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

 

 

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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Writer in Residence Ulrich Peltzer

German at Aston is proud to be hosting critically acclaimed writer Ulrich Peltzer as part of the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) Writer in Residence programme. Peltzer is with us from 28 Nov until 8 Dec.
During his time at Aston, the author will read from his latest novel Das bessere Leben. He will also give a research seminar on “Political Writing Today: Film and Prose”, where he will discuss his novels and his film scripts for some of Berlin School director Christoph Hochhäusler’s films with Prof Julian Preece from Swansea University.
On 7 Dec, Peltzer will appear at Birmingham’s Waterstones bookshop to discuss his break-through novel Teil der Lösung (Part of the Solution) and his experience as an author living and writing in Berlin.

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Ulrich Peltzer and Uwe Schütte

Manner-wafers and Halloren-chocolate coming to Britain?

Last weekend more than 40 students arrived at Aston University to attend international marketing workshops given by Aston staff. Pupils from all over the country came to Birmingham and experienced a weekend full of fun and information. On Saturday morning, the weekend began with a Welcome session after which the students went into different groups depending on their language.

Five pupils joined our German workshop and did not only learn a lot about marketing and its different areas but of course got the chance to improve their language skills as the workshop was held in German. Different marketing theories such as “The four P’s” or “AIDA” were explained to give them an idea of what marketing is about.

On Sunday, the students then had to put their knowledge together by designing marketing strategies for different Austrian and German products such as Manner-wafers and Halloren chocolate bubbles. They prepared their presentations as well as TV advertisements. At the end of the day each group presented their project in front of the group as if presenting their marketing strategies to the companies that produce the products. Both groups came up with very creative ideas as well as great advertising spots. So put your hands together for the great turnout and thanks again for coming from all over the country!

The students as well as the LSS staff and all our passionate organizers had a lot of fun last weekend and enjoyed their time with the visitors.

And who knows…maybe someday we will get products such as Halloren and Manner in Britain! 🙂

Julia

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The German students with our two Aston student ambassadors Hannah and Morgan.
An advert created for the marketing campaign for Manner wafers. Yum!

 

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Test Dept symposium a great success

The launch of the Test Dept book attracted about 40 visitors to Aston. The audience heard five speakers from various UK universities talking about the band.

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Apart from a Q&A panel with original band members Paul Jamrozy and Graham Cunnington, the highlight of the event was the talk by Stephen Mallinder, formerly frontman of Cabaret Voltaire. His presentation about the role of radical music during the Thatcher years was accompanied by a slide show including a number of iconic images and photographs.

 C360_2015-05-28-16-23-25-854There was also an after event party at Vividworks wich was well attended. It included DJ sets from Test Dept, Stephen Mallinder and Alexei Monroe.

Test Dept book launch 28 May

Straying a little from our usual focus on German music, the German section is proud to host the Midlands launch of “Total State Machine”, a fantastic new volume documenting the work of seminal English industrial band Test Dept.

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You can find more info on the event, which will be opened with welcome address by our colleague Uwe Schütte, by visiting the event page.

The event is free but requires registration.

You can also watch a video or visit the publisher’s website.

 

German Film of the Week: Gegen die Wand

gegen_die_wandThis week’s film is Fatih Akin’s award-winning Gegen die Wand, a powerful story of love, obsession and self-destruction set in  the Turkish-German community.

When Cahit reluctantly agrees to enter into a marriage of convenience with Sibel who is desperate to escape the control of her strict Turkish parents, he doesn’t expect to fall in love with her and he doesn’t anticipate the tragic course of events his feelings for his ‘wife’ will trigger.

Set in Hamburg and Istanbul, Akin once again captures the hopes, dreams and struggles of people living in modern multi-cultural societies.

Aston students can access the film through our VLE. It is available to Box of Broadcasts subscribers here.

Trailer:  httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRioyPHCSVo

Viel Vergnügen!

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Andreas Spechtl, DAAD Songwriter in Residence

Spechtl 2For the first time, we  invited to Aston not a Writer but a Songwriter in Residence. Andreas Spechtl, singer and songwriter of the Berlin-based, Austrian band Ja, Panik will be in Birmingham from 20 April. His band is recognised as one of the foremost German-language indie bands. They won acclaim in particular for their last two albums “DMD KIU LDT” and “Libertatia”, the latter winning the Album des Jahres Award of the leading music magazine SPEX. The highlight of his stay will be a free  solo concert in the city centre. More news on this after Easter. Spechtl was invited by our resident pop music expert Uwe Schütte and his stay is sponsored by the DAAD  and the Goethe Institut, London.

German Film of the Week: Sonnenallee

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Less than 10 years after the East German state ceased to exist, we started to miss it. Ostalgie, a nostalgia for the East and for everyday life under Socialism, is a much discussed phenomenon which sprang up in the 1990s when East Germans increasingly felt they had been taken over by the West and memories of the East were being devalued. 2260745,yp+T7PMY5lKvdiJRNP2232rRcIxVh8A_S7N9IsWuz4QEwaEPZZrjpU+rJbihmueTTpJCTKIusJ0qmDEDRKo4WA==This resulted in an identity crisis for the generation which had grown up behind the Wall, and people started organising “East parties” and celebrating their “Easterness” with the consumption of regional products and re-introduced Eastern brands. Made in 1999, Sonnenallee is a hilarious comedy which takes the desire to reassert an East German identity to the big screen, simultaneously mocking and mourning the GDR.

Aston students can access the film through Blackboard. It is also available online here and  here.

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js9DphJ8JXU

Viel Vergnügen – and apologies for the poor quality of the subtitles!

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Annual German Quiz at Aston University

Like every year, Aston University and the University of Birmingham are once again hosting a German Quiz night where students – and staff! – from both institutions can test their knowledge of all things German-speaking. This year, the event is hosted at Aston campus and the winners will be awarded fantastic prizes from our sponsors.

PDF - German Pub Quiz Poster 2015