AGS conference, 29-31 March 2010: Call for Papers

September 24, 2009

The next conference of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland will take place at the University of Reading, 29-31 March 2010. Accommodation will be provided in Whiteknights Hall.

If you are interested in contributing a paper to any of the panels, please send your proposal directly to the e-mail address of the conveners listed below. If you would like to propose a panel or if you would like to offer a paper that does not fall within the remit of any of the listed panels, please contact the Conference Secretary Dr Peter J. Davies ( Proposals for papers should be 150-200 words, panel outlines 50-100 words.

Proposals for papers should reach the relevant conveners by 30 November 2009. Any proposals for additional panels should reach Peter Davies by 31 October 2009.

Lead Panel
Everyday Culture and the Depiction of the Everyday in Literature, Arts and Media

Convenor: Ute Wölfel (Reading)
This lead panel invites contributions dealing with the everyday and its procedures of cultural production and consumption. The focus could be on the everyday as practices or ‘ways of operating’ on the one hand or on the everyday as an object of representation across different media on the other. Papers could deal with everyday practices in history; subcultures; spheres of the everyday such as work and leisure; but also changing forms of representing the everyday in art, literature and mass media; policy addressing or influencing the everyday; discourses about the everyday; the study of ‘everyday language’.

Postcolonial Studies in German Studies
Convener: Dirk Goettsche (Nottingham)
This panel will be organized in collaboration with the ‘DFG-Netzwerk Postkoloniale Studien in der Germanistik’. The German research network ‘Postkoloniale Studien in der Germanistik’, funded by the German Research Council DFG and based at Mainz (see, provides a first platform for the promotion of postcolonial research and debate, as does the newly established Postcolonial Studies Association for the wider field of British and Irish humanities and social sciences. The AGS panel ‘Postcolonial Studies in German Studies’ aims to provide a forum for British and Irish research in the field while also promoting dialogue with postcolonial research in German-language Germanistik and the German tradition of Cross-Cultural Literary Studies.

Literary and Cultural Theory
Convener: Steve Giles (Nottingham)
Papers are invited on any and all topics that fall within the remit of Critical Theory, broadly conceived: aesthetics, cultural theory, social and political theory, literary theory, and burning methodological issues, including applications of theory to specific texts, corpuses, materials.

History and Remembrance
Convener: Anna Saunders (Bangor)
This panel will focus on the mobilisation of history and practices of remembrance for the purposes of identity construction. Papers could address issues such as Erinnerungspolitik and processes of memorialisation and musealisation, the reappraisal of historical narratives for political and ideological purposes, questions of ownership and history, or the preservation of collective memory through national traditions, rituals and anniversaries.

Convener: Nils Langer (Bristol)
This panel invites papers on any aspect of German and Germanic linguistics. In particular we welcome papers on systemic and sociolinguistics as well as the interface between linguistic analysis and practical language teaching. Papers which contain a comparative element are keenly encouraged.

Gender and German Studies
Convener: Renate Rechtien (Bath)
This panel focuses on literary and filmic representations of gender; theoretical and fictional constructions of masculinity / femininity (and anything in between / beyond); and ways of approaching texts/films which take account of gender (of author / characters / reader/viewer). Proposals are welcome for papers dealing with any period from the Medieval to the 21st century.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Convener: Sabine Rolle (Edinburgh)
Proposals are welcome for papers on any aspect of medieval German studies, the early modern period, or their reception in later periods. Contributions by postgraduate students will be particularly welcome.

Eighteenth-Century Studies
Convenor: Dan Wilson (Royal Holloway)
Papers are invited on any aspect of the culture of German-speaking countries in the nineteenth century, including literature, theatre, visual culture and thought.

Nineteenth-Century Studies
Contact: Peter Davies (Edinburgh)
Papers are invited on any aspect of the culture of German-speaking countries in the nineteenth century, including literature, theatre, visual culture and thought. The CUTG is also looking for a colleague willing to convene this panel.

Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Studies
Convener: Debbie Pinfold (Bristol)
Papers are invited on any aspect of twentieth-century and contemporary German cultural studies. Appropriate subjects for this panel include literary, film and media studies (including work on the intersection between media), cultural history, and area studies. We would particularly welcome papers demonstrating innovative theoretical, methodological, and interdisciplinary approaches.

Guardian article on the future of German in HE institutions in the UK

September 22, 2009

After consulting AGS members, the Guardian has published the following article:

AGS PUblication Scholarship

September 3, 2009

The AGS (formerly CUTG) invites applications for a publication subsidy of up to £500/600 Euros. This is intended to assist members who have completed a PhD and require financial support in order that their thesis be published. The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 November 2009.

The following criteria of eligibility apply:

  • Applicants must be a fully paid-up member of the AGS at least from the
    submission of the application to the time of payment of the subsidy.
  • It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that their membership has been approved before their application is submitted.
  • Applicants’ theses must have been registered at a university in Great Britain or Ireland for a PhD on a topic related to German Studies.
  • Members in full-time, permanent posts are ineligible to apply.
  • A brief letter of application should be mailed to Dr Matthew Philpotts (AGS Treasurer) at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL.

    It should contain the following details:

  • The name and contact details of the applicant.
  • The applicant’s PhD thesis topic or title; the institution at which it isregistered; and the full name of the supervisor(s).
  • The contact details of an academic referee who is able to comment authoritatively on the quality and merit of the thesis. The referee should nothave been involved in the supervision of the thesis but may be, for example, an external examiner of the thesis. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the referee separately and ensure that a reference is received by the AGS Treasurer (by email or surface mail) by the application deadline.
  • The details of any subsidies applied for or obtained for the publication of thethesis. Applicants should note that the AGS encourages them also to seekfunding from other bodies.
  • Applicants must enclose a copy of the letter of acceptance for publication,as well as confirmation of the need for and level of subsidy.
  • Applicants will be informed of the Committee’s decision within two months of the deadline. If unsuccessful the first time, applicants may re-submit their application in the following round. No further re-submissions will be accepted.

    The successful applicant should note that the subsidy will be released after

    publication under the following conditions:

  • The support of the AGS must be recorded in the acknowledgements of thepublished version of the thesis.
  • The applicant must forward to the Treasurer a photocopy of the contentsand acknowledgements pages of the published thesis.
  • Publication subsidies will be awarded at the discretion of the AGS Committee, which retains the right to apply further criteria of selection and eligibility.