Conferences & Symposia
Symposium on “German-Polish Border Regions in Literature and Film: Transnational Approaches to National Histories?”
April 5-6, 2013
The event included a screening of the documentary Ostpreussenland (Polish/Russian w. German subtitles) at the Goethe Institut, and concluded with a reading (in German) by the author Sabrina Janesch from Katzenberge, a novel that revisits German-Polish history from the perspective of a contemporary traveler.
The German Department’s Second Biennial Graduate Student Conference titled “(Im)mobile Identities”
March 25-26, 2011
Graduate student scholars from universities around the world will gather to present their research on a variety of topics that relate to the concepts of mobility and identity. Prof. Nina Berman (The Ohio State University) delivered the keynote address.
Humanities Assessment Initiative
October 12-13, 2010
The German Department hosted a two-day forum on useful assessment in foreign languages October 12 and 13, 2010. This is an initiative to develop useful assessment practices within a network of institutions of higher learning and across departments. A complete schedule can be found here.
Übersetzung und Geschlecht in der deutschen Romantik am Beispiel von Dorothea Schlegel
September 29, 2010
Dr. Astrid Weigert
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of German, Georgetown University
Dorothea Schlegel (1764-1839) gehörte zum Kreis der Jenaer Frühromantik, dessen männliche Mitglieder ihr künstlerisches Selbstverständnis in der Triade “Dichter-Literaturkritiker-Übersetzer” begründet sahen. Auch Schlegels Oeuvre, so die übergreifende These, sollte im Licht dieser Triade besprochen werden. Gerade die Übersetzertätigkeit Schlegels ist jedoch bisher in der Forschung nur wenig beachtet worden.
Die Analyse der Arbeitsbedingungen und Veröffentlichungsmechanismen, unter denen Schlegel ihre Übersetzungen vornahm, läβt deutlich erkennen, wie groβ die Diskrepanz zwischen der theoretischen Überhöhung des Übersetzens, die von den männlichen Frühromantikern propagiert wurde, und der Abwertung der von Frauen vorgenommenen Übersetzungen in der Praxis war. Zur Veranschaulichung dieser Aspekte dient Schlegels Übersetzung von Mme de Staëls Roman Corinne, ou l’Italie (1807).
Conference on Business German
September 17-19, 2010
The Department of German at Georgetown University is pleased to host the 2010 workshop on the teaching of German for business and professional purposes, organized annually by the Goethe Institute Chicago. About 25 faculty members from universities across the United States will explore and share “Reformstrategien für Wirtschaftsdeutsch,” with presentations on innovative content areas, pedagogical approaches, and outreach. Further highlights include contributions by Mr. Matthias Sonn, Head of the Department of Economic, Social Affairs, Science and Technology at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Dean Norean Sharpe of GU’s McDonough School of Business.
Graduate Student Conference
April 3-4, 2009
In recent years, the study of literature and culture has lead to a growing number of studies with explicit focus on representations of space and place. In addition, spatiality figures prominently as an analytical category in contemporary cultural theory (Soja, Lefebvre).
The notion of this “spatial turn” – itself employing a spatial metaphor – is based on a wide range of methodological and theoretical frameworks from various disciplines such as human geography, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies, among others. Its multifaceted nature thus raises questions about interdisciplinary scholarship and the heuristic value of these theoretical approaches for the study of (German) literature, language, and culture. Please view the full text here.
The German Department Interdisciplinary Symposia highlight an area of research by a German faculty member and relate it to research in other departments at Georgetown University and other institutions. The symposia offer an in-depth exploration of on-going research for the Georgetown academic community.
Reframing East German Culture
March 26-27, 2010
Organized by Prof. Katrin Sieg
BMW Center for German and European Studies
A complete program is available here.
Early Germanic-Christian Literature and Artifact
October 2, 2009
An Interdisciplinary Symposium sponsored by the German Department, and co-sponsored by the departments of English, History, and Theology, by the Medieval Studies program and the Jesuit Community.
September 20, 2008
With presentations by Michael Brenner (Ludwig-Maximilians-University), Fatima El-Tayeb (University of California), Randall Halle (University of Pittsburgh), Bala Venkat Mani (University of Wisconsin), Azade Seyhan (Bryan Mawr College)
- There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time.
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