Conference Schedule 2019

Friday, November 9th

2:30 pm            Registration opens 

3:00 pm            Opening Remarks: Jessica Cochran, Julia Anderlé de Sylor

Panel I:   Otherhood as a Literary and Pedagogical Tool

                                                                                            Moderator: Chen Chen 

3:15-3:45         “MitWirkung!” – Discovering Diversity in the Target Culture and the Classroom in Introductory German Language Courses

                                                  Lucian Rothe, University of Wisconsin-Madison

3:45-4:15         Ecocriticism – the other Approach to German Literature

                        Nicole Fischer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interactive Workshop 

4:15-5:15           “The Search for Otherness and the Politics of Alterity

                           Dr. Weijia Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison

5:15-5:30       Refreshment Break 

Keynote Address and Discussion 

                                                                                        Moderator: Nicole Fischer

5:30-7:00           “Perceptual learning of ‘un-usual’ accents in German learners of English.”

                                      Dr. Katharina Schuhmann, Penn State University

Katharina Schuhmann is an Assistant Professor of German and Linguistics at Penn State University. Her research explores the underlying principles and
mechanisms of linguistic adaptation phenomena between both interlocutors and languages; she is also interested in how hearing a novel accent or learning to produce the sounds of a second language (temporarily) changes representations or processes in one or both languages. 

Conference Dinner at 7:30 at the Great Dane for presenters, moderators and faculty representatives123 E. Doty St. , Madison, WI 53703

Saturday, November 10th

9:00  am            Breakfast:Coffee and light refreshments

Panel I:   An Othered Point of View- Other and the Self                  

Moderator: Brandy Wilcox


                         9:15 am           Rethinking the Other: Differently-Abled Natures

                        Kassi Burnett, Ohio State University

9:45 am           Violent Laughters: Humor and Aggression in Fatma Aydemir’s Ellbogen

                        Lucas Riddle, University of Illinois at Chicago

10:15 am           Outside of Modernity: Spatial and Temporal Otherhood in Vicky Baum’sMenschen im Hotel

                          Lauren Beck, University of Michigan

 10:45 am          Refreshment Break

Panel II: Expressions of the Other in Literature and Film

Moderator: Christine Evans 

11:00am          Not Another Exilic Movie: Otherness and Social Critique in Sohrab Shahid Saless’s Coming of Ageand Diary of a Lover? 

                       Kumars Salehi,University of California, Berkeley


11:30am          Representations of the Current ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Literature and Film 

                       Özlem Karuç, University of Michigan

12:00 – 2:30   Lunch Break (on your own)

Panel III:  Media(ting) Otherhood

Moderator:  Lucian Rothe

2:30 pm           Mass Media and the Representation of the Other in the German Empire

                       Peter Ogunniran, Washington University in St. Louis

3:00pm            Im Bild der Authentizität: Erinnerungen an die DDR im Graphic NovelBerlin – Geteilte Stadt  

                        Christian Olias, Michigan State University


3:30 pm        Refreshment Break 

Panel IV: The Other in Literature

    Moderator: Ian Wilck

3:45pm            Emine Sevgi Özdamar: Identity Search, Trauma, and the Mediation of German

                       Joscha Klüppel, University of Oregon

4:15pm            Beleidigungen und Vorwürfe: über die Abwertung der (ehemaligen) DDR-Bürger_innen vor, während, und nach der Wende in Thomas BrussigsAm  

                       kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee (1999) undChrista WolfsStadt der Engel (2010)

                        John Slattery, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

4:45 pm           Closing Remarks: Dr. Katharina Schuhmann  

5:15pm          Conference Reception at the Rathskeller, 800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706


Conference Committee 2018

Jessica Cochran, Julia Anderlé de Sylor, Leah Ewing, Nicole Fischer

Conference Committee 2019 

Nicole Fischer, Leah Ewing

Generous sponsors of the GDGSA 2018 Conference include:

  • Department of German, Nordic and Slavic
  • The Wisconsin Experience Grant
  • Center for German and European Studies
  • Center for European Studies