Queen Mary University, 10-11 November 2010

You can download the brochure here.

This international conference aims to make a major contribution to the study of nationalism and anti-Semitism in an English-language and German context between 1871 and 1945. The event will be a major step forward in encouraging interdisciplinary exchange between scholars working in the fields of discourse analysis, political science and historiography. The conference will also provide an opportunity to found an international Historical Discourse Working Group. This interdisciplinary study network will continue to meet regularly after the conference.

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University) and Prof. Andreas Musolff (University of East Anglia).

Conference Co-ordinators: Professor Felicity Rash, Dr Geraldine Horan, Dr Daniel Wildmann and Dr Stefan Baumgarten, in association with the Leo Baeck Institute (London) and the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (Queen Mary, University of London).

Contact Info:

Dr Stefan Baumgarten
Queen Mary, University of London
School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
327 Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Tel.: 0044-(0)20-7882-5284
Mobile: 0044-(0)7506-120815



Wednesday, a.m. – 10th November 2010


Professor Felicity Rash; Dr Daniel Wildmann


10:30: Jan Vermeiren (University College London): Germania Irredenta: The Place of Großdeutschland in Weimar Nationalism

11:00: Helen Roche (University of Cambridge): “In Sparta fühlte ich mich wie in einer deutschen Stadt” (Goebbels): The Leaders of the Third Reich and the Spartan Nationalist Paradigm

11:30: Stefanie Schrader (Freie Universität Berlin): “German, Völkisch and Free” – The Deutschvölkische Freiheitspartei and the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic

12:00: Simone Borgstede (Universität Lüneburg): Dr. Ernst Henrici – Just a “Well-known Arsonist” of the German Kaiserreich or Foreman in the Production of an Aryan Volksgemeinschaft?


10:30: Christopher König (University of Kampen, Netherlands): Arthur Bonus: A Religious Author between Liberal Protestantism and Radical Nationalism

11:00: Daniel Siemens (Universität Bielefeld): Religious Ideas and Nationalistic Propaganda: The War Sermons of Ludwig Wessel and German Political Culture 1914-1934

11:30: Isabelle Engelhardt (Universität Düsseldorf): A Political Catholic View: Discourses on “the Jew Question” and “Deutschtum” in the Daily Paper Germania 1918-1933

12:00: Diana Jane Beech (University of Cambridge): Landesbischöfe Marahrens, Meiser and Wurm and the Impact of the Judenfrage on the German Protestant Church


Wednesday, p.m. – 10th November 2010


1:30: Stefan Hüpping (Universität Osnabrück): “An Issue of Antisemitism” – Adolf Bartels vs. Friedrich v. Oppeln-Bronikowski

2:00: Matthew Fitzpatrick (Flinders University, Australia): A Jewish Question? The Expulsion of Non-Germans from Prussia, 1881-1886

2:30: Brian Crim (Lynchburg College, Virginia): The Case for “Situational Antisemitism”: Antisemitic Discourse and the German Paramilitary Community, 1919-1933

3:00: Anja Lobenstein-Reichmann (Universität Trier): Houston Stewart Chamberlain and Hitler’s Chief Ideologue, Alfred Rosenberg: Two Cornerstones of the Racial Discourse of the 20th Century


1:30: Lara Day (University of Edinburgh): Writing German Identity on the Landscape: Paul Schultze-Naumburg’s Die Entstellung unseres Landes

2:00: Tracey Reimann-Dawe (Durham University): Anglo-German Tensions on African Soil and the Rise of German Nationalism during the German Colonial Era

2:30: Elaine Martin (National University of Ireland Maynooth): “Colonial Fantasies” in Interwar German Literature

3:00: Tamara Gella (Orel State University, Russia): National and Colonial Ideas in English Liberals’ Political Discourse of the Late 19th Century

3:30: COFFEE / TEA


4:00: Nicolas Bechter (Universität Wien): Anti-Semitism and Romantic Anti-Capitalism in the Austrian Parliament between 1870-1914

4:30: Christine Achinger (University of Warwick) & Marcel Stoetzler (The University of Manchester): The Convergence of ‘Civic’ and ‘Ethnic’ Nationalism in Liberal Antisemitism: The Cases of Freytag and Treitschke

5:00: Michael Carter-Sinclair (King’s College London): Antisemitism and German Nationalism in Vienna: The Long Period to 1938

5:30: Christopher Hutton (The University of Hong Kong): Race Theory as a Critique of Nationalism in the Context of European Anti-Semitism


4:00: Jens-Uwe Guettel (The Pennsylvania State University): “How Petty do the Romans’ Creations Appear Compared to the Global Achievements of the Anglo-Saxons”: England in German Nationalist and Expansionist Discourse, 1871-1914

4:30: Mara Degnan-Rojeski (Dickinson College, Pennsylvania): From Nationalism to National Socialism: The English-language Propaganda of the Deutscher Fichte Bund

5:00: Grzegorz Krzywiec (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland): On the Term ‘Judaization (Verjudung/Zażydzenie)’ in Political Catholicism. Some Cases of East Central European Elective Affinities

5:30: Lisa Konietzni (Universität Düsseldorf): The Linguistically Reflexive Discussion of the CV-Zeitung about Anti-Semitic Stereotypes, Metaphors and Compounds

6:30: KEYNOTE ADDRESS (ARTS LECTURE THEATRE): RUTH WODAK (LANCASTER UNIVERSITY): The Discourse of Syncretic Antisemitism: “Anything Goes!”


Thursday, a.m. – 11th November 2010


9:00:Christian Koller (Bangor University): The Concept of ‘Fremdherrschaft’ in German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourses, 1871-1945

9:30: Lisa Zwicker (Indiana University): Student Antisemites: The Union of German Students [Verein deutscher Studenten], 1880-1914

10:00: Ulrich Charpa (Universität Bochum): Music and Science. On Some Similarities between Antisemitic Discourses in German-speaking Contexts

10:30: Stephanie Seul (Universität Bremen): Discourses of the British Press on German Anti-Semitism in the Early Weimar Republic, 1918-1923


9:00: Jonas Karlsson (Yale University): The Struggle for Victimhood: The Case of Bernhard Förster

9:30: Falco Pfalzgraf (Queen Mary): Juden, Neger und Zigeuner. Minority Groups in German Fibeln 1933-1945

10:00: Katharina Barbe (Northern Illinois University): Puzzles as Text and Discourse

10:30: Nicola Hille (Universität Tübingen): “Greetings from Marienbad”: Anti-Semitic Postcards in the Kaiserreich

11:00: COFFEE / TEA

11:30: KEYNOTE ADDRESS (ARTS LECTURE THEATRE): ANDREAS MUSOLFF (UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA): How to Identify the Enemy of the German Body Politic: Carl Schmitt’s Nationalist “Concept of the Political”


Thursday, p.m. – 11th November 2010


1:30: Lara Trubowitz (The University of Iowa): Wyndham Lewis and the Artfulness of Antisemitism, or Redefining British Tolerance in an Era of Refugees

2:00: David Lebovitch Dahl (University of Copenhagen): Varieties of Nationalist Antisemitism in Germany and England: A Comparison between the Discourses of the Jesuit Journals Stimmen der Zeit and The Month 1918-1939

2:30: Ulrike Ehret (Universität Erlangen): The Crux with Modernity: The Nationalism and Antisemitism of the Catholic Right in Germany and England

3:00: Magnus Brechtken (The University of Nottingham): English-German Anti-Semitism and the Idea of ‘Compulsory Segregation’


1:30: Egbert Klautke (University College London): Wilhelm Wundt and the Mind of the Nation during the First World War

2:00: Felix Wiedemann (Freie Universität Berlin): The Double Orient: Jews and Arabs in the Racial Theory of Ludwig Ferdinand Clauß

2:30: Karin Stögner (Central European University, Budapest): On Antisemitism and Nationalism at the Fin de Siècle: Walter Benjamin’s Critique of German Youth Movement

3:00: Ana Petrov (University of Belgrade): Being German, Being ‘More Rationalized’: The Case of Max Weber’s Concept of Rationalization in Music

3:30: COFFEE / TEA


4:00: Daniel Tilles (Royal Holloway, University of London): “Jewish Decay Against British Revolution”: The British Union of Fascists’ Antisemitic Discourse in the Context of Fascist and British Nationalist Thought

4:30: Russell Wallis (Royal Holloway, University of London): Memory and Nationalism on the British Left: The Good and Bad German Controversy in Britain


4:00: Martin Weidinger (Universität Wien): Fridericus, Bismarck and Cromwell: Historical Narratives as Part of a Nationalist Project?

4:30: Birte Förster (Technische Universität Darmstadt): Inventing their Tradition – Right-wing Female Leaders and the Queen Louise-Myth, 1923-1936