23-25 July 2008, University of Liverpool

IMPACT: German-Language Culture and its Reception

Celebrating 20 years of ‘Women in German Studies’



[Conference report]

Culture exists within a context. Not only are literature, music, films and artwork produced and received within a social, political and historical framework; museums, galleries, academic institutions and media and marketing conglomerates also initiate a cultural discourse that is necessarily produced by and directed towards its contemporaries. Coinciding with Liverpool’s ‘European Capital of Culture’ 2008 as well as celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Women in German Studies, this conference asks how we may conceptualise the idea of ‘impact’, drawing on literary, historical, political, institutional, and theoretical approaches to German-language culture from the medieval period to the present day.

During the course of the conference we aim to formulate a conceptual framework as well as explore individual instances of cultural reception, and we welcome theoretical contributions as well as case studies. Contributors are invited to consider the mechanisms by which culture, in its widest sense, impacts upon the world, and are encouraged to explore the usefulness of recent theoretical models (such as Gérard Genette’s concept of the ‘paratext’ or Pierre Bourdieu’s Rules of Art) for analysing the way cultural output is coded towards its consumers and actually received by them.



Wednesday 23 July 2008

12.00-13.00 Registration
13.00-13.30 Official Welcome
  Theorizing Cultural Impact
13.30-14.30 Keynote
  Anne Fuchs (UCD) ‘Dresden Discourses and the Impact of Cultural Memory’
14.30-16.00 Panel: Impact in language and literature
  Katrin Kohl (Oxford) ‘The cultural impact of metaphor’
  Elizabeth Boa (Nottingham) 'Kafka's artist stories: artist, artwork, impressario and public'
  Sarah Colvin (Edinburgh) 'Zero impact: the case of the unknown writer'
16.00 -16.30 Coffee
16.30-18.30 Panel: Translation and Cultural Impact
  Peter Davies (Edinburgh) ‘The obligatory horrors: Translating Tadeusz Borowski's Holocaust narratives into German and English’
  Anne Boden (TCD) ‘Translated Memory? The Polish framing and GDR reception of Paul Peikert's Chronik über die Belagerung Breslaus 1945
  Lina Glede (East Anglia) ‘The effect of gender on the translation and the reception of Sarah Kirsch and Ingeborg Bachmann’
  David Barnett (Sussex) '"I've been told [...] that this play is far too German": the interplay of institution and dramaturgy in the failed reception of German theatre in the UK'
18.30-19.30 Keynote
  Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly (Oxford) ‘The Woman Warrior in German Collective Cultural Memory’


Thursday 24 July 2008

  Exhibitions, Festivals and Popular Culture
9.30-10.30 Keynote
  Jürgen Lüh (Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten) '"Friedrich 300" - Die Vorbereitung des 300. Geburtstages von Friedrich dem Grössen in 2012'
10.30-11.00 Coffee
11.00-12.30 Panel A: Public Exhibitions and Festivals
  Clare I. Rogan (Wesleyan) ‘"Nicht gerade was für die Volksbildereien": Fantasies of lesbian desire in Max Klinger's Pavilion, 1916’
  Jane Wilkinson (Leeds) 'Discrepant narratives: the (non)-impact of transborder theatre festivals on audiences at the German-Polish border'
  Chloe Paver (Exeter) 'The role of museum displays in mediating an understanding of the National Socialist era'
11.00-12.30 Panel B: Transmission and Reception in Popular Culture
  Anselm Meyer (Cologne) ‘The Impact of Music’
  David Robb (Belfast) 'The Songs of the 1848 Revolution: History of Reception from the 19th to the 21st Century'
  Christiane Schönefeld (Galway) '"Niemand ist an nichts unschuldig": Lion Feuchtwanger, Jud Süss, and the Nazi film industry'
12.30-13.30 Lunch
  Cultivating Culture
13.30-14.30 Keynote
  Gunther Nickel (Mainz / Deutscher Literaturfonds) '"Die Kunst geht nach Brot": Anspruch, Wirklichkeit und Probleme der Literaturförderung in Deutschland'
14.30-16.00 Panel A: Creating Authors
  Rebecca Braun (Liverpool) ‘1967-2007: The Gruppe 47 as a literary "Heimat"’
  Karen Leeder (Oxford) ‘Reading posterity, reading Bachmann ’
  Jenny McKay (Leeds) ‘Cultural feudalism and the East German author: the case of Ingo Schulze’
14.30-16.00 Panel B: Shaping the Public Sphere
  Katrin Henzel (Leipzig) 'The impact of anthologies of quotations on literary reception in the late 18th century'
  Matthew Philpotts (Manchester) 'Closing the circle of belief: The Sinn und Form Legend and the post-Wende cultural field '
  Ana-Maria Pălimariu (Jassy) 'Vielfältige Kulturen in einer deutschsprachigen Literatur: das Feuilleton des Czernowitzer Morgenblattes'
17.30-19.00 Roundtable Discussion
  The Impact of German-Language Culture in the UK
19.30 Dinner


Friday 25 July 2008

  The Politics of Culture
9.30-10.30 Keynote
  Andrew Webber (Cambridge) 'Berlin: Cultural Capital of the Twentieth Century'
10.30-11.00 Coffee
11.00-12.30 Panel A: Cultural Icons
  Joanne Saynor (Birmingham) ‘"Sie gehörte zu den Aktivisten der ersten Stunde": Greta Kuckhoff's political engagement in the immediate post-war period’
  Karina Berger (Leeds) '"Ein großes Mißverständnis": Walter Kempwski and the literary establishment'
  Laura Bradley (Edinburgh) '"Nach dem Biermann-Debakel las jeder die Geschichte anders": Michael Kohlhaas at the Deutsches Theater, 1976-7'
11.00-12.30 Panel B: Culture and Spectatorship
  Lara Elder (Oxford) ‘A German in Paris: Heinrich Heine's art of spectatorship on the revolutionary street ’
  Ben Morgan (Oxford) 'What is coming to terms with the past?: German film revisited'
  Deborah Holmes (Vienna) 'Brinkmanns Zorn - recreating the creative process in literary film biography'
13.00 -14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 WIGS Annual General Meeting