Symposium: New Directions in German Studies

The goal of this symposium is to provide students from across cohorts an opportunity to present their research, answer questions, and receive feedback on their work. It draws on the expertise of a variety of disciplines such as Romance studies, comparative literature, medieval studies, art history, visual and media studies, cultural studies, intellectual history and philosophy, gender studies, Jewish studies, and more.

Saturday, March 4th, A.D. White House

9:00 - 10:00am

Breakfast and Opening Remarks

10:00 - 11:30am

Latin and Romance Influence on the Development of Middle High German Literary Culture - Willow Groundwater-Schuldt

Critical Violence: The Negation of Judgment in Kafka’s In der Strafkolonie - Seth Thomas

‘Die Welt ist ein Schwindel.’ Schwindel in Emmy Henning’s Gefängnis - Nico Claesgens

12:00 - 1:00pm

The Dialogical Self – Mediating between Martin Buber, Vilém Flusser, and Hubert Hermans - Rajvi Thakore

The Refugee Who Stayed: The Forgotten Writings of Russian-German Poet Vera Lourié - Dennis Wegner

2:00 - 3:00pm

Travel narratives as a political tool: Imperial rhetoric in Frida von Bülow’s literary Production - Anna Reynders

Historicity and Catastrophe: Fredric Jameson, Octavia Butler, and the Crisis of Imagination - Martina Villalobos

3:30 - 5:00pm

Rehearsing the Body - Amparo Necker

Eros and Its Discontents  - Dror Birger

Stadium Crowds: Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht towards a positive phenomenology of the masses - Nicolau Spadoni

5:30 - 6:00pm

trying to speak/trying to speak/trying to speak - Special Performance by Esther Kondo Heller and Spencer Hadley


With generous support from the Department of German Studies, Institute for German Cultural Studies, Society for the Humanities, Department of History of Art & Visual Studies, Department of Government, Department of Music, Department of History, Medieval Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, and Graduate and Professional Student Assembly.



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New Directions in German Studies A Symposium by the Graduate Students of German Studies