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Texas A & M Research Foundation (College Station, TX 77843-0001)
Robert R. Shandley (Project Director: March 2009 to September 2011)

Seminars for K-12 Educators
Education Programs

$143,210 (approved)
$143,210 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2009 – 9/30/2010

Funding details:
Original grant (2009) $141,320
Supplement (2010) $1,890

Germany's Cosmopolitan Capital: Berlin and the Myth of German Monoculturalism

A five-week school teacher seminar for sixteen participants to study Germany's cosmopolitan society over the past two centuries, to be held in Berlin.

This seminar uses writers and film makers associated with Berlin, the city's museums, neighborhoods, and larger cultural scene to explore how German society's sense of itself has been tested and enriched by its encounters with migrants during the past two centuries. Participants will use the tools of the humanities to contrast the twin myths of German homogeneity and German monoculturalism with the literary and social reality of Germany's cosmopolitan capital. Locating the seminar in Berlin will let participants make the leap from intellectual awareness to a genuine understanding of contemporary German culture. Our objects of inquiry include an 18th-century French migrant to Berlin, who became a key author in Germany's Romantic tradition and a number of Berlin's German-Jewish authors. The seminar also focuses on the Turkish Germans, and includes a Russian Jew and Berlin resident, now one of the most popular chroniclers of "multi-cultural Germany."