The Upstate New York German Studies Colloquium seeks to provide a forum for conversation and exchange among scholars, teachers and others interested in German Studies and to foster collaboration between programs, departments and institutions.

The 2010 conference theme is “Übergänge/Transitions.”

Conference languages are English and German. Panels will begin on Friday, followed by a keynote lecture on Friday evening. The conference will continue on Saturday morning and close around 3:30pm. You can find the preliminary program here.

Speakers and presentation abstracts

Information for participants


Binghamton University is located just outside the city of Binghamton in Vestal, NY along NY 343 (the Vestal Parkway). The Greater Binghamton Airport is a short drive or taxi ride from campus. Both Greyhound and Shortline offer frequent bus service to downtown Binghamton from New York City and other points. The bus trip from NYC takes approximately 4 hours. Taxis from the bus station to campus are readily available at the station. If we can offer any assistance with your travel plans, please contact us. Note that on-campus parking is available for a fee in the “paid lot” across from the Bartle Library. An information booth on the main campus drive (entrance from the Vestal Parkway) offers information on parking. For further information and directions click here.


We have reserved a limited number of rooms for colloquium participants at the Quality Inn and Suites in Vestal, NY, directly across from the Binghamton University campus. From the hotel you can reach all the locations (the University Union) for the colloquium by foot in five minutes or so. The colloquium rate is $79.95/night (single or double) and is available from Thursday, April 8 to Saturday, April 10, 2010. Please mention the Department of German and Russian Studies Transitions Colloquium when booking your room (call 607-729-6371 or 877-424-6423). The block of rooms for the colloquium will be held until April 1, 2010. There are a number of other hotels (Howard Johnson, Hampton Inn) on the Vestal Parkway, but the walk to campus is less pleasant. Sites like might also offer better deals.

Registration Fee

The registration fee of $75. includes most meals and all coffee breaks during the colloquium as well as a Friday evening dinner at PS restaurant (cash bar) following the keynote lecture by Claus Altmayer from the University of Leipzig. The Colloquium will end on Saturday afternoon with a workshop on “Kulturelle Deutungsmuster” that will be led by Professor Altmayer. This event is also included in the registration fee.

Please send your registration fee of $75 by check made payable to “IFR 900142” to:

Neil Christian Pages
Transitions German Studies Colloquium
Department of German and Russian Studies
Binghamton University SUNY
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

The deadline for registration is March 25, 2010. Thereafter the registration fee increases to $90.

For questions, please contact Neil Christian Pages or Harald Zils.