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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Women in German Expressionism live

Thanks to our designer, Isabel Choinowski (M.A. candidate in German Studies), the website accompanying the book Women in German Expressionism: Gender, Sexuality, Activism, is now live! The  book is edited by Prof. Anke Finger and Julie Shoults (Ph.D. 2015). The site will feature excerpts from the scholarly articles, maps of each woman’s biography, contacts, and […]