[MGSA-L] Fwd: CFP Greek-German intersections from the German Empire to the Vermacht invasion of Greece

June Samaras kalamosbooks at gmail.com
Thu Oct 31 14:06:53 PDT 2019


   - Call for Papers: "Greek-German Crossings from the German Empire to the
   Vermacht Invasion of Greece (1871-1941)" (Deadline: 31 December 2019)

News 23.10.2019

Call for Papers

The Modern Greek Center <https://www.cemog.fu-berlin.de/el/index.html>  (CeMoG)
the FU-Berlin organizes in cooperation with the Greek-German Relations
Department <http://emes.pspa.uoa.gr/> (EMP) of Athens conference on
of the German Empire to the invasion of the Wehrmacht in Greece (1871-1941)" ,
which will was held in Athens on April 1-4, 2020.
The frame

The conference takes place in the context of the development of the  *Epitome
of Greek-German Crosses
<https://www.cemog.fu-berlin.de/el/compendium/index.html>* . Epitome is a
bi-lingual, free-access digital reference project that will provide a wide
audience with reliable information on the historical, cultural and
scientific intersections between the German-speaking and the Greek-speaking
space from the 18th century to the present. Our choice in favor of a
plurality of intersecting stories is not only reflected in the program's
interdisciplinary work, which covers the entire social and humanities
sciences, but is additionally embedded in its own architecture. Historical
essays are thus divided into three types that contain them micro-stories
(Mikrogeschichten), macro-processes (Makrovorgänge) and metanarratives
<https://www.cemog.fu-berlin.de/el/compendium/projekt/index.html> . These
are three distinct perspectives on the historical raw material, which allow
to highlight the different factors that are intertwined in the individual
moments and summed up in the common and multiperspective Greek-German

With the conference "Greek-German Crossings from the German Empire to the
Vermacht Invasion of Greece (1871–1941 ) " we continue the series of
conferences planned for the writing of historical essays in the context of
the development of the Epitome, in order to systematize for a wider public
sphere. expert knowledge but also to find out what is still unknown or
controversial and to orient the research there in the future.
The conference

The extremely difficult transnational relations between Greece and Germany,
sealed by the events of 1915-1917 and extremely dramatic with the
Occupation of 1941-1945, did not prevent the continuation of contacts and
exchanges of crucial importance. Throughout German history from the
Franco-Prussian War to World War II the fantastic use of socially and
politically constructed ideals of German education with reference to
Ancient Greecehas been persistently projected in modern Greece. The disease
of the educated Germans for the cradle of those elements that determined
their personal and social identity remained undiminished. At the same time,
the Greeks who sought social status through education were largely
influenced by the Germans (though not only) in the way they viewed

This German lead was the basis for crossings between Greece and Germany
that cannot be exclusively tied to political and economic processes. Although
the latter are an important factor in the formation of Greek-German
relations, they are complemented and in many cases complemented by the
reference of educated and mobile Greek middle classes to German education
to a much greater extent than to French, British or Italian. education that
existed until the middle of the 19th century or will be decisive after
1945. The ways in which Greece is a reference point for Germans and Germany
for Greeks contribute to the constitution long-term impacts on attitudes
and practices . They also help to alleviate or even overcome the
hostilities that are fostered in the context of international political
conflict. Imperial Germany's cultural policy and scholarships , mainly
after the late 19th century, contribute to the continuation of ties that
had their origins in the period of Otto's reign. Studies in Germany do not
lose their significance even after the traumatic experiences of World War
II. At the same time , economic relations are the basis for the transfer of
both technological and consumer standards . And of course the Greek
architectsalways follow developments with a look at the new German
currents. In the 19th century they learned to prefer neoclassicism, while
in the interwar period they adapted very quickly to the morphological and
animalistic patterns of German modernism. Similar developments have been
observed in the literature with the controversies surrounding the
'northernerity' of the younger generation, in the visual arts and music,
but also in the field of social and legal sciences . Even in the
fields of medicine
and science the references to Germany cannot be considered insignificant. Also
the ecclesiastical things in Greece are influenced by theological processes
of the German-speaking space.

Many of these aspects of the Greek-German intersections have not been
sufficiently studied. However, we know quite a bit about the interwar
period, but in many areas much less about the period that coincided with
the first thirty years of the unified German Empire . What also has not
caught researchers' attention is the transformation of Greek relations with
the wider German-speaking space as a result of its radical post-1871
reconstruction policy and the end of tragic German political history.

The purpose of the conference is to systematize knowledge of relevant
historical developments as well as to reveal new areas of research with
original contributions (Mikrogeschichten / micro-histories, Makrovorgänge /
macroscopic procedures, and metanarrative / post-narrative use) that will
be used in primary narratives. sources and will be published in the *Epitome
of Greek-German Crosses* .
Important dates for the conference

Submissions proposals (about 500 words abstract) , to be discussed at the
conference, will be sent by 31 December 2019 to z.stoikou at fu-berlin.de .

   - Information on accepting / rejecting conference attendance: 31 January
   - Deadline for submitting the essays to be discussed at the conference:  20
   March 2020
   - Conference: April 1-4, 2020

The conference languages are Greek and German.

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