Michelle Müntefering at TCD: The Future of Europe from a German Perspective (Sept. 19th)


The Department of Germanic Studies, Trinity College Dublin, together with the German Embassy Dublin and the Germanic Society TCD, is delighted to host a public lecture by Michelle Müntefering, State Minister for International Cultural Policy at the Federal Foreign Office. Frau Müntefering will address the following topic:

“The Future of Europe from a German Perspective: The Relevance of Cultural and Educational Exchange”

The lecture is aimed primarily at undergraduate students, but all colleagues, postgraduate students, and other interested parties are warmly welcome to attend. It takes place on Wednesday Sept. 19th at 5pm in the Debating Chamber of the Graduate Memorial Building (GMB) on Library Square: https://www.tcd.ie/Maps/assets/pdf/tcd-main-campus.pdf

FREE EU ROAMING – A play from Ireland, Germany and the UK about national identity

  • Preview Sep 08 @ 18:45
  • Tickets €11
  • Dates Sep 09-13 @ 21:00
  • Tickets €14 / 12 conc.
  • Duration 60 mins

Venue: Smock Alley Theatre Boys’ School

An Irishwoman, an Englishwoman and a Germanwoman walk into a bar. A hostel bar in Barcelona where a fight for Catalonian independence rages on the streets outside. Aside from disrupted festival-going plans, all they hold in common is a hangover. Trapped, the travellers rip stereotypes into confetti. Grab your passport for a buzzing trip of laughs through the past, present and future of three nations.


Part of the Dublin Fringe Festival

Book here!

CfP: Conflict, Crisis, Culture. German Studies Association of Ireland 16-17 Nov

We invite proposals for the upcoming GSAI conference Conflict, Crisis and Culture, on 16-17th November 2018 at University College Dublin. Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, and may be given in German or English.

Abstracts in Word format, not exceeding 250 words in length, should be sent as email attachment to Gillian Pye (Gillian.pye@ucd.ie) and Sabine Strümper-Krobb (strumper.krobb@ucd.ie). Please include your affiliation in the body of the email. Deadline for abstracts 1st Sept.


Conflict, Crisis and Culture

Significant anniversaries relating to conflicts and crises in the German-speaking lands are taking place in 2018, and often they are situated in a transnational framework: 170 years have passed since the Revolutions of 1848; 100 years since the end of the First World War; 50 years since the protests of the ‘68 movement; 10 since the 2008 financial crisis; and, following the so-called Zirkeltag on the 5th February 2018, the Berlin Wall has now been down for longer than it was standing. Contemporary conflicts and crises, including the so-called crisis in contemporary Germanistik, the rise of AfD/ Pegida, the refugee crisis, have also had an impact upon the German language, German culture as well as the teaching of German.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

·       the relationship of conflict and crises to cultural and linguistic change

·        the relationship between politics, economics and culture as debated in literature and culture

·       the contribution of cultural texts towards radical movements

·       cultural texts and the process of dealing with conflict and expressing trauma

·       the concept of ‘Sprachkrise’ in all its manifestations since modernity

·       perceived ‘cultural conflict’ and ‘cultural crises’

Zu der GSAI Tagung am 16-17 November 2018 am University College Dublin laden wir zu Beiträgen zum Tagungsthema Konflikt, Krise und Kultur ein. Die Vortragsdauer beträgt 20 Minuten.

Vortragsvorschläge im Word-Format (250 Wörter), sollten bis zum 1. September 2018 als Email-Anhang an die Organisatorinnen Gillian Pye (gillian.pye@ucd.ie) und Sabine Strümper-Krobb (strumper.krobb@ucd.ie) geschickt werden.


Konflikt, Krise und Kultur

2018 kommt es zu verschiedenen Gedenktagen, die an Konflikte und Krisen in den deutschsprachigen Ländern erinnern und durch die diese sich häufig in einen transnationalen Zusammenhang einordnen lassen: 170 Jahre sind seit den Revolutionen von 1848 vergangen, 100 Jahre seit dem Ende des Ersten Weltkriegs, 50 Jahre seit den Protesten der 1968er Bewegung, 10 Jahre seit der Finanzkrise von 2008; zudem ist, seit dem sogenannten „Zirkeltag“ des 5. Februar 2018, der Zeitraum seit dem Fall der Berliner Mauer erstmals länger als der Zeitraum ihrer Existenz.

Aktuelle Konflikte und Krisen – das Erstarken von AfD/Pegida, die Flüchtlingskrise, und schließlich die sogenannte Krise der zeitgenössischen Germanistik haben ebenfalls eine Einwirkung auf die deutsche Sprache, die deutsche Kultur und nicht zuletzt den DaF-Unterricht gehabt.

Beiträge könnten sich unter anderem mit folgenden Themen befassen, müssen sich aber nicht auf diese beschränken:

·       Das Verhältnis zwischen Konflikten, Krisen und kulturellem und linguistischem Wandel

·       Das Verhältnis zwischen Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur

·       Der Beitrag kultureller Produktion zu radikalen Bewegungen

·       Kulturelle Texte und die Bewältigung von Konflikt und Trauma

·       Das Konzept von ‚Sprachkrise‘ in all seinen Manifestationen seit der Moderne

·       Andere als Kulturkonflikte oder Kulturkrisen wahrgenommene Prozesse und Entwicklungen

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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: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/12th-ralahine-centre-for-utopian-studies-workshop-realising-utopia-1968-then-now-tickets-45723615565. 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 rsvp@dubl.diplo.de 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)