Seminar für Englische Philologie

Preliminary Conference Programme

The Institution of Literature: 250 Years of English Studies and Cultural Transfer

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

  • Conference Warming: 18.30 –
    Cafe Botanik (Untere Karspüle 1b)


  • Thursday, August 30, 2012
    Venue: Paulinerkirche (Papendiek 14)

    Registration: 09.00 –

    10.15 – 10.30 Opening remarks


    • Carola Surkamp (Göttingen)



    10.30 – 11.30 Inventing the Institution


    • Christian Schmitt-Kilb (Rostock): “‘Cultural Imperialism’ and the Invention of EngLit in Elizabethan England”
    • Anton Kirchhofer (Oldenburg): “Literature and the Institution of the Human”



    11.30 – 12.30 Transcultural Perspectives


    • Georgia Christinidis (Berlin): “Cross-cultural Transformations of Bildungsroman-Criticism”
    • Martina Witt-Jauch (Hildesheim): “Miscellany or Masterpiece? – Defining the Discipline of Comparative Literature through its Anthologies”



    12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

    14.00 – 15.00 Canon Formation


    • Thomas Kullmann (Osnabrück): “Canon Formation in English Literature Studies: A Comparison of Britain and Germany, 1900 – 1930”
    • Anna Auguscik (Oldenburg): “The Institution of Literary Prizes”



    15.00 – 15.30 Coffee

    16.00 – 17.00 Unveiling John Tompson's Memorial Plaque

    17.30 – 18.00 Welcome Addresses
    Venue: Große Aula (Wilhelmsplatz)


    • Vice President Hiltrud Casper-Hehne (Göttingen)
    • Barbara Schaff (Göttingen)



    18.00 – 19.00 Keynote


    • Terry Eagleton (Lancaster): “The Death of Criticism?”



    19.00 – 21.00 Reception


    Friday, August 31, 2012
    Venue: Paulinerkirche (Papendiek 14)

    09.30 – 10.30 Keynote


    • Konrad Schröder (Augsburg): “‘Hardly has a university had a more distinguished master of languages than Tompson was.” John Tompson’s personality, his biography, and his significance for ELT and English Studies in Germany”



    10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

    11.00 – 12.00 Institution Histories


    • Frauke Reitemeier (Göttingen): “Navigation Guides for the Vast Ocean of Literature: Writing and Teaching the History of (English) Literature in 1800”

    • Leigh Dale (Wollongong): “Germany in the Antipodes, the Antipodes in Germany”



    12.00 – 14.00 Lunch

    14.00 – 15.00 Teaching Genre


    • Wolfgang Hallet (Gießen): “The Rise of the Multimodal Novel: Generic Change and (Inter-)Disciplinary Challenges”

    • Annika Kolb (Heidelberg): “Diary Fiction in the EFL Classroom”



    15.00 – 16.00 Coffee

    16.00 – 17.00 Literature and Teacher Education


    • Katerina Dakoura (Frankfurt): “Experts in the Making? – The Problem of Literary Competence in Future EFL-Teachers’ University Education”
    • Laurenz Volkmann (Jena): “‘Landeskunde’ and FL Teaching: The History of a Troubled Relationship”



    17.00 – 18.30 Workshop


    • Daniel Candel (Alcalá): “Basic is Fundamental: A Thinking Tool for Humanistic Interpretation Based on Scientific ‘Facts’”
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    Joint Conference Dinner


    Saturday, September 1, 2012
    Venue: Paulinerkirche (Papendiek 14)

    09.30 – 10.30 Keynote


    • Susan Bassnett (Warwick): “The Joys and Perils of Poetry Collections”



    10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

    11.00 – 12.30 Transfer and Translation


    • Fritz-Wilhelm Neumann (Erfurt): “Cultural Transfer and Translation: the Strange Fascination of the World’s Secular Metropolis”
    • Karolin Echarti (Göttingen): “Women Translators in Göttingen at the End of the Eighteenth Century”
    • Janice Bland (Hildesheim): “Postmodern Fairy Tales: Empowerment of Teacher Education”



    12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

    14.00 – 15.30 Methodological Challenges


    • Daniel Xerri (Malta): “Teachers’ Beliefs and Literature Teaching: The Case of Poetry”
    • Christine Gardemann (Hamburg): “Literary Texts in the English Language Classroom – English Teachers’ Codes of Practice in Hamburg”
    • Elisabeth Bracker (Hamburg): “Negotiating Literary Texts – a Nexus Between Different Realms of Competence? Examples of a Qualitative Case Study with Advanced English Learners”



    15.30 – 16.00 Coffee

    16.00 – 17.30 Globalized English Studies


    • Arjan Shumeli, Manjola Salla, Esmeralda Sotiri, Jolanda Xhemali (Tirana): “The Status of English Language Education in Albania in the Context of Globalization Challenges”
    • Nandana Dutta (Guwahati): “English Studies and the Mediation of Modernity: The Case of North East India”
    • Myles Chilton (Nihon): “Global English and Changing Status of English Literature in the Japanese Academy”



    17.30 Closing Remarks

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