Have you seen any good films lately?

German 330 will definitely be an opportunity to catch up on recent developments in German and Austrian film. Taught by Prof. Sarah Richards, a graduate of Emory U’s Film Studies and German Studies programs, this course will take a close look at recent and non-mainstream films from Austria and Germany, from Spielmann’s Revanche (2009) to Michael Haneke’s The…

Study Abroad Info Session

For all interested students, including German 101: Where can you study abroad in German-speaking countries? Get up-to-date info from German and Austrian exchange students and American study-abroad “veterans”. See the flyer for details and e-mail Dr. Barbara Drescher at bdrescher@agnesscott.edu with additional questions.

German Author Peter Schneider on 25th Anniversary of Fall of the Wall

National Public Radio today had an interview with German author Peter Schneider, asking him about his views of Berlin 25 years after those stirring  days in November 1989 that brought down the wall and changed Europe’s history.Schneider has just finished a new book, called “Berlin Now,” where he brings to bear his experience of 50 plus…

ASC Alums Work and Research in Vienna

It’s been a bit quiet on the blog lately, mainly due to the fact that I’m on research leave to complete my book on Tourism and Austrian national identity. But this morning I came across a photo on twitter that I can’t ignore, because it shows two of Agnes Scott alums program as part of the…

ASC “Showing Thinking” Exhibit

  Way back in August 2012, my colleagues Nell Ruby and Katherine Smith from the ASC Art and Art History Department invited me and another colleague to have a “creative breakfast”. They asked if we wanted to participate in an art exhibit that foregrounded the way we “think” and “create.” I had no idea that…

Darth Vader and the “Ugly” German

Prof. Christoph Ehland’s lecture yesterday evening offered an interesting analysis of stereotypical images of “Germans.” (If you want to know what Darth Vader has to do with it, you must read to the end!) Before he delved into specific examples, Ehland encouraged the audience to rethink their notion of the stereotype. It’s not something bad…

Stereotyping Afro-German Actors

In German 340, Afro-German Culture and History, we have moved into the project phase and have begun interviewing an amazing group of volunteers who identify themselves as Afro-Germans: An army soldier who was born in Germany, served in the German army, and then moved to the US to enlist in the army; an Afro-German woman…

Congratulations: ASC Student Quyen Tran Wins DAAD Scholarship

Belated congratulations to Quyen Tran for winning a DAAD undergraduate scholarship. In 2013, Quyen will spend six months in Freiburg (Germany), researching aspects of obesity at the Max Planck Institute of Epigenetics. (The DAAD scholarship will pay her a monthly stipend, plus research and travel costs as well as health insurance.) Quyen is currently taking…

German Studies: A Field of Global Opportunities

During this past enrollment period I’ve been asked many times what opportunities German Studies offers beyond the language requirement. Here’s a brief animated presentation that tries to answer most of these questions. (To get a better view, hover your mouse over the “More” link and then click on full view.)

ASC German Studies Hosts Lecture on “Degenerate Music”

When the National Socialists came to power in Germany in 1933, the decisively changed the artistic landscape: Whatever did not fit their aesthetic norms of good “Germanic” art was labeled “entartet [degenerate]”. This happened in the realm of visual art and music. To emphasize that point, traveling exhibitions labeled “Degenerate Art” and “Degenerate Music” were…