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German Undergraduate Conference February 2024


The next Undergraduate Conference in German Studies will be held on 1-2 March 2024, and all German Studies undergraduates and sixth form students of German are welcome.

Submit an abstract for a paper or poster on the theme ‘Fact and Fiction’ for the Cambridge Undergraduate Conference in German Studies!

We invite papers from undergraduates from any discipline, at all stages of research and from any institution to submit abstracts of 150-200 words for 15-minute presentations in English (but citing German material in the original language) on the topic ‘Fact and Fiction’.

From medieval history to projections of the future, our perception of places, people and world events exists within a complex network of facts and fictions. The binary opposition of fact and fiction is often blurred in instances of expectation vs. reality, accounts and reports or technological interpretation of human experiences. Interrogating such instances and what causes them can help us understand more about the world we perceive. How are knowledge, art, and ideas disseminated to us? By what means and by whom (or what) can these narratives be co-opted, manipulated or altered, and to what effect? In responding to these lines of enquiry, speakers could consider the following areas:

•Art, literature, film, photography and other cultural media from all time periods in the German-speaking world

• Memory studies (e.g. debates about remembering National Socialism; the legacy of the GDR)

• News, journalism and similar media • History and politics (e.g. democracy in Germany; migration)

• Linguistics

• AI and technology, for example in the debate around ‘digitalisation’

The Conference is an ideal opportunity to present your own work, perhaps for the first time, in a welcoming and engaging environment. In previous years, students have used work from their dissertation, year abroad project or module essays, for example. You may interpret the title ‘Fact and Fiction’ in any way you wish.

If you would prefer not to give a presentation, you can submit an abstract for academic posters of A1 size, which will be displayed at the conference.

There will be an opportunity for poster authors to participate in a Q&A. We ask that students submit an abstract of between 150-200 words describing their 15-minute presentation or their proposed poster, along with their name, institution and a short introduction to themselves (50 words), by Monday 15th January 2024 using this Google Forms link.

Applicants will be notified by 22 January about the outcome of their application. We are very keen to hear from candidates from a diverse range of institutions and backgrounds, as well those who might have had an interruption to their studies.

We are glad to be able to offer speakers free accommodation and board for their time in Cambridge, as well as reimbursement for their travel costs. There will be the opportunity to connect with both members of the German Section and a keynote speaker (to be announced). Free refreshments, including a lunch, will be available for all attendees during the conference. Virtual participation for audience members (but not speakers) will be possible; the Conference will, however, be a fully accessible event. We are looking forward to hearing your insights and seeing you at the conference at the start of March! If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee at

Photograph taken at 2020 conference on the theme of ‘Invention and Innovation’.





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