Germany and the Imagined East
2004 German Studies Conference
UC Berkeley Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall


March 13, 2004
8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-9:15 a.m. Introductory Remarks (Lee M. Roberts, UC Berkeley)
Panel I: Philosophical Views on the East (Moderator: Gabriel Trop, UC Berkeley)
  • 9:15-9:40 a.m. Tomislav Zelic (Columbia): “Habermas and His Balkans”
  • 9:40-10:05 a.m. Nicholas Martin (University of St. Andrews): “Inviting Barbarism: Nietzsche’s Will toRussia”
  • 10:05-10:30 a.m. Jeffrey Librett (Loyola University): “Friedrich Schelling’s Defense of ‘Oriental’ Pantheism: From the Freiheitsschrift to the Philosophie der Mythologie”

10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee break

Panel II: Eastern “Germanies” (Moderator: Sabrina Rahman, UC Berkeley)

  • 10:45-11:10 a.m. Wendy Graham (IndianaUniversity): “Dis-membering and Re-membering the GDR: Material Culture and East Germany’s Self-Reflexive Memory in Zonenkinder and Good bye, Lenin!”
  • 11:10-11:35 a.m. Michael Huffmaster (UC Berkeley): “Making New Enemies: Slavs Replace Turks in G.W. Pabst’s The Treasure”
  • 11:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sarah Painitz (University of Virginia): “Liegt Böhmen noch am Meer? Ingeborg Bachmann’s Landscapes as Utopian Constructs”

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch

Panel III: Eastern Europe (Moderator: Sarah Bailey, UC Berkeley)

  • 1:30-1:55 p.m. Marjanne E. Goozé (University of Georgia): “Counteracting Stereotypes: The Cultural Mission to the East (Halb-Asien) and Jewish Masculinity in the Works of Karl Emil Franzos”
  • 1:55-2:20 p.m. Maria S. Grewe (Columbia): “Imagining the East: Minority Literature in Germany and Exoticist Discourses in Literary Criticism”
  • 2:20-2:45 p.m. Anne Dwyer (UC Berkeley): “Kazabaika, Kantschuk, and Baschlyk: Ethnic and Geopolitical Scenarios in Leopold von Masoch’s Venus in Furs”

2:45-3:00 p.m. Coffee break

Panel IV: The Near East & Nearby (Moderator: David Gramling, UC Berkeley)

  • 3:00-3:25 p.m. Didem Ekici (University of Michigan): “Expressionism, Orientalism,  Imperialism: Bruno Taut’s ‘House of Friendship’ Competition Proposal”
  • 3:25-3:50 p.m. Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani (UC Berkeley): “Why Zarathustra?”
  • 3:50-4:15 p.m. Sukanya Kulkarni (UPenn): “‘Crouching Tiger’, Hidden Desire: Exotic Danger in Thomas Mann’s Tod in Venedig and Waldemar Bonsels’ Indienfahrt”

6:00-8:00 p.m. Conference dinner

March 14, 2004

8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast

Panel V: The Far East (Moderator: Lee M. Roberts, UC Berkeley)

  • 9:00-9:25 a.m. Richard Ascarate (UC Berkeley): “‘So that Asia can become great”: The Representation of Eastern Cultures in Fritz Lang’s Die Spinnen”
  • 9:25-9:50 a.m. Francesca Draughon (Stanford): “The Orientalist Reflection: Temporality, Reality and Illusion in Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde”
  • 9:50-10:15 a.m. Hoi-Eun Kim (Harvard): “German Physicians as ‘Ethnographers’ on Japanese Culture: Activities of German Physicians in Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens, Tokyo, 1873-1914”
  • 10:15-10:40 a.m. Silke Schade (University of Cincinnati): “Rewriting Identities, Bodies, and Borders: Yoko Tawada’s Opium für Ovid”

10:40-10:55 a.m. Coffee break

Keynote Speaker
  • 10:55-11:00 a.m. Introduction of Keynote Speaker
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Reiko Tachibana (Penn State): “German-Japanese Literary Connections”
  • 12:00-12:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussion

This conference was made possible through generous support from The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, The Institute of European Studies, and the German Department of the University of California, Berkeley.