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Publications and scholarly projects

The Centre’s scholarly and outreach initiatives include active participation in and support for the following peer-reviewed journals:

Co-hosted at York

The German Law Journal serves an international audience as the first and only on-line, English-language report on developments in German and European jurisprudence. Peer Zumbansen, CCGES Faculty Affiliate and Professor at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, is the GLJ’s Co-Editor-in-Chief. With regard to both Public Law and Private Law in Germany, as well as European Law, GLJ provides thoughtful, quality reporting while inviting further commentary on and analysis of the issues on which it reports. GLJ’s frequent publication schedule permits the most contemporary coverage. GLJ also provides coverage of German and European Legal Culture, including announcements of conferences and other events of interest, book reviews, and coverage of appointments to the judiciary.

The January 2009 issue of the journal is a special issue bearing the the title “The Kantian Project of International Law: Engagements with J. Habermas’ The Divided West and contains a small Symposium dedicated to the English translation of the volume ‘Der Gespaltene Westen’ (Frankfurt, 2004; transl. 2006) byJürgen Habermas. The highly intriguing and thought provoking essays found in this volume, along with Habermas’ 80th birthday in June 2009, inspired the journal’s editors to invite a number of experts on the work of Habermas and on international law to contribute their views on this important phase in Habermas’ scholarship. The results of their work are found in the latest issue of the GLJ which is available by clicking on the link below.

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Spaces of Identity is a multidisciplinary international web-journal dedicated to issues of tradition, cultural boundaries and identity formation in Central and Eastern Europe. Members of the journal’s editorial team include CCGES Resident Faculty Members Susan Ingram and Markus Reisenleitner, both of York’s Division of Humanities. Spaces of Identity is a peer-reviewed journal, and is published quarterly. This journal scrutinizes the new, post-Soviet symbolic geographies that separate insiders from outsiders (informed by history and politics but implying identity), investigate the (historically and culturally) constructed nature of common symbols and histories, and trace the multiple vectors of domination and resistance involved in their emergence. Objects of analysis are the histories and narratives in which these conflicting forms of identification are negotiated. Feelings of territorial cultural belonging, of Heimat and exile can be analyzed, for example, through the prisms of migration patterns, diasporic experiences and urban lifestyles.

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Other affiliated journals

- German Politics and Society:
- German Studies Review: dprowe/GSR.index.html

Recent Book-Length Publications

Governing the Energy Challenge: Canada and Germany in a Multilevel Regional and Global Context

Co-Edited By Professor Burkard Eberlein (CCGES) and G. Bruce Doern

As energy prices continue to soar, there is an equally growing interest in how better to manage and regulate energy sources and their production. Governing the Energy Challenge is a comparative study between Canada and Germany that features essays by leading energy and public policy specialists from both countries. It identifies numerous strategies to produce more efficient and sustainable energy by revealing the ways in which Germany, as a member of the European Union, is more advanced in dealing with multi-level governmental tensions and sustainability constraints than Canada has as a member of NAFTA

Paying particular attention to the relationship between environmental study, climate change issues, and economic market reforms, this volume analyses the influence that the energy sector and multi-level institutional arrangements have on energy governance. The contributors provide valuable information on the formation of energy policy, offering insights into the growing differences between countries who are members of NAFTA and the European Union.

Never Sang for Hitler: The Life and Times of Lotte Lehmann.

By Professor Michael Kater

Lotte Lehmann ranks among the most celebrated sngers of the twentieth century. She was a favourite of Richard Strauss, and over her lifetime she became the friend of other famous men: Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini and Thomas Mann. She had a famous encounter with Hermann Göring, in which he claimed that he wanted to make her a foremost singer in Nazi Germany. By the time of her final major performance in 1951, she was considered one of the finest singing actresses of all time.

Rather than a traditional biography, this Prof. Kater’s work aims to be both a descriptive narrative of Lehmann’s life and a critical analysis of the inter-connections of the artist and society. Kater describes the varying phases of Lehmann’s life, as well as the sociocultural settings in which she finds herself – whether the Wilhelmine Empire, the First Austrian Republic, Nazi Germany, or the United States. Kater’s use of Lehmann’s personal and other papers reshapes much of what is known about her life and career.

Alternative Histories of Urban Consumption.

Edited By Professor Susan Ingram

This work features contributions from both Central European and North American scholars and aims to revisit and reintegrate sociological and cultural-historical conceptualizations of musical, filmic and theatrical urban space into the new global exigencies of Central Europe. In addition to a contribution from Professor Ingram (“Cosmotrash: A New Urban Genre for a New Urban Europe”), the volume also includes an essay by Carson Phillips, a student in CCGES’ Graduate Diploma program (“The Viennese Patriotism of Leo Strauss in his Theresienstadt Cabaret Compositions”).

Creating European Citizens.

By Professor Willem Maas

This work explores Europe’s remarkable experiment with common rights and citizenship, a key aspect of European integration. Arguing that these developments have to be seen in the context of the evolution of rights, Willem Maas seeks to explain the emergence of European citizenship and why states have freely chosen to cede their sovereignity to include “foreigners” in their political community. The success or failure of this project, the author argues, will not only determine the future of Europe but will also provide lessons for political integration elsewhere.