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Conferences, General, Postgraduate

Registration open: WIGS 27th Annual conference (6-7 November 2015, Durham)

WIGS 2015
6-7 November
Durham University

Van Mildert College


Friday 6 November

14:00-14:30     Coffee/Registration

14:30-17:00     Postgraduate Workshop: Working with Visual Culture and Displaying Visual Culture

17:00-17:30     Tea

17:45               Welcome

18:00               Prizegiving: Postgraduate Essay Prize & First Book Proposal Prize

19:00               Pre-dinner Drinks

19:30               Dinner (Fusion Restaurant, Durham Business School)


Saturday 7 November


9:30-10:30  Panel 1

Life Writing: Texts and Contexts

Marie Isabel Matthews-Schlinzig (Durham): Who is Writing Children’s Letters? – A Visit to the Herder Family Archive (1788/89)

Lauren Selfe (Nottingham): Muslim Women’s Life Writing in Contemporary Germany


10:30-11:00    Coffee

11:00-12:00    Parallel Panels (2/3)


Panel 2 – Weimar: Identity, Creativity, Performance (1)

Cyd Sturgess (Sheffield): Fashioning Femininity in the Lesbian Periodicals Die Freundin and Frauenliebe

Elinor Beaven (Cambridge): ‘Aus dem Mysterium der Mutterschaft’: Motherhood and Motherliness in the Work of Elsa Haensgen-Dingkuhn (1923-33)


Panel 3 – Memory

Elise Bath (Newcastle): Empathy in Holocaust Museums: Photographs and Personalisation

Iga Nowicz (King’s College London): Voice and Subjectivity in Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert by Saša Stanišic and Kirschholz und alte Gefühle by Marica Bodrožic


12:00- 13:00   Lunch

13:00-14:00    AGM

14:00-15:00    Parallel Panels (4/5)


Panel 4 – Weimar: Identity, Creativity, Performance (2)

Judith Wiemers (Queen’s University, Belfast): ‘Berliner Luft’: Notions of Gesamtkunstwerk in 1920s Musical Spectacle and Film

Laura Chapot (Edinburgh): ‘Die Dekadenz ist da’: A Discourse Analysis of Decadence in Critical Discourses in Germany and Scandinavia post-1920s


Panel 5 – Post-War Cultures

Emily Oliver (King’s College London): “Heaven help the Yankees if they capture you”: Women Reading Gone with the Wind in Occupied Germany

Olivia Tait (University College London): Demythologising the Artist-Hero: polke / richter  richter/ polke (1966)


15:00 – 15:30   Tea

15:30-16:30 Panel 6


Contemporary Film

Claudia Gremler (Aston): Körper in Transit: Migration im deutschen Gegenwartsfilm

Sophie Burt (Oxford): Agency and the Endings of Christian Petzold’s ‘Ghost Trilogy’ Films
16:30 – 17:00 Concluding Discussion


Please make payments by Monday 19th October 2015

Please send this completed form by post or e-mail by Monday 19th October 2015 to


WIGS-Durham-programme (PDF)


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