DAAD Centres Conference 2018 „Envisioning the Future: Zukunftsvisionen für Deutschland und Europa“


This year the scholarly networking Conference of the Centres for German and European Studies was hosted at the Hotel Sofitel Kurfürstendamm in Berlin.

From 6th to 8th of December 2018, senior and junior academics at currently and formerly DAAD-funded Centers for German and European Studies as well as researchers active in the respective field were discussing “Envisioning the Future for Germany and Europe: Zukunftsvisionen für Deutschland und Europa”.

At interdisciplinary panels scholars presented interesting papers which had been selected by this year's advisory board. Among other things, the agenda included highly topical subjects such as migration, populism and the (dis-)integration of Europe.

Two new items were introduced this year aimed at junior academics in particular: As part of the established poster presentation, the academic advisory board selected and awarded the three best posters. Furthermore, the conference was preceded by a one-day graduate workshop, at which selected doctoral projects were discussed.

You can find the complete programme below under downloads.

Short Programme

Thursday, 6 December 2018

8:00 – 9:00 am

9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Registration of Graduate Workshop Participants

Graduate Workshop

    Seminar Discussion Groups:

    a) History & Society

    b) Politics & Society

    c) Literature

5:00 – 6:00 pm Get-together for Centre Directors
5:30 – 6:30 pm Registration and Welcome Drink
6:30 – 8:00 pm


Welcoming Address:
Professor Dr Joybrato Mukherjee
(Vice President of the German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD)

Welcoming Address:
Heidrun Tempel
(Deputy Director-General for Research and Academic Relations
Policy and Cultural Relations Policy, German Federal Foreign Officet)

Keynote Address with subsequent Expert Discussion:

Professor Dr Miranda Schreurs (Chair of Climate and Environmental Policy at the Bavarian School of Public Policy, Technical University of Munich)

Professor Dr Sabine von Mering (Director of the Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University)

Climate Change and Social Responsibility

Expert Discussion:
Climate Change and Our Responsibility: Envisioning a Sustainable Future

8:00 – 9:30 pm Get-together with Buffet

Friday, 7 December 2018

9:30 – 11:00 am

Plenary Session:

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Parallel Forums:

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Standing Committees’ Workshop for Networking (Open Space)

  • Migration
  • Environment
  • Memory Cultures
  • German Studies
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Closed Workshop:

  • The Franco-German Relationship from Outside: Adaptability of a Myth and Patterns of Interpretation
3:00 – 4:30 pm

Parallel Forums:

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Poster Session – Part I:

  • Present Challenges for Germany and Europe
7:00 – 9:30 pm Musical Evening with Reception at Ballhaus Berlin

Saturday, 8 December 2018

9:00 – 11:00 am

Plenary Session:

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Parallel Forums:

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Plenary Session:

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Poster Session – Part II:

  • Reviewing the Past for Understanding the Present
4:30 – 5:00 pm Poster Award Ceremony
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Closing Debate and Reception at Kulturbrauerei
Sustainability, Labour, Markets – Global Vision of the Future

  • Professor Dr. Shin Arita (University of Tokyo)
  • Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Antonio Herman Benjamin - via Video - (Superior Tribunal de Justiça / National High Court of Brazil (STJ), Tribunal Superior Eleitoral / Superior Electoral Court of Brazil - TSE)
  • Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Claudia Lima Marques (CDEA; Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
  • Professor Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee (DAAD / University of Giessen)
  • Dr. Christian Thauer (CGS, Hebrew University Jerusalem)

Dr Gisela Dachs
Journalist, author and senior lecturer at the European Forum and the Center for German Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Departure of Conference Participants
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Centre Directors’ Meeting and followed by lunch
Departure of Centre Directors