28-29 March 2008 University of Texas at Austin
David Barclay
is Margaret and Roger Scholten Professor of International Studies at Kalamazoo College. A historian of modern Germany, he is the author of several books, including most recently (co-edited with Eric D. Weitz) Between Reform and Revolution: German Socialism and Communism from 1840 to 1990 (1998) and Schaut auf diese Stadt. Der unbekannte Ernst Reuter (2000). He is currently completing a study on Willy Brandt.
Deborah Ascher Barnstone
is Associate Professor at Washington State University where she teaches architectural design, history and theory. She holds a PhD in architectural history/theory from Delft University of Technology (2004) and is a principal with Ascher Barnstone Architects. Her primary research area is 20th century German architecture. Scholarly publications include: The Transparent State: Architecture and Politics in Postwar Germany (2005); “Text and Architecture at the Behnisch Bundeshaus,” Interfaces, Winter 2005 and “From the Zero Hour: Transparency, Gender and Architecture,” Art, Nation and Gender (2004).
Monica Black
is Assistant Professor of History at Furman University in Greenville, SC. She received her PhD in 2006 from the University of Virginia. She is currently revising her dissertation on “Death and the Making of Three Berlins: A History, 1933-1961” for publication. An article based on the dissertation, “Death and the Making of West Berlin, 1948-1961,” is forthcoming in German History.
Erol M Boran
received his PhD from Ohio State University in 2004 and is a Teaching Stream Lecturer at the German Department of the University of Toronto where he offers courses on theater, gender & identity, and particularly minority studies. Previously he taught at Freie Universität Berlin, Ohio State University, University of New Mexico, University of Texas, as well as at the Goethe-Institute in Thessaloniki. He publishes on Turkish-German theater and political cabaret.
Philip Broadbent
is Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD from University College London with a dissertation Irreconcilably Past and Present: Post-Reunification Berlin Narratives. He has published on narrative representations of post-1990 Berlin as well as the notion of generational literatures and ruptures, forthcoming in New German Critique. He is currently working on a book project on the Berlin novel in the late 20th century.
Greg Castillo
is a Senior Lecturer in architectural history at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. He received his Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. While at Berkeley, he worked as research assistant to the late Spiro Kostof, an association that led to Castillo's authorship of second-edition revisions to Kostof's A History of Architecture (1995), currently the best-selling college survey textbook in its discipline. Castillo's own research, which has been supported by fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Ford Foundation, explores the culture and identity politics of cold war design. Castillo's forthcoming book, Cold War on the Home Front: Cultural Revolution in Mid-century Domestic Design, which explores the attempt to divide Germany through the introduction of American- and Soviet-derived domestic design cultures, will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2008.
Thomas Doerfler
has a PhD from the Department of Social Geography in Bayreuth and wrote his dissertation under Prof. D. Mueller-Mahn on urban milieu and social change in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg since unification. His main areas of research are sociological and geographical theory, qualitative and quantitative methods, sociology of knowledge, nationalism, and psychoanalysis as a social science.
April Eisman
is Assistant Professor in Art and Design at Iowa State University. An art historian, her research interests focus on the relationship between art and politics in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular emphasis on the German Democratic Republic. She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007 with the dissertation, “Bernhard Heisig and the Cultural Politics of East German Art.” Recent publications include articles on Heisig, the contemporary Chinese artist Feng Mengbo, and the impact of September 11th on the American news media.
Jennifer Evans
is Associate Professor of Modern European History at Carleton University in Ottawa Canada. She is currently working on two book-length projects, one, under contract with Palgrave Macmillan on sexual space in post-WWII Berlin, and the other on the regulation of homosexuality in Nazi and Cold War Germany. She has written articles and book chapters on a range of topics in the history of sexuality, including “The Moral State: Men, Mining, and Masculinity in the Early GDR” German History, Special Issue on the History of Sexuality), vol. 23, no. 3 (August 2005): 355-370 and “Bahnhof Boys: Policing Male Prostitution in Post-Nazi Berlin,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 12.4 (October 2003): 605-636.
Sabine Hake
is the Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of five books, including German National Cinema (2008, second revised edition) and the forthcoming Topographies of Class: Modern Architecture and Mass Society in Weimar Berlin (2008). She has published numerous articles and edited volumes on German film and Weimar culture. Her new book project deals with the fascist imaginary in world cinema.
Paul Jaskot
is Associate Professor of Art History at DePaul University. He is the author of The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy (2000) as well as co-editor of Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past (2007). His research focuses on problems related to political economy and art as they intersect with the history of National Socialist Germany and its impact on postwar culture. Currently, he is completing a project on the political reception of the Nazi past and postwar German art and architecture.
Barbara Hoidn
shares the O'Neil Ford professorship with Wilfried Wang in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin; she is also a principal with HoidnWangPartner Berlin. She studied Architecture and City Planning at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and has taught at the ETH Zürich, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. In 1994 she joined the strategy department of the Senate Building Director of Berlin as Head of the Architecture Workshop. From 2000 to 2001 she was head of a team in the housing department of the Senate Department for Urban Development in Berlin responsible for the handling of several national and European urban renewal programs for Berlin.
Patrick Major
is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, where he has taught since 1991. He has a broad interest in Cold War popular culture and the social history of German national division, and more recently in transnational Cold war film politics. Recent publications include (co-edited with Jonathan Osmond) The Workers' and Peasants' State: Communism and Society in East Germany under Ulbricht, 1945-71 (2002) and (co-edited with Rana Mitter) Across the Blocs: Cold War Cultural and Social History (2004).
Lyn Marven
holds a DPhil from Oxford and is a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on contemporary literature, especially by authors of non-German origins and from the former GDR; she is currently working on images of Berlin in contemporary narrative. She is the author of Body and Narrative in Contemporary Literatures in German: Herta Müller, Libuše Moníková and Kerstin Hensel (2005) and co-editor (with Brigid Haines) of Libuše Moníková: In Memoriam (2005) and has published articles on contemporary literature, women's writing, representations of the body, gendered identities and visual texts.
Claudia Mesch
has a PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago and teaches 20th-century and contemporary art at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on postwar modernism, its ties to surrealism, and to European intellectual history. She is co-editor of Joseph Beuys: the Reader (2007). Her forthcoming book on Around the Berlin Wall: Art and Demarcation in the Cold War is the first study of visual art on both sides of the Iron Curtain, focusing on art produced in divided Berlin. She writes art and film criticism for M/C, Sculpture, caa.reviews and The Art Book.
Tomas Nigrin
completed his 2007 Dr. Phil. in the Department of German Studies at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic with a dissertation on “The Food Supply of Düsseldorf Population and British Supply Policy in the British Zone 1944-1948.” His main research area is postwar German political and social development. Supported by a Charles University Grant, his current research on “The Isolated Island: West Berlin under the Administration of Willy Brandt (1961-1966). The Life behind the Berlin Wall” examines the effects of municipal policies on West Berlin society.
Miriam Paeslack
received her Dr. Phil. from the University of Freiburg and is currently Visiting Professor in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco / Oakland; she previously taught at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. She has published on the subject of late 19th century and contemporary urban photography and questions of identity and space in journals such as The Journal of Architecture, and Fotogeschichte, and Visual Resources (editor, special issue on Before and After the Wall: German Photography in Discourse and Practice, 12.2 (2006)).
Jeffrey Schutts
teaches history at Douglas College, Canada, and co-produces documentary films with his wife, Michelle Mason. His work has been published in Consuming Germany in the Cold War, edited by David Crew (2003) and Selling Modernity, edited by Pamela Swett, Jonathan Wiesen and Jonathan Zatlin (2007). His research projects investigate the role of consumerism in totalitarian societies and anti-war dissent within armies. With his study, “Coca-Colonization, a refreshing Americanization, or Nazi Volksgetränk?: The History of Coca-Cola in Germany,1929-1961.” Schutts earned his doctorate through Georgetown University's multidisciplinary BMW Center for German and European Studies in 2003.
James M. Skidmore
earned a BA in French and German and an MA in German from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MA and PhD in German from Princeton University. He is currently Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Waterloo. His research interests are the cultural and intellectual traditions of twentieth-century German literature and film, Canadian and German comparative literature, and undergraduate curriculum development. His monograph The Trauma of Defeat: Ricarda Huch's Historiography during the Weimar Republic appeared in 2005.
Maike Steinkamp
completed her studies of Art History and German and Italian Literature at the Universities of Bonn and Parma with a dissertation on the reception of “degenerated” art in art criticism, exhibitions and museums in the Soviet Sector and the later GDR (to be published in 2008). From 2001 until 2004 she worked as Assistant Curator at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle in Bonn and at the German Historical Museum in Berlin; since 2005, she has been a Research Fellow/Lecturer in Art History at the University of Hamburg. Her research interests include German art and cultural history of the 20th century, history of museums and collections, and photography.
Kristina H. Yu
AIA, AK Berlin is Assistant Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Yu has graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology and received her Masters of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. She has spent her professional years in the practice of architecture in the city of Berlin. She has taught at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas Tech University, while lecturing widely on the subjects of innovative building and landscape structures in our contemporary urban environments.