Book Launch: “Designing for Socialist Need” by Dr. Katharina Pfützner

You are welcome to join the book launch of Designing for Socialist Need Industrial Design Practice in the German Democratic Republic by Dr. Katharina Pfützner on 14th June 2018 at the National College of Art and Design. Details of the book can be found here. See the poster for more information.


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Gretchen Dutschke speaking in Limerick and Dublin

Gretchen Dutschke in Limerick and Dublin, 26-28 May 1968


Earlier this year Gretchen Dutschke, widow of the student leader Rudi Dutschke who died in 1979 due to injuries sustained in an assassination attempt in 1968, published her own personal memoir of 1968.  The book, 1968: Worauf wir stolz sein dürfen, has been very favourably received in Germany. The author will be visiting Ireland in late May to give the keynote address at the 12th Ralahine Workshop in Utopian Studies “Realising Utopia: 1968, Then and Now” at Ormston House, Patrick Street, in Limerick, on Saturday, 26 May 2019 at 9.30 am. The full programme of the workshop is attached. For more details on this event and for registration, see: Participation is open to all and free. Gretchen’s visit is supported by the Goethe Institut Irland and the Centre for Irish-German Studies at the University of Limerick.

Gretchen Dutschke will also present her book, which has not yet been translated into English, at a Book Launch in the Residence of the German Ambassador to Ireland on Monday, 28 May, at 6pm. She will be introduced by Dr Joachim Fischer, School of Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics, University of Limerick.

Both events will be in English.

For more information, see the following links:

Film Screening with Neco Çelik

Location: German Ambassador’s residence (Danesfield, Seaview Terrace (off Ailesbury Road), Donnybrook, Dublin 4)

Time: 27th March 18.30

Free admission

Reserve your place at before the 22nd

Neco Çelik is a Turkish-German educator, and film and theatre director, who has been referred to as the ‘Spike Lee of Kreuzberg’. He gained wide recognition following his film Urban Guerillas (2003), an award-winning documentary about the hip hop scene in his native Berlin. His career in the theatre began later, when he directed the play Schwarze Jungfrauen (2006), Feridun Zaimoglu and Günter Senkel’s most successful play to date. This production, with its innovative staging (see video), unleashed various debates about Islam in Germany and about female Muslim religiosity.

Since then Çelik has continued to work in these fields, but has also experimented with new forms; his first opera production with the Jungen Oper Stuttgart, Ludger Vollmer’s Gegen die Wand adapted from the film by Fatih Akin, was awarded the German Theatre Prize in the category of musical theatre in 2011 and in 2015 he choreographed his first piece of dance theatre Ruhm with the group Renegade at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.

In Dublin Neco Çelik will present two short films: Ganz Oben (2007), ea documentary about prominent Turkish-Germans, and Schweinemilch (2013), a comedy about the mishaps of three young Turkish guest workers as they arrive in Germany in the ’60s. Dr Joseph Twist (UCD) will provide a short introduction, and there will be a Q&A session followed by discussions over drinks.

This event is generously supported by the German Embassy, the Goethe Institut and University College Dublin.


Cupcake Science auf Deutsch – Children’s Workshop in Dublin

Saturday, 24th February 2018 in Outhouse, 105 Capel Street, Dublin

Age group: 7-12

Ever wondered what makes your food so tasty? Why some things are just really sweet and others so bitter you can barely eat a tiny piece? In the hands-on workshop “Cupcake Science” we’re going to have a closer look at your lunch box, discover the science behind your favourite food and explore food chemistry: can we use food and kitchen materials to make all the colours of the rainbow? What’s the science behind fluffy cupcakes?

Fragt ihr euch auch, warum manches Essen so lecker schmeckt? Warum manche Nahrungsmittel unglaublich süß sind und andere so bitter, dass man kaum etwas davon essen kann? Warum das so ist, was Chemie damit zu tun hat und wie wir unsere Nahrungsmittel einfach analysieren können – das alles sehen wir uns im „Cupcake Chemie“ workshop an. Außerdem werden wir lernen, wie cupcakes locker und luftig leicht werden, wie man die Chemie dahinter für andere Experimente zu Hause verwenden kann und wie man aus Nahrungsmitteln und alltägliche Küchenutensilien einen Regenbogen zaubert.

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Limericker Literaturgespräche Spring 2018 – Centre for Irish-German Studies, UL


The Centre for Irish-German Studies invites you to our contemporary German writing series with award-winning authors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, who will be reading and discussing their work.

14 February 2018 Jan Wagner and Matthew Sweeney

Room: D1049, Time: 5:30pm

Acclaimed Irish Poet Matthew Sweeney and prize winning German poet Jan Wagner (Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse 2015 and Georg-Büchner-Preis 2017) will visit UL to read from Sweeney’s newest collection of poems which was translated into German by Wagner and published as Hund und Mond (Dog and Moon). The book was chosen as ‘Buch des Monats’ (Book of the month) by the Darmstädter Jury and has been praised for its surreal approach to everyday life.

28 February 2018 Gabrielle Alioth

Room: D1049, Time: 5:00pm

Swiss-Irish writer Gabrielle Alioth has been a great friend of the Centre over years and has been giving a number of wonderful readings. She will return again on 28th February and read and discuss her novel Die entwendete Handschrift (Basel: Lenos 2016) and other Irish-German (Swiss) writing.

21 March 2018 Anna Weidenholzer

D1049, Time: 5:00pm

The Austrian journalist and writer Anna Weidenholzer comes to UL to present her book Weshalb die Herren Seesterne tragen, which was selected for the longlist of the German Book Price in 2016. The book is about Karl, a retired teacher who sets out to question people about their life satisfaction. Soon his journey seems like an escape and the questioner inevitably becomes an object of questioning himself. The visit is organised by our Austrian Lektor Natascha Guggi and is supported by the Austrian Embassy.

6 April 2018  Dmitrij Kapitelman

Room: tbc Time: 9.30am

The German-Ukranian-Jewish novelist and Zeit journalist Dmitrij Kapitelman will visit UL to read from his book Das Lächeln meines unsichtbaren Vaters (The smile of my invisible father), for which he received the Klaus-Michael-Kuehne-Preis of the Harbour Front Literaturfestival in 2016. The book is about his and his father’s search for identity, which leads both of them to Israel. Kapitelman’s stay in Ireland is organised by the Centre and supported by the DAAD writer-in-residence programme (which will bring Dmitrij Kapitelman also to UCD, UCC and NUI Galway).

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the readings by the AHSS Teaching Fund, Dr Beate Schuler, the Austrian Embassy and the DAAD.

All welcome! For more information, contact  Dr Giesela Holfter (Senior Lecturer in German at UL and Joint Director of the Centre for Irish-German Studies)

Reading by Kathrin Röggla at Trinity College Dublin


Kathrin Röggla, Austrian author and Vice President of the Academy of Arts in Berlin, visited Dublin on the 23rd of January to hold a reading and a subsequent discussion in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. Around 40 people – students, lecturers and guests – attended the event, which was organised and hosted by the Department of Germanic Studies.

IMG_6537Röggla read different passages from her novel Wir Schlafen nicht (The English translation We Never Sleep was published by Ariadne Press). According to one reviewer: “The novel is both a darkly comedic and deeply disturbing view of the work world in the digital age. […] Kathrin Röggla ventures into the dysfunctional, self-contained and self-destructive universe of a New Economy trade convention.” Before answering questions from the audience, Röggla also presented a monologue from Junk Space. The following Q&A-session continued over wine and snacks (generously provided by the Austrian Embassy Dublin and the Irish-Austrian-Society) at the Players Theatre on campus.

Junk Space is going to be performed by the departments’ student drama group on the 19th and the 20th of February in THE LIR ACADEMY (for more information and ticket reservation please contact OeAD-lecturer Katja Riegler:

Junk Space poster

Commemorative Event for Dr Eoin Bourke

An event in commemoration and celebration of Dr Eoin Bourke, Adjunct Professor of the Centre for Irish-German Studies, University of Limerick, and former Chair of German at NUI, Galway will take place at the University of Limerick (Common Room, Millstream Building) on 15 February 2018 from 3pm to 6pm.

If you would like to attend this event, please let the organisers Dr Giesela.holfter and Dr Christiane Schonfeld know by January 30th (email is best: and There is an option to go for dinner afterwards (at own cost). Please indicate if you are interested in that by January 30th as well.

Hotels nearby are Kilmurry Lodge ( and Castletroy Park Hotel ( B&Bs (relatively) nearby, and

If you have any photographs, videos, etc. of Eoin or any of his many endeavours, please let us know, send them to us and/or bring them along.

There are some speakers already in place, but there will also be an opportunity for others to share their thoughts and memories.

Woyzeck in Winter at the Gaiety Theatre, Oct 3-8

Woyzeck in Winter is an electrifying fusion of two masterpieces – Büchner’s Woyzeck and Schubert’s WinterreiseWoyzeck and Die Winterreise were written within ten years of each other – the twenty–four songs of Winterreise in 1827 and the twenty–four scenes of Woyzeck in 1836 – by troubled geniuses, both of whom died young.

Thrillingly reimagined by Conall Morrison and a leading creative team, this visually stunning new production exploits the uncanny similarities between these two dark masterworks, drawing on Schubert’s sublime music to illuminate the inner landscape of Woyzeck’s tortured mind. With the startling story set amid a terrain of broken pianos, vivid scenes flow seamlessly into raw, passionate songs, translated into English by Stephen Clark.

Starring Patrick O’Kane as Woyzeck and Camille O’Sullivan as Marie, the music will be played live by Conor Linehan,  and the phenomenal Irish cast also includes such outstanding actor-singers as Stephen Brennan, Peter Coonan, Susannah De Wrixon, Rosaleen Linehan, Barry McGovern, Rory Nolan and Shane O’Reilly. 

Suitable for ages 14+

Co-commissioned by the Barbican, London. 

Funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.

Click here to book your tickets.

Culture Night at the Goethe-Institut, Dublin

Films, Storytelling, Exhibition, Quiz, Information

Immerse yourself in Germany’s diverse culture!

Did you know that the bicycle was invented 200 years ago in Germany? Watch short films with and about bikes, listen to fairy tales from Germany, see the comic exhibition by Irish artist Fergal McCarthy as part of the Goethe-Institut’s project “Picture Politics”.
Also, there are prizes at a German-Irish quiz to be won and information about our language classes and the activities of our programme department and library.

Enjoy German food and drink – all welcome!


Fri, 22.09.2017 – throughout the evening from 5-10pm

Click here for more information.