Past events

Selected conferences, lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, and workshops 2017 -

German Seminar Series

An occasional series of talks by colleagues, PhD students and visiting speakers. 

Please note that speaker titles and universities, as listed, date from the time of the event and may have changed. 

Date Title Speakers
27 March 2019 Drama in the World: A.W. Schlegel, Walter Scott, and Two Takes on Theatre History Dr Michael Wood (University of Edinburgh)
28 February 2019 Die Waffen nieder!: Bertha von Suttner as Novelist and Peace Activist Dr Barbara Burns (University of Glasgow)
30 January 2019 German “Provincialism”, the World and Saša Stanišić’s Vor dem Fest Dr Frauke Matthes (University of Edinburgh)
21 November 2018 How German philosophy won the First World War: An Introduction to Viscount Haldane Richard McLauchlan
2 November 2018 Racing Back to the Future: Rosmer/Bernstein’s Neo-Classical Tragedies Dr Robert Gillett (Queen Mary, University of London)
5 October 2018 Cultural Learning in Interaction: Researching meaning-making processes in the foreign language classroom Julia Feike (University of Edinburgh)
23 March 2018 Emil Nolde: Landscapes of Loss Frances Blythe (University of Edinburgh)
2 February 2018

The history of learning and teaching German (and other modern languages) in Britain, 1500-2000

[hosted in collaboration with Cultural Encounters/Cultural Dialogues]

Professor Nicola McClelland (University of Nottingham)
1 December 2017

The Disappearance of the Subject in Writing: The Essay Film Beyond Auteurism

[hosted in collaboration with Film and the Other Arts]

Dr Angelos Koutsourakis (University of Leeds)
3 November 2017 Digitally Distributing Liveness: Three case studies from the Berliner Theatertreffen (2017) Katie Hawthorne (University of Edinburgh)

Conferences and symposia

Haunted Landscapes of German Eastern Europe

Dates: 4 to 6 August 2021

Venue: Online (Zoom)

Keynote speakers: Dr Kristin Kopp (University of Missouri); Dr Kristin Rebien (San Diego State University); Lenny Ureña Valerio (University of New Mexico)

In brief: A three-day conference focusing on Germany’s real and imagined relationships with the countries to its east and the connection between space and memory in German-language representations of Eastern European space. Comprising 14 papers over eight panel sessions, the event culminated in a roundtable discussion.

Lectures, talks, discussions and readings

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Date: 22 November 2022

Venue: Room G.02, 50 George Square

Guest speakers: Dr Frauke Matthes (University of Edinburgh); Dr Karolina Watroba (University of Oxford); Dr Jenny Watson (University of Edinburgh); discussion chaired by Dr Hanna Schumacher (University of Edinburgh)

In brief: The launch of the last volume of the Edinburgh German Yearbook 'Tracing German Visions of Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century', followed by an informal discussion on the 'Eastern European Turn' (Haines, 2008) in German literature and its relevance in the contemporary cultural space.

Exhibitions, workshops and performances

The German Play

Typically organised by the DAAD-Lektorin, with a cast and crew of enthusiastic students of German, the German Play has been supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Goethe-Institut Glasgow and the German Consulate General Edinburgh.

Date(s) Title Venue
28 and 29 March 2023 Andorra Assembly Roxy
23 April 2021

Aschenputtel - Das zieht dir die Schuhe aus

4 and 5 March 2020

Ab in den Container

Assembly Roxy
18 and 19 March 2019 Wodka-Käfer Assembly Roxy
14 to 16 March 2018

Das Leben

Assembly Roxy

More exhibitions, workshops, film screenings and performances

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Date: 10 August 2023

Venue: The Stand Comedy Club

As part of: Edinburgh Festival Fringe

In brief: A reflective and comedic show by Paul Leworthy (German Studies) on how and what monuments mean, the links between them and everyday metaphors, and how to tackle the issue of problem monuments.