University Anniversaries between History, Present, and Future


Thursday, 18.06.2020

18:00 Welcome and Keynote
Pieter Dhondt (Kuopio): How three Belgian (state) universities celebrated their anniversary in 2017. The challenging combination of jubilees and history writing in a broad historiographical perspective.
Chair: Marcus Popplow (Karlsruhe)
19:30 Informal Break-Out Sessions

Friday, 19.06.2020

9:00 - 10:00 University anniversaries in the 19th century
Matthias Berg (Berlin/Munich): Munich university anniversaries of the "long" 19th century in the mirror of their speeches
Anton F. Guhl (Karlsruhe): Future through history? On the Jubilee Practice of Polytechnics in the Middle of the 19th Century
Christof Aichner (Innsbruck): "With us, the 200th anniversary celebration has raised a lot of dust...". The University Jubilee at the University of Innsbruck in 1877.
Chair: Marcus Popplow (Karlsruhe)
10:00 - 10:20 Break
10:20 - 11:20 Anniversaries and National Socialism
Martin Göllnitz (Marburg) "Under the booming defensive fire of our flak the 'Festschrift' was created". The jubilee celebrations of Kiel University and the Vienna University of Technology during World War II.
Marianne Horstkemper (Potsdam) / Vivian Yurdakul (Berlin): The Thematization of the Nazi Past in the University Anniversaries of the TU Berlin
Catherine Maurer (Strasbourg): 1919, 1939, 1943, 1945: How did the University of Strasbourg honor these decisive years in its history?
Chair: Kurt Möser (Karlsruhe)
11:20 - 11:40 Break
11:40 - 12:40 Anniversaries in the long 1970s
Sarah Kramer (Marburg): "[K]one reason to celebrate"? The university anniversaries in Marburg and Tübingen in 1977 between jubilation and crisis
Beate Ceranski (Stuttgart): "For two weeks Stuttgart is a real university city." The Stuttgart University Jubilee 1979
Gunnar B. Zimmermann (Hamburg): "Counter-Festschriften" to University Anniversaries as Alternative Offers of Remembrance between Protest and Scientific Claim
Chair: Ole Sparenberg (Karlsruhe)
12:40 - 14:00 Break
14:00 - 14:40 Anniversaries of "post-classical" universities
Verena Kümmel (Darmstadt): Six commemorative publications in eleven years. The self-assurance of an ecclesiastical university of applied sciences
Edith Glaser (Kassel) / Alexander Kather (Kassel): How and why do reform universities celebrate themselves? The Universities of Bremen and Kassel in Comparison
Chair: Silke Zimmer-Merkle (Karlsruhe)
14:40 - 14:50 Break
14:50 - 15:30 Current anniversary practice
Juliane Mikoletzky (Vienna): 200 Years TU Vienna: On the Attempt to Celebrate an Anniversary (Almost) Without History
Sabine Lauderbach (Mainz): 75 Years Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. Status and Perspectives of the "Festschrift
Chair: Klaus Nippert (Karlsruhe)
15:30 - 15:40 Break
15:40 - 16:20 Comparing National Approaches
Piotr Majewski (Warszawa): Celebrations of the establishment of the University of Warsaw in 20th century and its impact on historiography
Ning de Coninck-Smith (Aarhus): Histories of Danish Universities - in the past - and in the (possible) future
Chair: Gisela Hürlimann (Karlsruhe)
16:20 - 17:00 Break
17:00 Commentary and final discussion
Mitchell Ash (Vienna): Conference Commentary I
Daniela Zetti (Lübeck): Conference Commentary II
18:00 Informal Break-Out Sessions