IGS plays host to leading international scholars

During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Institute of German Studies (IGS) has played host to a series of Visiting Scholars, all leading international scholars in the field of German Studies. These visiting researchers have joined us from the various "sister" institutes for research on contemporary Germany, all part of the global alliance of research centres which receive support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

This programme has produced a number of wider benefits to the IGS, the Department and to colleagues within the College. The Visiting Scholars who have joined us all have core research interests which intersect with those of academic researchers within the Department of Political Science, and within the College of Social Sciences more broadly – for instance European political economy, transatlantic relations, social and political thought. The research visits have thus facilitated the establishment of new linkages between researchers, and have opened up scope for future research synergies to be explored.

During their time in Birmingham, each visiting scholar has held a Masterclass with our students, along with a workshop with invited guests from other British Universities. We are extremely grateful to the four researchers who have joined us under this programme in 2009-2010:

  • Professor Laurence McFalls , Université de Montréal, Canada
    Workshop: "Max Weber: A Century of Productive (Mis) Readings. Impacts beyond Germany"
    Discussant: Dr. Keith Tribe, University of Sussex
  • Professor Kurt Hübner, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Workshop: "European responses to the global financial crisis. Comparative perspectives"
    Discussant: David Marsh, London and Oxford Group
  • Dr Eric Langenbacher, Georgetown University, USA
    Workshop: "Collective and historical memory in German Studies"
    Discussant: Hans Kundnani, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Professor Bev Crawford, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    Workshop: "The Normative Power of a Normal State: Power and Revolutionary Vision in Germany’s Post-Wall Foreign Policy"
    Discussant: Professor Simon Bulmer, University of Sheffield

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