48th German Historians´ Symposium to take place in Berlin from September, 28th -October, 1st 2010/ 75 subject-specific sections / 3000 participants / Opening ceremony with Chancellor Angela Merkel

Berlin – a grand opening ceremony will start off the 48th German Historians´ Symposium in Berlin`s Congress Centre (BCC) on September, 28th 2010 (Tuesday, 18.30 hours). This year`s motto of the biggest European humanistic congress with 3000 participants will be “Beyond Borders” until October, 1st.


German Historians´ Symposium: Focus on “Borders”. (Photo: birgitH / pixelio.de)

This event will take place in several locations in the German capital, mainly in and around Humboldt University as its official host. During the opening ceremony, Chancellor Angela Merkel (Christian Democrats) and the American ambassador, Philipp D. Murphy will speak to the audience of historians, History educators, specialized journalists, academic students, as well as school students. This symposium has traditionally been organized by the German Historians´ Association (VHD) and the German Association of History Teachers (VGD).

With the motto “Beyond Borders”, historiography is presenting itself on different levels between antiquity and contemporary history: On the one hand, this focus relates to territorial borders which can be crossed by migration processes, changed or leveled through political decisions. Borders can be crossed in the course of invasions, occupations or deportations, after all. On the other hand, borders also have a temporal dimension: This year`s motto is inviting participants to reconsider questions of epochal transitions, caesurae and continuities, the coming into existence and endings of historical narratives and the aspect of generationality. A third issue under discussion will be the characteristic features of borders. What are the rules of inclusion and exclusion? In what way are normative borders determined, borders between conventions, beyond which nonconformity might be located. How are cultural codes bindingly defined as borders, where are the borderlines between the individual and the collective? These and other symbolic borders have not been set a priori but have been negotiated in constantly changing historical situations. Finally, methodological aspects of the subject will be discussed. Recent approaches like post-colonial studies, more recent transnational history or histoire croisée have opened up national borders.

Follow www.historikertag.de/Berlin2010/index.php/programm for a list of the 75 subject-specific sections and special events. You will also find the cultural program, a forum for post-graduates, as well as special events for school students there.

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(Christian Jung/Translation by Sylvia Semmet)