German Undergraduate Research Conference
March 28, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—The German Section of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages
and Literature (MCLL) will hold its second annual Illinois Wesleyan German Undergraduate
Research Conference on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6. The conference will be held
in a number of rooms in the Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington).
Vance Byrd, assistant professor of German at Grinnell College, will deliver the conference’s
keynote address titled, “Ecocriticism und Annette von Droste-Hülshoffs Judenbuche.”
The event, which will be held in German, will welcome students from universities in
seven different states. The conference will begin with a poster session on Friday
at 5:30 p.m. in the Turfler Room, followed by a welcome German dinner. The conference
will continue on Saturday at 9 a.m. with four student panels.
“Student presentations will range from East German fairy-tale films, German-Turkish
rap music and the sounds of Germany, to the portrayal of women in select 19th century
texts,” said co-organizer Sonja Fritzsche, associate professor of German and Eastern
European Studies at IWU.
The conference, which is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD),
the IWU German club, IWU Student Senate and funds associated with the Isaac Funk Professorship,
will allow students engaging in German studies to present their research and also
receive feedback in an academic setting. Students will have the opportunity to network
with fellow German studies researchers and discuss their academic and study abroad
experiences with peers who attend other universities.
“We try to provide a venue where students can engage in a meaningful exchange of ideas
and realize that by studying German they are part of a large, nation-wide community
of scholars,” said co-organizer Adam Woodis,
visiting assistant professor of German
For additional information about the conference, visit the website.
Contact: Nunzia Martino ’16, (309) 556-3181, firstname.lastname@example.org