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Juliane (Schoenfeldt) Edenstrom will defend her dissertation entitled "Word Order in Spoken German: Syntactic Right-Expansions as an Interactionally Constructed Phenomenon" on April 16, 2009, 3-5 pm. in 3092-C FLB. Committee: Andrea Golato (Chair), Fred Schwink, Claudia Bornholdt, Numa Markee (Linguistics), Makoto Hayashi (EALC). The public is cordially invited to attend. For the abstract of the dissertation, please go to

Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft on Thursday April 16, 5:15 pm, Lucy Ellis Lounge: Patrick Greaney (University of Colorado / Boulder) will speak on "Aestheticization and the Shoah: Heimrad Bäcker's 'transcript'".

Heimrad Bäcker’s 1986 book 'transcript' ('nachschrift') offers a startling collection of documents that confronts us with details from the bureaucratic world of the Nazis and the intimate worlds they destroyed. Bäcker uses the techniques of concrete and visual poetry to present quotations from the Holocaust’s planners, perpetrators, victims as well as from post-war historical accounts. Bäcker’s sources range from victim’s letters and camp graffiti to train schedules and Mein Kampf. Bäcker’s critics have focused on the documentary aspects of Bäcker’s work and ignored its aesthetic characteristics, because they understand aestheticization of the Holocaust as an error. But I argue that Bäcker’s documentary intention is one and the same as his aesthetic intention, because he aims to document how the Shoah’s planners viewed their task as an aesthetic one.

This talk was organized in cooperation with the French department.

The European Union Center is showing the Danish movie “The Substitute (Vikaren)” (2007) THIS Thursday, April 9 at 7 pm in English Building 160. The Substitute is part comedy, part thriller, part horror, part science fiction. When 12 year old Carl's regular classroom teacher falls victim to "salmonella poisoning", he and his sixth grade classmates are lumped with strange substitute teacher Ulla.  Her unorthodox teaching methods begin to cause problems, and withdrawn loner Carl doesn't  do himself any favors when he tries to convince his peers that Ulla's odd behaviour must  mean she's an alien. As Ulla slowly entrenches herself into the lives of her students and their families, the film becomes increasingly eerie as everyone begins to question her motives.

Professor Margret Selting from the University of Potsdam will present a public talk entitled "Emotive involvement in conversational storytelling - presentation of a project of the Cluster of Excellence 'Languages of Emotion' at the FU of Berlin" on Friday, April 24, 2009, 2 p.m., Lucy Ellis Lounge.  The event is organized by the IPRH Reading Group "Language and Social Interaction" and is co-sponsored by Linguistics and German.

On April 25, Prof. Selting will be meeting with faculty and grad students in a conversation analysis (CA) workshop as part of the Midwest CA Data Session. The Midwest CA Data Session, which attracts conversation analysts from surrounding campuses, will run from 10 am-5 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2009 in the Lucy Ellis Lounge. Anyone interested in attending the Midwest Data Session please contact Prof. Andrea Golato,

Critically acclaimed and award-winning Swedish film _Let the Right One In_ (Dir. Tomas Alfredsson, 2008) will be screened at the 11th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival on April 25 at 9.30 PM, at the Virgina Theatre in Champaign. For tickets and information, please see n


Professor Laurie Johnson published a review of "Women and Writing in the Works of Novalis: Transformation Beyond Measure?" by James R. Hodkinson, in Monatshefte 101 (2009) 115-117.


Professor Mara. R. Wade presented a scholarly paper, "From the Early Modern to Postmodern: Collecting and Collections Emblematica at the University of Illinois," at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Los Angeles, CA, March 18-21. She also organized four panels on emblem studies for the conference.

Kathleen Smith presented her paper “The Frauenzimmerbibliothek (Women’s Library) and the Depiction of the Book Collector in Early Modern German Literature” at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Los Angeles, CA, 18-21 March 2009.

Weekly Departmental Activities

The IPRH Reading Group "Language and Social Interaction" will hold its next data session on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 5-6 pm in 4080-A FLB. Anybody with background or interest in conversation analysis is welcome. Contact info: Andrea Golato,

The Deutsche Konversationsgruppe meets on Wednesdays from 1-3 at the Bread Company on Goodwin Avenue. Come by for a relaxed opportunity to practice German. All levels are welcome. Contact:

The Middle High German reading group is getting together Fridays from 1-2 in the departmental library to enjoy various gems of Middle High German literature or at least textual material. All are welcome, levity is assured.

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