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German Undergraduate Conference 2020




All German Studies undergraduates and sixth form German students* welcome for an online conference

February 6th & 7th


*Sixth form students of German are welcome to attend the panels and film screening on Saturday 6th, but are particularly encouraged to attend the second day of the conference, when there will be a careers panel and a drop in session with current Cambridge German Studies undergraduates


PROGRAMME: Saturday 6th February

9:00-9:30 - Dr Leila Mukhida - Introduction

9:30-11:00 - 'Literary interruptions'

Amalia Hajiev (KCL) - '1989: An Interruption That Haunts Today'

Delyan Yanev (Durham) - 'Endlich eine kulturelle "Stunde-Null"? Die Unterbrechung Deutschlands juristisches Selbstverständnis nach der AuschwitzProzessen'

Gwendoline Choi (St Andrews) - 'The German Colonial Project: Interrupted?' 

11:00-11:30 - Break

11:30-13:00 - 'Interrupting the status-quo'

Gemma Craig-Sharples (Oxford) - 'Sprachgitter: Interruption In and Through Language in Kafka, Mann, Rushdie and Dharker'

Francis Bristow (Warwick) - 'To What Extent do the Past Actions of the Fictional Characters of Faust and Bertha, from Goethe's Faust Der Tragögie Erster Teil and Tieck's Der blonde Eckbert, Interrupt the Present Day Lives of their Respective Partners and Drive them to Madness?'

Dante Cadiz (Newcastle) - 'Exploring the Philosophy of Temporal Interruption in Heinrich Böll's Billard um halb zehn'

Roya Meshki-Kataria (Nottingham) - Heinrich von Kleist’s “Kantkrise": existential interruption or rude awakening? 

13:00-14:30 – Break for lunch

14:30-16:00 -  'Interrupted histories'

Saskia Cookson (KCL) - 'Queer Culture vs. Fascism: Interruptions of Progress and the Battle for Berlin’

Lydia Chen (UCL) - 'DDR-Witze: How the Humour of East Germans Broke Down Official Narratives'

Anisah Munim (Warwick) - ‘“Glaubst du nicht, ich wäre eine gute Mutter?” Evaluating the Impact of Interruption on Preexisting Gender Roles and Gender Ideologies in Nazi-Germany for its Female Participants‘

19:30 - Film screening

'Auf den zweiten Blick' (2012), dir. Sheri Hagen


PROGRAMME: Sunday 7th February

10:00-11:30 - Keynote from Sheri Hagen - ‘Die selbstverständliche Unterbrechung’

11:30-11:45 - Break

11:45-13:15 - 'Interrupting bodies and minds'

Matt Parry (Cambridge) - 'Can TikTok be Gestic? Early 20th Century German Theories of Gestural Flow and Interruption, and their Relevance in the Digital Age'

Zachary Dickerson (KCL) - ‘Delay and Disturbance: Issues of Interruption in the Career and Works of Richard Wagner’

  Stephanie Burrell (KCL) -  ‘Patterns: Performing Afro-German Identity’

Madeline Dyson-Jest (Cambridge) - 'A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Interruption in the German Language'

13:15-14:15 – Break for lunch

Drop-in session for sixth form students with current Cambridge German Studies undergraduates

14:15-15:00 - Careers Q&A

             Dr Joanna Raisbeck - Stipendiary Lecturer in German, St Hilda’s College, Oxford

             Ellie Stephenson - Self-employed UCL Graduate with experience in multiple sectors

             Rose Newell - Freelance Translator

             John McGlone - Head of Volunteering and Community, Stroke Association

             Sofia Lyall - Recent Cambridge Graduate with experience in the Arts and Creative Work

15:00-15:15 - Closing remarks


Please contact with any questions you may have.


Photograph taken at last year’s conference on the theme of ‘Invention and Innovation’.





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