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  • 2006 Germanic Linguistics Roundtable, Apr 7-8

    April 1, 2006

    This year's Germanic Lingustics Roundtable will take place at The Faculty Club, University of California, Berkeley. Friday, April 7 Morning Session: Eugene Green (Boston Univ.) 8:30 a.m. Alexander Onysko (Univ. of  Innsbruck/Macalester College): "Gender Assignment of Anglicisms in German" 8:55 a.m. Donald Steinmetz (Augsburg College): "Nouns with the Prefix ge-: A Cross-linguistic Study in Gender Assignment" 9:20 a.m. Ilona Vandergriff (San Francisco State Univ.): "Content and Speech Act Conditionality: A Closer Look at Evidence from German" 9:45 a.m. Enrique Mallen (Texas A & M Univ.): "Jackendoff’s Parallel Architecture, Picasso’s Cubism and Stein’s Language Poetry" 10:10 a.m. Ann-Marie Swensson & Jurgen Hering (Univ. of Gotebörg):…

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  • BTWH Conference, Mar 22

    March 1, 2006

    The BTWH (Berkeley-Tübingen-Wien-Harvard) Working Group announces its conference on Media and Mobility What is the relationship between media and mobility? Can media create virtual mobility? Can we travel through media? Is it actual mobility or a sense of mobility conveyed through the media that creates a "global citizen"? How have various types of media changed the way we view and negotiate space? And how has increased mobility changed our relationship to media? Has it increased individuality and communities based on common interests spread throughout the world in which geographical location no longer plays a role? Or is geographical location just…

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  • 2006 German Studies Conference, Mar 17-19

    March 1, 2006

    Ossi Wessi: Ossi Wessi The conference aims to explore historical, cultural, political, linguistic and literary movements occurring in and around the landscape of German Reunification. In January 1989, Erich Honecker stated, “Die Mauer wird in 50 und auch in 100 Jahren noch bestehen bleiben, wenn die dazu vorhandenen Gründe noch nicht beseitigt worden sind.” On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall came down and Europe as we knew it ceased to exist. The turmoil of the succeeding 17 years has brought many changes. From the fall of the Russian communist regime to the creation of the EU, the world has…

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  • 2005 German Studies Conference, Mar 12-13

    March 1, 2005

    Finding the Foreign 2005 Dwinelle 370 This conference aims to explore constructions of the ‘foreign’ in the German-speaking context throughout the centuries. Etymology reveals that ‘friend’ was once related to family; ‘foe’ was related to strife. Situated between friend and foe one finds the stranger or the foreigner – ‘der Fremde’- potentially inspiring curiosity or fear, potentially a friend or a foe, potentially a source of insight about oneself. Who or what is foreign? What tropes or techniques create a sense of the foreign, and how do they serve to position the foreign on the spectrum from friend to foe? How have…

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  • Goodbye Germany? Conference, Oct 28-30

    October 1, 2004

    Goodbye Germany? Migration, Culture and the Nation State October 28-30 2004 Organized by the UC Berkeley German Department and the Goethe Institut – San Francisco, in collaboration with The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The Institute for European Studies, The Pacific Film Archive, and The Townsend Center for the Humanities. Over the past half-century, mass migrations have challenged and changed nation states on a global scale. Contemporary German controversies epitomize many of the conflicts ascribed to immigration. As “guest workers” and asylum seekers stay to become residents, the concept of a national community based on ancestral lineage and cultural heritage has been called into question. For some, the…

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  • Yiddish Conference, May 24-25

    May 1, 2004

    2nd Annual Berkeley Yiddish Conference: “On the Borders of Yiddishland.”

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  • Germanic Linguistics Roundtable, Apr 2-3

    April 1, 2004

    The Faculty Club University of California, Berkeley Friday, April 2 8:00 a.m. Registration (Faculty Club: Seaborg Room) Morning Session: Rex A. Sprouse (Indiana Univ.) 8:30 a.m. John Durbin (Indiana Univ.): "Are Modals a Form of Passivization? Evidence from Dutch moeten/mogen + van" 8:55 a.m. Donald Steinmetz (Augsburg College): “The Germanic Gender Shift and its Consequences in Yiddish: Order in the Chaos?” 9:20 a.m. Ana Krzic (Indiana Univ.): “Pronoun Address System in German” 9:45 a.m. Charles M. Barrack (Univ. of Washington): “Grimm’s Law and Verner’s Law: From Typology to Trajectory” 10:10 a.m. Mark Southern (Middlebury College): “Metonymic and Linguistic Inheritances in Old Saxon: Betrayal, Protection, Death,…

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  • 2004 German Studies Conference, Mar 13-14

    March 1, 2004

    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):…

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  • Semiotic Circle, Jan 24

    December 1, 2003

    CALL FOR PAPERS SEMIOTIC CIRCLE OF CALIFORNIA 2004 The Nineteenth Meeting of the Semiotic Circle of California will be held in the Faculty Club of the University of California at Berkeley on Saturday, January 24, 2004. Please submit the information below by December 15, 2003, for participation in the meeting. As customary, the meeting will be an open topic research paper meeting. Reservations for housing may be made directly to the Faculty Club at (510) 642-1993/(510) 540-5678 or to the Hotel Durant at (510) 845-8981. NINETEENTH MEETING THE SEMIOTIC CIRCLE OF CALIFORNIA JANUARY 24, 2004 UC BERKELEY _____I wish to…

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  • 2003 German Studies Conference, Mar 15-16

    March 1, 2003

    Each year the graduate students of the department organize and host a two-day conference on a specific interdisciplinary theme. The conference offers students and faculty from the U.S. and abroad an opportunity to present their research on such diverse topics as: “Finite Subjects: Mortality and Culture in Germany” (2002), ”Self-Made Germans: Authenticity, Authority and Self-Fashioning” (2001), “The German Soldier” (2000), “Reading Turn-of-the-Century Culture at the Turn of the Century” (1999), “Building Memory: City Space and Urban Experience” (1998), and “Conquering Women: Gender and War” (1997). Our recent conferences have received great praise from faculty and students both at Berkeley and around…

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