Keynote speaker and workshop leader: Jochen Hellbeck (Rutgers University)

Schedule of events / Directions

Participants and paper abstracts

Without foregone conclusions or a set agenda, we propose during this two-day colloquium to collectively explore the topic of violence, as thematized, mediated, conceptualized, and processed by the texts, contexts, and modes of inquiry that constitute the objects of German Studies. Our hope is that the diverse histories and interpretive approaches of German Studies might yield an incisive, nuanced, and topical consideration of what is too often treated as a self-evident phenomenon, divorced from context.

The Binghamton University German Studies Colloquium (BUGSC), now in its tenth year, provides a forum for conversation and exchange among scholars, teachers, students, translators, writers, artists and others interested in German Studies. It seeks to foster collaboration across programs, departments, disciplines and institutions. BUGSC will take place on April 5-6, 2019 on the Binghamton University campus. Panels will begin on Friday, followed by a keynote lecture on Friday afternoon. The event will continue on Saturday morning and close with a lunch and a workshop that will further address the Colloquium theme.

Hotel: We have set aside a number of rooms at a hotel close to the colloquium site at a reduced rate. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Quality Inn & Suites Vestal Binghamton, Vestal, NY. Please note rooms need to be booked by the cutoff date of Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019 for the discount. Reserve your room online or call the hotel directly. Here is the information you need to make your reservation:

Group Name: German Studies Colloquium BUGSC
Group Code: HF96T0
Check In: Thursday, Apr 4, 2019 (4:00 PM)
Check Out: Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 (12:00 PM)
Cutoff Date: Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019
Group Billing Options: Guest is responsible for all charges.

Travel: Binghamton University is located just outside the city of Binghamton in Vestal, New York along NY route 434 (the Vestal Parkway). The Greater Binghamton Airport is a short drive or taxi ride to/from campus. Bus transportation is also available: Both Greyhound and Shortline ( offer frequent bus service to downtown Binghamton from New York City and other points. The bus trip from New York City takes approximately 3 ½-4 hours (as does the drive). Taxis from the bus station to the Colloquium hotel and the campus are readily available at the bus station. For those traveling back to New York City on Saturday after the workshop, the 4:40 p.m. Greyhound Bus or the 4:10 p.m. Shortline Bus are the best options.

Registration: While BUGSC receives some departmental and university funding, a registration fee continues to be necessary for us to fund (and feed) the full event. This year's registration fee is $120 for faculty, $80 for graduate students. It covers all meals and all coffee/tea breaks during the Colloquium, a Friday evening dinner at PS restaurant after the keynote lecture (cash bar; and the workshop with Professor Hellbeck on Saturday. Please send your registration fee of $120 by check, payable to “Binghamton University Foundation” to:

Harald Zils
Department of German and Russian Studies
Binghamton University
Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000 USA

Please use “Acct. # 10763 — BUGSC” on the check. (Participants coming from Europe and elsewhere abroad, please email us about how to pay the registration fee without a U.S. checking account). The deadline for registration is March 15, 2019. Thereafter the registration fee increases to $135.