitism
>the genealogy of the notion of the 'two types of nationalism'
>Hegel's concept of the nation and its relevance to the history of
>liberalism
>Other suggestions welcome!
>
>For information about this GSA conference, please visit the website:
><http://www.thegsa.org/conferences/2007/index.asp/>http://www.thegsa.org/conferences/2007/index.asp/
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>Suggestions should reach the panel organisers by 9 February 2007 (contact
>details below).
>
>Please share this call with any one who might be interested in contributing.
>
>Best wishes,
>
>Marcel Stoetzler and Christine Achinger
>
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>Dr. Marcel Stoetzler (University of Manchester); 
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>Dr. Christine Achinger (University of Warwick); 
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>Dr. Christine Achinger
>Department of German Studies
>University of Warwick
>Coventry CV4 7AL
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>Tel.: 02476-15 03 88

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