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Two new competitions for Germanists

Two new competitions have opened for German students of all ages:

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The 4
th DAAD-IMLR German Writing Competition

Following on from the success of the last three years’ competitions organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the IMLR, we are again joining forces to launch the fourth writing competition for all learners and lovers of German.

This year, the task ties in with the 500th anniversary of Luther’s publication of his 95 theses that sparked the Reformation. Put yourself in the shoes of a time-travelling spy: you overhear a conversation between Luther or one of his German, Austrian or Swiss contemporaries (real or imagined) and a figure from public life in 2017 Britain. Is the German-speaking 16th-century time traveller debating Brexit with Boris Johnson or comparing sporting skills with Andy Murray? Does Jamie Oliver try to revolutionise the cooking skills of Reformation Germany? Write down what you hear! The only two rules: the dialogue must be written in German and it must not be longer than 350 words.

The competition is open to students at secondary schools, sixth-formers, undergraduates, postgraduates and anybody else who feels up to the challenge! Submissions are welcome from single authors and from pairs of contributors, and they must be submitted online.

The online portal to submit dialogue contributions will be open from 6 October. Watch this space! For any queries in the meantime, please contact Vanessa at Huebner@daad.org.uk

Further information

Closing date: Monday, 23 October 2017

Prizes 

  • A workshop with translation and theatre practitioners
  • Book prizes
  • VIP guided tours through exhibitions in London

Prize-Giving: The prize-giving will take place on Monday, 11 December 2017, in London.

The competition is organised by the DAAD London, the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) and the Goethe Institute London, and is supported by the German and the Swiss Embassies in London and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

 

Two Chairs Creative Writing Competition (English/ German)

The ‘Two Chairs Creative Writing Competition’ invites creative written responses to the Hafis-Goethe Denkmal in Weimar. The sculpture, depicting two chairs, embodies issues of inter-cultural encounter and communication, both from the point of view of ‘cultural specificity’ and also by exploring the possibility of non-binary relationships between faiths, communities and cultures in the widest sense.

Some basic points to note are:

  • You can write in English or in German;
  • Your piece can be a poem, short story or piece of prose no more than 1000 words in length;
  • The entry categories will be under 18s and over 18s, with a piece in English and in German picked from each (four winners in total); prizes will be £250 each.
  • The competition launches on Monday 25 September 2017. The final date for entries is 2 March 2018, 5pm.
  • Entires should be sent electronically (see particulars) to Dr Carly Hegenbarth: C.Hegenbarth@warwick.ac.uk

The winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges including poet Ian McMillan, Prof. Karen Leeder (Oxford), and up-and-coming UK poets Hanan Issa and Momtaza Mehri. Winners will receive a £250 cash prize each, and an invitation to performance and writing workshop with McMillan, Issa and Mehri in Oxford, May 2018.

Follow THIS LINK for more information.

Auf Wiedersehen, Ben und Martin!

Regrettably, the time has come to say goodbye to our lovely Teaching Assistants from Paderborn, Ben and Martin.

They did a fabulous job teaching and supporting our students, helping them with job applications and joining them on fun days out with the University’s German Society – and last but not least, organising a hugely enjoyable and challenging quiz night.

We are very sad to see them go. Vielen Dank für alles, Ben und Martin – you will be missed!

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Nachtmix: Uwe Schütte on Bavarian radio

On Saturday, April 8, our very own Uwe Schütte will be featured in Bayern 2’s famous Nachtmix series to talk about his adventures in pop music.

Follow this link to the show’s webpage.

Nachtmix, mit Karl Bruckmaier

Samstag, 08.04.2017
23:05 bis 00:00 Uhr

Bayern 2

Auf Schwarz und Weiß
Zu Gast: Der Autor Uwe Schütte

Uwe Schütte ist Germanist, hat über Elfriede Jelinek gearbeitet und bei W.G. Sebald promoviert. Doch unermüdlich ist er auch auf der Pop-Überholspur, schreibt über Musik, veranstaltet Symposien, gibt Bücher heraus – von den Mühen und Freuden des Büchermachens in Zeiten von Internet und Sparzwängen. Die Musik kommt von Kraftwerk, Laibach, Zeitkratzer, Psychic TV und Jeb Loy Nichols.

German pub quiz

Two weeks ago, approximately 40 students from Aston University and the University of Birmingham gathered at Beorma Bar, eager to test their knowledge on German culture at our annual German pub quiz. Nine teams competed in five strenuous rounds (geography, general facts, music, TV shows, sports) to win goody bags full of Austrian, German and Swiss prizes. Everyone did fairly well with UoB’s final year team “Top Marx” edging the joint staff team in the challenging final round (who would have expected that German winter sports athletes are not well known in the UK???) to take the victory. Many thanks to everyone who participated. We hope you enjoyed the quiz as much as we enjoyed preparing the questions!

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The winner team “Top Marx”:

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Here’s your chance to test your knowledge on Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Would you have known the answers…?

Round 2: General Knowledge

  1. What is the name of the president elect of the Federal Republic of Germany?
  1. How many neighbouring countries does Switzerland have?
  1. What is the name of the longest river in Austria?
  1. Name the largest island of Germany?
  1. Rank the following German cities according to their population, starting with the smallest one: Kiel, Bielefeld, Düsseldorf, Ulm, Rostock.
  1. How many cantons does Switzerland have?
  1. On which date was the first German republic declared?
  1. Name the objects, which the eagle on the Austrian coat of arms holds in his claws.
  1. How is the Swiss parliament called?
  1. What was the year in which Austria joined the Euopean Union?

 

Round 5: Sports – Anagrams

Solve the anagrams below. They are all names of famous athletes. The initials are given, but also included in the anagram.

Example: NAIVSTE UNI STORY: A_____ U_____ = Aston University

1. SCHREIN DÖNER SD
deutsch, männlich, Basketball
German, male, basketball
D         S  
2. RACHEL ER SCHIRM
österreichisch, männlich, Ski Alpin
    Austrian, male, alpine skiing
M         H  
3. GEIER QUERBALKEN
deutsch, weiblich, Tennis
German, female, tennis
A         K  
4. MOBIL LOT
deutsch, männlich, Tischtennis
German, male, table tennis
T          B  
5. CAPTAIN SUEDLICHE
deutsch, weiblich, Eisschnelllauf
German, female, speed skating
C         P  
6. KINO TORSO
deutsch, männlich, Fußball
German, male, football
T          K  
7. AAL GURT
schweizerisch, weiblich, Ski Alpin
Swiss, female, alpine skiing
L          G  
8. STUMMES MAHL
deutsch, männlich, Fußball
German, male, football
M         H  
9. ADMIRAL EHER LAU
deutsch, weiblich, Biathlon
German, female, biathlon
L          D  
10. SALADIN TRIOLE
deutsch, männlich, Eishockey
German, male, ice hockey
L          D

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Answers:

Round 2:
1. Frank-Walter Steinmeier; 2. Fünf; 3. Donau; 4. Rügen; 5. Ulm, Rostock, Kiel, Bielefeld, Düsseldorf; 6. 26; 7. 9. November 1918; 8. Hammer und Sichel; 9. Bundesversammlung; 10. 1995

Round 5:
1. Dennis Schröder; 2. Marcel Hirscher; 3. Angelique Kerber; 4. Timo Boll; 5. Claudia Pechstein; 6. Toni Kroos; 7. Lara Gut; 8. Mats Hummels; 9. Laura Dahlmeier; 10. Leon Draisaitl

Documentary by former LTS student to be shown at Flatpack film festival

This year`s Flatpack film festival in Birmingham (4th – 9th April) will feature a never-seen-before music documentary about one of England`s most promising and unconventional rock bands. The duo “Sleaford Mods” from Nottingham is singing about timeless problems like unemployment, underfinanced towns and hopelessness in a monotonous world, all topics which especially appeal to young people. One of these young people is Christine Franz, a former LTS student from Aston University. Right after listening to the band for the first time it was clear to her that she had to do a music documentary about this exceptional band. The result is a highly anticipated documentary about two musicians following their dreams against all the odds.

The documentary will experience a limited UK cinematic release this spring and is definitely worth watching, especially because it was made and directed by one of our former students, Christine Franz.

Launch of new research project on German Pop Music

This event marks the launch of a new project on German Popular music at Warwick/ Aston unis. It takes place on Wed 8th Feb, 5-7pm in the Occulus building, OC1.09. Warwick Uni Campus. No tickets. Event free. Come along!

This ia a new research intiative that seeks, through collaboration with Warwick University, to promote the serious academic treatment of German popular music and its (much underrated) cultural value and contribuiton to world culture. The topic, perhaps oddly, remains something of a blindspot within German Studies as a discipline. We start with two venerable speakers, David Pattie and Luis-Manuel Garcia.

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