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German and its Worlds: Situating the National and the Transnational in Teaching and Research Seminar

Origin: 
The Centre for Transnational Studies
Time:
17:00 - 18:30
Date:
13 December 2017
Venue:
Building 65 Room 1177 Avenue Campus SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Heidi Armbruster at H.Armbruster@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

Part of the annual seminar series for the Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS).

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?

Speaker information

Ben Schofield, King's College London.

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