Midwest Symposium in German Studies

skatOn April 4 & 5, 2014, the Department of German & Russian will host the Sixth Annual Midwest Symposium in German Studies.

On April 4 & 5, 2014, the Department of German & Russian will host the Sixth Annual Midwest Symposium in German Studies. The College of Arts & Letters, Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) have provided supplementary funding for this event.

Founded at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Midwest Symposium has previously also been hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is now in its second and final year at Notre Dame. Over the past five years, the Symposium has emerged as a vibrant forum for intellectual exchange amongst scholars of German literature, culture, language, and history from universities all over the Midwest.

The 2014 event will feature talks by eight different speakers from seven different institutions, as well as a workshop on translation studies. Also invited are roughly twenty guest discussants who will contribute to the lively atmosphere of the event.

The Symposium is open to the community at large. We look forward to two days of constructive discussions that will strengthen the profile of German Studies here at Notre Dame and benefit collaborative initiatives between all the participating institutions.

Directions and Accomodations

Conference Schedule:

Friday, April 4    
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.        Informal Meet and Greet. 112-114 McKenna Hall
12:30-2:00 p.m.   Lunch for conference participants. Morris Inn
2:00 p.m.   Welcoming remarks. 100-104 McKenna Hall
Tobias Boes, University of Notre Dame
2:15-3:45 p.m.   Panel I: Poetics and Aesthetics. 100-104 McKenna Hall
Moderator: Robert Norton, University of Notre Dame

Is There Something Like Metaphor?
May Mergenthaler, The Ohio State University

The Theory of the Ugly: The Distinctive German Tradition
Mark Roche, University of Notre Dame
3:45-4:15 p.m.   Coffee Break. First Floor McKenna
4:15-5:45 p.m.   Panel II: Romantic Storage. 100-104 McKenna Hall
Moderator: Denise Della Rossa, University of Notre Dame

Kleist’s Magazines
Sean Franzel, University of Missouri

Embodying the Romantic Collector in Post-Romantic Writing
Peter McIsaac, University of Michigan
6:30-10:00 p.m.   Reception for conference participants at Studebaker National
Historical Museum, 201 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601
Saturday, April 5    
8:00 a.m.   Communal Breakfast, Salon A at the Morris Inn
(Open to all members of the campus community)
9:00-10:30 a.m.   Panel III: New Approaches to Weimar Classicism. 100-104 McKenna Hall
Moderator: Hildegund Müller, University of Notre Dame

Reading Goethe with Blumenbach
Carl Niekerk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Schiller’s Island
Matt Erlin, Washington University in St. Louis
10:30-11:00 a.m.   Coffee Break, McKenna Hall East Lounge
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Panel IV: Eros and Thanatos. 100-104 McKenna Hall
Moderator: Claire Jones, University of Notre Dame

Attending to Sex(uality), Reading Affect
Claudia Breger, Indiana University

The Literary Imagination of Impending Doom
John Deak, University of Notre Dame

Additional confirmed attendees:

Susanne Vees-Gulani, Case Western Reserve University; Bill Rasch, Benjamin Robinson, and Johannes Türk, Indiana University; Matthew Handelman, Michigan State University; Katra Byram, Bernd Fischer, and Robert Holub, The Ohio State University; Norma Suvak, Margrit Vogt, and Yasemin Yildiz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Patrick Fortmann, and Anna Guillemin, University of Illinois at Chicago; Helmut Puff, University of Michigan; Roger Cook, Brad Prager, and Carsten Strathausen, University of Missouri; Kurt Beals, Jennifer Kapczynski, Caroline Kita, and Erin McGlothlin, Washington University in St. Louis.