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Transnational German Studies Workshop


Friday May 5

3:00-3:10 ~ Opening Remarks (Kristin Dickinson, UMich)

3:10-5:00 ~  Current Scholarship in the Field

Discussion of Undeutsch, by Fatima El-Tayeb

Saturday May 6

9:30 - 10:30 ~ Panel 1, Nationalism in the 19th Century

Jakob Norberg (Duke): "German Studies and the Nation”

Emily Gauld (UMich): “Herder’s Volk: Literature, Music, and Nation in the 19th Century”

10:30 – 10:45 ~ Break

10:45-11:45 ~ Panel 2, Germany and Its Others

Nick Jones (Carolina-Duke): “The Barbaric Language of the Greeks: The Construction of Alterity in Goethe's Iphigenie auf Tauris and Kleist's Penthesilea”

Emma Thomas (UMich): "Bridewealth and European Imaginaries of Commodification."

1:15-2:45 ~ Panel 3, The Politics of Integration

Johanna Schuster-Craig (Michigan State): “Germany’s First Integration Law”

Kristin Dickinson (UMich): “Translating for and against Leitkultur”

Ela Gezen (UMass): "Poetic Empathy, Political Criticism, and Public Mourning: Esther Dischereit’s Klagelieder"

2:45-3:-00 ~ Break

3:00-4:00 ~ Panel 4, Non-normative Identities and the Posthuman

Priscilla Layne (UNC): “We Are the Universe: Afrofuturist Interventions in Post-migrant Theater”

Steffen Kaupp (Notre Dame): “Transnationalism and the Queering of German Identity”

4:15 – 6:00 ~ Panel 5, Alternative Paradigms of Belonging 

Nilgün Bayraktar (California College of the Arts): “Performing Non-belonging and Displacement: Representing Refugee Experiences in Contemporary Screen Art”

Damani Partridge (UMich): "Filming the Future of Detroit/Filming the Future from Berlin: Noncitizen Perspectives."

Sunday May 7

10:00-11:30 ~ Panel 1, Memory and National Identity in Media and Literature

Domenic DeSocio (UMich): “ ‘Ankommen’ in Deutschland: Refugee Smartphone Applications and the Temporalities of German National Identity."

Karolina Hicke (UMass Amherst): “Multidirectional Memory and Contested Belonging in Olga Grjasnowa’s Der Russe ist einer der Birken liebt

Beth Anne Dorn (Carolina-Duke): "Immigration, Rejection, and Assimilation: Conversational Choreography in Fassbinder's Katzelmacher.”

12:45-2:15~ Roundtable on Teaching

Kira Thurman (UMich), Kristin Dickinson (UMich), and Maya Barzilai (UMich)

2:20-2:45 ~ Closing Remarks; Brainstorming for the Future