June 19, 2010


The fourth Colloquium in the Leeds-Swansea Series in Contemporary German Culture will take place in Leeds from 8-9 July 2010 on the theme of Empire. Programme details are to be found below. The Colloquium gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Austrian Cultural Forum for this event.

Please contact h.c.finch@leeds.ac<mailto:h.c.finch@leeds.ac&gt;.uk to register, by 2 July. The fee for attendance will be £25, excluding conference dinner.

Invited speakers

Professor Dirk Göttsche (Nottingham)
Professor Michael Hoffmann (Paderborn)
Dr. Alexandra Strohmaier (Graz)

8 July

15:00 onwards: Arrival and registration at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (www.leeds.ac.uk/lhri/<http://www.leeds.ac.uk/lhri/> )

16:00 – 16:30 : Introduction (Frank Finlay/ Julian Preece)

16:30 – 17.15: Keynote: Alexandra Strohmeier (Graz): Raumaneignungen. Zu Daniel Kehlmanns Die Vermessung der Welt.

17:15 – 18:00: Monika Albrecht (Limerick): Postcolonial Germany?

19.00: Conference Dinner

9 July

9:30: Professor Michael Hoffmann (Paderborn): Empathie und Herrschaft. Die Grenzen des Verstehens in den Indien- und Mekka-Passagen von Trojanows Weltensammler

10.15 Julian Preece (Swansea): Writing home? Ilija Trojanow in India and Africa

11:00 Coffee

11:30: Dirk Göttsche (Nottingham): Hans Christoph Buch’s Sansibar Blues and the Fascination of Cross-Cultural Experience in Contemporary German Historical Novels about Colonialism

12:15: Nina Berman (Ohio):  The German Colonizer in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Novel Paradise

13:00: Buffet Lunch

14:00: Karoline von Oppen (University of Bath): Sarajevo: City of Europe, City of the Orient

14:45: Plenary/ Publication Discussion

15:30: Close

Remembering and rethinking the GDR: Multiple perspectvies and plural authenticities?

June 17, 2010



Keynote speakers:
Dr Patricia Hogwood
Professor Bill Niven

This international conference will be the final event of the two-year AHRC-funded ‘After the Wall’ Network. In line with the interdisciplinary nature of the Network, papers will be given on a wide range of themes relating to memories and remembrance of the GDR, with speakers from literary studies, film studies, anthropology, political science, history, museum studies and the visual arts.

Programme, registration form and further details available at:

Registration deadline: 31 July 2010.

Off the Wall: New On-line Journal for East German Studies

June 1, 2010

The Centre for East German Studies at the University of Reading has accounced the launch of a new online journal, Off the Wall. The papers published are based on workshops held at the Centre for East German Studies. The topic of this issue is Language and Discourse in East German Studies.

Off the Wall appears once a year and publishes papers given at the Annual Forum of East German Studies organised by the Centre. The journal is open to the broad variety of topics related to that part of Germany which between 1949 and 1990 was the GDR, and it intends to offer easy access for researchers, students and the general public to the extensive research on the GDR and ongoing debates. With Off the Wall, the Centre for East German Studies hopes to help sustain the wide interest in this vital and politically and culturally important subject.