“Narratives from Rented Rooms” – Bettina Matthias on Hotel Studies in German Literature

  Bettina Matthias, Professor of German at Middlebury College and Director of the well-known Middlebury summer school, presented her research on hotel studies on February 6th, highlighting an under-analyzed section in travel literatures with a talk entitled “Narratives from Rented Rooms: The Literary Fascination with Hotels and Their Dwellers in Early 20th Century Germany and Austria.” […]

The Conviction Workshop

From a research perspective, personal conviction, as a moral, cultural, and emotional concept, has largely escaped scrutiny, with few studies investigating what is defined as “an unshakeable belief in something, without seeking evidence”; or, as the Oxford English Dictionary has it, “a firm and settled persuasion.” Beliefs are based on certain sets of values, but […]

Julie Shoults (Ph.D. 2015) elected to MLA Executive Council

Julie Shoults (Ph.D. 2015) was just elected to the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association. Dr. Shoults teaches at Muhlenburg College and has continued to work with UConn German Studies faculty, in addition to becoming very active in the profession beyond teaching and research. Her latest book publication is Women Writing War (2018), and […]

Protest against Lockheed-Martin Helicopter Fly-In

A small but vocal group of students and faculty, including members of the German Studies Section, protested against the fly-in of Lockheed-Martin helicopters that was meant to celebrate the partnership between Lockheed-Martin and UConn. The group is opposed to UConn’s ties to the military-industrial complex.

EUROBIZ students visit German American Conference 2018 at Harvard

Student group led by Isabel Choinowski (M.A. candidate), instructor of “German for the Professions,”; report written by Alena Hauer, Patrick Kornegay & Bret Olson The German American Conference is the largest-student led conference in the United States. The conference tackles transatlantic challenges and issues by inspiring leadership, fostering dialogue, and promoting innovation. Harvard hosts all […]

The Role of Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Developing Intercultural Citizenship in Education – and vice versa

A fun filled evening of discussion, insights, critical perspectives, and generative dialogue on interdisciplinary work for developing intercultural citizenship at different educational levels.  Professor Manuela Wagner, German Section of the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (UConn), Professor Fabiana Cardetti of the Mathematics Department (UConn) and Professor Emeritus Michael Byram (Durham University) presented the theoretical […]

“Zeilenschmiede” presents Workshop on Improvisational Theater

“Zeilenschmiede,” an artist group from Germany, visited UConn on October 3rd, 2018, to present their approach to getting creative with German: improvisational theater. In a two-hour workshop with one of the German Studies courses, taught by Mareike Geyer, they guided the group through a series of hands-on and get-physical scenes, with some exercises derived from […]

Prof. Bronner publishes book on Swiss author Christian Kracht

Fresh off the press: Prof. Bronner’s edited (with Björn Weyand) collection of articles on Christian Kracht: “Every new work by the Swiss author Christian Kracht further expands the topographical range of his literary settings, which gradually extend to encompass the entire globe. In this sense, Kracht’s work epitomizes world literature in a contemporary, provocative way: […]

Dr. Stefan Bronner becomes new faculty member in German Studies

Dr. Stefan Bronner joins us from Concordia University in Montréal as Assistant Professor in Residence in the German Studies Section. Here’s what he shared with us about his background and work: “I completed my Dr. phil. in Germanistik at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. My doctoral research led to the publication of the first monograph on the intensely discussed […]