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Warwick Workshop for Interdisciplinary German Studies

Funded with the generous support of Warwick's Humanities Research Centre and the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

This is an interdiscplinary workshop series dedicated to all areas of German cultural studies. Meeting two to three times during term in the Department of German Studies, the workshop hosts presentations on a Wednesday afternoon by senior national and international scholars, Warwick colleagues and doctoral students. Presentations can be delivered both as finished conference-style papers, or more informally as work-in-progress. Please contact the workshop convenors, s dot horstkotte at warwick dot ac dot uk and e dot oliver dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk, if you wish to offer or attend a presentation!

Workshop Programme 2017-18


Term 1:

Wednesday 18 October 2017 5-7pm Humanities Building H2.44
Godela Weiss-Sussex (Cambridge): 'Das doppelte Martyrium des Weibseins und des Judentums': Femininity and Jewishness in Works by Female German-Jewish Writers in Berlin (1900-1918)

Wednesday 1 November 5-7pm Humanities Building H2.44
Katie Stone (Warwick): German Memories of Wartime Rape and the Affective Politics of Cultural Memory

Wednesday 15 November 5-7pm Humanities Building H2.44
Carolin Duttlinger (Oxford): Threshold States: Musil, Self-Help Literature and Nachlaß zu Lebzeiten

During his doctorate in Carl Stumpf’s psychological laboratory in Berlin, Robert Musil took part in (self-)experiments testing alertness and concentration; this knowledge came in useful when in 1922 he took up a post as scientific adviser to the Austrian Ministry of War, where he lectured on the applications of psychotechnics in the military. The lecture shows Musil as an effective, even passionate advocate of psychotechnics, an enthusiasm which was by no means put on, for his interest in psychological theory and practice also had a second, more personal dimension. Musil suffered from writer’s block throughout his adult life, and turned to psychotherapy and autosuggestion in his struggle to overcome this. In particular, he was an avid reader of the Swiss psychologist Charles Baudouin, author of several bestselling self-help books. My paper explores the resonances of these various strands of psychological exploration in Musil’s short story collection Nachlass zu Lebzeiten; text such as ‘Das Fliegenpapier’ and ‘Die Amsel’ echo Baudouin’s emphasis on mental threshold states, on achieving a state of introspection (Sammlung) which dissolves the boundaries between consciousness and the unconscious, between self and world.

Term 2:

Wednesday 24 January 5-7pm Humanities Building H2.44
Pia Deutsch (Warwick): Negotiating Nationhood - Mediating Identity. The Becoming of Germany’s National Radio (1989-1995)

Wednesday 7 February 5-7pm Humanities Building H2.44
Alison Gibbons (Sheffield Hallam): Uses and Abuses of Reading Life: Morality, Fictionality, and the Trial of Ahmed Naji

Wednesday 28 February 5-7pm Humanities Building H2.44
Helmut Schmitz (Warwick): Die eigentlich humane Leidenschaft’? Adornos und Horkheimer’s Begriff der Liebe in Dialektik der Aufklaerung

Term 3:

Wednesday 25 April 5-7pm Humanities Building H2.44
Isabelle Hertner (King's College London): (Love’s) Labour’s Lost? Social Democratic Parties and the challenge of European Union membership

Tuesday 8 May
Donna Harsch (Carnegie Mellon): Infantilizing Mothers -- or Empowering Them? The Fight against Infant Mortality in East and West Germany, 1949-1989

Special event, co-sponsored with the Center for the History of Medicine



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