Calling all female Germanist PGs - enter the WIGS PG Essay Prize competition by 1 October! Need inspiration? Read about our previous winners here and see the image gallery below. Please see Ts&Cs below, and email our PG rep, Mary Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org), or our Secretary, Katya Krylova (email@example.com), if you have any queries. Women in … Continue reading WIGS Postgraduate Essay Prize (Deadline: 1 October 2018)
Ahead of the WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference at Aston University on 9-10 November 2018, the WIGS committee would like to give you a sneak preview of the conference programme, including a day packed full of papers, a keynote lecture by Professor Elizabeth Boa, the PG/ECR workshop, and the WIGS Book Prize and WIGS PG Essay … Continue reading Sneak Preview – WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference Programme!
The deadline for the 2018 WIGS Book Prize competition has been extended to 1 September 2018. Eligible ECRs are warmly encouraged to apply! Presentations by the 2015 winner and runner-up can be viewed here. Please see Ts&Cs below. Please note that we are unable to accept proposals for books already under contract /in production. Women in German Studies Book Prize Women in German … Continue reading EXTENDED DEADLINE: 2018 WIGS Book Prize Competition (1 September)
How can aspects of German history that might seem quite remote to today's students be made accessible? When Dr Ellen Pilsworth, winner of the Women in German Studies postgraduate essay prize in 2015 and now Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol, was considering how to engage students creatively with the 1968 protest movement in … Continue reading Remembering ‘1968’: A collaborative student blog
The prize-winning essay of Melissa Schuh (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), who won the 2016 Women in German Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize competition, has now been published in the July 2018 issue of German Life and Letters: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/glal.12195 Many congratulations again to Melissa! Want to follow in Melissa's footsteps (and those of our 2014 and 2015 winners and runners-up too)? The 2018 WIGS Postgraduate … Continue reading Winning essay of 2016 WIGS Postgraduate Essay Prize competition published in German Life and Letters
The WIGS Committee met at Aston on Saturday to plan the next members’ conference, which will take place at Aston on 9-10 November 2018. We’ll be posting details of the programme nearer the time, as well as further notices about the WIGS Postgraduate Essay Prize and WIGS Book Prize. WIGS committee members
There's just a week left to get your abstracts in for the WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference. Don't miss it! CALL FOR PAPERS WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference Saturday 10 November 2018 Aston University The annual Women in German Studies members’ conference will be held at Aston University this November. Abstracts (c.150 words) are invited for … Continue reading Reminder: CFP deadline (11 May 2018) for WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference
When introducing my thesis topic - diabetes care and research in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) - I am often met with some initially bemused-looking faces. Why diabetes? And why in the GDR? Having been interested from the beginning in the GDR, my primary objective was to use an unusual case study as a way … Continue reading Featured research: diabetes care and research in the GDR
CALL FOR PAPERS WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference Saturday 10 November 2018 Aston University The annual Women in German Studies members’ conference will be held at Aston University this November. Abstracts (c.150 words) are invited for papers of about 20 minutes duration, on any topic within German Studies. There will be a workshop for postgraduates … Continue reading CFP: WIGS 30th Anniversary Conference, Aston, 10 November 2018
Heike Krüsemann recently submitted her thesis, in which she investigated whether the image of Germans in the UK press affects whether pupils want to study the language. Here she discusses the highlights of her work. As a German teacher in English secondary schools for many years, I became more and more aware of how difficult … Continue reading Featured research: pupils’ motivation for learning German
In WIGS' 30th anniversary year, the WIGS committee are delighted to announce the calls for our 2018 WIGS Book Prize (for ECRs) and 2018 WIGS Postgraduate Essay Prize competitions. Please see below for further details. Women in German Studies Book Prize Women in German Studies are delighted to announce their prize for first books, sponsored by Peter … Continue reading WIGS Book Prize and WIGS Postgraduate Essay Prize competitions 2018
Earlier this year at the 'Reform and Revolt' Open WiGS Conference in Oxford, postgraduate delegates focused on making women visible on the digital map during the PG workshop. In a session convened by Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Oxford, Dr Martin Poulter, Wiggies learned how to upload content to Wikipedia and how to contribute … Continue reading Wikimedia Guide: How to curate content on Wikipedia!
Hi! I'm Mary Frank, the new postgrad rep at WIGS. My specialism is translation, and I'm working on a PhD at Bristol University that investigates the interplay between translation theory and translation practice. It's a practice-led project that asks whether and how translation theory can help the practising translator and vice versa. The text I'm … Continue reading Calling all postgrads: tell everybody about your research!
This time last week many WIGS members and non-members alike were in Oxford for our 2017 WIGS Open Conference on the theme of 'Reform & Revolt', where we enjoyed three days of engaging papers and conference activities. Once again, WIGS tweeted the conference using the hashtag #WIGS2017 and encouraged delegates to join in: the Storify … Continue reading WIGS 2017 Open Conference in Oxford
The deadline for expressions of interest in WIGS committee vacancies has been extended to this Sunday 18 June. Please see below for details. A number of committee terms of office are ending at the same time, as a result of which we are advertising the following WIGS committee vacancies: Irish Representative, PG Representative, and IT … Continue reading Extended deadline: WIGS Committee Vacancies (18 June)
*Extended deadline for WIGS Open Conference registration* via the Online Booking Form. If you would like to take part in the conference dinner, please register by 23:59 GMT on Sunday 11 June, as Henrike Lähnemann needs to give the conference manager at St Edmund Hall final numbers for the dinner on Monday. If you only … Continue reading Extended deadline: WIGS Open Conference, 22-24 June 2017, St Edmund Hall, Oxford
*UPDATE 10/06/17: EXTENDED CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE* Registration for this year’s Open Conference on the theme of Reform & Revolt at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford (22-24 June 2017) is now open! Please register by completing the ONLINE BOOKING FORM. The booking form will be open until 9 June. To help with planning, the organisers would be most … Continue reading Registration open: Reform & Revolt, WIGS Open Conference, 22-24 June 2017, St Edmund Hall, Oxford
*UPDATE 13/06/17: EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST* A number of committee terms of office are ending at the same time, as a result of which we are advertising the following WIGS committee vacancies: Irish Representative, PG Representative, and IT officer (please see below for details). This is an excellent opportunity to hold a position of responsibility … Continue reading WIGS Committee Vacancies
Registration information for the WIGS Open Conference at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, 22-24 June, will be published on the WIGS blog later this month (watch this space!), but we wanted to give you a sneak peak at the DRAFT PROGRAMME already (click on the link to view). We look forward to seeing many of you (members … Continue reading Draft Programme: WIGS Open Conference, Oxford, 22-24 June 2017
In the first of a new series of blog entries on aspects of members’ career trajectories, Rose Simpson offers her thoughts on work-life balance: It took me a while to become a Woman in German Studies. I was temperamentally unsuited to life as a bank-manager’s wife and the Girls’ Grammar had failed to offer any other … Continue reading Work-Life Balance