Upcoming German Studies Events

Current and Upcoming Events

Anna Rosmus: The Nasty Girl, Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Anna Rosmus, an author and researcher whose high school essay exposed the Nazi past of her home town, will speak about her research and experiences, the importance of historical truth, and the challenges of being labeled a traitor, following the showing of The Nasty Girl, a film based on Anna’s life. Cosponsored by Center for Civic Engagement, German Studies, Hannah Arendt Center, Historical Studies, Political Studies.
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium

Translation as Pedagogy: A Manifesto for Reading

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Presentation and Discussion by Sophie Seita, Boston University
“To translate is to surpass the source”— these are words Sophie Seita puts into the mouth of a character in her performance My Little Enlightenment Plays, a project in which she rewrites, translates, responds to, and, one could say, corresponds with Enlightenment thinkers and writers and other historical source materials.

In her talk, Seita will propose an expansive understanding of translation: translation as an inventive, generative, and often collaborative practice; translation as a form of writing-as-reading; and translational reading as a pedagogical tool.

She writes: “Like a manifesto, I see translation as a deeply pedagogical form. In my teaching, I promote what I would call ‘translational reading,’ which tries to understand a text by doing something with it. Following Sara Ahmed’s terminology in her manifesto‘Living a Feminist Life,’ translation would have to be in my ‘feminist survival kit.’ Translation, for me, then encompasses the moving of matter from one place to another. This might mean transforming a word, sentence, image, idea, or material (like paper, Tippex, or clay) into another form, genre, medium, or context.”

Seita will discuss these theoretical ideas with a view to how they might work in practice in the context of her own translational projects, from text- and performance-based work to pedagogical experiments.
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
Contact: Thomas Wild
E-mail: twild@bard.edu
Phone: 845-758-7363

Writing History, Writing Biography: H.G. Adler's Many Worlds

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Peter Filkins (Bard College/Simon’s Rock)
Talk and Book Presentation
H.G. Adler (1910 - 1988) lived at the center of his times and on their margin. A survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, he chronicled his experience and the loss of others in two dozen books of seminal history, modernist fiction, formally intricate poems, and insightful essays.  On the publication of H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds, biographer and translator Peter Filkins discusses the intersection of biography and history in shaping the story of Adler's life and work.

Peter Filkins, besides writing H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds,  has translated three novels by H.G. Adler, Panorama, The Journey, and The Wall, as well as the collected poems of Ingeborg Bachmann, Darkness Spoken. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, the DAAD, and the American Academy in Berlin, he is the Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and also teaches translation here at Bard.
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
Contact: Thomas Wild
E-mail: twild@bard.edu

Celebrating Celan at 100: Witnessing for the Witness

Friday, October 2 – Saturday, October 3, 2020

Location: Blithewood, Levy Institute
Contact: Peter Filkins
E-mail: filkins@bard.edu