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Call for Proposals:

Extension of Deadline until June 15, 2022:

 

The Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize for Advanced Graduate Students in Central European History 2022

 

The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series is proud to announce the fourth annual 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 twentieth century.

The prize will award the best unpublished article manuscript or dissertation chapter intended for publication by a current graduate student working in the field of Central European history.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, her or their dissertation with a lecture and its discussion in the North Carolina German Studies Seminar (NCGS), preferably in January 2023. This event will provide an opportunity for the winner to receive feedback from an interdisciplinary group of experts. The prizewinner will be encouraged, but not required to submit their revised manuscript for publication. We will invite the winner to a Zoom seminar presentation of his, her or their work.

The NCGS series was started in 2007 by an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional group of scholars in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, which is home to nationally and internationally recognized graduate programs in German Studies. The series has traditionally emphasized graduate education.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program at a North American university.
  • They should be ABD and have finished their archival research for the dissertation in Central Europe, but must not have defended their dissertation before the spring term 2022.
  • Graduate students who applied unsuccessfully before, can apply again, if they did not have defended their dissertation before the spring term 2022.

Requirements for the proposal:

  • A statement of up to five pages describing the outlines of the applicant’s dissertation project that indicates its state of completion and in addition a draft table of content of the dissertation.
  • A CV that clearly indicates when the applicant intends to defend his, her or their dissertation or have defended it and includes the names of the advisors.
  • An unpublished article manuscript, ideally based on the dissertation, or a dissertation chapter intended for publication of approx. 10,000 -12,000 words (excluding notes).

If you are interested, please send the application materials to Dr. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (thomaspegelowkaplan@appstate.edu) by June 15, 2022 at the latest. Please do not hesitate to address any questions about the prize, the required material and the selection process to him.

Prize committee: Dr. James Chappel (Duke University), Dr. Karen Hagemann, Dr. Terence V. McIntosh, Dr. A. Dirk Moses (UNC Chapel Hill), and Dr. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Appalachian State University).

 

For a PDF of the Call for Proposals click here

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2021 Winner of the Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize for Advanced Graduate Students in Central European History

JOHNATHON SPEED  I  Doctoral Candidate  I  Vanderbilt University, Department of History

 

On behalf of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar Series, we are extremely pleased to announce this year’s winner of the Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize for Advanced Graduate Students in Central European History. In recognition of the longstanding commitment to graduate education of Konrad H. Jarausch, Lurcy Professor of European Civilization in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this annual prize serves to celebrate and cultivate outstanding new talent in the field of Central European history. We received over a dozen excellent submissions, and the decision was challenging.

This year’s winner is Johnathon Speed, a doctoral candidate in history at Vanderbilt University. His prizewinning essay, “A ‘Child Export’: The Swabian Children at the Austro-German Border, 1897-1914,” is drawn from his dissertation project “The Swabian Children and Child Welfare in the Eastern Alps, 1820 – 1921. This project traces the regulatory regime that emerged around the thousands of children who traveled every year from the Austrian Alps to Southwest Germany to work as domestics and shepherds. These children became objects of considerable debate and state concern. By tracing these debates, Speed is casting new light on important questions about labor, childhood, and the construction of borders in the long nineteenth century. The prizewinning essay looks especially at the children who were ordered back across the border by German bureaucrats in the years before World War I. By using the methods of social history to focus on complex administrative cases rather than parliamentary laws, Speed is able to show that the border, even between Germany and Austria, was becoming increasingly regulated and policed in those years—responding less to legislative changes than to a broader moral panic over child labor. Borders, Speed determines, are not governed by state law alone, but by individual regulators who work transnationally with their counterparts to translate law into reality. The committee, in selecting Speed’s essay, unanimously praised it as a model of polished scholarship that rests solidly on archival research and elegantly combines the approaches of social, cultural, and political history. 

 

The Prize Committee

  • James Chappel (Gilhuly Family Associate Professor of History, Duke University, Department of History)
  • Karen Hagemann (James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History)
  • Terence McIntosh (Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History)
  • Dirk Moses (Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of Global Human Rights History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History)
  • Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Levine Distinguished Professor of Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, Appalachian University, Department of History)

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2020 Winner of the Konrad H. Jarausch Essay Prize for Advanced Graduate Students in Central European History

PETER B. THOMPSON  I  Doctoral Candidate  I  University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, Department of History

 

On behalf of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar Series, we are extremely pleased to announce this year’s winner of the Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize for Advanced Graduate Students in Central European History. In recognition of the longstanding commitment to graduate education of Konrad H. Jarausch, Lurcy Professor of European Civilization in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this annual prize serves to celebrate and cultivate outstanding new talent in the field of Central European history. We received over a dozen excellent submissions, and the decision was challenging.

This year’s winner is PETER B. THOMPSON (University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, Department of History) for his article draft “The Pale Death: Poison Gas and German Racial Exceptionalism, 1915-1945.” It emerged from his recently completed dissertation entitled “Grasping for the Mask: German Visions of Chemical Modernity, 1915-1938.” The committee was very impressed with the skillful and innovative ways in which Thompson’s contribution and larger dissertation links and weaves together histories and philosophies of technology, culture, war, race and racism to present an intriguing argument about the construction of an ethno-German nation in a set of racialized discourses that have not yet received sufficient scholarly attention. Going far beyond any previous work on gas warfare and masks and combining the Imperial, Weimar and Nazi periods, it convincingly makes the case that Germans set themselves apart for their alleged ability to resist gas exposure and live in a chemically altered world, a “chemical modernity,” on the basis of their imagined racial distinctions. All the while, the piece offers a sound conceptual and theoretical framework and a fascinating array of sources from the scientific writings of the “gas specialists” to artefacts of popular culture. The contribution is in firm and remarkable command of a broad literature, well written, and meticulously and thoughtfully analyzed. In so doing, the work combines many of the best characteristics and strengths that German history and studies have to offer.

 

The Prize Committee

  • James Chappel (Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History, Duke University, Department of History) (jgc23@duke.edu)
  • Karen Hagemann (James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History) (hagemann@unc.edu)
  • Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Levine Distinguished Professor of Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, Appalachian University, Department of History) (thomaspegelowkaplan@appstate.edu

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2019 Winner of the Konrad H. Jarausch Essay Prize for Advanced Graduate Students in Central European History

STEFANIE M. WOODARD I  Doctoral Candidate  I  Emory University, Department of History

 

The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series (NCGS) is proud to announce the inaugural winner of the Konrad H. Jarausch Essay Prize for Advanced Graduate Students in Central European History, a new NCGS project that it launched this year. The prize, to be awarded every year to an article or dissertation chapter by a current graduate student, is designed in recognition of the longstanding commitment to graduate education of Konrad H. Jarausch, who is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the History Department of the University of North Carolina. The prize serves to celebrate and cultivate outstanding new talent in the field of Central European history.  

The prize committee advertised the prize widely and received fifteen stellar submissions from across the United States and Canada. The decision was a difficult one, and we are proud to announce the inaugural winner: STEFANIE M. WOODARD (Emory University), who submitted an article manuscript title “Keeping the ‘Recovered Territories’: Evolving Polish Attitudes toward Indigenous Silesians” that was based on her research for a dissertation entitled Ethnic German ‘Resettlers’ from Poland and Their Integration into Western Germany, 1970-1990.” It deals with issues of diplomacy, ethnicity, memory, and belonging: all themes that have animated Konrad Jarausch’s work, and that of the NCGS as well.

The runner-up is TOMASZ FRYDEL (University of Toronto) who is completing a dissertation under Piotr Wróbel titled “Genocide from Above: Village Society and Holocaust in Occupied Poland, 1939-1945 – The Case of Kreis Debica.”

 

The Prize Committee

  • James Chappel (Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History, Duke University, Department of History) (jgc23@duke.edu)
  • Karen Hagemann (James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History) (hagemann@unc.edu)
  • Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Levine Distinguished Professor of Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, Appalachian University, Department of History) (thomaspegelowkaplan@appstate.edu