Conference Group for Central European History
Fall 1999

Dear Colleagues,

The business meeting of the Conference Group will take place during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago, Thursday, January 6 to Sunday, January 9, 2000.  The business meeting will convene Saturday, January 8, 2000, at 5:00 p.m. in the Lincolnshire Room of the Marriott Chicago.   Business to be conducted includes the election of new officers of the Conference Group and the announcement of the winner of this year’s article prize.   In 2001, the Conference Group will once again award its book prize.

Immediately following the business meeting, the Conference Group will hold its annual Bierabend, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the adjacent Great America Room. I hope many of you will attend and look forward to seeing you in Washington.

Kees Gispen

2000 AHA meeting
   Two joint sessions of the CGCEH and the AHA
   Joint session of the CGCEH and the ACHA
   Other AHA sessions of interest to members of the CGCEH
Conference Group for Central European History
   Archives Committee
   Nominations to the Executive Board
   Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar
   USHMM, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Inaugural Conference

Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association

Two Joint Sessions of the CGCEH and the AHA

This year, thanks in large measure  to the efforts of our President Ronnie Po-chia Hsia, the Conference Group and the American Historical Association are sponsoring two joint sessions with a common theme, "What is Central Europe?"  Session 43 takes place Friday, January 7, 2:30-4:30 p.m.  Session 68 convenes Saturday, January 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Session 43: What Is Central Europe? Constructions of a Cultural-Geopolitical Concept I: The Nineteenth Century
Sheraton, Chicago Ballroom VIII

Chair: Ronnie Po-Chia Hsia, New York University

Of Boundaries, Centers, and Margins: Identities of Central Europe in the Nineteenth Century
Hillel J. Kieval, Washington University in St. Louis

Dynastic, Internationalist, and Nationalist Concepts of Central Europe in the Habsburg Monarchy
Istvan Deak, Columbia University

Imagining Germany
Konrad Jarausch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Comment: Maria Todorova, University of Florida


Session 68: What Is Central Europe? Constructions of a Cultural-Geopolitical Concept II: The Twentieth Century
Sheraton, Chicago Ballroom VIII

Chair: Kees Gispen, University of Mississippi

Central Europe and Mitteleuropa: The Economic Experience
Volker Berghahn, Columbia University

"Asien fängt mit der Landstrasse an": Czech-German Discourses on Central Europe
Nancy Wingfield, Northern Illinois University

Eastern Violence or Violence in the East? The Polish Pogroms of 1918-19 in Contemporary German-Jewish Opinion
William W. Hagen, University of California at Davis

Comment: Kenneth D. Barkin, University of California at Riverside


Joint Session of the CGCEH and the ACHA

In addition to the two sponsored sessions above, the Conference Group and the American Catholic Historical Association are jointly sponsoring a session, "The Counter-Reformation in Central Europe."  This is session 12 of the ACHA, which will take place Sunday, January 9, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., in the Executive Center, Parlor G, of the Chicago Sheraton Hotel

Session 7: The Counter-Reformation in Central Europe

Chair: R. Po-chia Hsia, New York University

Catholic Missions and Catholic Reform in 16th- and 17th-Century Hungary
Istvan Toth, Central European University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Mechanisms of the Counter-Reformation in Austria: the Activities of Queen Ysabell of Habsburg
Joseph Patrouch, Florida International University.

Catholics, Culture and Memory in 17th Century Bohemia: Reevaluating the Czech Dark Ages
Howard Louythan, University of Notre Dame

Comment:  James Palmitesse, Western Michicgan University


Other AHA Sessions with Central European Themes

Other AHA sessions with Central European themes can be found in the on-line program of the AHA, at the following internet address:, and specifically   Looking over the program, members of the Conference Group can rejoice in the large number of sessions with Central European themes in this year's AHA program.  Session numbers of particular interest for our association include the following:

Plenary Session, January 6, 7:30-9:30, and
Sessions 5, 6, 7, 20, 48, 56, 66, 95, 96, 101, 110, 116, 117, 118, 131.

Conference Group for Central European History

Miscellaneous Announcements

Archives Committee
Alan Steinweis, currently the chairman of the Archives Committee, has announced his intention to resign his post as chair following the January 2000 business meeting.   Alan has agreed to stay on the committee, but the Conference Group is now looking for a new chair.  Anyone who is interested should contact the executive secretary.   (The other members of the committee are David Barclay, John Connelly, Carole Fink, Geoffrey Giles, and Gerhard Weinberg.  Their addresses, including email, can be found in the Fall 1998 Newsletter).

1999 Nominations Committee
The Nominations Committee (Geoff Eley, Anthony LaVopa, and Istvan Deak) nominate the following individuals for positions on the Executive Board.

Vice-President elect: David Crew, University of Texas at Austin

Three year term on the executive board: Doris Bergen, University of Notre Dame

The Executive Secretary recommends that Gerald Feldman and Konrad Jarausch again be renominated to continue serving as the Conference Group’s delegates to Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.

These or other nominations will be discussed at the January business meeting, which will elect next year’s officers.

Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History 2000
Germany in the Imperial Age, 1850-1914

Berlin, April 26-29, 2000

The German Historical Institute in Washington, the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University, and the Conference Group for Central European History are pleased to announce the sixth Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History. The conference is once again supported by the German-American Academic Council and will convene in Berlin from April 26 to 29, 2000.

The seminar is designed to bring together young scholars from Germany and North America who are nearing completion of their doctoral degrees. We plan to invite eight scholars from each side of the Atlantic to discuss their research projects. The discussions will be based on papers submitted in advance of the conference.  The languages of this seminar will be German and Englisch.  We shall cover travel costs and lodging expenses.

The theme of this conference will be "Germany in the Imperial Age 1850-1914."    We are now accepting applications from doctoral students whose work falls principally in this era and who will not have finished their degrees before June 2000.   Applications should include a short (2-3pp) project description, a cirriculum vitae, and a letter of reference from the major advisor.

Please send applications by December 1, 1999 to:

German Historical Institute
Transatlantic Doctoral Seminars
Attn: Baerbel Thomas
1607 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009-2562
ph. 202-387-3355
fax: 202-483-3430



Holocaust Research and Holocaust Studies in the 21st Century
Inaugural Conference
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host its inaugural international conference at the Museum in Washington, DC, on December 13-15, 1999.  For further information, please visit the following website:  


The editor of this Newsletter may be reached at the following address:
Department of History
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
601-232-7033 fax

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