Chronik Archive, Academic Year 2009-2010

Recent contributions of all department members to the field of Germanic Studies.
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July 5, 2009
David Levin. Roundtable with Lorenzo Fioroni (director) and Katharina John (Dramaturg) on the Deutsche Oper Berlin production of Puccini’s Turandot, as part of a day-long presentation of current research projects in music theater under the direction of Clemens Risi (Bosch Fellow at the University of Chicago, Spring 2009). Institute for Theater Studies, Free University Berlin, Germany.

July 7, 2009
Martin Baeumel. Workshop Presentation: “Pragmatik der Lyrik.” Colloquium Prof. Dr. Osterkamp, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

July 20, 2009
Catherine C. Baumann. Workshop: “Assessment and Curriculum.” Modern Language Department, University of Portland.

July 23-24, 2009
Christopher Wild. Co-organizer (with Mireille Schnyder) of conference on “Mediengeschichten der Bibel.” Universität Zürich, Switzerland.

July 24, 2009
Christopher Wild. Lecture: “Heiliger Geist: Phantasma der Unvermitteltheit.” Conference: “Mediengeschichten der Bibel.” Universität Zürich, Switzerland.

July 29, 2009
Martin Baeumel. Talk: “Der nüchterne erste Blick: Beobachtung und ihre Darstellung in Alexander von Humboldts Voyage aux régions équinoxiales.” Fifth International and Interdisciplinary Alexander von Humboldt Conference: Travels between Europe and the Americas. Freie Universität Berlin. The presentation was selected to be published in the conference proceedings in 2010. Martin also served as chair for three sessions on July 28, 2009.

August 19-22, 2009
David Levin. Lecture: “All he needs is love? Richard Wagner and the scene of Need.” Bard Music Festival - “Wagner & His World.” Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

August and September, 2009
Eric Santner. Series of lectures and seminars at the University of Sidney, the Australian National University, Monash University, and the University of Melbourne, all dealing with his work on a new book project, The People’s Two Bodies: Modernity and the Endgames of Sovereignty. He was a keynote speaker at a conference at the Australian National University on the topic of the “Post-Human.”

September 17-19
Susanne Lüdemann. Talk: “Beautiful Soul - Beautiful State? On Charis and Charisma in Schiller's 'Demetrius.'” Conference: Idealism Matters. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

September 30, 2009
Joela Zeller (with Anja Neunddorf and Julian Zado). Publication: Hochschulen im Wettbewerb. Berlin, Germany.

October, 2009
Eric Santner. Lecture and Seminar: “The People’s Two Bodies: Modernity and the Endgames of Sovereignty.” University of Virginia.

October 6, 2009
Robert Buch. Lecture/talk: “The Pathos of the Real. Francis Bacon.” Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaft, Vienna, Austria.

October 8, 2009
Susanne Lüdemann. Talk: “Beyond Visibility. Negotiations of Reality between Science and Literature.” German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

October 10, 2009
Stephen Haswell Todd. Talk: “Kritik und Charakter, or, In the Boat with Kant, Foucault, and Diogenes.” German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

October 11, 2009
Joel Lande. Talk: “The Comic Figure in the Age of Enlightenment.” German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

October 12, 2009
David Levin and Christopher Wild co-convened the newly established graduate workshop in Theater and Performance Studies, coordinated by Majel Connery (Music) and Mimmi Woisnitza (Germanic Studies). University of Chicago. Meetings every 2 weeks throughout the academic year.

October 16, 2009
David Wellbery. Lecture: “Kafkas Wunsch.” University of Konstanz, Germany.

October 17, 2009
David Levin. Participant, with Martha Feldman (Music) and Roger Moseley (Music) along with the performance group Impromptu in a panel session on Opera & Laughter. Chicago Humanities Festival. Mandel Hall, University of Chicago.

October 20, 2009
Christopher Wild. Lecture: “Descartes: Konversion, Meditation und Evidenz.” Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Vienna, Austria.

October 24, 2009
David Wellbery. Lecture: “Who is Faust?” Humanities Day. University of Chicago.

October 30, 2009
David Wellbery. Lecture: “Der gestimmte Raum.” Conference: Stimmung - Wiederkehr einer ästhetischen Kategorie. Universität Mannheim, Germany.

November 5, 2009
David Wellbery. Lecture: “The Poetics of 'Geist' in Goethes West-östlicher Divan.” Conference: Europe and the Mediterranean World, 500-1500. Venice, Italy.

November 6-7, 2009
David Levin and Christopher Wild. Co-organizers (with Juliane Vogel) of and participants in a workshop of the international research group on theatrical entrances and exits. University of Konstanz, Germany.

December 3-4, 2009
Joel Lande. Talk: “Das konfligierende Sein: Solgers Auffassung der Tragödie.” Conference: Karl Sogler und die Berliner Universität um 1810 Idealistische Forschung und Lehre, Hochschulpolitik und intellektuelle Netzwerke. Humboldt Universität Berlin, Germany.

December 4-5, 2009
Christopher Wild. Co-organizer (with Ulrike Strasser, UC Irvine) of the first conference (“Theology as Media Theory”) in a series of four conferences on “Cultures of Communication, Theologies of Media in Early Modern Europe and Beyond.” Center of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles.

December 28, 2009
Bastian Reinert. Talk: “Localization and Aberration. Ingeborg Bachmann's Philosophy of Language.” Convention of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA.

January 22, 2010
Katharina Loew. Workshop presentation: “Modern Magicians: The Development of Special Effect Techniques in German Silent Film.” Mass Culture Workshop, University of Chicago.

February, 2010
David Levin. Panelist on “Wagner & Anti-Semitism”, with Ken Reinhardt (UCLA), Leon Botstein (Bard College) and Marc Weiner (Indiana). Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Co-Sponsored by LA Opera and UCLA.

February, 2010
David Levin. Lecture: “Wagner in Pieces.” Department of German Studies, Brown Universiy, Providence, RI.

February 8, 2010
Susanne Lüdemann. Lecture: “Der Raum als Einbildungskraft des Dichters.” University of Munich, Germany.

February 19, 2010
Andrea Wald. Talk: “Toward a Measure of Masterliness. Subject, Object and the Ineffable One.” Conference: The Absent Center. University at Austin, TX.

February 26, 2010
Malika Makarinec. Talk: “The Empathic Potential of Space in the German Aesthetic Tradition.” Conference: Within or Without: Space in German Literature and Culture. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

February 26, 2010
Marcus Lampert. Talk: “Theatrical and Historical Space in the Work of Walter Benjamin.” Conference: Within or Without: Space in German Literature and Culture. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

February 26, 2010
Joela Zeller. Talk: “Hybridity in Literature: The Function of Monsters.” 15th annual Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric. Hybridity: Intersections of History, Identity, and Technology. University of Alaska Anchorage.

February 27, 2010
James McCormick. Talk: “Bodily Space as Spiritual Home in Robert Musil's Early Fiction.” Conference: Within or Without: Space in German Literature and Culture. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

February 27, 2010
Peter Erickson. Talk: “Hegel and the Origin of Architecture.” Conference: Within or Without: Space in German Literature and Culture. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

March, 2010
David Levin. Talk: “The Mise-en-scene of Mediation: Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (Stuttgart Opera, Peter Konwitschny, 2002-2003).” Conference on opera, performance, & mediation jointly sponsored by the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia & the Instituto Valenciano de la Música, Valencia, Spain.

March 7, 2010
Catherine Baumann. Talk: “Institutional Collaborations and Less Commonly Taught Languages: Increasing Foreign Language Instructional Capacity.” American Association of Applied Linguistics, Atlanta, Georgia.

March 17-20, 2010
David Wellbery. Lecture: “Kafka’s Wish.” Conference on the Arts of Mediation, Catholic University, Lisbon, Portugal.

March 18-21, 2010
Martin Baeumel. Talk: “The Voice of Transcendence in Brockes’ and Goethe’s Poetry.” 41st ASECS Annual Meeting.

March 25-27, 2010
David Wellbery. Lecture: “Gadamers Goethelektüren.” Conference on Gadamer und die Literaturwissenschft, Marbach, Germany.

March 26, 2010
Bastian Reinert. Workshop Presentation: “Viva patria? Jean Amery's 'How Much Home Does a Person Need.’” NYU German Department, New York City.

March 27, 2010
Andrea Wald. Talk: “Psychoanalysis at the Limits of an Object-Oriented Ontology.” Konferenz der Sektion Logik der Neuen Wiener Grupe (Lacan Schule) in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Arbeitskreis für Psychoanalyse: Gebarrte Logik. Erste Wiener Konferenz zu Signifikantenlogik und Lacan. Vienna, Austria.

Spring 2010
Bastian Reinert. Publication: “Metaleptische Gespräche. Wirklichkeit als Reflexionsprozess in Annette von Droste-Hülshoffs Versepos Des Arztes Vermächtniß.” In Redigierte Tradition. Literaturhistorische Positionierungen Annette von Droste-Hülshoffs, edited by Claudia Liebrand, Irmtraud Hnilica und Thomas Wortmann.March 29, 2010. Susanne Lüdemann. Talk: “Case Studies between Law and Literature.” Workshop Case Studies, University of Princeton.

Spring 2010
Joel Lande. Publication: “Moritz’ Gods: Allegory, Autonomy, and Art.” In Signatures of Thought: Karl Philipp Moritz, edited by Anthony Krupp.

April, 2010
David Levin. Talk: “‘Das Schönste ist Scheusslich’: Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg.” Conference: “Recovered Voices: Staging Suppressed Opera of the Early 20th Century,” co-sponsored by Los Angeles Opera, the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, and The Orel Foundation. Los Angeles, CA.

April, 2010
David Levin. Weisinger Memorial Lecture. “Mediation Becomes Elektra: The Zurich Opera Production (2005).” Sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley.

April, 2010
David Levin. Lecture: “Wagner in Pieces.” Conference “Beyond Opera: Staging Theatricality,” jointly sponsored by Stony Brook & Yale University.

April 2010
Martin Baeumel and Tracy Graves. Selection, Translation and Co-editing for: Jurek Becker. My Father, the Germans and I, edited by Christine Becker.

Apr 2-4, 2010
David Levin. Kompaktseminar (with Juliane Vogel). “Mise-en-Scene of Voice.” University of Chicago.

April 3, 2010
Katharina Loew. Talk: “Scientific Specters: On the Relation Between Magic and Technology in German Silent Film.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

April 9, 2010
Susanne Lüdemann. Lecture: “Brotherhood as a Social Metaphor.” Lecture series “The Public Sphere and Modern Social Imaginaries”, Ohio State University, Columbus.

April 16-17, 2010
Catherine Baumann. Chair and organizer: “Language Symposium 2010: Best Practices.” University of Chicago, in cooperation with Northwestern University and University of Illinois, Chicago.

April 21, 2010
Eric Santner. Lecture in the New Natures Seminar Series. “The People's Two Bodies: Modernity and the Endgames of Sovereignty.” Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia.

April 23-25, 2010
Catherine Baumann. Paper presentation: East Coast Language Consortium Panel. University of California Language Consortium Conference, San Diego.

May 4, 2010
David Wellbery. Lecture: “On the Nature of Interpretation.” Department of German, Cambridge University, Great Britain.

May 6, 2010
David Wellbery. Lecture: “Deutscher Geist. Ein amerikanischer Traum.” Opening of exhibition by the same title. Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach, Germany.

May 21-22, 2010
David Levin. Conference, co-organized with Christopher Wild. International symposium “Praxes of Theory” on the intersections of aesthetic theory & performance practice. Presentations and performances by: Seth Bockley (Chicago), Gabriele Brandstetter (Berlin), Drew Dir (Chicago), Clemens Risi (Berlin), Matthew Jesse Jackson (Chicago), Mickel Maher (Chicago), David Moss (Berlin), Opera Cabal (New York/Chicago), Freddie Rokem (Tel Aviv, University of Chicago), and Juliane Vogel (Konstanz)

May 25-28, 2010
Catherine C. Baumann. Group facilitator. Workshop: “Exploring Pedagogical and Technological Models for Hybrid and Distance Collaborations.” Yale University, New Haven.

May 28, 2010
Susanne Lüdemann. Lecture: “Brotherhood as a Social Metaphor.” University of California, Santa Barbara.

June 1-2, 2010
David Levin, Lecture: “The Ring in Pieces.” LA Opera/UCLA conference on Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen and the Artwork of the 21st Century. With Alain Badiou, Frederic Jameson, Juliet Koss, Clemens Risi, Mary Ann Smart, and Slavoj Zizek.

June 2-5, 2010
David Wellbery, Kompaktseminar (with Christian Kiening): “Form denken.” Universität Zürich, Switzerland.

June 2-4, 2010
Katharina Loew. Talk: “Magic Mirrors: The Schüfftan Process.“ Annual Conference of the Film Studies Association of Canada/Association Canadienne d'Études Cinématographiques 2010 in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Montréal, Canada.

June 7, 2010
Mimmi Woisnitza. Workshop presentation: “Revising World War II Exploitation: The Benefits of Spectacles in Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds.'” Theater & Performance Studies Workshop, University of Chicago.

June 10, 2010
David Wellbery, Kompaktseminar (with Albrecht Koschorke and Rüdiger Campe): “Mimesis und Poiesis.” Universität Konstanz, Germany.

June 17-19, 2010
Andrew Erwin. Talk: “'This book is religious from the perspective of the unbeliever': The Convergence of Science and Mysticism in Robert Musil's The Man without Qualities.” Conference: Belief and Disbelief in the Space Between: 1914-1945. University of Portland, Oregon.

June 21, 2010
Andrea Wald. Workshop: “Che Vuoi? Reading Lacan's The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious.” Workshop der Sektion Logik der Neuen Wiener Gruppe (Lacan Schule) in Zusammenarbeit mit dem IWK, Vienna, Austria.

June 24-25, 2010
Joel Lande. Workshop: “Atypische Narrative.” Universität Konstanz.

July 1, 2010
Susanne Lüdemann. Round table: “Zur Internationalität geisteswissenschaftlicher Forschung.” Graduiertenworkshop “Möglichkeiten und Grenzen philologischer Forschung” der Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien, Berlin.

July 1-3, 2010
Anthony Mahler. Talk: “Did Philologists Write the Iliad? Friedrich August Wolf's Criteria of Style and the Demonstrative Power of Citation.” Conference: The Scope and the Boundaries of Philological Research. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.