Rachel MagShamhrain Discussion


90th annual AGS Conference

“Ninety at Nottingham”


Nottingham University, 5-7 September 2022


Dear All,


Please find below the programme of this year’s AGS conference at Nottingham University. If you are interested in attending, full event information can be found online at AGS at 90: Association for German Studies Conference at the University of Nottingham, 5-7 September | University of Nottingham Online Store


Early bird booking ends on 19th June, while the final date for bookings is 30th June.


We look forward to seeing as many members of the global Germanist community at this event, and to the first in-person AGS since pre-Pandemic.


Kind regards,


Rachel MagShamhráin, AGS Conference Secretary rmgs@ucc.ie 



Programme for AGS, Nottingham 5-7 September 2022

Online panelists will have their individual Zoom or Teams link with a Zoom or Teams host – these will be circulated to panelists and other attendees who have registered. For details on how to register, see: here

Monday, 5th September



Arrival and registration, lunch

In Trent B46 (The University of Nottingham, University Park, Trent Building, Nottingham NG7 2RD)  




Panel Autobiography


Chair: Ute Hirsekorn

Medieval Studies


Chair: Sarah Bowden

German Screen Studies Network 1: Media and Gender


Chairs: Dora Osborne & Katya Krylova






Helen Finch: German-Jewish literary life writing after the Holocaust as archive of emotions


Samantha Grayck: The Political is Personal: Trial Reportage as Autobiography and Public Witnessing


Elizabeth Boa: Elizabeth Boa: ‘Emine Sevgi Özdamar: Das Leben ist eine Karavaserei (1992), Die Brücke vom Goldenen Horn (1998), Ein von Schatten begrenzter Raum (2021): an autofictional trilogy?

Josephine Spelsberg: Chivalric Compassion versus Race: Inclusion and Exclusion of Diverse Characters in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival


Cameron Cross: Blame it on the Devil: A Dehumanisation Studies Reading of Violence, Possession and Morality in Der Stricker's Die eingemauerte Frau


Detlev Weber: Wolfdietrich; a wolf standing up for his rights


Tom Smith: In the Moment: The Present as Work in Progress in Queer Streaming Media


Harry Louis Roddy: Ecce Homo: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Portrayal of Wounded Masculinity


Eleanor Halsall: Unsung heroines – the forgotten contribution of the Ateliersekretärin






                                           President’s Guests: Ulrike Almut Sandig

                                   reading from her work

                                     and in conversation with Karen Leeder, academic, author, poet and translator


                                                                                                     DRINKS RECEPTION AND DINNER (at 7:00) in the Orchard Hotel,        

                                                                    The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham (NG7 2RJ),

                                                          walking distance from Trent Building






Tuesday, 6th September





Teaching and Researching Adaptation 1


Chair: Debbie Pinfold



Chair: Melani Schroeter

The 18th Century Panel


Chair: Joanna Raisbeck

Zeljko Uvanovic:  Alain Gsponer’s Heidi (2015) and Jugend ohne Gott (2017): A Comparison of Utopian and Dystopian Adaptation Techniques



Christiane Schönfeld: The Impact of Adaptation: German-language literature on film  (remote)


Julian Preece: From French Vienna to Barcelona via New York: Marriage Scenes in International Adaptations of Arthur Schnitzler’s Reigen

Claus Ehrhardt & Sabrina Link: The usage of routine formulae in Bundestag speeches


Louis Cotgrove: als ob jetzt kann man dich ernst nehmen: Emergent grammaticalization of subordinating conjunctions in German digital youth language


Torsten Leuschner: The rise of V1-Conditionals in German(ic): Traditions and a Constructionalisation-Based Scenario


Flavio Auer: Tieck’s Kaiser Octavianus as capstone of Early Romanticism


Elystan Griffiths: Obedience in the Age of Enlightenment


Jerome Carroll: Johann Gottfried Sulzer’s adherence to and departure from rationalist principles: perfectibility, indeterminacy, relationality, anti-essentialism







Teaching and Researching Adaptation 2



Chair: Julian Preece

 The young and the old in the 18th and 19th centuries

(In association with the English Goethe Society)


Chair: Kevin Hilliard

Stories of Contagion in Literature, Film and Theory (4 papers of 15 minutes each)


Chair: Heike Bartel (Organizer Sebastian Klinger)


Alexandra Lloyd: Die Linie ist wie eine Stimme’: Adapting Acoustic Worlds in Ulli Lust and Marcel Beyer’s Graphic Novel Flughunde (2013)


Debbie Pinfold: Effi Briest and her Afterlives: Teaching a Canonical Text through Film Adaptations

Rey Conquer: Reading Transit with Christian Petzold

Željko Uvanović: Climbing Jacob’s Ladder post mortem as old and young. The Ascension of Goethe’s Faust (1832/1833) and Haupt-mann’s Hannele (1893) in Comparison. (remote)


Hans Hahn: The Accommodation of Art in Old Age as seen in Thomas Mann’s Lotte in Weimar.


Charlotte Woodford: “Wir hätten keine Zukunft mehr? Unsinn!”: Future-orientated ideas of aging in women’s writings around 1900

Alice Christensen: Das Verfahren der Impfung: Protective Strategies in Works by Walter Benjamin and Anna Seghers


Marie Kolkenbrock: Immunitary Democracy and Social Quarantine: On the Cultural History of Distance Metaphors


Annja Neumann: Infectious Images: Dr Tulp’s Afterlife in German Literature, Visual Culture and Performance


Sebastian Klinger (Oxford): Learning from an Epidemic: Sleeping Sickness and Sleep Science










PGR/ECR session (hybrid)


Chairs: Louis Cotgrove and Sascha Stollhans, Claire Ross, Isabel Story

This session is specifically targeted at anyone who identifies as a postgraduate or early-career academic and is an opportunity to discuss all experiences of life in academia in a relaxed, supportive environment. The session will take a roundtable format with several invited speakers who will lead discussions covering issues specific to postgraduates and early-career academics, including precarity in the current academic job market, research and teaching opportunities in the UK and Ireland, academic jobs in the DACH region, and networking opportunities. 

Schools networking and liaison (hybrid)


Chair: Alex Lloyd (Oxford)


(With representatives from the regional schools networks)


Rebuilding outreach and networks after COVID; and curating online support for schools

German Studies and impactful research – examples and discussion

Chair: tbc



Contributions from Nicola Mclelland, Karen Leeder, Heike Bartel and others


German Screen Studies Network 2: Cinema and Identity



(Chairs) Dora Osborne and Katya Krylova


Bastian Heinsohn: Revolutionizing German Cinema in the 1960s: The films of Will Tremper


Paul Leworthy: Memory, Family and a Post-Migrant Perspective: Migration Reframed in Almanya -Willkommen in Deutschland


Philip Decker: Searching for the Nazi Potemkin: Karl Anton’s Panzerkreuzer Sebastopol as Tribute and Rebuttal to Bolshevism










Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Language Teaching Practices in German Departments (4 papers of 15 minutes each)


Chair: Ulrike Bavendiek

19th- and Early-20th -Century Studies 1


Chair: Margit Dirscherl

German Studies and/in Health Humanities


Chair: Heike Bartel


Daniela Flint: Too large, too small? The importance of group size for effective ab initio German language teaching


Sophie Payne & Wendy Hillier (University of Reading): Effective assessment in LfA modules


Sabina Barczyk-Wozniak: German Courses in Institution-Wide Language Provision at Cardiff University – programme design and student profiles



Tracey Reimann-Dawe: Integrating post A-level and ab inito learners of German in language and cultural modules: challenges and successes


Joanna Neilly: Rethinking Romanticism through Die Winterreise


Alyson Lai: Staging the Apocalypse: Juxtaposition in die Brücke Studios and der Blaue Reiter Almanac


Anchit Sathi: Thomas Mann and the Queerness of Parenthood

Stephanie Hilger: Intersections: Health Humanities and German Studies



Rebecca Kammerlander-Wismeg: A missing limb and a broken heart


Katherine Calvert: Happiness and Despair in Erika Runge’s Frauen: Versuche zur Emanzipation








The AGS at 90 – Reflections on the past, looking to the future










Wednesday, 7th September





Association for German Studies Business Meeting







 The Anthropocene


 Chairs: Karen Leeder and Nicola Thomas

German Studies Open Panel


Chair: TBC


Cultural crossings: transition, translocation and transformation 1


Chair: Caroline Summers


Alexis Radisoglou: Anthropocene Realism


Karen Leeder: An Anthropocene Aesthetics? Thoughts based on two Contemporary Poets


Nicola Thomas: Doom and Bloom: Friederike Mayröcker’s Anthropocene Lateness


Ian Ellison: Über-, Fort-, Nach-, Weiterleben? Benjamin and Afterlife


Peter Davies: Archive or Memorial? Working with the Archive of the First Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial


Merisa Sahin: Ottoman Vulgärmaterialismus: Beşir Fuad and His Theory of a Materialist Citizenship (remote)


Joseph Prestwich: Constructing Germanness through Anglo-German Collaboration in Joe Hill-Gibbins’ A Midsummer Nights Dream (2017)


Sophia Buck: A ‘Baedecker durch das geistige Paris’: Walter Benjamin’s (national) literary histories as travel guides for foreigners


Claire Ross: Yadé Kara’s Cafe Cyprus and the imperial property ladder








Cultural crossings: transition, translocation and transformation 2


Chair: Caroline Summers

History of learning and teaching German


Chairs: Catherine Mason & Nicola McLelland


19th- and Early-20th -Century Studies 2



Chair: Margit Dirscherl

Agis Sideras: Transition im Werk von Alfred Andersch


Tobias Heinrich: Undines Briefe. Sprachen der Grenzüberschreibung in der Korrespondenz Ingeborg Bachmanns und Hans Werner Henzes

Nicola McLelland: German at Universities in the UK and Ireland – a preliminary history


Catherine Mason: The ebbing of poetry and prose in the language-learning classroom, 1900 – the present


Cristophe Fricker: What language learning means to tabloid readers


Nick Jones: Building Utopia: On Cathedrals and Revolutions in Arnold Zweig’s Pont und Anna


Margit Dirscherl: Alexander Lernet-Holenia’s and Stefan Zweig’s ‚kleine Komödie‘ Qui pro quo (1928)


Ute Wölfel: Failing Humanism in the Face of National Socialism: Friedrich Wolf’s Professor Mamlock (1933)






Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Lukas Büsse] betreut – editorial-germanistik@mail.h-net.msu.edu