Outside the Nation: Taking Stock of a Sense of Duty and Diversity in German Studies Abroad

Part of the Global Germany in Transnational Dialogues book series (GGTD)


There has been a noticeable improvement in the ethno-cultural diversity and institutional openness of German higher education over the past two decades. It encompasses instruction and research activities as evidenced by the agenda of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung), and the German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). There is currently, however, no collation of the programs, departmental efforts, or list of initiatives which would take stock of a similarly progressive shift in transnational German higher education outside a national, Germany-centred perspective. In recognising the shift, this chapter offers a contemporary overview of important German Studies Abroad programs and trends at international liberal arts colleges and research universities. They transcend the field’s nation-centric history, as they redefine transnational German education in the 21st century with a sense of pluri-local attachments and intersectional duties. A possible explanation for this departure from nation-centred tradition is an increased geo-political awareness. There is now more concern for the local academic environments of German Studies Abroad than there is for replicating the higher education experience of German studies in Germany.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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