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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

March 2011

AWARDS

Professor Stephanie Hilger has been awarded a Faculty Fellowship from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities for her new book project, “Liminal Bodies: Intersexuality in Literary and Medical Discourses.”

Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport has been awarded the distinction of Helen Corley Petit Scholar by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the academic year 2011-2012.

The Swedish language and Scandinavian Studies Program, with Professors Anna Westerstahl Stenport and Mark Safstrom as co-PI:s, have been awarded a grant in the amount of $33,000 in support of research and program development from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

Professor Mara R. Wade is the recipient of a DAAD grant to conduct research for three months at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuettel.

PUBLICATIONS

Professor Stephanie Hilger published “Sara’s Pain: The French Revolution in Therese Huber’s Die Familie Seldorf (1795–1796)” in Contemplating Violence. Critical Studies in Modern German Culture. Edited by Stefani Engelstein and Carl Niekerk. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2011. 35-48.

Professor Laurie Johnson published “The Curse of Enthusiasm: William Lovell and Modern Violence” in Contemplating Violence. Critical Studies in Modern German Culture. Edited by Stefani Engelstein and Carl Niekerk. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2011. 91-114.

Professors Carl Niekerk and Stefani Engelstein edited and wrote an introduction to Contemplating Violence. Critical Studies in Modern German Culture. New York: Rodopi, 2011. 296 pp. This volume is based on a conference at the University of Illinois in the fall of 2005.

Professor Carl Niekerk published “Constructing the Fascist Subject: Violence, Gender, and Sexuality in Ödön von Horváth’s Jugend ohne Gott” in Contemplating Violence. Critical Studies in Modern German Culture. Edited by Stefani Engelstein and Carl Niekerk. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2011. 139-161.

Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport has published the following two articles:

PRESENTATIONS

Professor Andrea Golato gave an invited talk entitled “Change of State Tokens in German” in the German Department Lecture Series at the University of Wisconsin, Madison on February 22, 2011.

Professor Andrea Golato gave an invited talk entitled “Questions or Challenges?- Repairing Person Reference in German and English" at the Workshop on Speech Acts and Speech Events, Lehrstuhl für Afrikanistik, University of Bayreuth, Germany on December 10, 2010.

Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport served as External Examiner (Opponent) at a doctoral defense in Comparative Literature at Uppsala University in February 2011. In conjunction with that visit, she also gave an invited talk on the topic of “Gendered Economics in European Modern Drama.”

At the Modern Language Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles in January 2011, Professor Stenport gave a talk on the topic of “National Past and National Trauma in Tarjei Vesaas The Ice-Palace.”

At the annual meeting of the Modernist Studies Association held in Victoria, B.C., Canada in November 2010, Professor Stenport gave a paper called “Comparative Scandinavian Modernisms.”

Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport participated in the nationally aired The Diane Rehm Show aired from NPR in Washington DC, where she spoke about her research on Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson and his novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The interview is available here.

EVENTS

The Midwest Symposium in Germanic Studies will take place on April 15-16 in the Reading Room of Levis Faculty Center. Eight speakers and a number of 
guest discussants from Germanic departments around the midwest will take part. Participants this year come from Illinois, Indiana, Washington University, 
Missouri, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Case Western Reserve. Look for an announcement and link to the conference flyer soon on the departmental 
website; the conference website with a description of the event and a complete program is up at:
http://midwestgermansymposium2011.weebly.com/.
Contact Laurie Johnson (lruthjoh@illinois.edu) with any questions.

Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport is co-organizing a large research symposium with KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, as part of a strategic partnership currently developing between the University of Illinois and KTH. More information about the Stage I Research Symposium held in December 2010 on the Urbana campus and the upcoming Stage II Research Symposium to be held in Stockholm can be found at http://inspire.illinois.edu/symposia_meetings.html. The partnership is engaging five colleges and numerous departments across campus.

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