Archives and Utopias: 18th annual German Graduate Symposium

8 May 2021
Saturday 8 May 2021, 12:45-19:00
Virtual conference

We are pleased to announce this year’s 18th annual German Graduate Symposium: ‘Archives and Utopias’. This symposium provides a space to examine both the field and history of German Studies by reflecting on the effect and interrelatedness of utopian or archival-focused thinking in the discipline and its community of practice. 

Although utopias and archives seemingly follow reversed chronologies, both provide the potential of (re)ordering historical narratives – either the future through reorganizing the past or the past through alternating the future. Following from that, what are the (implicit) utopias or visions in archival agendas and what is the utopian potential of unsettling the archives? To what degree does a utopian imagining firstly create a (no-)space for voices and perspectives at the margins of archival formation in the present? And, in turn, what are the discursive, affective, cultural and institutional archives of utopian thought traditions within and of German Studies? Concerning the history of our discipline itself, what are the different visions of German Studies and the archival traces of this community of practice?

We have a very international line-up of Graduate Speaker’s and a keynote by our Librarians Clare Hills-Nova (Sackler Library, Taylor Institution Library) and Emma Huber (Taylor institution Library): Unpacking Oxford’s archives: Hermann Georg Fiedler, Wilhelm (William) Cohn and Edgar Wind in Oxford.

Please register via Eventbrite for the Zoom-conference:

If you have any further questions, contact Sophia Buck ( and Aoife Ní Chroidheáin (


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