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Queen Margarethe of Denmark opened the exhibition Mit Fortuna Übers Meer at the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden, where Professor Mara R. Wade was an invited guest and contributor. After the show closes in Dresden on 4 January 2010, it will be shown at Rosenborg in Copenhagen from 13 February – 24 May 2010. For the news and pictures from MDR featuring the opening, please go to:

Upcoming Events

The first speaker in the department’s “Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft” lecture series this year will be Professor Mark McCulloh, Davidson College. He will speak on “The Relationship of Professional Criticism and ‘Dichtung’ in the Works of W.G. Sebald” on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm in the Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 Foreign Languages Building)

Professor McCulloh will also be giving a Public Workshop on “The Mechanics of Publishing a Book” on Thursday, September 3, 2009 from 10:30-11:30 in 2090B FLB

Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport will give a presentation on the European Film industry as part of the European Union Center Brown Bag Lecture Series on Friday September 18 at noon in the Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB. Description of Talk: "The European film industry produces more films than in any period of history, at least partly thanks to opportunities awarded by European Union funding. This presentation addresses practices and problems of the European film industry today--including over production--by drawing on recent examples from Scandinavia and Germany"


Professor Mara R. Wade and Dr. Thomas Stäcker, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, are the joint recipients of a two-year $350,000 research grant from the NEH/DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) for the digitization of emblems. The project team members at the University of Illinois are: Professors Alvan Bregman, Rare Book and Manuscript Library; Timothy Cole, Head, Math Library; Tom Kilton, Modern Languages and Linguistics Library (emeritus); Myung-Ja Han, Metadata Librarian; and graduate assistants Susanne Kress, GSLIS and Paul Meyer, GLL. The project has three goals: 1) to digitize all emblem books in both libraries; 2) to create a searchable database of the German emblems; and to develop the OpenEmblem Portal. For more information see the departmental home page.


Professor Carl Niekerk published “Romanticism and Other Cultures,” in: The Cambridge Companion to German Romanticism, ed. Nicholas Saul. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. 147-162.

Professor Carl Niekerk published “Poetik der Metonymie: Alterität in Christoph Ransmayrs Der fliegende Berg,” Literatur für Leser 3/08 (2008): 177-193.

Professor Mara Wade published “Dänisch-Sächsische Hoffeste der frühen Neuzeit,” Mit Fortuna Übers Meer. Sachsen und Dänemark—Ehen un Allianzen im Spiegel der Kunst (1548-1709), ed. Jutta Kappel and Claudia Brink. Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2009, 62-70.

Professor Mara Wade published “ Magdalena Sibylla von Sachsen,” Mit Fortuna Übers Meer. Sachsen und Dänemark—Ehen un Allianzen im Spiegel der Kunst (1548-1709), ed. Jutta Kappel and Claudia Brink. Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2009, Text 175-189; Katalogteil, 180-207.


Professor Anke Pinkert has given an interview related to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall for "Global Viewpoint" at Illinois International. It can be found at:

Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport presented the paper “Transnational Settings of Modernism and August Strindberg’s Literary Locations” as part of the NorLit conference in Stockholm in August 2009. She also presented the paper “The Anonymity of the North in Contemporary Scandinavian Cinema” at the conference Images of Northernness in Visual Culture at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK in June 2009. For research undertaken in Sweden during summer 2009 and related to this project, she was awarded a grant from the Ake Wiberg Foundation in Sweden. 


Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport has accepted a 0-time appointment as Assistant Professor in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

Congratulations to Amanda Sheffer on receiving the Max Kade Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship for 2009-2010. Amanda will use the fellowship to complete her dissertation on German and Swedish modernism around 1900.

Congratulations to Benjamin Davis for the successful oral exam for his MA thesis: "Gendered Geographies: Negotiations between Female Bodies and Politics in Lohenstein's Drama." Ben has entered Washington University in St. Louis in fall 2009 as a full fellowship student where he will pursue the PhD.

Congratulations to Lauren Karplus, an undergraduate student majoring in German and Political Science, who has been awarded a scholarship through the Humboldt Universität Berlin from the Stiftung "Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft" for one year to study at the Freie Universität Berlin. Thirty of these scholarships are awarded annually, and Lauren is the only American to receive this recognition for 2009-2010. Professor Frederick Schwink was one of her recommenders.

Congratulations to Mark Mallon, who graduated with a major in German in spring 2009, for receiving a Fulbright English Teaching Award and is going to Neuwied/ Rheinland-Pfalz.

Weekly Departmental Activities

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

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