CFP: Barriers — Confronting Obstacles in Language, Media, Politics and Culture (Berkeley, 28.2.-1.3.2015)

The Department of German at the University of California, Berkeley, welcomes submissions from all disciplinary backgrounds on the topic of barriers, their establishment, presentation, and utilization in the present, past and future. UC Berkeley German Department’s Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference 2015: BARRIERS: Confronting Obstacles in Language, Media, Politics and Culture (February 28th – March 1st … Continue reading CFP: Barriers — Confronting Obstacles in Language, Media, Politics and Culture (Berkeley, 28.2.-1.3.2015)

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Manhood VS. Marriage: A Quick Film Tip

Yesterday The New York Review of Books published “Manhood Against Marriage” by Francine Prose, a review of Ruben Östlund’s new film Force Majeure, that I would like to share here as both, the film and the review, refer to an issue that I am intensely working on in my research at the moment: representations of … Continue reading Manhood VS. Marriage: A Quick Film Tip

Beyond Gender: Current Activities and New Resources in the Field of Intersectionality Studies

I recently received a call for papers that caught my attention. eDhvani: UoH Journal of Comparative Literature is inviting papers that analyze the category of gender and its overlap with the institution of religion (deadline: 30 Nov 2014). This issue will therefore continue the topic of gender, which has also been the focus of its … Continue reading Beyond Gender: Current Activities and New Resources in the Field of Intersectionality Studies

Kicking off this year’s conference season: the GSA’s Annual Meeting, feat. Asian German Studies

The new academic year is fast approaching and, as every year, the conference season will be kicked off by one of the largest of its kind: the GSA’s annual meeting (18-21 September 2014). Members of the German Studies Association, which was founded in 1976 in the US as the Western Association for German Studies (WAGS) … Continue reading Kicking off this year’s conference season: the GSA’s Annual Meeting, feat. Asian German Studies

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Stefan Zweig and the Neglected Field of Adaptation Studies

As The Guardian announced two days ago, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has just become the filmmaker’s highest-grossing film (beating The Royal Tenenbaums at $71m in 2001 and Moonrise Kingdom at $68m in 2012) by breaking the $100m mark while global box office taking rising (interestingly with the most enthusiastic audiences in the UK … Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel, Stefan Zweig and the Neglected Field of Adaptation Studies

Sexuality, love, masculinities: an interdisciplinary conference in Stuttgart is pointing the way ahead

Despite the bourgeoning of gender studies in recent decades, the question of masculinities has been widely neglected. Gender studies have indeed often become synonymous with women studies, exclusively. For this reason, scholars of different disciplines decided in 1999 to found AIM Gender, an international working group for interdisciplinary men studies. The working group’s 2013 Annual Conference … Continue reading Sexuality, love, masculinities: an interdisciplinary conference in Stuttgart is pointing the way ahead

Kafka and the Yellow Cover: The Uses and Abuses of Colours

The very first Chinese translations of works by Franz Kafka in the early 1960s, shortly before the Cultural Revolution was launched, were wrapped in a yellow cover. They were part of Mao Zedong’s strategy of "knowing your enemy" and, as negative examples of Western decadent literature and a warning sign of the rotten capitalism, these … Continue reading Kafka and the Yellow Cover: The Uses and Abuses of Colours

From Germanic & Romance to Modern Languages: the controversial (re)launch of an Institute

On Saturday, 7 December 2013, the former Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies will be (re)launched under its new name, the Institute of Modern Languages Research. The renaming was one result of the recent HEFCE review of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, based on the claim that the former name apparently did … Continue reading From Germanic & Romance to Modern Languages: the controversial (re)launch of an Institute

New intercultural research portal launched in Vienna on women and taboo

The Forschungsplattform Elfriede Jelinek: Texte - Kontexte - Rezeption at the University of Vienna just launched the research portal TABU: Bruch. Überschreitungen von Künstlerinnen. The project brings together more than 60 international researchers and artists on topics related to women and taboo in an intercultural context. In addition to several events held in Vienna, more … Continue reading New intercultural research portal launched in Vienna on women and taboo