Russian Germans on Four Continents

Russian Germans on Four Continents

Anna Flack, Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University of Osnabrück; Hans-Christian Petersen, Federal Institute for the Culture and History of the Germans from Eastern Europe (BKGE), Oldenburg; Jannis Panagiotidis, Research Center for the History of Transformations (RECET), University of Vienna; Jan Musekamp, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh
Vom - Bis
10.11.2021 - 12.10.2021
Anna Flack

The history of Russian Germans is a history of intensive mobility across space and time. In this conference, we want to approach the global history and the global present of this particular group of ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe from an interdisciplinary angle.

Russian Germans on Four Continents

Conference Registration until 10 November 2021, noon CET:

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Conference Program: Russian Germans on Four Continents

Please note: All times are indicated in Central European Time (CET)

17-17.20: Opening speech: Anna Flack, Jan Musekamp, Jannis Panagiotidis, Hans-Christian Petersen

17.20-18.05: Keynote: Aileen Friesen, U Winnipeg: Mennonites in Motion: Mass Migration, Faith, and Belonging

18.05-18.20: Break

18.20-19.35: Panel I: Transnational Networks and Belonging, comment: Gaelle Fisher, IFZ München
Eric J. Schmaltz, Northwestern Oklahoma State U: The Transnational Exchange of Ideas: The Impact of the Ethnic German Dissident and Emigration Movements on Soviet Domestic and Foreign Policy (1972-1987)
Tetiana Havlin, U Siegen: Entrepreneurial Networks of Russian Germans across the Eurasian Space: From a Corner Store to a Transnational Supermarket Chain
Tatjana Schell, independent scholar: Letters from the Homeland: Analyzing Personal Letters to the Russian German Migrants in North America

17-18.25: Panel II: Defining Germanness, comment: Ludmila Isurin, Ohio State U
Hans-Christian Petersen, IMIS Osnabrück/BKGE Oldenburg: Transatlantic Diaspora Activism and völkisch Heritage: Karl Stumpp and the Russian Germans
Concha Maria Höfler, Nottingham Trent U: „Sie wolle, mir solle da bleibe“: How Germany determines what “being German” means in the post-Soviet space
Irina Gewinner, U Luxembourg: All shades of white: equality and cultural assimilation of Russian-speaking migrants in Germany
Alicia Cipria, U Alabama: Volga Germans in Entre Ríos, Argentina: language maintenance and shift

18.25-18.40: Break

18.40-19.55: Panel III: Mobility and Immobility, comment: Tim Buchen, TU Dresden
Jan Musekamp, U Pittsburgh: In the Eye of the Ethnonational Storm: Volhynia’s German-Speakers on the Move
J. Otto Pohl, independent scholar: The Deportation of Russian Germans to Kazakhstan in 1941 and their Subsequent Fate
Lucas Löff-Machado, Catholic U Eichstätt: „Ich weiss ja nicht von wo das herkomme, dass sie uns Deutsch Russen nenne“: Negotiating Norms in the former Colony Guarany, Rio Grande do Sul

19.55-20.10: Break

20.10-20.40: Lena Wolf, Presentation: graphic novel: May The Universe Be Your Home! A Russian German Story.

Afterwards: Networking and Food

17-18.15: Panel IV: Memory Cultures: Making Sense of Ethnicity, comment: John Swanson, U Tennessee at Chattanooga
Matthias Kaltenbrunner, U Vienna/Harvard U: Conscientious Objectors: Narrating the Mennonite WW II Experience
Anna Kozlova, Carleton U: Multiple Migrations in a Transnational World. Oral History Narratives of Russian-German Migrants in Manitoba
James Casteel, Carleton U: Russian-German Migrant Memories Beyond Ethnonational Frames

18.15-18.30: Break

18.30-19.00: Closing remarks and publication plans: Anna Flack and Jannis Panagiotidis

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