The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series (NCGS) was started in 2007 by an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional group of scholars in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, because the state of North Carolina possesses an incredibly rich and impressive roster of scholars working in German Studies and Central European History. It is home to nationally and internationally recognized graduate programs in both fields. Its colleges and universities have incredibly successful undergraduate programs responsible for producing highly proficient speakers and thinkers of Germanic languages, histories and cultures. Our state also boasts an extensive roster of extremely dedicated and talented high school teachers of German.
In order to strengthen the bonds between all these precious assets, the North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series seeks to foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional intellectual exchange among students, scholars, and the wider community at both public and private institutions of higher learning. The Series intends also on opening academic dialogues to the general public of North Carolina.
Since we moved our program to the Online format in the fall 2020 we were able to extend our audience beyond the region and include national and international participants. Especially successful is our new “Challenging Conversations” sub-series, which addresses global issues in the field of German Studies currently in the scholarly or public debate.
In addition, the North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series is proud to have started in 2018 the Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize Competition for Advanced Graduate Students. In recognition of the longstanding commitment to graduate education of Konrad H. Jarausch, who is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the Department of History of the University of North Carolina, this prize serves to celebrate and cultivate outstanding new talent in the broadly defined field of Central European history from the seventeenth to the tewentieth century.The prize will award the best article or chapter-length manuscript by a current graduate student working in the field of Central European history. The recipient of this prize will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and an invitation to present his or her dissertation with a lecture in the North Carolina German Studies Seminar (NCGS).