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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

May, 2012


Yasemin Yildiz was awarded the 2012 IPRH Prize for Research in the Humanities for her essay "Governing European Subjects: Tolerance and Guilt in the Discourse of 'Muslim Women'" Cultural Critique 77.1 (2011) 70-101.


Adam Chambers defended his dissertation, "Radical Enlightenment in German Literature, 1771-1811" on 16 April 2012. Professor Carl Niekerk directed the thesis; members of his committee were Professors Stephanie Hilger, Laurie Johnson, Anke Pinkert, and Bruce Rosenstock (Religious Studies).

Professor Stephanie Hilger was one of six faculty members featured in an Admitted Student Recruitment Video by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences this Spring.


Andrea Golato published "Impersonal quotatives and hypothetical discourse." In I. Buchstaller & I. van Alphen (Eds.), Quotatives: Cross-linguistic and Cross-disciplinary Perspectives (pp. 3-36). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2012.

Laurie Johnson published an essay entitled "Werner Herzog’s Romantic Spaces." In: A Companion to Werner Herzog. Ed. Brad Prager. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 510-527.

Professor Mariane Kalinke has published "Ectors saga: An Arthurian Pastiche in Classical Guise," Arthuriana, 22.1 (2012), 64–90.

Conference & Seminar News

Andrea Golato and Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm (OSU) co-organized a symposium entitled “Reference in Interaction from a Cross-Cultural Perspective” at the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, April 5-7, 2012

Andrea Golato and Peter Golato presented a paper entitled “Reference Repair in German and French” at the Symposium “Reference in Interaction from a Cross-Cultural Perspective” at the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, April 5-7, 2012

Peter Golato and Andrea Golato presented a paper entitled “Second Language Processing of a Discursive Practice in German: Evidence from Self-paced Reading” at the American Association of Applied Linguistics 2012 Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 24-27, 2012.

Anne Kopera, Rebecca Bryant, Andrea Golato, and Mary Lowry presented "Annual Reviews: From Inception to Implementation" at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools, Chicago, IL, April 11-13, 2012.

Bruce Murray was invited to speak on current political and social conditions in the United States at the Fokusprogramm Great Lakes Region, Internationalisierungs Center Steiermark, 28 March 2012.

Carl Niekerk spoke on 'Symbolism in Mahler’s Second Symphony' at the conference Symbolism, Its Origins and Its Consequences: Light and Darkness, International Symposium, Allerton Park and Retreat Center, University of Illinois, Springfield / Urbana-Champaign, April 25-28, 2011.

Anke Pinkert co-facilitated one of the seminars of the Unit for Criticism, leading up to the conference "Beyond Utopia," April26th-27th, and introduced the film "Germany in Autumn," at the conference.

Anke Pinkert, lead a seminar on "Incarceration and Justice in the Media," as part of the IPRH Reading Group on Mass Incarceration, May 2.

Anke Pinkert co-facilitates an ongoing Mindfulness Group as part of the UofI Education Justice Project at Danville Correctional Center. The group explores mindfulness as a holistic practice of learning and teaching.

Professor Mara R. Wade has presented an invited lecture, "Magdalena Sibylle (1617–1668). The Dynastic Woman and the Confessional Space of Female Cultural Agency," at the international ESF colloquium, “Beyond Scylla & Charybdis,” at National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, 30 April-2 May 2012.

Yasemin Yildiz recently gave invited lectures in Belgium and the U.S. On March 27, she spoke to a seminar led by Prof. Anke Gilleir at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven about "The Postmonolingual Condition." Together with Michael Rothberg she presented "Migrant Archives: Coming to Terms with the Past in Contemporary Germany" at the Centre for Literature and Trauma (LITRA) at the University of Ghent on March 28. On April 14, she presented "The Monolingual Paradigm and the Postmonolingual Condition" at the interdisciplinary conference Multilingual, 2.0? at the University of Arizona, Tuscon.

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