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2002 EGSA Conference in Montréal: 12-15 September
The call for papers for the 2002 cconference
is available. Plan on attending what may be the final gathering.
1998 EGSA Proceedings Appear
After more work than they probably expected, the proceedings of the
1998 EGSA conference have appeared, edited by Laurence McFalls and Lothar
Probst. The title: AFTER
THE GDR: New Perspectives on the Old GDR and the Young Länder
(Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001).
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Otzenhausen Conference: Die DDR Zwischen Mauerbau und Mauerfall
The first Otzenhausen conference was held in 1988, and they have been
annual events since 1995. The conference is something of a German "Conway,"
for those who remember the New Hampshire gatherings. Otzenhausen is
about as far in the woods as one can get in the Saarland. The conferences
are well organized in pleasant surrounds with good food and plenty of
opportunity to enjoy an evening glass or two of beer and conversation.
This year's gathering drew about 100 people, mostly from Germany, but
also from the UK, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and other neighboring countries.
I was the only American, though two others had planned to attend. The
conference alternates between plenums and four sectionals, which this
year focussed on the political system, the society, foreign poitics
and the unification process. As usual, it drew many of the top GDR scholars
in Germany, as well as political figures and former KGB generals. The
opening addres was by Lothar de Maizére.
Next year's conference will run from 7-10 November 2002. It is a conference
worth attending. I'll post information here as I learn of plans for
next year. (Randy Bytwerk).
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Call for Articles on the East German
Transition to Democracy
I have been officially commissioned to edit a symposium issue for the
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. The general topic of
the symposium is "The Former East Germany: A Difficult Bureaucratic
Transition From Communism to Democracy." As editor I have the authority
to commission as many articles as I feel will accomplish my objectives.
In addition, there are no restrictions as to the total number of pages,
figures, tables, or charts in each article, although I highly recommend
about 30 double-spaced pages per article. Hopefully, half the articles
will be written by German scholars and half by American scholars.
The INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINSTRATION is a blind-referreed,
scholarly publication that presents a forum for academicians and practicioners
in management and administration to share theoretical issues, as well
as applications of concepts and theories, with their colleagues in the
practitioner community. The Journal offers the broadest array of ideas
to be found in any comparable publication.
I would like to invite you to write an article for the special symposium
issue. Articles need to be formated into the Journal's style. These
instructions are in the Marcel Dekker,
Inc. web site or I can provide you with a hard copy of the manuscript
You need to let me know as soon as you can if you plan to participate
in this project. The deadline for providing me with a copy of your article
is October 15, 2002. I sincerely hope that you will be able to be part
of this important cooperative work between German and American scholars.
Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Administration
School of Policy and Management
College of Health and Urban Affairs
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
North Miami, Florida 33181
Tels. : (305) 919-5824 (Office); (305) 861-6512 (Home)
Fax : (305) 919-5848
New German Book Series
The University of Birmingham Press is launching a new book series on
"The New Germany in Context". A number of books in the series
concern the GDR. For more information, visit the press
GDR Books for Sale
Dave Reidy has a list of books on the GDR for sale.
If your bookshelf is missing some classics, here's a chance to fill
Stasi Findbuch Published
The LIT-Verlag has recently published the first of a series of guides
to the Stasi archives. This one covers a wide range of material, ranging
from captured Nazi material to public opinion reports. The details:
Abteilung Archivbestände der BstU, Findbuch
zum 'Archivbestand 2': Allgemeine Sachablage' des Ministeriums für
Staatssicherheit der DDR. Ed. Dagmar Unverhau. Band 4. Münster:
LIT Verlag, 2001
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Brinks, Jan Herman, Paradigms of Political Change. Luther, Frederick
II, and Bismarck. The GDR on Its Way to German Unity (Marquette
University Press, September 2001), 355 pages, ISBN 0-87462-680-3).
Grix, Jonathan and Paul Cooke (eds.), East
German distinctiveness in a unified Germany (Birmingham:
University of Birmingham Press, 2001).
Hough, Dan, The
fall and rise of the PDS in eastern Germany, (Birmingham:
University of Birmingham Press, 2002). The book is scheduled for publication
John Rodden, Repainting the Litle Red Schoolhouse: A History
of East German Education, 1945-1995 (New York: Oxford
University Press, 2002).
Steininger, Rolf, Der Mauerbau. Adenauer und die Westmächte
in der Berlinkrise 1958-1963 (München: Olzog, 2001, 411
Ulrich Pfeil (Hrsg.), Die DDR und der Westen Transnationale Beziehungen
im Kalten Krieg 1949-1989 (Berlin: Ch. Links Verlag, 2001).
Joanne M. McNalley, "Shifting Boundaries: An Eastern Meeting of
East and West German 'Kabarett'," German Life and Letters
54 (2001), pp.173-190.
Katherine Pence, "'You as a Woman will Understand': Consumption,
Gender and the Relationship between State and Citizenry in the GDR's
Crisis of 17 June 1953," German History 19 (2001), pp. 218-252.
Marilyn Rueschemeyer, "Frauen und Politik in Osteuropa: 10 Jahre
nach dem Zusammenbruch des Sozialismus" in: Berliner Journal
für Soziologie (special issue on Gender in Transition). Band
11(2001), pp. 7-18.
Elizabeth A. Ten Dyke, "Tulips in December: Space, Time and Consuption
before and after the End of German Socialism," German History
19 (2001), pp. 253-276.
Helga A. Welsch, "The Elite Conundrum in the GDR: Lessons from
the District Level," German Studies Review 24 (2001), pp.
Recent Theses and Dissertations:
Hedin, Astrid, The
Politics of Social Networks. Interpersonal Trust and Institutional Change
in Post-Communist East Germany. Lund University, Sweden: Lund Political
Studies No. 118. (288 pages) ISBN 91-88306-27-5. 2001. (Distribution
The latest issues of the SAPMO library's list of its holdings include:
- #1/2001: Schöner unsere Städte und Gemeinden--Mach mit!
- #2/2001: Gedenk- und Erinnerungsstätten der deutschen Arbeiterbewegung
- #3/2001: Internationaler Frauentag
- #4/2001: Fürstenenteignung 1926
- #5/2001: Die sowjetische Deutschlandpolitik ab 1941
- #6/2001: Architektur und Städtebau in der DDR
- #7/2001: Jüdisches Leben in der DDR
- #8/2001; Widerstand gegen den Nationalsozialiismus in Berlin
- #9/2001: Sorben in der DDR
- #10/2001: Ungarn 1956
- #11/2001: Wolfgang Biermann Ausgebürgert
- #12/2002: Das Gesetzbuch der Arbeit der DDR (1961-1966)
- #1/2002: Volksbildung in Deutschland bis 1933
- #2/2002: Zwangsarbeit in Deutschland 1933-1945
Randy Bytwerk can provide a photocopy for those find a particular issue
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Requests and Queries
Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at the University
of Texas at Austin, writes: "I will be in Germany this summer for
six weeks researching the relationship between architecture, interior
domestic spaces and the way politics and economics have shaped these
spaces in the former east Germany before, during and after the Berlin
Wall. I would like to ask other members of EGSA if they know of any
people they could put me in contact with who have access or are familiar
with the large Socialist housing projects built in the 1970's such as
Marzahn and Hellersdorf."
I would appreciate knowing if it is possible to do this. Thank you.
Barrow writes: "I am currently preparing a dissertation
on the effects of unification on the German media. I am contacting you
to ask if you are aware of any journalists or academics in eastern German
that I might be able to contact to discuss the topic with.
I would also be grateful to know if you are aware of any publications
(including websites) that might be of use in such a study." Any
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