2024 University of California, Los Angeles

Sixth West Coast Germanists’ Workshop:
Globalizing German History in Research and Teaching

February 23 & 24, 2024

Generously supported by the
Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Conveners: Anna-Carolin Augustin (GHI Washington), Glenn Penny (UCLA), and Isabel Richter (GHI Washington | Pacific Office, Berkeley)

Workshop Location: 6275 Bunche Hall, UCLA


Friday, February 23, 2024


9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Anna-Carolin Augustin, H Glenn Penny, Isabel Richter, and Simone Lässig

Panel 1

9:30- 11 a.m.

Globalizing German history: transoceanic histories

Chair: Simone Lässig, GHI

Eva Baudler, Stanford University:
Names Etched in Candles: Locating Overseas Chinese Within and Without the Trauma of Empire

Adam Blackler, University of Wyoming:
‘For Land and Life’: Outposts of the German Empire after World War I

Thomas Pegelow Kaplan, University of Colorado Boulder:
Global Nazism, Japanese Fascism and the Philippines, 1933-1945


11:00. – 11:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

Roundtable 1

11:30 -12:00 p.m.

thyssen Pre-dissertation fellowships

Chair: Isabel Richter, GHI

Sarah Ernst, USC, grant recipient 2022
Moses Headley, University of California San Diego, grant recipient 2023
Alexia Orengo Green, USC, grant recipient 2022
AJ Solovy, UC Berkeley, 2019
Elissa Watters, USC, grant recipient 2023


12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


Roundtable 2

1:30 -3:30 p.m.

Globalizing German history in Teaching

Chair: Deborah Hertz, UC San Diego

Krista Bailie, University of British Columbia
Dani Kranz, El Colegio de México
Caitlin Murdock, California State University, Long Beach


3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Coffee Break


4:00 -5::30 p.m.

Underwritten by:

Gerda Henkel Stiftung

Degrees of Order, Measures of Freedom: Modern German History and the Challenge of Postmodern Historiography

Lecture by Paul Nolte, FU Berlin

Moderator: H Glenn Penny, UCLA

Against the backdrop of the complexities and multiple crises of our own times, the German trajectory since the Holy Roman Empire might better be conceived as a persistent struggle between regimes of order and measures of freedom. Indeed, the quest to reconcile order and freedom may be seen as a leitmotif of German history, from the liberal 1848ers’ rallying cry for “Freiheit und Ordnung” to the idea of “Ordoliberalismus” on which the Federal Republic was built.


5:30 -6:30 p.m.


630 -8:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Panel 2

9:00- 10:30 a.m.

Globalizing German history: postwar challenges

Chair: Philipp Lenhard, University of California, Berkeley

Annika Frieberg, San Diego State University:
Marching for Peace: the antinuclear movement across Europe in the 1980s

Alexandria Ruble, University of Idaho:
Who’s Accused? West German Women’s Anti-War Activism in the 1950s

AJ Solovy, University of California, Berkeley:
SS Encounters with Jewish Survivors in the Postwar World


10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

Panel 3

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Globalizing German history: migration and forced mobility

Chair: Andrea Orzoff, New Mexico State University

Michael Bunch, University of Colorado, Boulder: Infrastructure of Exclusion: Expellee Integration and the Legacies of the Third Reich

Itzel Toledo Garcia, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo:
Agencia Duems and Knowledge Production of Deutschtum in Latin America and Africa during the 1920s


12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


Panel 4

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Re-thinking the HRE: Entanglements and Ethnicities from the Local to the Global

Chair: David Sabean, UCLA

Carina Johnson, Pitzer College
“Carthage and the White Moor“

Closing Round

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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