UMass German and Scandinavian Studies

UMass German and Scandinavian Studies German and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a distinguished center of research and teaching at the graduate (M.A.

and Ph.D.) and undergraduate levels.

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12/28/2020
Evgeniia Trufanova - Graduate Student

Meet another excellent student in our graduate program—Evgeniia Trufanova! Join us at UMass next year and share these amazing experiences! Hurry, the application deadline is coming up soon- January 15th 2021!
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DEFA Film Library
12/18/2020

DEFA Film Library

The 2020 DEFA-Stiftung journal “Leuchtkraft” is here!
https://www.defa-stiftung.de/stiftung/aktuelles/meldung/leuchtkraft-2020/

Our academic director, Mariana Ivanova, presents the DEFA Film Library’s current projects in her essay “Die DEFA-Film Library: Ein Ort internationaler Begegnungen” on pages 25-29!

You can also read Evelyn Hampicke’s essay “DEFA-Lederjacke im Wandel der Zeiten;” Thomas Kuschel’s contribution about forgotten children’s films of the DEFA Studio for Documentary Films; the new online platform by PROGRESS; and more contributions by Ralf Schenk, Jörg Foth, Günter Agde, Claus Löser, and others!

#defafilmlibrary #defa #defastiftung #leuchtkraft

12/16/2020

Want to know more about what it is to be a graduate student in German at UMass Amherst?
Watch this video by one of our many accomplished graduate students, Karolina Hicke, who also works for the DEFA Film Library!
 
GSS is a great place to do interdisciplinary work, including obtaining a graduate Film Studies Certificate. At UMass, you can specialize in: Film Studies; DEFA/GDR Studies; Exile/Refugee Studies; German-Jewish; and Turkish-German Studies.
 
 Graduate students receive a multi-year funding package in the form of a TAship (full tuition credit plus health insurance and an annual stipend), plus annual conference travel funding. The DEFA Film Library also offers a Program Assistantship with the same benefits for students who want a wide range of experiences in film studies.
 
As a graduate student in German here at UMass, you will have first-hand access to the DEFA Film Library, an on-campus research center for (East) German cinema. The DEFA Film Library strongly supports students in GSS and offers hands-on experience in translation, subtitling, curating film series, programming (including with the local cinema), organizing visiting artists, curriculum development, and more! 
 
For more information on teaching, research & funding and how to apply, check out UMass German Studies!”
 
#gss #umass #umassfilmstudies #umasstudents #umasstudy #defafilmlibrary #cometoumass 
 
 
Website
https://www.umass.edu/german/graduate-studies-program-german

DAAD USA
12/04/2020

DAAD USA

Interested in starting or continuing your research career in Germany? Join the Research in Germany-Online Talk Series and chat with experts about Bioeconomy, Departmental research, Women in Science and Research in humanites from December 7-10 at 2pm (CET) each day.
For more information and to register, visit: www.research-in-germany.org/online-talks-series

11/18/2020

Final Schnackstunde TOMORROW 1.30-2.30 p.m. Please consider checking in for a quick chat or an extended conversation, to listen in, to hang out with each other and to socialize in German! Feel free to stop by for a few minutes or the whole hour! Contact Prof. Gezen for Zoom link. 🍰☕️

Dear German enthusiasts,Please join us next week for two Schnackstunden:Monday November 16, 2.30-3.30 p.m.Thursday Novem...
11/13/2020

Dear German enthusiasts,

Please join us next week for two Schnackstunden:

Monday November 16, 2.30-3.30 p.m.
Thursday November 19, 1.30-2.30 p.m.

Please consider checking in for a quick chat or an extended conversation, to listen in, to hang out with each other and to socialize in German! Feel free to stop by for a few minutes or the whole hour!

Contact Prof. Gezen for Zoom links!

DEFA Film Library
11/11/2020

DEFA Film Library

The most popular DEFA film ever, The Legend of Paul and Paula is a film about longings, dreams and the pursuit of individual freedom.

Wesley Lim (Australian National University) recommends Heiner Carow’s The Legend of Paul and Paula (1972) for undergraduates, who enjoy discussing the film’s stylized tableaus. Carow’s film appeals to the imagination through a love story for the ages that plays with myth, tradition and personal needs. Lim’s students read and discuss Carol Hanisch's idea of "the personal is political” alongside the film.

Log into Kanopy using your public library card or university credentials to watch The Legend of Paul and Paula. The film is also available for rental or purchase on DVD or for educational streaming on Kanopy:
https://ecommerce.umass.edu/defa/film/3566

#defafilmlibrary #dfl #dflfriendspicks #heinercarow #angelicadomröse #paulundpaula #paulandpaula

The Program of German and Scandinavian Studies has been designated a German Center of Excellence by the American Associa...
11/05/2020
German and Scandinavian Studies Program Designated German Center of Excellence

The Program of German and Scandinavian Studies has been designated a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German. See our UMass HFA press release here!

https://www.umass.edu/hfa/news/german-and-scandinavian-studies-program-designated-german-center-excellence

The German and Scandinavian Studies program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been designated a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German. The German Center of Excellence designation is present...

❄️Take German 110 or German 120 this winter! Learn about a new language and culture, or get ahead in your German studies...
11/01/2020

❄️Take German 110 or German 120 this winter! Learn about a new language and culture, or get ahead in your German studies. Registration info for non-UMass students can be found here: https://www.umass.edu/uww/classes/explore ❄️

#german #learngerman #umass #umassamherst #onlineclass

REGISTER NOW! The GSS and the DEFA Film Library present their second event of the virtual film festival, Black Lives in ...
10/30/2020

REGISTER NOW! The GSS and the DEFA Film Library present their second event of the virtual film festival, Black Lives in Germany: Resilience, Art and Hope
Registration Link :
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V_OPmMsSRp2Te6CSwK7DUQ

Stream Film: Mon - Thur, Nov. 2, (5:00 pm, EST) – Nov. 5 (5:00 pm)

At Second Glance (Auf den zweiten Blick, 2013, Germany, dir. Sheri Hagen, 92 min., color, EN ST)
Berlin, a multicultural city that is creative and full of movement can also be lonely and anonymous. Weaving together the stories of Kay and Falk, Benjamin and Elena, and Till and Pan—three visually impaired couples—At Second Glance offers an intimate portrayal of the interdependent and isolating nature of human relationships.

Live Virtual Q&A - Thursday, Nov. 5, 5:00 pm (EST): A discussion with director Sheri Hagen about reframing diversity in German cinema and her film At Second Glance.
Sheri Hagen was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Hamburg, Germany; she studied drama in Hamburg and Vienna. Since 1996, Hagen has played many roles in German film and television, as well as on stage. She launched her directorial career in 2007, writing all her own scripts and financing films through her production company, Equality Film. At Second Glance was Hagen's first full-length feature film as a director.
Rosemarie Peña holds a PhD in Childhood Studies from Rutgers University-Camden. Her research centers on transnational adoption and child migration. A member of the postwar cohort of German-born Black adoptees to the U.S., Rosemarie is also the founding president of the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA)

✨🎉CONGRATULATIONS to Mariana Ivanova, Associate Professor of German and Academic Director of the DEFA Film Library. Her ...
10/30/2020
Cinema of Collaboration: DEFA Coproductions and International Exchange in Cold War Europe | Berghahn Books

✨🎉CONGRATULATIONS to Mariana Ivanova, Associate Professor of German and Academic Director of the DEFA Film Library. Her book Cinema of Collaboration: DEFA Coproductions and International Exchange in Cold War Europe published with Berghahn Books in 2019 is shortlisted for the 2020 Willy Haas Award (which is awarded annually as part of the cinefest– International Festival of German Film Heritage to honor important international publications on German-language film). The winner will be announced at the opening of the 33rd International Film History Conference on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at the Metropolis cinema in Hamburg.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch Mariana!

https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/IvanovaCinema

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Please join us on November 10, 2020 at 1.00 p.m. (EST) for a talk by Ferda Ataman entitled “Berichten aus weißen Paralle...
10/29/2020

Please join us on November 10, 2020 at 1.00 p.m. (EST) for a talk by Ferda Ataman entitled “Berichten aus weißen Parallelwelten - und wie wir Diversität in den Medien schaffen,” which focuses on diversity in German media (further detail in the attached flyer). The talk will be held in German, followed by a Q&A with the audience (in English and German). Please share widely and register for this event here: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bDZsq1sNQJyLGyOWgO-wMw.

This is our final event of a jointly organized (UMass and MSU) virtual Fall 2020 Campus Weeks Speaker Series with a focus on “Diversity in Germany Today.”

We hope to see many of you there.

German Embassy Washington

We are thrilled to share that the Program of German and Scandinavian Studies at UMass Amherst has been designated a Germ...
10/27/2020

We are thrilled to share that the Program of German and Scandinavian Studies at UMass Amherst has been designated a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German.

The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) will recognize 18 individuals and two German programs for their outstanding contributions to the teaching and learning of German in the US. The 2020 award recipients will be recognized at a virtual presentation to be held on November 21.

Two German programs will be recognized as German Centers of Excellence. This designation is presented to well‐established and growing German programs with demonstrated excellence in instruction and strong support from administration, professional colleagues, alumni, and students. Montclair State University, New Jersey, and the UMass Amherst are this year’s designees.
“With their dedication to excellence in German language instruction, these award recipients promote the transatlantic friendship between the US and German‐speaking countries and foster the much needed intercultural awareness so their students lead successful lives in a globalized world,” said Doug Philipp, president of the American Association of Teachers of German.

TIME CHANGE: 4PM EST/9PM Germany - Talk by Peggy Piesche. Covid and the newness of digital events continue to present us...
10/24/2020

TIME CHANGE: 4PM EST/9PM Germany - Talk by Peggy Piesche. Covid and the newness of digital events continue to present us with unforeseen complications! Our start time for the talk by Peggy Piesche next Tuesday will begin at 4pm Eastern/9PM in DE. Please adjust your calendars!

DEFA Film Library
10/23/2020

DEFA Film Library

Register now for the second event of our virtual film festival Black Lives in Germany: Resilience, Art and Hope!

In solidarity with the international Black Lives Matter movement, the DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst is pleased to announce a virtual Black German Film Festival. Showcasing films by Black filmmakers, actors, scholars, and activists, Black Lives in Germany: Resilience, Art and Hope offers viewers a bold and refreshing look at the diversity of the Black diaspora and contemporary Germany.

Register here:
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V_OPmMsSRp2Te6CSwK7DUQ


Stream Film: Mon - Thur, Nov. 2, (5:00 pm, EST) – Nov. 5 (5:00 pm) – Vimeo link and password available upon registration

At Second Glance (Auf den zweiten Blick, 2013, Germany, dir. Sheri Hagen, 92 min., color, EN ST)
Berlin, a multicultural city that is creative and full of movement can also be lonely and anonymous. Weaving together the stories of Kay and Falk, Benjamin and Elena, and Till and Pan—three visually impaired couples—At Second Glance offers an intimate portrayal of the interdependent and isolating nature of human relationships.

Live Virtual Q&A - Thursday, Nov. 5, 5:00 pm (EST): A discussion with director Sheri Hagen about reframing diversity in German cinema and her film At Second Glance.

Sheri Hagen was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Hamburg, Germany; she studied drama in Hamburg and Vienna. Since 1995, Hagen has played many roles in German film and television as well as on stage. She launched her directorial career in 2007, writing all her own scripts and financing films through her production company, Equality Film. At Second Glance was Hagen’s first full-length feature film as a director.

Questions?- Please contact: umass.edu/defa | [email protected]

#umasshfa #defafilmlibrary #blacklivesingermany #insolidaritywithblacklivesmatter #sherihagen #umassmusicdance #umass_gss #umassfilmstudies #umass

10/21/2020
eLibrary - Goethe-Institut USA

This week for our "Lieblings-..." recommendation we encourage you to check out Nora Krug's graphic memoir “Heimat: Ein deutsches Familienalbum”: https://nora-krug.com/german-version

It is available through the Goethe-Institut eLibrary as well: https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/kul/bks/onl.html

Do you have any book recommendations?

The eLibrary of the Goethe-Institut provides information about Germany - through its library network and digital materials in over 60 languages

Please join us on October 27, 2020 at 3 p.m. (EST) for a talk by Peggy Piesche, on her edited volume Labor 89: Intersekt...
10/20/2020

Please join us on October 27, 2020 at 3 p.m. (EST) for a talk by Peggy Piesche, on her edited volume Labor 89: Intersektionale Bewegungsgeschichte*n aus West und Ost, which engages with intersectional perspectives on German-German (re)unification. Through eight portraits featuring political activists from Black, POC and/or queer feminist positions the book explores possibilities and limits of political participation, recalls historical events, debates, actions and cross-community projects, not considered in official reunification narratives and commemorations (further detail in the attached extended flyer, please share widely). The talk will be held in German, followed by a Q&A with the audience (in English and German).

Please register for this event here: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VaFCPNZBSSC-aEi1OsnadA. For our first event, we were not able to “admit” same-day registrations, therefore please make sure to register by Monday October 26th.

This is the third event of a jointly organized (UMass and MSU) virtual Fall 2020 Campus Weeks Speaker Series with a focus on “Diversity in Germany Today.” These events are intended for the MSU, UMass Amherst and 5 College communities, but others are permitted to register at the organizers’ discretion / should there be enough space.

@GermanyinUSA

💫Learn German online this winter! We are offering beginning German fully online/asynchronous in December - January! A gr...
10/19/2020

💫Learn German online this winter! We are offering beginning German fully online/asynchronous in December - January! A great way to learn about a new language and culture and see if learning German is for you!
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UMass students can register on Spire and external students can register on University Without Walls UMass.
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DEFA Film Library
10/16/2020

DEFA Film Library

REGISTER NOW for our Zoom webinar with Q&A and discussion!

Thur, Oct 22, 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Audre Lorde, May Ayim and the Black German Movement. A conversation with director Dagmar Schultz, author Ika Hügel-Marshall and film editor Aletta von Vietinghoff, hosted by Prof. Sara Lennox (UMass Amherst).

Register here:
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I7B-fR7dT--bgmVkGKkWAQ

For details: umass.edu/defa | [email protected]

Join us for the first event of our virtual film festival
Black Lives in Germany: Resilience, Art and Hope

In solidarity with the international Black Lives Matter movement, the DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst is pleased to announce a virtual Black German Film Festival. Showcasing films by Black filmmakers, actors, scholars, and activists, Black Lives in Germany: Resilience, Art and Hope offers viewers a bold and refreshing look at the diversity of the Black diaspora and contemporary Germany.

Stream films Oct. 19-22
Vimeo links available to all who register!

Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984-1992 (2012, dir. Dagmar Schulz, EN ST)

Hope in My Heart – The May Ayim Story (1997, dir. Maria Binder, EN ST)

Winter break will be here before we know it. ❄️ This year we are offering second semester German all online as an asynch...
10/13/2020

Winter break will be here before we know it. ❄️ This year we are offering second semester German all online as an asynchronous class. Get ahead for the Spring semester! Register on Spire.
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#umass #umassamherst #german #umassonline #learngerman #germanlanguage

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Funding for graduate students and junior faculty will be available!
New reading for German Studies
Sharon Dodua Otoo talks about racism in Germany as part of her piece in the new book "Eure Heimat ist unser Albtraum".
Look who had coffee in Berlin?! It was great to see you and catch up.