24th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar

German History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries


May 30 - June 2, 2018
Seminar at GHI West, Berkeley, CA
Conveners: Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University) and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI Washington)

The German Historical Institute (GHI) Washington and the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University are pleased to announce the 24th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History, which will take place at GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI Washington, in Berkeley, California, from May 30 to June 2, 2018. Organizers: Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University) and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI Washington).

The seminar will bring together junior scholars from Europe and North America who are nearing completion of their doctoral dissertations. We plan to invite up to eight doctoral students from each side of the Atlantic to discuss their dissertation projects.  The organizers welcome proposals on any aspect of nineteenth- and twentieth-century German history. Doctoral students working in related fields and disciplines – especially modern Jewish history, art history, legal history, and the history of science – are encouraged to apply, as are students working on comparative projects or on the history of Austria or German-speaking Switzerland. The discussions will be based on papers (in German or English) submitted six weeks in advance. The seminar will be conducted bilingually, in German and English. The organizers will cover travel and lodging expenses.

We are now accepting applications from doctoral students whose dissertations are at an advanced stage (that is, in the write-up rather than research stage) but who will be granted their degrees after June 2018. Applications should include: 

  1. dissertation project description (max. 1000 words),
  2. provisional table of contents, indicating which chapters have been completed (max. 2 pages),
  3. curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages),
  4. letter of reference from the major dissertation advisor (commenting on progress toward completion and foreign language skills). 

 
German-speaking applicants should submit their materials in German; English-speaking applicants in English. The first three documents should be combined in a single PDF file and emailed to Ms. Susanne Fabricius at fabricius@ghi-dc.org by November 15, 2017. Letters of reference should be emailed (preferably in PDF format) directly by the advisor by the same date. Questions may be directed to Richard Wetzell at wetzell@ghi-dc.org