Faculty Panel 3:00PM-4:00PM TBA
Hans Adler, Monika Chavez, Sabine Gross, Venkat Mani, Nancy Kaiser, Joe Salmons, James Steakley
Interdisciplinary Approaches in Academia
BREAK AND REGISTRATION 4:00PM-4:30PM
Keynote Lecture 4:30PM-6:00PM Katie Chapman
Prof. Claire Kramsch - University of California, Berkeley e.g., German: Language departments as privileged sites for the study of meaning
This lecture will report on some initiatives taken at UC Berkeley to move from a department centered on German as national symbol to German as a case study in multilingualism and multiculturalism. It explores the potential of applied linguistics to bridge the gap between the language program and the literature/culture program in an effort to develop what the MLA Report has called "translingual and transcultural competence". By focusing on meaning from start to finish - a meaning mediated by various symbolic forms - the teaching of German acquires a new dimension and German departments a new mission. They are no longer in the business of teaching *German*, but of teaching *language*, i.e., one of many symbolic forms, through, e.g., German.
Conference Dinner 7:30PM-9:30PM
The Great Dane Pub and Brewery Co.
Interdisciplinary 9:00AM-10:30AM Ben Parrot
Heather Turo - University of Colorado at Boulder
The Valuation of Vokale: 19th century linguistic revelations and Wagner
I look to Grimm and Bopp not to expand on already well-established linguistic revelations but rather to look at the position of the vocalic phoneme in the 19th century. I use Helmholtz and his theories on vowels and tone to segue into Wagner and how he employs this newly valued vowel in "Tristan und Isolde" and other operas. Thus, using linguistics as a foundation, other aspects of German culture can take on a new meaning when viewed through a language-based perspective.
Daniel Kline - Michigan State University
Franz von Pocci's Kasperl: a Puppet Theatre for adults too
Franz von Pocci wrote puppet plays featuring Kasperl for the Münchener Marionetten Theater. While the intended audience was children, the themes presented in the plays were appealing to adults. Pocci entered the discourse about the changing trends in science and art through his plays. Examples of this are; Schimpanze der Darwinaffe, Hänsel und Gretel: oder der Menschenfresser, and Dornröslein.
Avram R. Shannon - The Ohio State University
German: The Other Semitic Language
This paper will examine the history of German Bibelwissenschaft and its profound influence on Hebrew scholarship, starting with Julius Wellhausen and moving into the present day. As a history of scholarship, this paper is a broad overview on how the traditions of German scholarship have guided and shaped Biblical studies. The paper will provide insight into the need for a continued close relationship between German departments and Near Eastern Languages and Culture departments.
Women's Studies11:00AM-12:00PM Katja Majewski
Karen von Harbou - University of Wyoming
Putting Woman in her Place - Mothers in Several Works by Friedrich Schiller
For Schiller, the woman equals mother and wife. While this harmony can be observed in his lyrical work, the dramatic work demonstrates a strikingly negative image of mothers. The mother is absent, neglecting, completely "unnatürlich" or refusing to become a mother at all. Despite this discrepancy in the portrayal of the mother Schiller's work ultimately shows a clear representation of his image of the ideal woman.
Theresa Schenker - Michigan State University
When mothers can't let go...Mothering, Identity, and Trauma in Elfriede Jelinek's Die Klavierspielerin
In this paper, I will analyze the concepts of mothering, identity, and trauma in the novel Die Klavierspielerin by contemporary Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek. This novel introduces the highly dysfunctional relationship between Erika and her mother due to whose emotional and physical abuse Erika suffers from severe psychological trauma. In this paper I aim to show that although Erika, the novel's traumatized protagonist, makes several attempts at overcoming her trauma, she fails to establish an autonomous self and overcome her trauma. I will identify her attempts at overcoming her trauma by utilizing LaCapra's terminology of "working through" and "acting out" as explained in his book Writing History, Writing Trauma.
Literature and Philosophy 1:30PM-3:00PM Steve Krause
Robert Abbott - University of Chicago
A Reciprocal Reading of Hegel's Vorlesungen über die Ästhetik and Rilke's 'Archaïscher Torso Apollos'
Friederike Fichtner - University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Wer ist, der seiner Weihe freudig traut?" - Der Tod in Hugo von Hofmannsthals Der Tod des Tizian
The paper investigates the two "faces" of death in Hugo von Hofmannsthal's early play "Der Tod des Tizian" (1892). While Tizian's last hour is approaching, he seems to experience his liveliest and most productive moments as an artist. Meanwhile, his students are anxiously awaiting his death. I will argue that Hofmannsthal's intensive Nietzsche reception influenced his concept of art and, therefore, also the way he depicts death in two drastically opposing ways in his play. The presentation will be given in German.
Joan Gladwell - Queen's University
East Germans Exposing Family Secrets: Durs Grünbein's Porzellan: Poem vom Untergang meiner Stadt
In 1982, W. G. Sebald asked why the air raids on Germany's cities never appeared in German literature, calling them "eine Art Tabu behaftetes Familiengeheimnis." Writers still avoid the topic. So, when Durs Grünbein wrote Porzellan: Poem vom Untergang meiner Stadt (2005) on the firebombing of Dresden using satire, irony, and provocative sexual metaphors, he caused a stir. My paper examines how the former East German poet takes the German language beyond Expressionism and Celan's Hermeticism, creating a new poetic expression.
Linguistics 3:30PM-4:30PM Julie Larson-Guenette
Derek Drake - University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Oda wey" and "oda wos": repair initiators in a Bavarian dialect
This conversation analytic study examines "oda wey" ("or how") and "oda wos" ("or what") as a type of repair initiator in a Bavarian dialect of the Upper Palatinate region. The study at hand enhances our understanding of how participants collaboratively achieve repair on a moment-by-moment basis in German conversation. This presentation exemplifies one type of resource at a speaker's disposal in verifying understanding as it occurs in actual conversation.
Veronika Drake - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Telephone Openings on the German Radio Call-In Show Domian
This conversation analytic study investigates telephone openings in a German radio call-in show, with a focus on how the interlocutors achieve the social actions of identification and recognition. This presentation shows the multiple ways in which the participants' orientation to the overhearing audience affects the sequential organization of telephone openings. In addition, the talk highlights several ways in which American and German telephone openings differ sequentially.
Conference Reception 7:30PM -
1339 Rutledge, Apt. #1
This conference is made possible by the generous support from the Department of German, the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, the Language Institute, Center for German and European Studies, the Center for European Studies, University Lectures Committee, the UW Anonymous Fund, and ASM.
What constitutes a German department varies widely not only from institution to institution but also within individual departments. Many German departments are entirely German in their name only, and many others share their space (both physically and in the constructed space of academia) with other languages, disciplines and cultures. Germanists working in literature, linguistics, applied linguistics and all related sub-categories and fields may seem to have more in common with their peers in sciences, letters and humanities than with their colleagues in their own German department. Still, it is the German language that structures the myriad disciplines into one department.
What is our common ground? In what direction does our own research take us? How is what we do located within German Studies? What is a German department and what will we emerging Germanists make of it?
This conference will illustrate and celebrate the diverse work done by scholars who intersect at the term German. In order to address the question posed in the title, the conference committee cordially invites abstracts on any aspect of German, Austrian, or Swiss Studies including (but not at all limited to): literature, linguistics, applied linguistics, philosophy, film, art history, history, political science, musicology, sociology, minority studies, global studies and cultural studies.
The conference committee will host a pre-conference panel discussion with UW-Madison faculty members on the importance, marketability and reality of taking an interdisciplinary approach in academia.
Please submit your abstracts (approx. 250 words) to Joshua Bousquette by no later than January 25, 2010. The primary language of the conference will be English, however papers in German are also welcome. Submissions should not bear the author's name. Include the following information as a separate attachment: name, title of paper, department and university affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please contact any of the committee members with potential questions or concerns: