Manuela Wagner co-edits book on Intercultural Learning in Language Education

Prof. Manuela Wagner’s new book is out: Intercultural Learning in Language Education and Beyond has been published by Multilingual Matters and addresses a number of issues for the 21st-century classroom: This book provides a contemporary and critical examination of the theoretical and pedagogical impact of Michael Byram’s pioneering work on intercultural communicative competence and intercultural citizenship within the […]

Human Rights and Global Challenges HRRC Conference May 2022

Prof. Katharina von Hammerstein (Emerita) and Prof. Sebastian Wogenstein organized a 2-day Human Rights conference concurrent with a delegation visit from Baden-Württemberg in May 2022. The conference showcases new research on geopolitics, environment and migration, and brings together scholars from a variety of countries and institutions. For a detailed schedule, please check the website for […]

Undergraduate Awards in German Studies 2022

April and May is award season, and we are thrilled to celebrate our German Studies students with the following awards issued by the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages and by the Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program: The Joseph A. Palermo Award for Outstanding Senior Scholars: Zoe Blevins The Dorothy Maguire Scholarship in Modern and Classical Languages: […]

ECE German Instructor Christine Higgins (Wilton High School) receives Instructor Award for Excellence in Course Instruction for 2021-2022 

The German Section is very proud to announce Christine Higgins from Wilton High School as a recipient of the ECE Instructor Award for Excellence in Course Instruction for the 2021-2022! Ms. Higgins who joined the UConn Early College Experience program several years ago has celebrated numerous successes as a German teacher and maintains both a […]

Prof. Sigrid Köhler from the University of Tübingen presents two talks on Human Rights

Organized by the Connecticut/Baden-Württemberg Human Rights Consortium (HRRC) and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, University of Connecticut Global Affairs, and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and Art, and the German Studies Colloquium, Prof. Köhler, Chair of German Literature at the University of Tübingen in Gremany will present […]

New Translation of Vilém Flusser book by Anke Finger and Kenneth Kronenberg

Angenommen, published in 1989 in German and this April available in English for the first time, proposes twenty-two scenarios that invite readers to create accompanying images or clips, as author Vilém Flusser advocates. Flusser (1920-1991) was a Czech-Brazilian media philosopher who wrote widely across many different topics and in four different languages. Anke Finger, a […]

Isabell Sluka (PhD Candidate) wins prestigious Greenhouse Studios Graduate Assistantship

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with Greenhouse Studios | Scholarly Communications Design at UConn (, has awarded Isabell Sluka the 2022-24 Graduate Student Assistantship in Digital Humanities.  This assistantship program is intended for individuals committed to the development of the field and to supporting the inclusion of minoritized populations, including people of color, Indigenous peoples, […]

Isabell Sluka (PhD candidate) publishes article in special issue on “Rethinking Postcolonial Europe”

Just out now: “From Nation States to Communities of Interest: Solidarity and Human Rights Declarations in Wolfgang Fischer`s Styx,” written by Isabell Sluka (PhD candidate in German Studies). The article is published in a special issue of Postcolonial Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. VII, Issue 1 (January 2022). According to the author, the […]

Nicole Coleman (PhD 2015) publishes book on The Right to Difference

October 2021 marks an important month for Nicole Coleman (PhD 2015), Assistant Professor of German at Wayne State University. Her book is published by the University of Michigan Press, a work that is bound to contribute substantially to the intersection of human rights and intercultural literature. Here is more information from the publisher’s website: The […]

PhD candidate Juntao Li receives Summer Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Juntao Li, a PhD candidate in German Studies, has been awarded the Summer Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship by the UConn Graduate School to pursue his research on “Language Ecology in Third Language (L3) Acquisition: Case Studies of German L3 Learners with Chinese as an First Language and English as an Second Language.” In his dissertation, he […]

Busy Bee and Honigkuchenpferd – Profs. Finger, Weidauer and Wogenstein consider the linguistic and cultural history of honey

Three UConn faculty followed the invitation of the Volkshochschule Reutlingen to discuss the considerable variety of honey and bees in different languages and cultural histories. From the etymological origins in German and Latin, for example, to the Hebrew and Judaic cultural meanings of honey in religious rituals, everyday life and food, to honey and bees […]