The DAAD Center for German & European Studies and the departments of
History, Anthropology, and GSD cordially invite faculty and students to
a presentation by historian Glenn Penny (U of Iowa) on the complex
relationship between Germans and Native Americans.
"Beyond Displacement: German Responses to the 'American Genocide'"
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 12 noon - 1:15 PM
609 Social Sciences
American Indians occupy a central place in Germany's cultural imaginary.
The history of Native Americans' suffering and their decimation at the
hands of white settlers resonates particularly strongly. How so?
Glenn Penny's presentation is part of a larger project on "The German
Love Affair with the American Indian." Penny investigates how Germans
from a variety of social backgrounds generated and used ideas about
Indians from the early nineteenth century until the present, and how
this fascination in turn has been received among Native Americans. Penny
uses this research to address broad questions about Germans' special
relationship to modernity, the contradictory interconnections between
culture and race, the manner in which some non-Europeans have been able
to appropriate and redirect European discourse on human difference, and
the manner in which stereotypes emerge and die.
This talk is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Department
of Anthropology, and the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch.