Graduate Student Conference

Each year, the graduate students of the German Department organize a conference on a topic relevant to German Studies. Graduate students and scholars from across the U.S. and Germany attend these conferences and present their work.  

The 2021 Conference, Ecstasy, will be virtually held on March 4 and March 5, 2021

Ecstasy – Ekstase – Rausch

Keynote address: Wayne Kostenbaum (Graduate Center, City University of New York)
"How to Become a German Romantic Song"
March 4, 2021, 12:00 - 1:30pm EST
Register here for the keynote address.

Graduate Student Panel Discussions
Register here for the panel discussions
March 5, 2021, 12:15 - 4:30pm EST

Panel 1, 12:15 - 2:15pm
Thomas Wallerberger: “Confining the Ecstatic Stranger and Refugee: From Nosferatu's Shadow to Albert Drach's Zwetschkenbaum”

Eliza Doyle: “My Favorite Monument” (selections from multimedia e-book)

Arielle Friend: “Ecstasy and Endoscopy in Unica Zürn’s Das Haus der Krankheiten”

Daniel Shussett: "Contradictory Elements and Partial Objects: Dostoevsky and Deleuze & Guattari on the Self, Madness, and Salvation"

Panel II, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Camilo Andrés Hoyos: “Eckhart's Becoming Nothing and Laozi's Non-Self: Two Concepts Pointing Towards an Understanding of Equanimity”

Amanda Horowitz: “Our Monica, Ourselves” (in-progress play reading)

Nicole Überreich: "‘Some of these femininists go too far.’ Pitfalls of Female Empowerment in Margaret Atwood's ‘Bluebeard's Egg’”


  pdf Click here for the 2020 Call for Papers.  (57 KB)


2021 Conference is being organized by Christiane Fischer and Arielle Friend.

The 2018 Conference, Shock, was held on September 21, 2018, and coordinated by Eva Erber. The keynote address was given by Prof. Uwe Wirth (Gießen) and titled Poetic Paperwork: Cut and Paste as Grafting. For the full program, please click here.

The 2017 Conference, Apocalyptic Narratives, was held on April 15, 2017 and coordinated by Anna Mayer and Janine Wahrendorf. The keynote address was given by Prof. Eva Horn, University of Vienna, and titled Last Men: Functions of Apocalyptic Thought ni the Modern Age. Click here for a full event program: Apocalyptic Narratives

The 2015 Conference, Economic Hi$tories, was held on April 24-25, 2015 and coordinated by Stefanie Populorum and Carlos Gasperi. The keynote address was given by Prof. Fritz Breithaupt, University of Indiana, Bloomington. Prof. Henry Sussman, Charlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rutgers University and professor of German at Yale University, delivered a guest lecture.

The pdf 2014 Conference (1.67 MB) , Intermediality and Intermedial Narratives in the German-Speaking World, was held on Friday, April 18, 2014 and coordinated by Damianos Grammatikopoulos and Sascha Hosters. Professor Henry Sussman from Yale University was the keynote speaker.

The 2013 Conference, Representing Women in the Cinema of Josef von Sternberg, was held on Friday, May 3, 2013 and coordinated by Christina Mandt and Susan Doose. Professor Barbara Kosta from the University of Arizona, Tucson, spoke, and the event was supported by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies.

The pdf 2012 Conference (347 KB) , A Quiet Powerful Presence: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Role of Silence In and Beyond Literature, Art and Film, was held on March 30, 2012. It was coordinated by Sascha Hosters and Veronika Jeltsch.

The 2011 Conference, Die Stadt: The Writing of Urban Spaces in the German Speaking Context, was held on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 10:00 am at German House. It was coordinated by Katrin Polak-Springer and Simona Sivkoff.

The 2009 Conference, Minority – Identity: Selfhood and Nationhood in the Hapsburg Empire and Beyond was held on Friday, February 27, 2009. It was coordinated by Devin O'Neal and Rebecca Steele.

The 2008 Forum, (Un)ruly Pleasures in German Culture, was held on Friday, March 28, 2008. It was coordinated by Christophe Kone, Mareen Fuchs and Shambhavi Prakash.

The 2007 Conference was entitled Violence: A Necessary Evil? Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Means and Ends of Violence in German Film, Literature, and Fine Arts. It was coordinated by Juljana Gjata and Katrin Polak-Springer.

The 2006 Conference, entitled Heimat: Utopia or Reality? Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Search for Heimat and National Identity was held on March 3, 2006. It was coordinated by Rebecca Steele and Julia Feldhaus.

The  document 2005 Conference (50 KB) was a bit different. Members of the German Studies community from Rutgers and other universities gathered for a multidisciplinary conference entitled Ostalgie: Commemorating the Past or Evading the Present? Cultural Representations of Post-Communist Europe and The Politics of Remembering the Good Old East. The conference opened with a presentation by Professor McFalls of the University of Montreal and also featured guest writer Ingo Schramm, who read one of his stories and spoke about his experiences in divided Germany. Graduate students and scholars from Rutgers and other universities in the U.S. and Germany took part in three panel discussions. The commentators for the panels were Rutgers Professors Fatima Naqvi, Belinda Davis, and Stephen Bronner. Federica Franze, a Rutgers graduate student in German, was the conference coordinator.

The image 2004 Conference (81 KB) was entitled "Beyond Oedipus: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Father," and coordinated by graduate student Kai Diers.