The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies is once again hosting its annual conference showcasing the talents and ideas of our graduate students.
The conference will also be presenting two special lectures:
- Prof. Beate Henn-Memmesheimer, visiting this term from our partner university in Mannheim, Germany, is giving a keynote lecture entitled "Kult und Bilderzauber." In her address Prof. Henn-Memmesheimer will speak about images as an integral component of social communication, connecting language and the visual in an action-theoretical approach. In doing so, she will refer to the ways images are related to the concept of Kult in contexts such as advertising, the narrational (re-)construction of myths, cultural reception, and language. Her talk will combine insights from system theory, sociological and linguistic perspectives, and delve deeper into the idea of a fast-moving, increasingly volatile reality that emerges largely from the power of images. Presentation will be in German.
- Marc Bauder, a filmmaker from Berlin, will be giving a talk on Lichtgrenze / Border of Light, a public art installation that commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Presentation will be in English.
Visual, Cultural and Literary Codes
Panel 1 Chair: Taylor Antoniazzi
- 10:00 - 10:30: Isabelle Eberz, „Die Funktion der Modalpartikel nun mal in gesprochener Sprache“
- 10:30 - 11:00: Sonja Schäfer and Caterina Katzer, „Das Berliner Journal während des Ersten Weltkrieges“
11:00 - 11:10: Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:20: Keynote Speaker Prof. Dr. Henn-Memmesheimer, „Kult und Bilderzauber“
12:20 - 1:30: Lunch Break
Panel 2 Chair: Lisa Schmidt
- 1:30 - 2:00: Daniela Roth, “Narrative Codes of Madness - Unreliable Narration in Steven Uhly’s Adams Fuge and Martin Horvath’s Mohr im Hemd oder wie ich auszog, die Welt zu retten”
- 2:00 - 2:30: Derek Andrews, “Power, Agency and Assisted Dying in Lukas Barfuss’ Alices Reise in die Schweiz”
- 2:30 - 3:00: Mario Hirstein, “Alles nur Ketchup und Plastik? - Animal Death as Spectacle in Michael Haneke’s Benny’s Video and Caché”
3:00 - 3:30: Coffee Break
3:30 - 5:00: Keynote Speaker Marc Bauder, “Lichtgrenze: The Berlin Wall as a Border of Light”
Please join us at the conference!
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