UVA – Department of German Studies – Film Festival


U.Va. German Film Contest 2015

Film Submission Guidelines


  • Films may not exceed three minutes in length.
  • Films must be made exclusively by high school or college/university students, without outside help.
  • Films must be in German.
  • All themes are permitted, as long as the film meets the standards for a G-rating (see below):

A G-rated motion picture

  • is appropriate for a general audience, which may include young children.
  • contains no strong language, nudity, sex, or drug usage. Violence is minimal.

Format: please use a good-quality DVD


  • All films must be clearly labeled with the names of the film-maker(s), their school or university, current year in school or university, contact information (email and phone number), and film title. Any unlabeled films will be discarded.

Please submit your film, postmarked no later than March 15, 2015, to Cora Schenberg at

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

University of Virginia

P.O. Box 400125

Charlottesville, VA 22904-4125

Kafka?! An Interdisciplinary Conference In Honor of Walter Sokel (1917-2014)



 An Interdisciplinary Conference In Honor of Walter Sokel (1917-2014)

 University of Virginia, February 25-27, 2015

Program of Events:


  • Wednesday, February 25:

6:00 PM, New Cabell Hall 236

Film Screening The Trial (Orson Welles, 1962)

Introductory Remarks: Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich, Mary Washington University

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015

2:30-3:30 PM, Pavilion IV, by invitation only

UVa Students in Conversation with the Austrian Ambassador, His Excellency Hans-Peter Manz

4:00 PM, Harrison Auditorium, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

 Welcome: Asher Biemann, Director, Center for German Studies, University of Virginia

 Introduction: Larry J. Sabato, Director, Center for Politics, University of Virginia

 Lecture by His Excellency Hans-Peter Manz, Ambassador of Austria to the United States

6:00 PM, Harrison Auditorium, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Welcome: Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Buckner W. Clay Professor, University of Virginia

 Jennifer Geddes, University of Virginia: A Tribute to Walter Sokel (1917 – 2014)

 Hans H. Hiebel, Karl-Franzens University, Graz: Franz Kafka’s “A Country Doctor”: A New Interpretation and Analysis

Followed by Reception

8:00: PM, Garden Room, by invitation only

Dinner for conference participants and guests

  • Friday, February 27, 2015:

Conference: Nau Hall 342, South Lawn

9:00 AM                    Breakfast (Foyer of Nau Hall 342)

10:00 AM – NOON    Panel One

Moderator: Jeffrey Grossman, University of Virginia

 Elizabeth Rajec, President, The Kafka Society of America: Odradek, Schubal & Co – Slavic Elements in Kafka’s Name Giving.

Brigitte Pawlitschek, Karl-Franzens University, Graz: Kafka’s Staff: Functions of Names and Professions

Robert Rehak: Names in Hebrew

12:00-1:30 PM          Lunch Break, Lunch for Panelists (Foyer of Nau Hall 342)

1:30 – 3:30 PM         Panel Two

Moderator: Lorna Martens, University of Virginia

 Gerhard Rieck, Author, Vienna: Always the same? New Angles on Kafka’s Narratives

Jennifer Geddes, University of Virginia: Interpreting Kafka and the Ethics of Naming

Volker Kaiser, University of Virginia: Kafka’s Epitaph. Reading the Short Story “Ein Traum.”

4:00 PM                     Concluding Reception, Nau Hall 3rd Floor Darden Lounge

Conference Participants:

Ian Baucom is the Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts and Sciences the University of Virginia. He is the author of Out of Place: Englishness, Empire and the Locations of Identity (1999, Princeton University Press), Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History (2005, Duke University Press), and co-editor of Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain (2005, Duke University Press). He has edited special issues of the South Atlantic Quarterly on Atlantic Studies and Romanticism, and is currently working on a new book project tentatively entitled The Disasters of War: On Inimical Life.

Asher D. Biemann is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he teaches modern Jewish thought and intellectual history. He is the author of a critical edition of Martin Buber’s Sprachphilosophische Schriften (2003), The Martin Buber Reader (2001), as well as of Inventing New Beginnings: On the Idea of Renaissance in Modern Judaism (2009) and Dreaming of Michelangelo: Jewish Variations on a Modern Theme (2012), both of which appeared with Stanford University Press.

Jennifer Geddes, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, is the author of numerous essays and book chapters on evil, suffering, the Holocaust, and twentieth-century literature and testimony, and the editor of Evil after Postmodernism: Histories, Narratives, Ethics and co-editor of Ethics after the Holocaust: Salvaging the Fragments. She was the founding Editor of The Hedgehog Review: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture and has recently completed Kafka’s Ethics of Interpretation: Between Tyranny and Despair.

Jeffrey A. Grossman is Associate Professor of German at the University of Virginia where he also teaches in the programs in Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature.  The author of The Discourse on Yiddish in Germany: From the Enlightenment to the Second Empire (Camden House, 2000), he has written extensively on German Jewish culture, translation and the transmission of knowledge about culture, literature, and ideas. His article  “Émigré Intellectuals, Memory and the View of Kafka as Prophet of the Holocaust,“ appeared in the Journal of the Kafka Society of America where he serves on the editorial staff. A new theoretical article, “The Yiddish-German Connection: New Directions,” is forthcoming in Poetics Today. He is currently writing a book on the translation and rewriting of Heinrich Heine in Yiddish, English, and German.

Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich teaches German language and literature at the University of Mary Washington. Her special expertise includes Holocaust studies and German film, and her articles have appeared in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, and in Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies. She is the author of Holocaust Memory Reframed: Museums and the Challenges of Representation (Rutgers University Press, 2014) and is currently working on a monograph, Irgendwo Dazwischen: German-Jews, Yekkes, and the Fifth Aliyah.

Hans H. Hiebel, born 1941 in the Czech Republic. Studies in Erlangen, Germany, and Brighton, Great Britain. 1985 professor of German literature at Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria. Professor emeritus in 2009. Research focus Franz Kafka and modern German poetry. Numerous publications on 18th, 19th and 20th century literature, including Die Zeichen des Gesetzes : Recht und Macht bei Franz Kafka (1983) and Franz Kafka: Form und Bedeutung: Formanalysen und Interpretationen (1999). Translation of Michel Dentan’s Humour et création littéraire dans l’œuvre de Kafka.

Volker Kaiser is Associate Professor of German at the University of Virginia, where he also served for many years as chair of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. He studied at the University of Bonn and received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of many articles from Kant to Rorty, to Kleist, to Marx, to Heine, Goethe and Wim Wenders, as well as of two books, Das Echo jeder Verschattung: Figur und Reflexion bei Rilke, Benn und Celan (Passagen Verlag 1993), and Risus Mortis. Strange Angels. Zur Lektüre “Vom armen B.B.”—Eine Studie zu Brecht und Benjamin (2001).

Lorna Martens is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Virginia.  She is the author of The Diary Novel (1985); Shadow Lines: Austrian Literature from Freud to Kafka (1996); The Promised Land? Feminist Writings in the German Democratic Republic (2001), and The Promise of Memory:  Childhood Recollection and its Objects in Literary Modernism (2011). She has published on authors including Butor, Doris Lessing, Freud, Musil, Kafka, Rilke, Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Valéry, Proust, and Benjamin, and on topics such as memory, autobiography, poetic style, narrative theory and technique, psychoanalysis, and aesthetics.   She has taught many courses on or involving Kafka, most recently the Comparative Literature course “Kafka and his Doubles,” in Fall 2014, to an inspiring group of undergraduates.

Brigitte Pawlitschek, born 1966 in Graz. Studied German and English literature at Karl-Franzens University, Graz. MA thesis on autobiographical elements in “The Castle”. Currently completing her dissertation on “Kafka’s staff – functions of names and professions in Kafka’s narratives.” CEO of a PR-agency specialized in future technologies.

Elizabeth Molnar Rajec, professor emerita, university librarian, elected president of The Kafka Society of America, Fulbright scholar and recipient of several IREX grants. Former board member of the American Name Society, member of American PEN. Received university degrees from Columbia University New York BS, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, MLS and her PhD from City University of New York. The title of her published dissertation is Namen und ihre Bedeutungen im Werke Franz Kafkas. Published extensively on Kafka, on literary onomastics, on subject bibliographies and on works by Ferenc Molnar. An expert on kaleidoscopic photomontage technique with numerous domestic and international exhibitions.

Gerhard Rieck, born 1947 in Vienna, Austria. Graduated in electrical engineering, followed by a career in telecommunications. Head of library in one of Austria’s major enterprises. Intensive self-studies of Kafka’s life and work. A career changer by passion, he is one of very few Kafka-researchers to undertake a practical and hands-on approach. Author of Kafka konkret – das Trauma ein Leben. Wiederholungsmotive im Werk als Grundlage einer psychologischen Deutung (1999), Franz Kafka und die Literaturwissenschaft. Aufsätze zu einem kafkaesken Verhältnis (2002), and Kafkas Rätsel. Fragen und Antworten zu Leben, Werk und Interpretation (2014).

Dr. Larry J. Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. He is also the University Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and has had visiting appointments at Oxford University and Cambridge University in Great Britain. A Rhodes Scholar, he received his doctorate from Oxford, and he is the author or editor of two dozen books on American politics.

Sponsored by the Austrian Embassy, Washington, DC; The Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, DC; The Center for German Studies, University of Virginia; the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Virginia; the Jewish Studies Program, University of Virginia; the Center for Politics, University of Virginia; the Kafka Society of America.

For more information, contact Asher Biemann, Director, Center for German Studies, ab5j@virginia.edu; (434) 924-3643; or visit http://cgs.virginia.edu/

German Graduate Conference 2015

CFP Migration and Movement 2015 – EXTENDED DEADLINE

22nd Annual German Studies Graduate Conference at the University of Virginia:

Schwalbenflug: Migration and Movement in Languages, Arts, and Sciences

February 20-21, 2015

We invite graduate students from all disciplines to present papers on any aspect of travel or emigration in English or German (with an English summary for non-German speakers). While this conference is being hosted by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia, students in other fields, including social sciences, anthropology, sociology, history, natural sciences, literary and media studies, art, and architecture, are encouraged to submit an abstract.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Terra Incognita

Language shift – dialect – creole/pidgin
National Identity
Immigration – Emigration – Refugees
Colonization – Imperialism
Leaving home/Heimat
Translation – “Survival language”
Literature as time/space travel
Virtual World as time/space travel
Urbanization – Suburbanization
Travelogues – Diaries – Postcards
Tourism – Ecotourism
Travel within Literature – Travel Novel
Icons of Travel: Explorer, Cowboy, etc
Imagined Travel – Escapism – Fantasy
Virtual Tours – Blogs – Photo Sharing
Real World vs. Virtual World
Plant/Animal migration
Disease Vectors
Cell Migration

The Submission Deadline has been extended until December 20, 2014.Please send an abstract of not more than 250 words, along with a proposed title, author’s name, affiliation, and email to:

Danielle Pisechko, Kathryn Schroeder, and Geraldine Suter

Email: uvagermangradconference2015@gmail.com

Applying to the German House


As the application dealing has passed, it is no longer possible to apply through the housing website. Anyone still wishing to apply to the German House for the year 2015/16, can request the application by writing an email to Mr. McDonald, Professor of the German Department (wcm@virginia.edu), or the German the Language Advisor of the German House, Maximiliane Wagner (mw8yw@virginia.edu).


The application process for the German House is currently running. If you wish to apply, please visit the housing page, the last day for applying is November 14th, 2014.

For applying, please visit


Select the ‚Returning Student Option‘ and proceed with your application as normal. When choosing the facility, simply choose ‚German Language House‘ and fill out the questionnaire.


For further information, please visit Application

German Movie Night schedule



Jeden Mittwoch, 19:30 in New Cabell 236.

September 24th, Das Leben ist eine Baustelle(Life is all you get)
Oktober 1st, Das Leben der Anderen(The Lives of Others)
October 8th, Yella
October 15th, Das Wunder von Bern(The Miracle of Bern)
October 22th, Lore
October 29th, Gegen die Wand(Head-on)
November 5th, Soul Kitchen
November 12th, Sommersturm(Sommer Storm)
November 19th, Lola rennt(Run Lola Run)
December 3rd, Good bye, Lenin!

UVa German Graduate Conference (February 28, 2014)

„We’ve been here before“: Manifestations of Repetition in Literature, Art, Music, and Science.

The University of Virginia German Department cordially invites you to attend the 21st annual German Graduate Studies Conference. The weekend conference will begin on February 28, 2014 and end on March 1, 2014. For more information about the conference, speakers, and schedule, please visit the conference website.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

· Motifs – Synonyms – Onomatopoeia
· Memory – Recollection – Déjá vu – Amnesia
· Repeating History – Time Travel
· Borrowing – Recycling – Imitation – Emulation
· Re-readings – Reviews – Revisions – Editions
· References– Copying – Plagiarism – Forgery
· Redundancy – Tautology
· Habits –Tediousness – Sisyphean Tasks
· Replication – Cloning – Mutation – Technology
· Patterns – Cycles – Waves – Clocks
· Echoes – Resonance – Reflections – Mirroring
· Adaptations – Retellings – Translations
· Form – Structure – Symmetry
· Printing – Print Culture – Photographs
· Practice – Perfection
· Rhythm – Beat – Sampling – Refrain – Reprise