Regionalism and Borders:

The 11th Annual Conference of the GDGSA (German Dutch Graduate Student

Association)
Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, March 27

3:00 PM Keynote Address

Randall Halle (Professor of German and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh)

Regional, National, Transnational: The European Interzone

4:30-5:30 PM Reiseliteratur / Reisen durch Literatur. Travel Literature / Travel Through Literature

(Moderator: Maria Carone)

Sarah Reed (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Borders of Desire and Erotic Exploration in Sidonie Grünwald-Zerkowitz's Die Lieder der Mormonin

In Die Lieder der Mormonin (1888), Sidonie Grünwald-Zerkowitz introduces her protagonist, a Mormon woman in a polygamous marriage who explores the possibilities of her own sexuality through erotic poetry. The reality of the Mormon religion and the real landscape of the Western America Desert play no role. Instead, Grünwald-Zerkowitz creates an ideal palm-tree enhanced landscape in an updated seraglio which functions as an “other” space both free from and bound by the traditions and limitations of bourgeois sexual mores.

Domietta Seeliger (Universität Bonn / University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Reisebilder

In Texten beschriebene Reisen haben verschiedene Funktionen, von denen hier die Bildwirkung im Mittelpunkt steht. Reisetexte sind gekennzeichnet von einer Fragmentation der Textchronologie. Die Dominanz der Ortsbeschreibungen bzw. der Bewegung zwischen Orten bewirkt, dass ,Bilder’ der beschriebenen Orte nebeneinander stehen und der Erzählzusammenhang in den Hintergrund rückt. Dies gibt dem Text Ähnlichkeit mit einer Bildergalerie, einer Ausstellung auf Textebene.

Saturday, March 28

9:00-10:30 AM Deutsch im internationalen Kontext

(Moderator: Domietta Seeliger)

Heinrich Siemens (Universität Bonn)

Konvergenzerscheinungen im Baltikum:
Niederdeutsch im Sprachkontakt mit baltischen und slavischen Sprachen

Das aus Westpreußen stammende Plautdietsche (Mennonite Low German) unterscheidet sich in einigen Merkmalen von den anderen niederdeutschen Varietäten. Diese Unterschiede lassen sich am besten durch den jahrhundertelangen Sprachkontakt mit baltischen und slavischen Sprachen im Baltikum erklären. Seit Trubetzkoy nennt man eine solche Situation Sprachbund, doch ist ein Baltischer Sprachbund umstritten.

Bianca Potrykus (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Deutsch als Fremdsprache in Osteuropa: Geschichte und Gegenwart am Beispiel Litauens

Die lange Tradition der deutschen Sprache in Osteuropa ist durch die politischen Ereignisse seit 1990 und dem Siegeszug des Englischen gefährdet. Auf der Grundlage einer aktuellen Studie zur Motivation von DaF-Studenten in Litauen wird die derzeitige Situation analysiert, um Empfehlungen zur zukünftigen Förderung von DaF in dieser Region auszusprechen.

Jasmin Hussain-Dunn and Elena Shabliy (Tulane University)

The Frequency and Stylistic Function of English Loans in the Modern German Press

This paper primarily focuses on the impact of English on the vocabulary of German. English elements frequently appear in German periodicals. The aim of the present work is to determine the contribution of English loans to modern German language and to describe the variety of types of English borrowings. The use of English elements functioning in printed media is a question of significant importance since the language of press exactly mirrors the language use in a society.

10:30-11:00AM Coffee Break

11:00AM – 12:00PM Metaphorical Borders in Literature and Philosophy

(Moderator: Regina McConaghy)

Katja Majewski (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

“Whether you want to or not, you find yourself in two places at once” The mirror motif in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Die Brücke vom Goldenen Horn and Der Hof im Spiegel

This paper looks closely at two texts by Emine Sevgi Özdamar (geb. 1946 in Malatya, Türkei), the short story “Der Hof im Spiegel”(2001) and the novel Die Brücke vom goldenen Horn (1998). In Özdamar’s two works one motif, the mirror, functions as the creator of a crucial space for her protagonists. Through examples from the texts I will show how this space is created, what its functions are and what they possibly mean to a western reader of this intercultural writer.

Steve Krause (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

What Aesthetics is Like: Metaphors, Margins and The Critique of Judgment

Lunch 12:00-2:30

2:30-3:30 PM Boundaries in the Classroom

(Moderator: Kris Imbrigotta) Karen Scott (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Between “Willingness to communicate” and Classroom Participation

The literature has long suggested that participation is useful for learning. In this exploratory study, both students and their teacher were asked to define classroom participation and to reflect on what influences student participation. One of the insights gained is that students appear to be willing to participate, but are concerned about both the perceptions of their teacher and their peers.

Katie Chapman and Charles Webster (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Bordering on Distasteful: Pragmatics in the German FL Classroom

This study investigated the extent to which perceptions of distastefulness influence the effectiveness of instruction of pragmatic forms in German as a foreign language. Participants shared their impressions of six pragmatic acts typical of German social interaction and later performed three of these acts in a series of twelve role-plays. Participant beliefs regarding the role of pragmatic instruction in the foreign language classroom were also elicited.

The 2009 call for papers can be found here