Peirene Press and F. C. Delius

August 2, 2010

Peirene Press are holding a ‘salon evening’ with Friedrich Christian Delius on Saturday, 18th September 2010, starting at 7.30pm.

The evening (in London, N19) will celebrate the launch of Peirene´s third title, Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, and will feature the author himself, Friedrich Christian Delius. He will be in conversation with his translator Jamie Bulloch and the literary reviewer Chris Schüler.

Delius is one of Germany´s most renowned living authors, who has written more than 20 novels and poetry collections. He has won numerous prizes and his books have been translated into 17 languages. Jamie Bulloch has been a literary translator since 2001. He will talk about the challenges of translating Portrait, a single, 120-page-long sentence that reads like a page-turner. Chris Schüler´s book reviews appear regularly in The Independent and The New Statesman. He was one of the first to read “Portrait” and had one comment: “terrific”.

Please book early by phoning 0207 6861941 or email:

Peirene request a £10/ per person donation towards the artists’ fees. Wine, potato salad, cheese and cake will be served after the reading.

With special thanks to the Goethe-Institut, who kindly funded Friedrich Christian Delius’ travel and accommodation.

CFP – 48th National Postgraduate Colloquium in German Studies

July 29, 2010

48th National Postgraduate Colloquium in German Studies

Saturday, 30 October 2010

at Swansea University


The National Postgraduate Colloquium in German Studies is a biannual event organised in association with the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies at the University of London. Launched in 1987, it provides an informal and friendly forum for graduate students in all areas of German Studies to present and discuss their current research.

Offers of papers from graduate students working on any aspect of German Studies, including all periods of literature, the arts, social sciences, history, and linguistics are now invited for the 48th meeting, which will take place at Swansea University on Saturday, 30 October 2010. A general knowledge of German culture and language can be assumed, though not a specialized knowledge of individual topics.

Presentations, no longer than thirty minutes in length, should be targeted to the occasion and make use of appropriate media. Each paper is followed by a ten-minute period for questions and discussion.

If you would like to contribute, please send an abstract of not more than 500 words to the organisers, c/o Jane.Lewin; . The abstract must be accompanied by the following information:

* Your name, postal address, telephone number, and email address

* The name of the institution at which you are registered

* The media required for your presentation (e.g. OHP, cd/cassette player; slide projector, data projector/laptop [PowerPoint], VHS player)

Offers of papers can also be made by downloading the form The completed form should be sent to Jane Lewin, IGRS, University of London, Room ST 272 Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. The form may also be emailed to

Offers of papers must be received by Friday, 10 September 2010.

For general queries, please contact the organisers: Jochen Hung (IGRS, University of London), Annja Neumann (Queen Mary, University of London), Isabel Wagner (Queen Mary, University of London), Marya Vrba (Swansea University) and Bianca Zaininger (IGRS, University of London)


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<;.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 (<> )

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

English Goethe Society Lecture

May 21, 2010

Thursday 27 May 2010, 5.15 for 5.45 p.m.

Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
University of London School of Advanced Study

Venue: Room ST 273 (Stewart House, Second floor)
Access via 32 Russell Square

Yahya Elsaghe (Berne):
Jewish Names in Thomas Mann

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German ‘Gastarbeiter’

May 14, 2010

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Wednesday 19 May 2010
6 – 8 p.m.

Inge Weber-Newth (London):

German ‘Gastarbeiter’:
Female Work and Life Experiences in Post-War Britain

Venue: Room ST 273 (Stewart House, Second floor)
Access via 32 Russell Square

“Critic Meets Critic”

April 9, 2010
The Goethe Institut (London) in Collaboration with the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (Queen Mary, University of London), invite you to:

“Critic Meets Critic”

Christoph Bartmann in conversation with Erica Wagner

Thursday, 6 May 2010, 7pm
Goethe-Institut London, 50 Princes Gate,
Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH
Tickets £ 3
Booking: +44 20 75964000

This new series brings leading British and German literary critics together to look at the practice of literary criticism and answer questions such as: Are there thematic overlaps between British and German language literatures? What is the place of literature in the context of cultural globalisation and the digital age?

Moderated by Professor Ruediger Goerner.

Further information at:

Organised in collaboration with the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, Queen Mary, University of London.

Defeat or Liberation? Forum for East German Studies

April 7, 2010

Defeat or Liberation – 1945 in Film

7 May 2010: Forum for East German Studies

On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of 1945, the Centre for East German Studies, University of Reading, cordially invites everyone interested to a one-day research forum on the depiction of the end of World War II and its immediate aftermath in European feature film. The forum will take East German war films as its point of departure for a broad discussion on influences and points of contact between approaches to the topic on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The morning session of the forum will therefore present papers on important East German war films while the afternoon session will introduce films from other national cinemas such as Poland, Italy, America, and Great Britain and discuss their view on the events.

The forum will take place on

Friday 7 May 2010

10.30 am in URS 2s12, Whiteknights Campus



Patrick Major (Reading) ‘Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt’ (1965)


Sean Allan (Warwick) War and its Others. Germans as Victims in Konrad Wolf’s ‘Ich war 19’ (1968)


Beatrice Heuser/ Cyril Buffet (Reading) Political Lessons derived from History: How the Cinema of the GDR represented Wars.


Richard McKenzie (Reading) European Images of Defeat in the immediate post war Period


Jennifer Smyth (Warwick) Fred Zinnemann: War and Resistance


Richard Bosworth (Reading) ‘Rome: Open City’ (1945)

3.00 pm

Chris Wagstaff (Reading) ‘Ashes and Diamonds’ (1958)

For further information please contact Dr Ute Wölfel