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2005-06

GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE APRIL 28-30

This year's tremendously successful international graduate student conference had as its subject "Representations of North America in German Literature, Film and Culture."

Program - Representations of North America in German literature, film and culture [.doc]

Representations of North America in German Literature, Film and Culture [.pdf]

Please also see the Graduate student conference - call for papers [.doc] for details.

Dada, Poetry and Prosthesis in Raoul Hausmann

The Department welcomes Professor Cornelius Borck, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy and Language of Medicine, from the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, for its "Staff-Student Colloquium".

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
3:00 - 4:30
room 1041, 688 Sherbrooke St. W.

Abstract
Prosthetic devices figure prominently in the work of Raoul Hausmann, Berlin's 'Dadasoph.' Highly critical of the contemporary technosciences and their way of fixing maimed bodies by means of prosthesis, Hausmann did not, however, disregard prosthetic technologies in general, quite the contrary, he had larger aims with them in mind. He envisioned the fusion of art and technology as a decisive step in the shaping of 'new man,' the human of the future, liberated from the constraints of nature and tradition. Several of his innovative art forms like photomontage or his typographic poetry focus on this double aim of breaking away from tradition and transgressing the biological boundaries of the body. Hausmann's vision was to engineer human bodies to perceive 'nature' in hitherto unknown ways. In pursuing this, his art turned into an exploration of technoscientific epistemologies.

Singing Ourselves Into Existence: Europe's Identity in Recent Continental Political Thought

On January 13, the Departments of Political Science and German Studies at McGill welcomed Dr. Volker Heins, Visiting Professor at McGill and Concordia University, who spoke in the Leacock Building, room 429, at 1 PM.

Dr. Volker Heins is a senior research associate at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany, and was a visiting fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University in 2003-2004. His research and teaching interests are varied and range from modern political theory to the empirical interaction between states and nonstate actors in international relations, including human rights, humanitarian crises and the changing relationships between politics, society and the military. He is currently doing research on human rights cultures in Canada, the U.S., Germany and India and is working on, among other things, a manuscript on the limits of transnational NGO activism.

Goethe on Colours

The Department of Art History and Communications Studies, and the Department of German Studies, presented as part of McGill University's Fall 2005 speaker series History and Philosophy of Science

Joseph Vogl (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar),

Thursday, December 1, at 5.30 pm Social Studies of Medicine Building, 3647 rue Peel (above ave. Dr Penfield).

Supremacy of philosophy over poetry? The Habermas-Derrida-debate on speech acts revisited

Department of German Studies Department of Philosophy and the Department of Italian Studies present

Professor Dietmar Köveker, Université de Montréal

Tuesday, November 8, 2005
3:00 p.m.
688 Sherbrooke St. W., room 1025

Dr. Dietmar Köveker is currently a DAAD lecturer at the Centre for German and European Studies at the Université de Montréal. Dr. Köveker's research interests include German and French philosophy, critical theory, the work of Kant, postmodernism, and discourses on Europe. Dr. Köveker is the founder and editor of Eurostudia, a Transatlantic Journal for European Studies. Dr. Köveker was a "Privatdozent" at the Institut für Philosophie, Universität Frankfurt am Main and served as Program Director Collège International de Philosophie, Paris, 1998-2004. His more recent publications include: Sprache, Zeit und Differenz. Elemente einer Kritik der reinen Diskursvernunft, Im Widerstreit der Diskurse. Jean-Francois Lyotard und die Idee der Verständigung im Zeitalter globaler Kommunikation, and ChronoLogie. Texte zur französischen Zeitphilosophie des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Die intellektuelle und literarische Situation der Schweiz

Department of German Studies, in cooperation with the Centre for German and European Studies and Prohelvetia, presents the renowned Swiss writer

Dr. Hugo Loetscher

Donnerstag, 3 November 2005
15:00 Uhr, Zimmer 1041.
Mit anschließendem Empfang

Hugo Loetscher ist Autor, Publizist und Kritiker. Von 1986 bis 1989 war er Präsident des Schweizerischen Schriftstellerverbandes. Hugo Loetscher wurde mit vielen Preisen und Ehrungen ausgezeichnet. Er lebt in Zürich. Ausgewählte Veröffentlichungen: Saison • Roman. Zürich: Diogenes, 1995. Die Augen des Mandarin • Roman Zürich: Diogenes, 1999. Äs tischört und plutschins. Über das Unreine in der Sprache – eine helvetische Situierung. Zürich: Vontobel-Stiftung, 2000. Der Buckel. Geschichten. Zürich: Diogenes, 2002. Lesen statt klettern. Aufsätze zur literarischen Schweiz. Zürich: Diogenes, 2003. Es war einmal die Welt • Gedichte. Zürich: Diogenes, 2004. In alle Richtungen gehen. Reden und Aufsätze über Hugo Loetscher. Hg. von Jeroen Dewulf und Rosmarie Zeller. Zürich: Diogenes, 2005.

Sprachwochenende at Mont St. Hilaire

New Technology and Old Illustrated Books: Issues in Digitizing the European Emblem

The department presents a lecture by Professor Peter Daly on Thursday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m. It will be held at 688 Sherbrooke in Rm 1041 and will be followed by a reception in room 486. ALL WELCOME

Professor Daly is Professor Emeritus of German Studies at McGill University. He is a world authority on the symbolism and production of emblems.