Fifth West Coast Germanists’ Workshop: Scholarship-in-Progress

Apr 29, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023

Workshop at University of British Columbia, Vancouver | Conveners: Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) and Richard Wetzell (German Historical Institute Washington)

Conference website

In 2018, the newly founded Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI Washington) to organize a gathering of scholars from universities at the US-American West Coast working in German history and related fields. The aim of the first West Coast Germanists’ Workshop (WCGW) at the University of California, Davis was to strengthen this academic community which is nine time zones away from Europe, and their universities are nowhere near as close to one another as the research institutions on the East Coast. Three subsequent meetings at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2019, at the University of California, Berkeley in 2020 (held virtually) and at the University of California, San Diego had overarching themes and provided room for broader discussions about research trends, pedagogy. 

Call for Papers

We are inviting graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in the Western United States and Western Provinces of Canada who conduct research in German history or German studies to join us at the fifth West Coast Germanists’ Workshop, jointly organized by the German Historical Institute Washington, its Pacific Regional Office in Berkeley, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where the workshop will take place on April 28 & 29, 2023. The workshop will comprise paper presentations, a teaching panel, and informal gatherings to network and exchange ideas. The event seeks to provide a supportiveforum for work-in-progress in the research of German history and culture from the medieval period until today.

We aim to address the predicament of Germanists in the West, our geographic challenges – our distance from Europe and from each other – as well as the opportunities and possibilities for doing German history and German studies in places with abundant resources from German émigrés and thriving German immigrant communities in the arts, business, and technology. We also consider the potential benefits of seeing Germany and Europe from a Pacific perspective.

People interested in attending should use our online portal to register for the workshop by January 31, 2023. Individuals interested in presenting a paper at the workshop should also include a one-paragraph proposal. Please contact Heike Friedman ( if you have problems submitting your information online.

Thanks to the support of the German Historical Institute Washington, the DAAD, and UBC Vancouver, we will be able to subsidize participation in this workshop. Priority will be given to paper presenters, graduate students, and anyone in need of financial assistance.