Undergraduate Conference in German Studies

Conference Program - April 1, 2017

Note: All Sessions are held in Room 101 of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex (PPHAC)

8:15-8:35 AM

Registration and Breakfast in the PPHAC Atrium

8:35-8:45 AM


Prof. Axel Hildebrandt (Moravian College) and Prof. Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger (Lafayette College)

Session 1

8:45-10:00 AM

Expressions of Masculinity
Moderator: Prof. Julie Shoults (Muhlenberg College)

Austen van Burns - Swarthmore College, "Arminius and Hermann, Liberators of Germany: The Political Instrumentalization of German Barbarians in Tacitus’ Germania and Heinrich von Kleist’s Herrmannsschlacht"

Juliana Young - Lehigh University, "Die dreieckigen Themen des Physikers"

Mirza Alvian Ahmed - SUNY New Paltz, "Sickness and Seduction in Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain: A Warning against Overthrow and the Loss of Individualism"

Philip Decker - Swarthmore College, "Red Elvis: Dean Reed and the Socialization of Popular Music in the GDR"

Session 2

10:10-10:55 AM

Moderator: Prof. Heikki Lempa (Moravian College)

Rosa Karen Castañeda Hernandez - Southwestern University, "Illuminating Dark Tourism: Perspectives on Representations of Holocaust Tourism in Am Ende kommen Touristen (2007)"

Mark Duffy - Albright College, "Ukrainian Collaboration with Nazis during the Holocaust"

11:00-12:00 PM

Keynote Lecture:
Dr. Anne Berg (University of Michigan)

"The Most Truth and the Best Facts: A Different Kind of History Lesson"

12:00-1:00 PM


Session 3

1:00-2:15 PM

Transnational Studies
Moderator: Prof. Angelika von Wahl (Lafayette College)

Miriam Richard - Southwestern University, "The Painful Consciousness of Being Transnational: Representations of Transnational Identities in German Texts and Films"

Aaron Woodall - Southwestern University, "Displacement and the Reconstruction of Transnational Identity"

Mary-Brett O’Bryan - NYU, "Japonismus and Jugendstil"

Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer - Clark University, "The Absurdity of Belonging; A Conversation With Kafka and Tawada"

Session 4

2:25-3:10 PM

Moderator: Prof. Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger (Lafayette College)

Barrie Knapp - NYU, "Deutsche Demokratische Republik in the Twenty-First Century"

Cullen Scheland - Lafayette College, "Das Schreiben des Österreichisch-Bulgarischen Schriftstellers Dimitri Dinev: Mit schwarzem Humor zum Mitgefühl"

Session 5

3:20-4:05 PM

LGBTQ, Women's and Gender Studies
Moderator: Prof. Ute Bettray (Swarthmore College)

Francesca Caruso - Moravian College, "Reaktionen auf Prostitution in der Weimarer Republik"

Brianna Best - SUNY New Paltz, "Trans-space and Performance: Liminality and the Gender Relations in Mädchen in Uniform" 


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