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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

September 2011


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Professor Andrea Golato presented a keynote lecture entitled "'achso ja gut' und 'oh wie schön' - Wie man mit kleinen Wörtern Wissen und Gefühle ausdrücken kann" at the "Graduate School Experience: An Exploration of German Studies" in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the Ohio State University, August 2, 2011.

Professor Stephanie Hilger presented the paper “Emilie’s Enlightenment: Sophie von La Roche’s Erscheinungen am See Oneida (1798) as Novel, Historiography, and Encyclopedia” at the Thirteenth International Congress of Eighteenth-Century Studies in Graz, Austria. July 25-29, 2011.

Carl Niekerk participated in a roundtable discussion on Gustav Mahler at the conference The Questor Hero: Gustav Mahler’s Ultimate Questions on Man, Art and God, at the Mahler Centennial conference, organized by the Nexus Institute in conjunction with the Concertgebouw Orchestra at The Amsterdam Music Theater (Opera House), May 14, 2011.

Yasemin Yildiz gave two invited lectures:


Carl Niekerk published “Modernity, Sexuality, and Gender in Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s This Earth of Mankind (1980)” in: Symposium 65.2 (2011): 77-98.

Carl Niekerk is the new book review editor for literature and culture of the German Studies Review.

Professor Mara R. Wade has published “Emblems in Context: From the Early Modern to the Post-Modern,” Transmigrations, ed. Laurence Grove and Alison Saunders. Glasgow Emblem Studies, Vol. 14 (Glasgow: Glasgow Emblem Studies, 2011), 1-30.

Yasemin Yildiz has published the essay "In the Postmonolingual Condition: Karin Sander's Wordsearch and Yoko Tawada's Wordplay." TRANSIT 7.1. (2011): 1-22. Available at

Upcoming Events

The Austria Illinois Exchange Program is hosting a conference, “Change through Exchange: Promoting Global Leadership via Academic Exchange,” on Thursday and Friday, 27- 28 October 2011.

Thursday’s sessions include “Academic Exchange: A Transatlantic Perspective” with Austrian Consul General Thomas Schnöll in the afternoon and an evening Gesprächskonzert with Professor William Kinderman. Friday’s sessions include “Global Issues and the Role of Humanities,” with Austrian author Josef Haslinger, “The Business of Environmental Sustainability and Academic Exchange” with Professors Don Fullerton (Illinois) and Sigrid Stagl (WU Wien), and “Academic Exchange and Global Leadership: Visions for the Future” with the Executive Director of the Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright), Dr. Lonnie Johnson, and administrators from AIEP partner institutions.

The celebration includes an Austrian Wine reception on Thursday (by invitation).

We encourage you to incorporate these events into your courses and to share this information with your students.  More details will follow in the next GLL Newsletter.


Professor Mara R. Wade, together with Professor Wolfgang Behringer, Universität des Saarlandes, organized and directed the 36th International Wolfenbuettler Summer Course, "Kommunikation und Körperkultur der Frühen Neuzeit". As part of the course she held seminars on "Vergewaltigung in den Romanen von J.C. von Grimmelshausen und die Zerstörung Magdeburgs", "Gesprächskultur, Gender und Emblematik," and Emblematica Online: Eine Projektvorstellung."

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