Conference Group for Central European History
Fall 2004

Dear Colleagues,

The Conference Group's  business meeting and Bierabend will take place Saturday, January 8, 2005 at the American Historical Association convention in Seattle, Washington. The business meeting will convene at 5:00 p.m. in the Westin Hotel, Whidbey Room. Business to be conducted includes the election of new officers (current officers and nominees are listed below), and the announcement of the winner of the biennial Hans Rosenberg book prize. The Bierabend will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Westin's Fifth Avenue Room. The Conference Group is the co-sponsor of six sessions on Central Europe at this year's AHA meeting. You will find links to the sessions below. 

Kees Gispen

2004 AHA meeting
        CGCEH joint sessions with the AHA 
Conference Group for Central European History
        Current Officers
        Archives Committee
        Nominations Committee: Nominations to the Executive Board
        IRS approves application for tax exempt status
        Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize winners 
        Central European History Subscription Renewal Information / online renewal now available
        Opportunity to make a tax exempt donation to the Conference Group's Endowment Fund
        2005 GSA Conference: call for papers

Conference Group for Central European History at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association

Friday, January 7

9:30–11:30 a.m. Convention Center, Room 617
Session 19. Joint with the AHA.  Going to the Source: New Understandings of East German History

Saturday, January 8

9:30–10:30 a.m. Convention Center, Room 212  
Session 80. Joint with the AHA.  Medicine, Law, and Rhetorical Strategy in Seventeenth-Century Germany: The Healer Margarete Ammann

9:30–11:30 a.m. Sheraton, Aspen Room 
Session 84. Joint with the AHA.  Bodies Politic: “Körperbildung,” Politics, and Nation in Modern Germany

2:30–4:30 p.m. Sheraton, Metropolitan Ballroom
Session 112. Sponsored by the National History Center, the Conference Group for Central European History, and the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.  Modern German Historiography: James J. Sheehan and the Evolution of the Field

5:00–6:00 p.m.  Westin, Whidbey Room
Business meeting

6:00–8:00 p.m. Westin, Fifth Avenue Room

Sunday, January 9

8:30–10:30 a.m. Convention Center, Room 614
Session 137. Joint with the AHA.  Community, Plurality, and Exclusion: Negotiating Religious Differences in Germany, 1890–1933

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Convention Center, Room 620
Session 160. Joint with the AHA.  Policing and Crime in Germany, 1885–1955: Perceptions, Definitions, Patterns

The full 2005 AHA program can be found online, at the following address:
A summary listing of the Conference Group's activities at the AHA meeting is at

Conference Group for Central European History

Current Officers (January 2004-January 2005)
President: Jonathan Sperber, University of Missouri, Columbia
Vice-President: Roger Chickering, Georgetown University
Vice-President Elect: Ron Smelser, University of Utah
Immediate Past President: David Blackbourn, Harvard University
At-Large Member (exp. January 2005): Dagmar Herzog, Michigan State University
At-Large Member (exp. January 2006): Kevin Repp, Yale University
At-Large Member (exp. January 2007): Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University 
Editor of Central European History: Kenneth Barkin, University of California, Riverside (to July 2004)
Editor of Central European History: Kenneth D. Ledford, Case Western Reserve University (from July 2004)
Executive Secretary and Treasurer, Kees Gispen, University of Mississippi

Archives Committee
David Barclay (Kalamazoo College), Chair (contact David at:
John Connelly, University of California at Berkeley
Carole Fink, Ohio State University
Geoffrey Giles, University of Florida 
Alan Steinweis, University of Nebraska at Lincoln 
Gerhard Weinberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nominations Committee 
The Conference Group’s 2004  nominating committee is made up of the executive committee.  The committee has nominated Isabel Hull, Cornell University, for the position of Vice-President Elect, and Richard Wetzell, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C., for a three-year term on the executive committee. In addition, the committee has nominated Jennifer Jenkins, University of Toronto, to succeed Kees Gispen as Executive Secretary and Treasurer. Members are invited to submit additional nominations to the Executive Secretary.  Nominations will be voted on at the January 2005 business meeting in Seattle.  

The Executive Committee is soliciting recommendations for an additional  member of the Conference Group to fill a slot on the board of Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. (FGHI).  Our only current delegate is David Blackbourn.  The Conference Group's original delegates, Gerald Feldman and Roger Chickering, are currently serving as officers of FGHI and could not continue to serve in both capacities simultaneously.  Preferably, the nominee will reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to facilitate attendance of board meetings.  This issue will be discussed at the January executive committee and business meetings.  Interested members please contact the Executive Secretary.

IRS approves CGCEH's application for Tax Exempt Status 
In August, the Executive Secretary/Treasurer received the following welcome news from the Internal Revenue Service: 

July 30, 2004

Dear Applicant:
We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to you are deductible under section 170 of the Code. You are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.

Tax exempt status is retroactive to August 26, 2003.

Members who would like to make a tax-exempt donation to the Conference Group's endowment fund are urged to contact the Executive Secretary/Treasurer for details. 


Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize Winners

The Friends of the German Historical Institute are pleased to announce the winners of this year's Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize: 

Erik N. Jensen
University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Images of the Ideal: Sports, Gender, and the Emergence of the Modern Body in Weimar Germany" 


Christopher J. Fischer
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 "Alsace to the Alsatians?  Visions and Divisions of Alsatian Regionalism, 1890-1930"

Central European History Subscription Renewal Information

The publisher of CEH, Brill Academic Publishers, has adopted a new subscription renewal system for 2005.  Brill's new subscription and distribution center is operated by Extenza-Turpin in the United Kingdom. Subscribers should have received a renewal notice/invoice along with their most recent issue of CEH.  The notice advised subscribers to send their payment (payable by check or credit card) to the following address:

Brill Academic Publishers
Pegasus Drive
Stratton Business Park
Bedfordshire SG18 8TQ
United Kingdom

Subscribers can also renew online with Extenza-Turpin by clicking on the following link: Renew CEH online

Subscribers will need to provide their renewal number (i.e., product number for CEH, which is 00089389) and customer number (starting with the letters CU), both of which are printed on the renewal notification that was mailed out earlier. CEH's ISSN number is: 0008-9389.  The cost of an individual subscription is $55.00.  The renewal form asks for "Issue Number" directly below the box for the credit card number; leave this box blank.  Also, the form asks for the start date of the credit card; leave this blank as well.

For online or other renewal questions, please contact Extenza-Turpin at the following email address:, or

Subscribers may also contact Brill's USA offices at the following address:

Brill Academic Publishers Inc.
112 Water Street, Suite 601
Boston, MA 02109
Tel: 1-617-263-2323, extension 15

Fax: 1-617-263-2324
Office hours: 08.30 hrs to 17.00 hrs

Please ask for Ms. Katherine Lou in customer service

Opportunity to make a tax exempt donation to the Conference Group's Endowment Fund

With the acquisition of tax exempt status, the Conference Group is in a position to start building up its small endowment.  As regular readers of the Newsletter already know, the Conference Group's capital fund at the beginning of the year was about $25,000.  There were some one-time expenses this past year, which resulted in a reduction to around $20,000.  While the new tax exemption has made it possible to invest this capital in a Certificate of Deposit, the interest income will help the fund grow only slowly.  Our aim is to fund the Hans Rosenberg book and article prizes in perpetuity from the return on capital.  The executive board therefore welcomes any and all donations that would help increase our endowment fund.  Interested members and well-wishers please contact the Executive Secretary/Treasurer for details.  You may also send your check directly to the address below.  

German Studies Association
Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference


 The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
29 September – 2 October 2005

 The Program Committee cordially invites proposals on any aspect of German, Austrian, or Swiss Studies, including
(but not limited to) history, Germanistik, film, political science, and cultural studies. Proposals for entire sessions and for
interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged. Individual paper proposals are also welcome. The programs
from past GSA Conferences may be viewed at the GSA web site

 Please note that, beginning with this conference, ALL proposals will be submitted online.
Paper forms will no longer be used. Please see the GSA web site for online submission materials.

 The deadline for proposals is 15 February 2005. Early submissions are welcome and encouraged.

 For more info rmation and application materials, visit the GSA web site 
or contact Prof. David E. Barclay
Department of History
Kalamazoo College
1200 Academy Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295
Fax: 269-337-7251

The editor of this Newsletter may be reached at the following address:
Department of History
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
662-915-7033 fax

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