Forthcoming conferences and events
Connecting Cultures? An International Conference on the History of Teaching and Learning Foreign/Second Languages, 1500-2000 (Nottingham, 2-5 July 2014)
This conference will be the first in the United Kingdom dedicated to the history of modern language teaching and learning, including comparative approaches exploring commonalities and differences between different language teaching traditions, and/or between different countries. The keynote speakers will be Michael Byram (Professor Emeritus, University of Durham), Giovanni Iamartino (Professor, University of Milan) and Marcus Reinfried (Professor, University of Jena). The conference will include a lead strand on Culture in the teaching of Foreign/Second Languages: Theoretical Conceptions, Curricula and Textbooks.
We warmly welcome proposals for further themed panels (minimum of three papers) on any aspect of the history of teaching and/or learning languages.
For details of this AHRC-funded conference, co-organized by Dr Nicola McLelland (Nottingham) and Dr Richard Smith (Warwick), see http://historyofmfl.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/4/5/10456380/connecting_cultures_july_2-5_2014_nottingham.pdf
Annual Conference of the Anna Seghers Society (Berlin, 23 November 2013)
Co-organized by Dr Franziska Meyer (Nottingham), the Anna Seghers society’s annual conference will take place in the Brecht Haus, Berlin, on 23 November 2013, focusing on the theme “Arbeits- und Freundschaftsbeziehungen im Leben und Werk von Anna Seghers”. For details see: http://anna-seghers.de/aktuelles/index.php
Past conferences and events
Annual Conference of the International Raabe Society (Eschershausen, September 2013)
The International Wilhelm Raabe Society's annual conference on 27-28 September 2013 took place in Raabe’s birth place, Eschershausen. The programme, the last one convened by Professor Dirk Göttsche, included papers by speakers from Germany (Professor A. Blödorn on the theme of death in Raabe’s Else von der Tanne, Professor C. Hamann on the critical concept of neighbourhood in Raabe’s Deutscher Adel), the UK (Dagmar Paulus on the politics of memory in Raabe’s Des Reiches Krone) and Switzerland (Dr Lucas Gisi on Robert Walser’s engagement with Raabe), along with a graduate panel (Forum Junge Raabe-Forschung) with contributions from Switzerland, Belgium and Germany. Christof Hamann also read from his novel Usambara, which engages with Raabe’s work at several levels. For details see here!
The papers of the conference, which explored lesser known works in Raabe’s extensive oeuvre and unchartered aspects of his engagement with contemporary discourses, will be published in the Jahrbuch der Raabe-Gesellschaft 2014.
Teaching and Learning in the German Middle Ages: 23rd Anglo-German Colloquium on Medieval German Literature (Nottingham, September 2013)
The theme of the 23rd biennial Anglo-German Colloquium (Nottingham, 4-9 September 2013) on medieval German literature, supported by the MHRA as well as the German Research Council (DFG) and co-organized by Dr Nicola McLelland (Nottingham), was learning and learnability of many aspects of human endeavour: from literacy to love, from history to hunting, from music to communion with God. Today society places great faith in the capacity of the individual to learn every conceivable aspect of human experience (cf. ‘life-long learning’, ‘continuing education’ courses and self-help manuals). In contrast, the prevailing stereotype of medieval learning is education as the preserve of a tiny elite. Indeed, medieval learning is often equated with Humanism. This conference explored medieval beliefs about learning more widely, as evidenced in texts of the German Middle Ages. The research questions included: What was deemed learnable, and how? By means of what agencies and mediators? How were texts styled and structured to facilitate learning? 25 papers were presented at the conference; they will be published in a volume by Akademie Verlag.
Good Rulers and their Realms: King Alfred and Barbarossa in British and German Literature, Art and Historiography of the 19th Century (Nottingham, July 2013)
This interdisciplinary and international workshop conference, co-organized by Dr Maike Oergel and Fedor Lynen fellow Dr Eva Axer (Department of German Studies) with Dr Christina Lee (School of English) promoted the reassessment of ‘good rulers’ in Anglo-German comparative perspective.
Modern Language Education Histories in Europe: How National Traditions Differ and Correspond (Warwick, July 2013)
This AHRC-funded workshop, hosted by the University of Warwick on 27-29 June 2013 and co-organized by Dr Nicola McLelland (Nottingham) and Dr Richard Smith (Warwick) began with a study day for postgraduates and Early Career Researchers. In the main workshop, the following speakers presented the state-of-the-art for the history of teaching and learning languages in Europe: France: Christian Puren (University of Saint-Etienne, emeritus); Germany: Konrad Schröder (University of Augsburg, emeritus); Italy: Giovanni Iamartino (University of Milan); Low Countries: Frans Wilhelm (University of Arnhem and Nijmegen); Portugal: Ana Clara Santos (University of Algarve); Spain: Javier Suso López (University of Granada); British Isles: Nicola McLelland (University of Nottingham) & Richard Smith (University of Warwick). It is anticipated that papers will be published in a special edition of the journal History of Education.
“Norms, Normality and Normalization”: Postgraduate Summer School in German Studies (Nottingham, July 2013)
As part of a consortium of UK universities, the University of Nottingham’s German Department hosted the international and interdisciplinary Postgraduate Summer School in German Studies on 2-6 July 2013. The event at Nottingham’s Centre for Advanced Studies was funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and included a conference strand on “Norms, Normality and Normalization” along with regional and thematic workshops, research training and other activities, as well as contributions from the German partner institution in this event, the University of Münster. Keynote speakers were Emeritus Professor Jürgen Link (Dortmund), Professor Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf (Münster) and Professor Matthias Uecker (Nottingham). The Summer School was co-organised by postgraduate students (Helen Budd and Gesine Haberlah) and staff (Dr Franziska Meyer and Professor Dirk Göttsche). For further details see: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/german/pg-summer-school/index.aspx
There will be an online publication of selected papers.
Memory Matters (Nottingham, December 2012 and June 2013)
Fostering interdisciplinary, cross-departmental and regional collaboration in the thriving field of Memory Studies, Dr Franziska Meyer organized two workshop conferences on “Memory Matters” on 7 December 2012 and 27 June 2013, which included papers from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at Nottingham, as well as from speakers from other disciplines in Nottingham’s Arts Faculty, from Nottingham Trent University, and from the University of Birmingham. For further information on the research cluster “Memory Studies and the Politics of Memory” see http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/german/research/research-clusters/index.aspx
Modern Language Education Histories in Europe: English, French, German and Spanish across Borders (Nottingham, December 2012)
This AHRC-funded workshop, co-organized by Dr Nicola McLelland (Nottingham) and Dr Richard Smith (Warwick), took place at the University of Nottingham on 7-8 December 2012. Keynote speakers were Henri Besse: “History of French as a foreign language in Europe”, Helmut Glück (University of Bamberg): “History of German as a foreign language in Europe”, Aquilino Sánchez Pérez (University of Murcia): “History of Spanish as a foreign language in Europe”. Selected
Papers are being edited for publication in a themed issue of Language and History, due out in 2014.
Anna Seghers Society, annual conference on East and West German Literature of the 1950s and 1960s (Mainz, November 2012)
As Vice-Chair of the International Anna Seghers Society (Berlin & Mainz), Dr Franziska Meyer co-convenes the 21st Annual Conference at Mainz, 16th -18th November 2012, which focused on the theme of “Entscheidungen unter dem geteilten Himmel: Ost- und westdeutsche Literatur der 50er und 60er Jahre”.
For the programme see http://anna-seghers.de/aktuelles/index.php
Annual Conference of the International Raabe Society (Braunschweig, September 2012)
The annual conference of the International Wilhelm Raabe Gesellschaft took place in Institut für Braunschweigische Regionalgeschichte, Braunschweig, on 28-29 September 2012. The academic programme, organized by Professor Dirk Göttsche (Nottingham), included papers on “Raabe and Shakespeare” (Professor Ritchie Robertson, Oxford), anti-Semitism (PD Dr Jan Süselbeck, Marburg), Raabe’s fictional dreams (Professor Peter Sprengel, Berlin), and a re-evaluation of his classical novella Die schwarze Galeere (Professor Claudia Stockinger, Göttingen). The proceedings have since been published in the 2013 yearbook, Jahrbuch der Raabe-Gesellschaft 2013.
(Post-) Colonialism across Europe: Transcultural History and National Memory (Bremen, September 2012)
Together with Professor Axel Dunker (Bremen) Professor Dirk Göttsche organized an international conference in Comparative Postcolonial Studies at the University of Bremen’s Institute of Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies INPUTS on 13-15 September 2012. Funded by the German Research Council (DFG), the conference examined theoretical issues in Comparative Postcolonial Studies from the perspective of European literary and cultural studies as well as a series of case studies including Estonia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, the UK, Ireland, and Croatia. The conference considered themes such as the link between colonialism, migration and diaspora; literary and cultural engagement with colonial and postcolonial history; the relationship between post-colonialism and post-imperialism; overseas colonialism and colonialism within Europe, such as in the Baltics and in the context of the former Habsburg Empire.
A book based on the conference will be published in the Postcolonial Studies series of the German publisher Aisthesis (Bielefeld).
Nation States between Memories of World War II and Contemporary European Politics (Nottingham, June 2012)
Held at the University of Nottingham on 27-29 June 2012, this conference, jointly organized by Dr Bram Mertens (Department of German Studies) and Dr Christian Karner (School of Sociology and Social Policy), concentrated on the uses and abuses of memories of the Second World War across Europe today. With papers covering 23 nations, and delegates from all over Europe and the United States, this conference was unique in its scope and breadth. Apart from the "major" West European nations, such as France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, and the "major" Central and East European nations such as Austria, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus, the conference also addressed the memories of the Second World War in smaller states, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Greece.
A book based on the conference has since been published: Christian Karner and Bram Mertens (eds.), The Use and Abuse of Memory: Interpreting World War II in Contemporary European Politics (Piscataway/NJ: Transaction, 2013).
Narrating, Translating: GDR and Beyond – DAAD Writer-in-Residence Julia Schoch (Potsdam) at Nottingham (December 2011)
This symposium on 10 December 2011, co-funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and co-organized by Dr Heike Bartel, Dr Franziska Meyer and Dr Maike Oergel, was split into two parts with papers about Schoch’s literary work in the morning and an emphasis on her work as a translator in the afternoon. The afternoon program also comprised practical sessions on translating literary texts into German, French and English and a panel discussion on problems and perspectives of translation with Stefan Tobler (founder of ‘And Other Stories’), Charlotte Ryland (New Books in German) and the translators Emily Jeremiah (Royal Holloway, London), Karen Leeder (New College, Oxford), Lyn Marven (Liverpool) and Margret Vince (Nottingham).
For information on Julia Schoch see: http://www.juliaschoch.de/
Realism and Romanticism in German Literature (London, December 2011)
This international and interdisciplinary MHRA-funded conference, co-organized by Professor Dirk Göttsche (Nottingham) and Professor Nicholas Saul (Durham) at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London, investigated the engagement in German nineteenth-century Realist writers with (aspects of) Romanticism, as well as transitions and continuities between both periods. Papers by speakers from the USA, Canada, the UK, Germany, and Switzerland questioned the traditional opposition between ‘Realism’ and ‘Romanticism’, as well as established concepts of periodisation, by reassessing the multiple ways in which writers from Stifter and Keller to Raabe and Fontane remember Romanticism, engaging with its problems, themes, motifs and poetics. The conference worked towards a more differentiated understanding of the complex dynamics in the field of nineteenth-century ‘realisms’ and their role in the overarching intellectual trajectory from Romanticism to Modernism.
A book based on this conference has since been published: Dirk Göttsche and Nicholas Saul (eds.), Realism and Romanticism in German Literature (Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2013).
The Image of China in the Literature of the 20th Century (Potsdam, November 2011)
The annual conference of the Anna Seghers Society on 18-20 November 2011 at the University of Potsdam focused on the theme of “Das China-Bild in der Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts”. The conference was co-organized by Dr Franziska Meyer (Nottingham).
For further details see http://anna-seghers.de/aktuelles/index.php
The Metropolis, the Province and the World: Space and Mobility in the Literature of German Realism (Berlin, September 2011)
In 2011 the Raabe and Fontane Societies hosted a joint annual conference, in collaboration with the Humboldt University Berlin in Berlin, on space and modernity in German realist writers such as Theodor Fontane, Wilhelm Raabe, Berthold Auerbach, Friedrich Spielhagen, Gottfried Keller, and Theodor Storm: “Metropole, Provinz und Welt: Raum und Mobilität in der Literatur des Realismus” (Humboldt University, Berlin, 23-25 September 2011). The papers addressed general questions of theorizing spatial concepts and structures in realist literature as well as case studies and comparative readings. Speakers included Professors Rolf Parr (Bielefeld), Hans-Jürgen Schrader (Geneva), Jeffrey Sammons (Yale), Helen Chambers (St. Andrews), Dirk Göttsche (Nottingham), Lynne Tatlock (St. Louis), Kerstin Stüssel (Bonn), and many more.
The proceedings of the conference, which was co-organized by Roland Berbig (Berlin) and Dirk Göttsche (Nottingham), have since been published: Roland Berbig and Dirk Göttsche (eds), Metropole, Provinz und Welt: Raum und Mobilität in der Literatur des Realismus (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013) (= Schriften der Theodor Fontane Gesellschaft, 9).
Postdramatic Theatre as/or Political Theatre (London, September 2011)
On 23-25 September 2011, Dr Jerome Carroll and Emeritus Professor Steve Giles co-organized this international and interdisciplinary MHRA-funded conference at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London. The term ‘postdramatic theatre’ was systematically introduced by Hans-Thies Lehmann in the 1990s as an alternative to the then ubiquitous term ‘postmodern theatre’ in order to describe how a vast variety of contemporary forms of theatre and performance had departed not so much from the ‘modern’ as from ‘drama’, that is they no longer conformed to the idea of mimetically enacting a dramatic conflict in the form of a story (fable) and dialogue spoken by characters in a fictional universe. The London conference set out to explore how postdramatic theatre – in terms of both Hans-Thies Lehmann’s theoretical approach and the diverse contemporary theatre and performance practices that are subsumed under this term – could be considered political, given that its modes of political engagement are significantly different to what has previously been considered ‘political theatre’.
Findings are published in the following volume: Karen Jürs-Munby, Jerome Carroll and Steve Giles (eds.), Postdramatic Theatre and the Political: International Perspectives on Contemporary Performance (London: Methuen Drama, 2013 – at press).
Style in the German Middle Ages: Literature between Convention and Innovation (Bensberg, September 2011)
This bi-lateral German-English conference, the 22nd in a series of biennial Anglo-German colloquia, held at Bensberg in Germany on 7-11 September 2011, was organized by Dr Nicola McLelland (Nottingham) together with Dr Liz Andersen (Newcastle), Prof. Ricarda Bauschke (Düsseldorf) and Dr Silvia Reuvekamp (Düsseldorf). Exploring the theme of “Stil im deutschen Mittelalter: Literatur zwischen Konvention und Innovation”, it was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and attended by some 60 participants from the British Isles and from the German-speaking countries. It revisited style as a category in medieval German literature: the relations between rhetoric, poetics, aesthetic and style; the criteria of good and bad style (aptum, decorum, claritas, brevitas, … but also German writers‘ own terms like meisterlîchen, cristallînen, bickelworte); and the conditions by which stylistic norms develop and change, including the characteristically medieval processes of literary translation and adaptation. The 25 papers from the conference will appear, after peer review, in a volume published by Akademie-Verlag (volume in press).
English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse, 1871-1945 (London, November 2010)
On 10-11 November 2010, Dr Magnus Brechtken co-organized this international conference in comparative historical studies, which took place at Queen Mary, University of London.
Anna Seghers and France (Paris, October 2010)
The annual conference of the Anna Seghers society, co-organized by Dr Franziska Meyer (Nottingham) took place in Paris on 21-23 October 2010. It explored the role of France as a place of exile and resistance in this leading writer of German exile literature.
For further details see http://anna-seghers.de/aktuelles/index.php
Wilhelm Raabe and Realism: International Conference Marking the Centenary of his Death (Braunschweig, September 2010)
The annual meeting of the Internationale Raabe Gesellschaft in Braunschweig (Germany) on 24-26 September 2010 commemorated the centenary of the death of this leading proponent of literary Realism in Germany (1831-1910) with a symposium on "Wilhelm Raabe und der Realismus: Konturen und Entwicklungen des Werks im Kontext seiner Zeit", chaired by Professor Dirk Göttsche (Nottingham). The papers combined an overview of Raabe’s unique oeuvre, his thought and poetics with reassessments of his position in the age of German Realism in the light of new developments in research. Speakers included Professor Heinrich Detering (Göttingen), Professor Martin Swales (UCL), Professor Günter Oesterle (Gießen), and Professor Hans-Jürgen Schrader (Geneva) amongst others. The conference proceedings were published in the Raabe yearbook (Jahrbuch der Raabe-Gesellschaft 2011).
Gender and Translation - DAAD Writer-in-Residence Antje Rávic Strubel (Potsdam) at Nottingham (November 2009)
In the context of a DAAD-funded writer-in-residence programme, a two-day event took place in the Department of German Studies at the University of Nottingham, 28-29 November 2009, co-organised by Dr Heike Bartel, Dr Franziska Meyer and Dr Maike Oergel.
28 November: 'Translating Gender', Symposium on the work of Antje Rávic Strubel and translations of her novels into English. The symposium focused on issues of gender in creative writing and translating. Both Antje Rávic Strubel and her translator into English, Dr Zaia Alexander (Los Angeles/Berlin), took part. Speakers included Professor Elizabeth Boa (Nottingham) and Professor Jean Boase-Beier (UEA, Norwich).
29 November: 'The Originality of Translation': Master Class in Literary Translation. The class was held by Antje Rávic Strubel and her American translator Zaia Alexander and focused on Strubel’s novel Unter Schnee (Snowed Under). It comprised an introduction to translation theory and practical sessions on translating German literary text into English.
For more info on Antje Rávic Strubel, see:
For more info on Zaia Alexander, see:
Germania Remembered 1500-2009 (London, November 2009)
“Germania Remembered”, a conference organized by Dr Nicola McLelland (German) and Dr Christina Lee (English), and held at the Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies, London, on 20-21 November 2009, explored the notion of Germania in literature, film, music, art, historiography and popular culture from 1500 to the present day. With participants from Germany, Austria, the USA, the UK, and Ireland, the conference’s papers considered how Germania – the peoples, customs and morals, language and literature, of ancient northern Europe – been remembered and reinvented from 1500-2009.
Selected papers from the conference appeared in 2012 in a volume edited by Nicola McLelland and Christina Lee, published in the series Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, University of Arizona: Germania Remembered 1500-2009: Commemorating and Inventing a Germanic Past (Tucson/AZ 2012) (415 pp).
Annual Conference of the International Raabe Society (Braunschweig, September 2009)
The international literary society devoted to the works of the leading late nineteenth-century German writer Wilhelm Raabe held their annual conference on 25-27 September 2009 in the Institut für Braunschweigische Regionalgeschichte at Braunschweig (Germany). The academic programme, organized by Professor Dirk Göttsche (Nottingham) included papers by German, Swiss, British and Irish scholars on the poetics of Nachmärz and late Realism in Raabe’s work, on Freytag, Gutzkow and Raabe’s engagement with Décadence. They were published in the Jahrbuch der Raabe-Gesellschaft 2010.
Aesthetics and Modernity from Schiller to Marcuse - Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies (London, September 2009)
On 9- 11 September 2009, Dr Jerome Carroll, Emeritus Professor Steve Giles and Dr Maike Oergel convened this international and interdisciplinary conference at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London. The event, which investigated the complex and often contradictory relationships between aesthetics and modernity from the late Enlightenment in the 1790s to the Frankfurt school in the 1960s, was supported by a British Academy conference grant. Embedding aesthetic theory in broader social and cultural contexts and considering a wide range of artistic practices in literature, drama, music and the visual arts, the papers covered Schiller’s writings, Romantic aesthetics, Friedrich Schlegel, Beethoven, Huizinga and Greenberg, philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Benjamin, Heidegger and Adorno, thematic approaches to Darwinism and Naturalism, modern tragedy, postmodern realism and philosophical anthropology from the eighteenth century to the present day.
The conference resulted in the following publication: Jerome Carroll, Steve Giles and Maike Oergel (eds.), Aesthetics and Modernity from Schiller to the Frankfurt School (Oxford, Bern: Peter Lang, 2012).
Breaking Boundaries: The 1790s in Germany, France and Britain – Revolution, Liberation and Excess (London, April 2009)
On 22 to 24 April 2009, Dr Maike Oergel and Dr Dan Hall (University of Nottingham) co-organized this interdisciplinary and international conference at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies in London. The conference explored the overlap between philosophical, aesthetic and political concerns in the 1790s, in the wake of the French Revolution, either in the works of individuals or in the transfer of cultural materials across national borders, which tended to entail adaptation and transformation. What emerges is a clearer understanding of the ‘fate’ of the Enlightenment, its radicalization and its ‘overcoming’ in aesthetic and political terms, and of the way in which political ‘paranoia’, generated by the fear of a spreading revolutionary radicalism, facilitated and influenced the cultural transfer of the ‘radical’.
An edited volume based on the conference has since been published: Maike Oergel (ed.), (Re-) Writing the Radical: Enlightenment, Revolution and Cultural Transfer in 1790s Germany
, Britain and France (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012) (= spectrum Literature, 32).
Anna Seghers and the Arts (Berlin, November 2008)
On 21-23 November 2008 the Anna Seghers Society held their annual conference at the Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts) in Berlin, exploring the relationship between “Anna Seghers und die Bildenden Künste”. This conference was co-organized by Dr Franziska Meyer (Nottingham).
For further details see http://anna-seghers.de/aktuelles/index.php
Representation of History and Politics of Memory: Wilhelm Raabe's Historical Narratives and German Realism (Braunschweig, September 2008)
The 2008 meeting of the Internationale Raabe Gesellschaft, held on 26-28 September 2008 in Braunschweig (Germany), was marked by a symposium on "Geschichtsdarstellung und Geschichtspolitik: Wilhelm Raabe und das historische Erzählen des Realismus", chaired by Professor Dirk Göttsche (Nottingham). Papers considered general problems of historical narrative in fiction in the later nineteenth century as well as a range of historical themes in Raabe’s extensive work, from the period’s fascination with geology and archaeology through the history of the German nation, to colonialism, the revolution of 1848, and war. It also explored Raabe’s drawings and paintings. The conference proceedings were published in the Raabe yearbook 2009: Jahrbuch der Raabe-Gesellschaft 2009.
Sex Politics and Identity: An International Conference in Honours of Elizabeth Boa (Nottingham, July 2008)
On 4-6 July 2008, the Department held an international two-day conference in honour of our colleague Professor Emerita Elizabeth Boa. Boa taught for several decades at the German department of the University of Nottingham and was one of the most respected and influential Germanists of her generation. She shaped the development of UK German Studies in her tireless support of young scholars.
She worked on canonical authors like Goethe, Wieland, Kafka, Thomas Mann and Wedekind, breaking new ground with iconoclastic feminist readings of their work; her approach has had a lasting impact on feminist criticism in German Studies. She has also worked on twentieth-century and contemporary women’s writing and has published an influential study of the German concept of Heimat
. Elizabeth Boa is held in high renown internationally and continues to influence the subject nationally and internationally as a Fellow of the British Academy, as a founder member and former Chair of Women in German Studies, and former President of the Conference of University Teachers of German. The conference bought together important aspects of her academic work. Contributions were published in a special issue of the journal German Life & Letters
, vol. LXIV, no. 1 (January 2011), co-edited by Professor Margaret Littler, Dr Franziska Meyer and Dr Rachel Palfreyman.
Conference of University Teachers in German (CUTG) (Nottingham, March 2008)
In 2008, the University of Nottingham hosted the annual meeting of the Conference of University Teachers in German (CUTG, now Association for German Studies, AGS), jointly with Nottingham Trent University (26-28 March 2008). The conference's lead strand focused on "National Identities, Minority Cultures and their International Contexts: from Medieval Universalism to Postcolonial Globalisation".
For further information on the AGS/CUTG conferences see http://www.ags.ac.uk/
Forum for Germanic Languages Studies conference (Nottingham, January 2007)
The biennial conference of the Forum for Germanic Language Studies (the UK and Ireland subject association for academics in the field of Germanic Linguistics) was held at Nottingham on 5-6 January 2007, with generous support from the Netherlands embassy and of the Humanities Research Centre of the University Nottingham in meeting the costs of our two plenary speakers. Papers from colleagues based in the UK and beyond covered a wide range of Germanic languages over the two days: German, but also Dutch, Luxemburgish and Frisian.
In the first plenary, Professor Marijke van der Wal, from the University of Leiden, spoke on the significance of the “lost booty” of many thousands of private letters in Dutch held at the National Archives in the UK, gathered as booty from privateering during the Anglo-Dutch wars. The letters give an insight into ordinary people’s written Dutch at a time when the language was becoming fully standardized.
A second plenary was given by Professor Helmut Glück (University of Bamberg), who spoke on the history of teaching and learning German as a foreign language - a history which Glück has documented in his research from as far back as the Middle Ages. Professor Glück presented examples of teaching materialsover the centuries – such as model dialogues or word-lists – that were often entertaining but more importantly revealed how the structure and use of the language were viewed at the time.
German Life-Writing in the Twentieth Century, International and interdisciplinary conference (Nottingham, March 2007)
This conference was organised by professor Roger Woods and visiting Lecturer Dr Birgit Dahlke, and featured readings by Annett Gröschner and contributions by scholars from Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and the United States. The conference resulted in the following publication: Birgit Dahlke, Dennis Tate, Roger Woods (eds.), German Life-Writing in the Twentieth Century (Rochester/NY: Camden House, 2010)