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November 18, 2009


The student-run German Club will meet for the first time this semester TODAY, Wednesday, November 18 at 5 pm in FLB 1022. Everybody interested in joining the German Club is welcome!


Professor Marianne Kalinke has published a piece on the origin of pantyhose, "Medieval Icelandic Men: Fashion's Trend Setters," in 'Wawnarstræti', ed. R. Cook et al. (Reykjavík, 2009), pp. 49–51.


Professor Andrea Golato presented a paper entitled "Marking Understanding in Talk: 'achso' in German Interaction" at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in Chicago, Nov. 12-14, 2009.

Renata Fuchs presented “Terézia Mora's Autofictional Märchen for Adults” and ”Modes of Alterity in Libuše Moníková's Verklärte Nacht" at the 51st Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association, on November 13, 2009 in St. Louis, MO.

Regine Kroh presented "Migrations of the Mind - Border Crossing in Uwe Saeger's Das Überschreiten einer Grenze bei Nacht" on Saturday, Nov. 14th at the MMLA in St. Louis.

The annual meeting of PIGSTII (Philologists in Germanic Studies at Illinois and Indiana) took place on Saturday, November 14, on the Bloomington campus. Seven faculty and twelve graduate students (three of whom presented papers) from the U of I Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures and the English Dept. made the pilgrimage to Indiana University.


The University of Minnesota and the Árni Magnússon Institute of Icelandic Studies offer a unique six-week beginning course in Icelandic for undergraduate and graduate students. The program begins at the University of Minnesota for three weeks (5/24-6/11) and then continues at the University of Iceland (6/14-7/2). The course will be taught by a qualified teacher of Icelandic from the University of Iceland. In both Minneapolis and Iceland, classroom instruction in conversation, reading, and grammar is combined with lectures on Icelandic culture and society from the Viking Age to the present and film showings. In Iceland, specialists guide excursions to historical sites, museums, and natural wonders. To learn more:


Negotiating Europe, Defining Germany: Past, Present and Future Third Biennial Graduate Student Conference Department of Germanic Studies The University of Texas at Austin, March 25th, 2010

Since the end of World War II, Germany has continually occupied a central position in debates over the emergence of modern-day Europe. From early attempts to forge a transnational European community, to the Cold War and reunification, and debates over guest labor and immigration, Germany has been the stage of numerous developments that have bearing on the broader European context. Conversely, projects to define and create Europe have necessarily inflected political, social and cultural developments in Germany. In today’s Europe, decisions made in Brussels reach across conventional borders and affect everyday life in Germany. Individuals and communities, too, cross lines that were once drawn in concrete and iron, and continually call into question what Germany, in fact, is. In conjunction with the Third German Studies Workshop, “Rethinking German-Turkish Cinema,” the 2010 graduate conference will focus on the many tensions that have emerged from the historical, cultural, social and political interactions of Germany and Europe; and will examine how Germany and Europe have mutually conditioned each other’s development since 1945. Presenters are invited from all relevant disciplines to address topics including conceptions and perceptions of Europe from German perspectives and vice-versa; German culture as European and/or EU culture; borders and border transgression; migrant and minority experiences; legacies of East and West; ideas of nation and nationality; etc. We also invite artistic contributions in other media such as photography or film. As with past conferences, the organizers hope to provide a forum for discussion and engagement with pertinent topics, and to promote lively exchange and connections among graduate students working in contemporary German Studies and related fields. Participants are also strongly encouraged to stay through Sunday to attend the German Studies Workshop. Please send one-page abstracts to the conference organizers at Germany. by January 15, 2010. A limited amount of funds are available to help defer travel expenses for accepted papers.


This semester, the Deutsche Konversationsgruppe will meet on Wednesdays from 1-3 PM in the cafe of the new Institute for Genomic Biology. The IGB is the first building east of the Morrow Plots, and the cafe is in the downstairs level on the west side of the building.

This semester, the Swedish Coffee Hour will meet at 5pm on Fridays at the Espresso Royale Cafe on Goodwin and Oregon.