German Studies has always grappled with navigating the relationship between geopolitical and linguistic-cultural spaces. “Germany from the Outside” brings current debates about curricular and institutional issues together with discussions about the relation between nation, language, and culture. Just as “Germany” has never been one discrete entity, “German culture” and “German language” have never been the property of one ethnic or national group.
The conference speakers will present work on perspectives on Germany that emanate, in one way or another, from outside the borders of Germany itself. This includes work on: authors who write in German but are not actually German themselves; on how literature produces reflections on the changing nature of the nation-state; or on authors who live in Germany but are in some way "outsiders."
Located at the nexus of cultural, political, historiographical, and philosophical discourses, the talks will inform our institutional discussions about next directions for our discipline.
Friday, September 20, 2019 - Levis Faculty Center Room 210
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Welcome Coffee and Opening Remarks
Elena Delgado, Director, School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stephanie Hilger, Head, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Laurie Johnson, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Archive
“Mobilizing the Archive: Marica Bodrožić und Deniz Utl's Unterhaltungen deutscher Eingewanderten"
Claudia Breger, Columbia University
“Tracing the Continual Present: Yoko Tawada and Vilém Flusser”
Gizem Arslan, Southern Methodist University
Moderator: Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois-Chicago
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Coffee and Cookies
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Memoir
“Between Times and Places: German Identity in Albert Vigoleis Thelen’s Travel Memoirs from Spain and Portugal (31 August – 2 September 1939)”
Carl Niekerk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Writing Germany with Brazil: Julia Mann’s Memoirs”
Veronika Füchtner, Dartmouth College
Moderator: Meike Werner, Vanderbilt University
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - Levis Faculty Center Room 210
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Pastries and Coffee
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Displacement
“Viennese Holocaust Refugees, American Humanitarians and the Midwest”
Bettina Brandt, Pennsylvania State University
"The Exile Author Hermann Broch on Germany During the 1940s"
Paul Michael Lützeler, Washington University-St. Louis
Moderator: Christiane Eydt-Beebe, Eastern Illinois University
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee and Snacks
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dialectic
"Addresses of Our Last Homes: Refugees and Hyperlinked Literary Histories"
B. Venkat Mani, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Return of the Prodigal Galician Sons: An Austro-Jewish Dialectic"
Scott Spector, University of Michigan
Moderator: Imke Meyer, University of Illinois-Chicago
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Closing Discussion and End of Conference
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Annual Meeting of the Board of the American Friends of Marbach, Levis Faculty Center Room 208