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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Cambridge Undergraduate Conference in German Studies

German studies conference

'Invention and Innovation' 

Saturday 8 February 2020 

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge


9:30am Registration and coffee


10:15am Welcome (Dr Leila Mukhida)


10:30am Panel 1: Politics, Government and Legislation
Bateman Auditorium
Chair: Catriona Corke

Timothy Powell (Oxford), ‘Reinventing Walther von der Vogelweide​ in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries’

Ashleigh Fetts (Hull) ‘“Soft Power” in Modern German Politics’

Matthew Banner and Libby Straw (Chester) ‘Was sind die wesentlichen Stärken und Schwächen der E-Mobilität?’


11:30am Refreshments


12:00pm Panel 2: Innovations in Religion and Philosophy
Bateman Auditorium
Chair: Lauren Dooley

Maral Attar-Zadeh (Toronto), ‘Worship in Vernacular: Translation, Print Culture and Polyphony in Sixteenth-Century Psalters’

Lidija Beric (Cambridge), ‘German Romanticism and the Modern World’

Felix Jüterbock (Leipzig), ‘Religion, Transcendence and Modernity’

Followed by a short introduction to the poster presentations


1:15pm – 2:45pm Lunch

There will be the opportunity for school students and Cambridge undergraduates to have an informal discussion over lunch.

Posters* in the Hall

Chris Harris (Durham), ‘Romeo and Juliet in Socialist Cinema’

Alesha Cheah (King’s College London), ‘Reinventing Female Identity: Narrative Language as Gender Innovation in Hartmann von Aue’s Erec

Ombline Damy (Oxford), ‘Literary Innovation’

Teodor Nicula-Golovei (Cambridge), ‘Milestones of Germany’s Energy Policy in Recent Decades’


2:45 pm Keynote by Dr Bernhard Struck, University of St Andrews
Bateman Auditorium

‘Copernicus in, Mozart out. Mapping and Visualising the German Lands in the Nineteenth Century’

Followed by a Q&A discussion


3:45pm - 4:05pm pm Refreshments


4:05 pm Panel 3: Sensory Perception: Sound, Sight and Touch
Bateman Auditorium
Chair: Robert Britten 

Zak Eastop (Bristol), ‘Adapting Schiller’s Don Karlos: Verdi, Posa and the Problem of the Familiengemälde’

Sofia Lyall (Cambridge), ‘Innovative Encounters: Non-Violent Interactions in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Großvaterzunge und Navid Kermani’s Das Buch der von Neil Young Getöteten

Betsy Creamer (Durham), ‘Inventing the Story of Art: Women Artists in Fin de Siècle Vienna’

Gemma Watts (Cambridge), ‘Linguistic Innovation: A German Language for the 21st century’


5:20 pm - 5:30 pm Short break: water


5:30 pm Q&A: Where now? Careers in and after German Studies 
Bateman Auditorium

Feedback forms will be distributed before this session


6:15 pm -7 pm Drinks Reception


* Posters present a topic in outline on paper, and may be viewed in the Hall and discussed with their authors

during the lunch break.

There is a £10 registration fee for undergraduate attendees. Please book via this link

School students and their accompanying adults should please email to register in order to avoid paying the online booking fee.