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German Studies Courses 2017-18

We hope everybody’s having a great Spring Break! With advising week and registration period coming up we wanted to share what courses German Studies will offer in the coming academic year. If you just participated in a Journeys course and were reminded of the importance of foreign languages in any global learning endeavor, consider picking up German as a language that opens doors into a broad range of international careers. If you are already studying another language, you might be interested in our upper-level interdisciplinary courses taught in English (German 330 and German 220.) These courses satisfy various global learning requirements, lend themselves to become the foundation of your global specialization, and also offer important cultural and historical context for current global political developments. These courses are also open for first-year students! For any questions about these courses, please contact Prof. Gundolf Graml (ggraml[at]agnesscott.edu). Click here for pdf versions of the course descriptions.

French & German Open House

Study Abroad in Germany: Natalie Martinez

Join us for a presentation by Natalie Martinez to learn about her experiences while studying abroad in Marburg, Germany.

When: Friday, Feb 3, 1-2pm

Where: Buttrick Hall 211

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Where Are These Eggs?

Join the ASC German Club for a fun Easter Egg Hunt.

When: Thursday, March 24, 4:30pm

Where: Plaza in front of Alston Student Center

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German Studies & Global Learning

Advising and enrollment weeks are coming up and the ASC German Studies program has several new courses in its offerings. Keep in mind that all of our upper-level courses count for a SUMMIT category in the Global or the Leadership track.

While we recommend to all of you to pursue language-learning beyond the  the ASC language requirement, several of our courses are taught in English and will enable you to acquire the cross-cultural knowledge important for your future learning even if you haven’t yet taken intermediate language courses.

Please take a look at the course descriptions and do not hesitate to contact German Studies program director Gundolf Graml (ggraml@) with any questions. Continue reading

What I learned from Umberto Eco’s Little Red Book

Umberto Eco, the Italian author, philosopher, and professor of literature has been one of the towering figures of my intellectual coming-of-age. His scholarly books on semiotics and on the role of the reader as producer of meaning in literary texts (Lector in Fabula) opened up a world of new and sometimes radical connections.

But Eco also embodied a certain coolness factor. After all, here was an academic who compared the protagonists of the classical Western literary canon with comic-book superheroes. And an academic who wrote novels, which I devoured: Starting with Eco’s bestselling debut novel, Der Name der Rose (The Name of the Rose), I worked my way through Das Foucaultsche Pendel (Foucault’s Pendulum), Baudolino, Die Insel des vorigen Tages (The Island of the Prior Day), Ein Friedhof in Prag (Prague Cemetery), and Nullnummer (Number Zero), his last one.

But the one book of his I probably returned to most often, and the one I actually pulled from the shelves when I read about Eco’s death on February 19, 2016, was a not very exciting looking red-bound paperback, titled Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlussarbeit schreibt (How to Write an Academic Thesis).  Continue reading

When Early German Settlers met Native Americans

Please join us for Prof. Katie Faull’s lecture, Stories of the Susquehanna, on Monday, March 28, 2016, 3:30-4:30pm, in Bullock Science Center/Teasley Lecture Hall (open to the public).

Prof. Faull has received several large NEH grants to translate and digitize documents from the Moravian archives in Bethlehem, PA. The Moravian community was founded by 18th-century German-speaking immigrants who in turn descended from Protestant communities in today’s Czech Republic.

The Stories of the Susquehanna project examines how these early settlers interacted with Native American communities, with the environment in the upper branches of the Susquehanna river, and forms a showcase project for digital undergraduate research. The lecture is open to the public, please direct any questions to ggraml@agnesscott.edu.

Not Part of ASC in Germany 2016? Join Us Virtually!

As part of their project in this course, students will work on individual Story Map Journals in which they capture their learning experiences, impressions, expectations, and thoughts before, during, and after travel.

As the faculty leader of the trip I am working on my own Story Map Journal. It’s embedded below. The Journal is developing as the semester progresses. You will read about my thinking behind the course, why my co-leader and I chose certain locations, what I like to (re)visit in Germany, etc.
http://agnes.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=d39956f070db48ff947246ec07882cce

What’s Studying Abroad Like?

Hear it from the source and join us for a presentation by Austrian TA Lena Wimmler.

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Current Research Projects in German Studies: Conchita Wurst & Transgender Identity Performance

The United States have the Super Bowl, Europe has the Eurovision Song Contest. Almost 200 Million people watch how performers from 40+ countries compete for the votes of the televoting audience. (No, you have not missed a sudden expansion of the European Union — the European Broadcasting Union is significantly larger than the EU, including many Eastern European countries as well as Turkey and Israel, for instance.)

Over time, most winning performers have not left a lasting imprint on the global entertainment industry. The Swedish band ABBA and the Canadian singer Celine Dion (yes, her — she actually won the contest starting for Switzerland!) are the exceptions confirming the norm.

The winner of the 2014 contest did leave an imprint: Conchita Wurst, a “Kunstfigur” created by the Austrian performer Thomas Neuwirth, surprised the audience not so much with her song but with her overall performance which boldly challenged heteronormative gender expectations.

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