The outgoing President of the AGS, Professor Frank Finlay, has signed a position paper on the year abroad which has been sent to Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts. The paper has been drawn up by the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (Butex). The full document can be read by clicking here.
Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland
The seventy-fourth conference of the Association will take place on 13-15 April 2011 at:-
CALL FOR PAPERS
The next conference of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland will take place at the Queen Mary University London, 13-15 April 2011. The lead panel for the conference will be ‘London in German Culture – German Language Culture in London’, with further panels on Literary and Cultural Theory, Language Learning and Teaching, History and Remembrance, Linguistics, Gender, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Nineteenth-Century Studies and Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Studies.
If you are interested in contributing a paper to any of these 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 Melani Schröter (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals for papers should be 150-200 words, panel outlines 50-100 words.
Proposals for papers should reach the relevant conveners by 30 November 2010. Any proposals for additional panels should reach Melani Schröter by 31 October 2009.
For the full CFP, please go to http://www.ags.ac.uk/ags2011.htm
For some time now, we have had difficulty accessing the AGS website, still under the old address at www.cutg.ac.uk, in order to maintain and update it. To solve this problem, we are planning to move the site to a new URL which will also reflect the association’s recent name change. Until then, members of the AGS can still consult this blog for the latest news from the Association. We hope that the migration of the site to the new URL will take place over the summer.
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 (Peter.J.Davies@ed.ac.uk). 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.
Everyday Culture and the Depiction of the Everyday in Literature, Arts and Media
Convenor: Ute Wölfel (Reading) U.Wolfel@Reading.ac.uk
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) email@example.com
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 http://www.netzwerk.postkoloniale-studien.av.literaturwissenschaft.uni-mainz.de/index.php), 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) Steve.Giles@nottingham.ac.uk
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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) Nils.Langer@bristol.ac.uk
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) R.A.Rechtien@bath.ac.uk
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) email@example.com
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.
Convenor: Dan Wilson (Royal Holloway) D.Wilson@rhul.ac.uk
Papers are invited on any aspect of the culture of German-speaking countries in the nineteenth century, including literature, theatre, visual culture and thought.
Contact: Peter Davies (Edinburgh) Peter.J.Davies@ed.ac.uk
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) Debbie.Pinfold@bristol.ac.uk
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.
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:
submission of the application to the time of payment of the subsidy.
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:
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:
Publication subsidies will be awarded at the discretion of the AGS Committee, which retains the right to apply further criteria of selection and eligibility.
Jonathan Gray of Royal Holloway, University of London recently received an AGS travelling scholarship, which he used to attend a conference on ‘Hamann and Tradition’ at Hunter College in New York. You can learn more about the conference and Jonathan’s contribution on his blog at http://jonathangray.org/2009/06/10/the-magus-in-new-york/
The AGS blog is still very new, but what do you think of it so far? Your comments and suggestions are welcome!
Welcome, everyone, to the new Association for German Studies blog. This blog aims to provide a discussion forum for the Association and to supplement the website with up-to-date information. At the moment, all posts will be moderated, so please be patient if your post doesn’t appear immediately.