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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

April, 2012


For 2012-2013, Anke Pinkert received a Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Faculty Fellowship for the project: "Transforming the Humanities through Higher Education in Prison."


Gutsgell Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature Stephen Jaeger published Enchantment: On Charisma and the Sublime in the Arts of the West (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).

Presentations & Conferences

Cori Crane presented at the Fourth Biennial German Studies Symposium "RESET/REBOOT/RECOUP: The New College Language and Cultural Studies" at the University of Texas at Austin on March 3, 2012. Her invited talk was entitled: "Attitudinal Language in L2 Narrative Writing: A Curricular Perspective."

Anke Pinkert presented "Mending Communities through Holocaust Education in Prison," American Comparative Literature Association, Panel: Trauma, Recovery, Community, March 2012 (with Michael Brawn, Jose Cabrales, and Gregory Donatelli). This paper has been co-authored with students in the Education Justice Project.

Professor Mara R. Wade presented "Emblematica Online: Introducing a New Resource for the Study of Early Modern Texts and Images" at the triennial conference Frühe Neuzeit Interdiziplinär, "Visual Acuity and the Arts of Communication in Early Modern Germany," held at Duke University, 29-31 March 2012.

Professor Mara R. Wade organized five panels at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Washington, DC, March 21-24, 2012: "Emblems and Empire," "Emblems and the Visual and Verbal," "The Space and Time of Emblems," War and Peace in Emblems," and "New Technologies and Renaissance Studies IV: Beyond the Digital Facsimile: New Projects in Renaissance Research."

Professor Mara R. Wade and Dr. Thomas Stäcker, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, presented "Emblematica Online" at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Washington, DC, March 21-24, 2012.

Upcoming Events

The Midwest Symposium in German Studies returns to the University of Illinois on April 13-14! Speakers and guests from around the region focus on current research in German studies, including work on literature, history, and visual culture. The 2012 Symposium includes talks by colleagues from Indiana University, Notre Dame, University of Missouri, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Approximately 20 guests from these institutions and others around the region (including Washington University and Case Western Reserve) will attend, and colleagues across the College here plan to participate as well. Click here for the event website, which includes the complete program of talks and a flyer. For more information contact Laurie Johnson (

Nordic Film Nights

Nordic Film Nights will continue until the end of the semester. Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 – Á köldum klaka (Cold Fever) (Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Iceland, 1995)
May 2 – Adams æbler (Adam’s Apples) (Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, 2005)

Films will be subtitled in English

All shows take place in Foreign Languages Building room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge) at 7pm. All films are free and everyone is welcome.

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