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Symposium: “Nineteenth-Century Echoes: German Settlers and Explorers in South America”

Monday, April 18, 2022 @ 8:00 am - Tuesday, April 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

This Symposium is free and open to the public!

During the 1800s, emigrants from German-speaking Europe came not only to the United States and Canada; they were also drawn to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and other countries in South America. At the same time, German explorers, scientists, and businessmen crisscrossed the Atlantic and traveled between the Northern and Southern continents, sharing experiences, and creating networks of knowledge.

Today, issues of international migration, language, identity, and global connectedness are as pertinent as ever. Nineteenth Century Echoes will put these questions into a historical context by focusing on German-speaking minority populations, travelers, and explorers in South America and their enduring influence into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Scholars from the Americas and Europe will give 40-minute presentations that touch on questions in anthropology, education, history, linguistics, natural science, and other fields. In addition, the presenters will participate in two panel discussions that will focus on issues of (minority) identity and global connections today that hark back to migration and travel over a century ago.

This Symposium has been made possible thanks to the generous support from the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of  Letters & Sciences’ Anonymous Fund and our co-sponsors: the Friends of the Max Kade Institute; and the UW units of German-Nordic-Slavic; Spanish & Portuguese ; Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program; and the Center for European Studies.

The Symposium program will be posted here closer to the event date.


Monday, April 18, 2022 @ 8:00 am
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI United States


Max Kade Institute