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On Monday, April 20 Professor Laurie Johnson received the LAS Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award at the annual LAS reception for awards and honors. Professor Anke Pinkert was recognized at the same event for her participation in the Reflective Teaching Seminar. The department extends its congratulations to our valued colleagues for jobs well done.

Upcoming Events

“Ein Deutscher Filmabend” will be showing "Das Wunder von Bern" in the Lucy Ellis Lounge at 7pm on Tuesday, May 5th. Refreshments will be provided.

* Professor Saskia Witteborn, School of Journalism and Communication at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, will be giving a talk on “Theorizing Forced Migration in Communication Studies: A Space/Place Perspective” on April 30, 3:00-5:00 pm in 231 Gregory Hall.

* The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is holding three weeklong Seminars in Berlin during Spring 2009. Each Seminar will bring together young leaders interested in the relationship in question for a five-day program of lectures, workshops, group discussions and cultural excursions featuring leading figures from the fields of politics, the arts, academia, media, and business. For more information on the following seminars and application guidelines, please visit their website (

Europe Meets Russia: A Forum for Young Leaders (April 28th – May 2nd)
Scandinavia Meets Germany: A Forum for Young Leaders (May 31st – June 5th)
Europe Meets Latin America: A Forum for Young Leaders (May 26th – 31st)


Professor Marianne Kalinke published “The Arthurian Legend in Breta sögur: Historiography on the Cusp of Romance.” In: Greppaminni. Reykjavík: Hio íslenska bókmenntafélag, 2009. Pp. 217–30.


Professor Cori Crane presented a paper at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference on Thursday, April 16 for a session devoted to the 2007 MLA Report by the Ad Hoc Committee of Foreign Languages. Prof. Crane's paper was entitled "Conversation, Collaboration and Collegiality: Toward Supporting Advanced L2 Abilities in the German Literature Course."

Professor Cori Crane presented a paper at the tenth annual Language Symposium at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL on April 25, 2009. Her paper was entitled: "Navigating between linguistic convention and personal expression: Personal letter writing in the advanced L2 classroom.

At the conference "'Verfreundete Nachbarn': The German-Austrian Encounter in Literature, Film and Cultural Discourse" on April 23-26, Martina Hamidouche gave a talk on "The Quest for Identity In Eva Menasse's 'Vienna' (2005)" and Professor Carl Niekerk gave a presentation on "Vienna around 1900 and the Crisis of Public Art (Klimt, Mahler, Schnitzler)."

Professor Stephanie Hilger presented a paper titled “Imagining a New World: Henriette Frölich’s Virginia oder die Kolonie von Kentucky (1820)” at the International Conference on “Matters of State: Bildung and Literary-Intellectual Discourse in the Nineteenth Century” in Leuven, April 23-25, 2009.

Amanda Sheffer presented a paper entitled "Navigating Madness: The Narrative Function of Voice in Schnitzler’s Flucht in die Finsternis" at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in Lexington, April 16-18, 2009.

Kathleen Smith, a HASTAC Scholar for 2008-2009, was the official blogger for the four sessions (listed below) at the 3rd annual Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on April 19-21, 2009.

--Born Digital Scholarship: New Strategies, Projects and Possibilities --Situated in Time and Space: New Developments in the Display of Geographic Data
--Disciplinary Practices Panel
--Grand Text Auto Panel

The blogs for these and other conference panels are available on the HASTAC website at

Professor Mara Wade presented a paper, "Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Emblem Digitization From the Early Modern to the Post-Modern" at the "Imaging and Imaging Analyses Workshop" 22 April 2009 as part of the HASTAC III conference, Traversing Digital Boundaries at NCSA.

Professor Yasemin Yildiz gave an invited talk titled "Turkish Girls, Allah's Daughters, and the Contemporary German Subject: Itinerary of a Figure" at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland on April 15, 2009.


Congratulations to Juliane (Schoenfeldt) Edenstrom who successfully defend her dissertation entitled "Word Order in Spoken German: Syntactic Right- Expansions as an Interactionally Constructed Phenomenon" on April 16, 2009.

Congratulations to Edisa Denic, who successfully passed her MA exams. Her committee was Professors Mara Wade, chair; Andrea Golato, and Carl Niekerk.

Congratulations to Edisa Denic, who has been awarded and FLTA-ship from the Austrian Fulbright Program. She will teach in Klagenfurt next year.

Congratulations to Kathleen Smith, who received a Zantop Travel Award from the Coalition of Women in German to support her dissertation research.

Thank you to all those who presented in this year’s Deutsches Seminar series, it was undoubtedly a success! We will resume this lecture series in Fall 2009 and invite all graduate students to consider presenting.

Benjamin Davis:"Gendered Geography: Negotiating Anxious Masculinity in Simplicissimus”

Edisa Denic: "Fortunatus Gets Lucky: Money, Sex and Gender in Fortunatus"

Kathleen Smith: "Women as Book Collectors in the European Context:  J. C. Gottsched’s 'Verzeichnis einer teuschen Frauenzimmerbibliothec' (Catalog of a German Woman’s Library) (1725)"

Nicholas Jentzsch:  “Eine Neue Welt der Photographie - Die Reise des Karl Roßmann in Kafkas Der Verschollene"

Molly Markin: "The GDR Museum as a Performance of Reflective Nostalgia"

The opening meetings of the department will be held Friday August 28, 2009 with a faculty meeting at 3 PM, a departmental meeting at 4 PM, and the pizza buffet at 5 PM. Please plan on attending!

Weekly Departmental Activities

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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