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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

April, 2014


On April 29, from 1:30 to 4:00 PM, a colloquium focusing on Arthur Schnitzler and organized by Professor Carl Niekerk and Max-Kade Visiting Professor Margrit Vogt will take place in the Auditorium of the Music Building. The program can be found here.


Professor Yasemin Yildiz published a short invited essay “Muttersprache” in the volume Das Neue Deutschland: Von Migration und Vielfalt. Eds. Özkan Ezli and Gisela Staupe. Konstanz: Konstanz University Press, 2014. This book accompanies a major exhibit on migration under the same title at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden (March-October 2014).

Papers, Presentations and Panels

Professor Yasemin Yildiz and Michael Rothberg gave an invited lecture “Migrant Archives: New Sources of Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Germany” at Crossing the Disciplinary Divide: Conjunctions in German and Holocaust Studies, held at Washington University, St. Louis, MO on March 20-22, 2014.

Professor Anke Pinkert presented “Memories of Utopia: Postcommunist Literature en Route to the West,” Panel: Eastern Europeans and the West: At Home, EnRoute, In Flux, ACLA, New York, March 2014.

Professor Mara Wade organized and co-organized six panels (20 papers) on emblematica, ranging from proto-emblems and Renaissance emblems to modern expressions of emblems in cinema at the annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America in New York City, 26-29 March 2014. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Renaissance Quarterly and the Council of Representatives which meet during the conference. She also presented a scholarly paper, "The Body of the Emblem," at the RSA.


Professor Yasemin Yildiz received Honorable Mention from the 2014 Laura Shannon Prize for Contemporary European Studies for her book Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition(New York: Fordham University Press, 2012). For the citation see

Professor Mara Wade has been appointed a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel which advises on the research and fellowship programs of the library. The Herzog August Bibliothek works in partnership at the national level with the Literaturarchiv Marbach and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, establishing new humanities research initiatives in Germany.

Professor Anke Pinkert is guiding an undergraduate research project, supported by an SLCL undergraduate research award, with students in the Education Justice Project. The students' paper "Humanities Education across Prison Boundaries" will be presented at the UofI undergraduate research symposium, April 17th (Illini Union, Room 217, 11-12).

The GLL Awards Ceremony on March 20 recognized the outstanding students of the academic year! See the list of recipients here.

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