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Current Projects

Shifting Constellations: Germany and Global (Dis)Order (Jan. 2019 ‒ Dec. 2020)

This two-year research project, funded by the DAAD's Promoting German Studies in the UK programme, seeks to analyse, from a range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives, how Germany is navigating significant disruptions to the "liberal international order".

Previous projects

Global Crises and What it Means to be German (Jan 2017 - Dec 2017)

Global Crises will bring together the research completed during three previous DAAD-funded IGS research projects - Zeitgeist (2011-2012), Worldviews (2013-2014) and (Not) Made in Germany (2015-2016) - in order to explore the intersections between these different areas of work.

(Not) Made in Germany? Imagining Germany from the Outside (Jan 2015 - Dec 2016)

Through this project the IGS Birmingham will consolidate and expand its role as a primary hub for the support and inspiration of German Studies in the United Kingdom, as well as its reputation as a leading global research centre. Funding is sought to establish a high-profile academic network: (Not) Made in Germany: Imagining Germany from the Outside. The network will bring staff and postgraduate students from German universities and the worldwide DAAD German Studies Centres to the IGS in a series of five research visits focused around the core themes of the project.

The German Past and the Contemporary World: The domestic and foreign politics of memory (Jan 2013 - Dec 2014)

The project aims to examine in detail the interaction beween collective memory, policy elaboration, and the personal remembering of different individuals and social groups. The project will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to consider the continuing impact of 20th-century German history, particularly the legacy of fascist and communist dictatorships, on 21st-century political decision-making.

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