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2004-05

The German Studies Students' Association hosts departmental Wine and Cheese receptions once a semester. All GSA participants, German students, department professors, and resourceful-but-unaffiliated parties are welcome to attend.

The end-of-the-year Wine and Cheese will be held this Friday,
April 8
in room 395 of 688 Sherbrooke St from 3:30 to 5:30pm.

Hans Christian Andersen Bicentennial Celebration 200th Anniversary (1805-2005) Illustrated Lecture, Piano Recital and Reception

On Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m., there will be special benefit evening for the Canadian-Scandinavian Foundation. Professor Hans Möller will give an illustrated lecture on Andersen. "Next to the Bible, no author has been so widely translated into scores of languages as Andersen's writing." This lecture will be followed by a recital by Derek Yaple-Schobert, piano and Julieanne Klein, soprano, in a program of music close to Andersen's heart. A vin d'honneur with Danish delicacies will close the event.

Location: Redpath Hall
Cost: $20, $15 seniors and students

For more information, please consult The Canadian-Scandinavian Foundation or Dr. Hans Möller, 398-4740

"Schreiben zwischen Kulturen, Erzählungen, Essays und Gedichte"

The department welcomed the writer Anant Kumar:, Friday, April 1st, 3:00 p.m., room 1041

Thursday, March 31st
"Erika Mann [1905-1969] und Pauline Julien [1928-1998]. Vom Exil zum politischen Engagement! (Arbeitstitel und Arbeitsplan)"

Myriam Augustin : 3 :00, room 486 (Staff-Student Colloquium)

Wednesday, March 23rd, "Reflexionen zum Stand der Germanistik und Medienpolitik in Deutschland - im Jahr 2005 !"

Rolf Bäumer, Universität Siegen: 1:30 – 3:00, room 486

« Écrire, c'est prier : judaïsme et littérature dans l'oeuvre de Franz Kafka »

Bernard Deschamps: 7:30 p.m., Jewish Public Library (5151, Côte Ste-Catherine)

Gadamer and the Reconstitution of Universal (Hermeneutical) Memory

The Department of German Studies at McGill welcomes all interested persons to attend its Staff-Student colloquia. On Tuesday, March 8th at 3:30, Mr. Jeff Sims will present his ideas on "hermeneutical memory."

Jeff Sims completed his Masters Degree at McGill University, at the Faculty of Religious Studies, and is currently a Ph.D candidate at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto (ABD). His dissertation focuses on the importance of "memory" in Hans-Georg Gadamer's hermeneutical work. More precisely, his presentation will examine the commensurable circumstances of "self-consciousness," as Gadamer understands it, and memory itself. The question to be addressed, asks, quite simply, `what, if anything, is hermeneutical memory?'

The 'Native Question' in Colonial Narratives from German South West Africa

The Department of German Studies at McGill, presents
Sara Lennox, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
who will speak on Thursday, February 10th 3:00 p.m. 688 Sherbrooke St. W., room 1041

Dr. Lennox is Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Director of the Program in Social Thought and Political Economy at UMass Amherst. She is author of the forthcoming Cemetery of the Murdered Daughters: Feminism, History, and Ingeborg Bachmann and co-editor of The Imperialist Imagination: German Colonialism and Its Legacy. She is a principal investigator of the research projects "Black German Studies" and "Black Europe: Forgotten History of a Continent" (UMass/University of Mainz). She is also vice-president of the German Studies Association.

Festschrift for Professor Adrian Hsia

On December 7th, 2004, a reception was held to celebrate the Festschrift on Transcultural Reception and Construction, published in honour of Professor Adrian Hsia. You may find the text here of a Speech in Honour of Professor Adrian Hsia [.doc] delivered on this occasion by the German Consul General Mr. Hartmut Scheer.

Maria Zinfert

The Department of German Studies at McGill, presents Maria Zinfert, who will speak on

Wozu ist ein Buch ohne Bilder nütze? Zur Funktion der Bild-Zitate bei W.G. Sebald

Thursday, December 2nd. 3:00 p.m. 688 Sherbrooke St. W., Room 1355

Maria Zinfert currently teaches at the Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft der Freien Universität Berlin. Her research focuses on the relation of visual art to literature. She has extensive experience working on theater and television productions and art exhibitions. She is the editor of texts by Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten). Her dissertation – written under the supervision of Professor Gert Mattenklott – examines the novels of Victor Segalen. She has taught at the FU Berlin and the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

All are welcome.

KRISTALLNACHT REMEMBERED

By Kurt Samuel

Kurt Samuel, the speaker, was taken into custody in Hamburg, Germany, on November 11, 1938; he spent two weeks in the concentration camp at Fuhlsbuettel. After his release, he was able to go to Sweden and emigrated to Canada in July 1939.

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 10, at 3:30 p.m. at Thomson House (the graduate student house), 3650 McTavish Street, in the restaurant (basement).

Key concepts:

Memory
Oral History
Eye-witness

The Short Summer of Theory: Reflections on 1968

The Department of German Studies at McGill, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Montreal, presents

Detlev Claussen
Thursday, November 11th 1:00 p.m. Burnside Hall, IB39

Professor Dr. Detlev Claussen is publicist and professor of social theory and the sociology of culture and science at the University of Hannover. One of his most recent publications is a comprehensive biography of his former teacher Theodor W. Adorno (Theodor W. Adorno: Ein letztes Genie. Frankfurt: Fischer Verlag, 2003). Other books include studies on violence, anti-Semitism, racism, and the critique of ideology. Claussen is one of the most prominent German historians of political dissent.

Light Where None Exists!

The Department of German Studies at McGill, in collaboration with the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, presents

Elena Makarova who will speak on spiritual resistance in Theresienstadt.

Monday, November 8th
4:00 p.m.
688 Sherbrooke St. W., Room 1041

Elena Makarova is a writer, historian, an art director and art therapist, who has curated and documented the exhibition, presently at the Jewish Museum in New York : "Innovator,Activist, Healer:The Art of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis", which will run through January 16 , 2005. Her research on the Theresienstadt "virtual university" is published in her book University over the Abyss (2004).

In her talk at McGill, Ms. Makarova will present her latest research in the field of lost culture, forgotten artists and thinkers, making extensive use of visual material to illustrate her findings.

Elena Makarova is a Russian-born Israeli who lives and works in Jerusalem. She and her talk will be introduced by Dr.Trudis E. Goldsmith-Reber. All are welcome. A reception will follow.

Vorwärts!…mit blick zurück

The picture below was taken during last year's 3rd Graduate Students Conference, which included participants from Britain, Germany, the United States and Canada.

Participants at the department's well-attended 2004 Graduate Students Conference entitled Vorwärts!…mit blick zurück