Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German: Teaching German Studies in a Global Context

This special issue of Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, published by the American Association of Teachers of German, features articles on Teaching German Studies in a Global Context with contributions by i.a. Anke Finger (UConn) and Niko Tracksdorf (UConn alumnus and Assistant Professor of German at University of Rhode Island). The issue is co-edited by Nicole Coleman […]

Do passion and emotion have a place in academia?

In June 2019, Prof. Stefan Bronner co-organized a conference to discuss the need for more passionate engagement in the humanities. Numerous speakers addressed the need for more personal involvement, sharing, addressing the rule of ‘ratio’ and more. For more information and to watch some of the video captures, visit the site and contribute to the […]

“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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Women Writing War: new book published by Katharina von Hammerstein and Julie Shoults

Together with colleague Barbara Kosta, Julie Shoults (Ph.D. 2015) Katharina von Hammerstein just published a collection of articles (Walter de Gruyter) on women writing war. Recent scholarship has broadened definitions of war and shifted from the narrow focus on battles and power struggles to include narratives of the homefront and private sphere. To expand scholarship […]