Next TNS seminar: ‘German and its Worlds: Situating the National and the Transnational in Teaching and Research’

TNS

Benedict Schofield from King’s College London will be speaking at the next Centre for Transnational Studies seminar taking place on Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 5-6:30pm in Room 1177, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘German and its Worlds: Situating the National and the Transnational in Teaching and Research’. All staff and students are welcome! Here is the abstract:

Where does German Studies as a discipline sit in relation to the transnational, and what role can the transnational play in helping us do German Studies differently? This talk considers the ways in which the transnational can function as a positive force for generating new ideas, both in teaching and research, for the wide interdisciplinary field that is German Studies. It will look at recent transnational projects, such as Transnational German Studies (directed at undergraduates) and German in the World (directed at researchers), alongside case studies from my own research on Anglo-German relations, which pose questions about the many different meanings we project on the term ‘transnational’. Is the transnational more than a descriptive term, identifying particular forms or moments of cultural motion, transfer and translation? If so, how can it also function as a key mode of enquiry – a form of Modern Languages methodology – that underpins our work as scholars and teachers of German Studies? And how might this in turn help us express more clearly the value and impact of our discipline at a time of perceived crisis?

POSTPONED to 4th May: TNS Seminar: “‘A place of utter desolation and abandonment…’: Administrative noise, neglect and the commemoration of the camp de Gurs.”

*** Please note: The seminer was originally scheduled for Wednesday 10th February but has now been postponed until Wednesday 4th May ***

TNS

The next Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) seminar will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 10th February 2016 in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The session is entitled “‘A place of utter desolation and abandonment…’: Administrative noise, neglect and the commemoration of the camp de Gurs” and will be led by Dr Scott Soo from Modern Languages at Southampton. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
The camp de Gurs was an internment centre that was initially built in 1939 for refugees from the Spanish Civil War. It continued to be used throughout WWII and became implicated in the Final Solution when German Jewish internees were deported to Auschwitz. While much is known about the internees’ experiences of Gurs and the operation of the camp, we know very little about what happened at the site once the camp was closed down. This paper sets out to explain how the camp was dismantled and then transformed into a place of commemorative activity through a focus on the camp cemetery. The analysis of local and national state archives will point towards a more nuanced understanding of the dynamics surrounding the construction and development of remembrance narratives in post-war France that necessarily accounts for both international factors and transnational processes.

Seminar today: ‘Transnational political consultancy and nation-making in Latin America: The case of the Spaniard José Joaquín de Mora’

History seminar

Modern Languages students and staff may be interested in attending today’s History Seminar Series seminar, at 1pm in Room 2115, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Transnational political consultancy and nation-making in Latin America: The case of the Spaniard José Joaquín de Mora’ and will be led by Dr Graciela Iglesias Rogers from the University of Winchester. All welcome!