Women in German Studies (WIGS) 30th Anniversary Conference at Aston University, 9-10 Nov 2018

orriginalpicturelogoGerman at Aston is proud to be hosting the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Women in German Studies subject association.

We have an exciting line-up of papers from all areas of German studies:

Friday 9 November

14:00-14:30       Registration

14:30-17:00 Postgraduate and ECR Workshop (Cadbury Room)

Post-PhD opportunities: getting published, applying for funding and more!

Alex Lloyd (Oxford): Academic Publishing: My Part in its Downfall 

Elisabeth Wielander (Aston): The Reluctant Academic 

Ellen Pilsworth (Reading): All You Need is Love [and good Time Management and a Self-Care Practice]

Lyn Marven (Liverpool): Open Access Publishing and Modern Languages Online (MLO) 

Mary Boyle (Maynooth): Applying for the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships

17:00-17:30       Coffee Break

17:45          Welcome

18:00      Prize-giving: Postgraduate Essay Prize & First Book Proposal Prize

20:00    Conference Dinner at The Lost & Found, Bennetts Hill

 

Saturday 10 November

9.30-10.30  Parallel Panels (1/2)

Panel 1 – Early Modern (10th Floor, NX02)

Mary Boyle (Maynooth): Women’s Reception of the Nibelungenlied at the End of the Long Nineteenth Century

Alexandra Lloyd (Oxford): “Lieblingsrose historischer Gärtner!”: Joan of Arc in the German Literary Imagination

Panel 2 – Illness and Social Norms (Cadbury Room)

Nina Schmidt (FU Berlin): Beyond the Personal: The Social Critique of German Graphic Medicine 

Katherine Stone (Warwick): #RegrettingMotherhood in Germany: Between Societal Taboo and Feminist Protest

10:30-11:00       Coffee

11:00-12:00       Panel 3

Panel 3 – Literature and Politics (Cadbury Room)

Sarah Colvin (Jesus College, Cambridge): Can the incarcerated subaltern speak – and who’s listening? The problem of prisoner knowledge 

Allyson Fiddler (Lancaster): Marlene Streeruwitz: Punctuation, Politics, and Theatricality

12:00-13:00 – Keynote Lecture (Cadbury Room)

Elizabeth Boa (Nottingham): Changing times – changing my mind?: feminism, ecocriticism, identity politics

13:00-14:00       Lunch (Cadbury Room)

14:00-15:00    AGM

15:00-16:30   Parallel Panels (4/5)

Panel 4 – Identity and Otherness (Cadbury Room)

Maren Rohe (Birmingham): Perceptions of Germany in Poland – evidence from narrative interviews with Warsaw university students

Heike Krüsemann (Reading): Language learning motivation and the discursive representation of German in UK school settings and the press 

Hilary Potter (Leeds): Otherness? On the intersections of identity

Panel 5 – Genre (10th Floor, NX02)

Stephanie Homer (IMLR, London): The resilience of the Kindertransport refugee 

Mary Ikoniadou (Manchester Metropolitan): Brechtian dialectics on the design layout of an illustrated magazine in the GDR

Abbey Rees-Hales (Birmingham): “With quite unrestrained female indiscretion”: Charlotte Berend, Anita Berber and the graphically-graphic body

To register as delegate for the conference, please go to the Aston University Online Store

 

 

Writing / Video competition for German students / speakers

The DAAD – in cooperation with the Institute of Modern Languages Research IMLR – is calling on #German students/speakers to take part in their annual competition. This year, the competition branches out into new territory: after successful (and exciting!) forays into poetry, prose, translation and dramatic dialogue writing, competitors are asked this year to make a short video on ‘Auf deutschen Spuren – In the footsteps of German-language culture’.

The competition is not only about written texts: everyone eligible to register should send a video alongside the written script. Catch an inspirational moment on screen, whether you have already gained experience in the art of film-making or are just about to start your very first short film!

The competition is open to

– students at secondary schools/ Sixth Form Colleges
– undergraduates
– postgraduates
– German mother tongue speakers and
– anybody else who feels up to the challenge!

Submissions are welcome from single authors and from pairs or groups of contributors, and they must be entered online.

Firstly, you are asked to register. Secondly, you will receive a link via email where you can upload your film.
The deadline for registration and upload is 5 October 2018.

For more information, click on the link: https://www.daad.org.uk/en/2018/09/10/daad-imlr-competition-2018-launched/

Two new competitions for Germanists

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

Chatting with Luther
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.