Department of Germanic Studies

Faculty Publications, Presentations, and Honors

Awards and Honors

  • Katherine Arens book  Vienna’s Dreams of Europe: Culture and Identity beyond the Nation-State was awarded an honorable mention for the 2016  book prize awarded every two years by the Center for Austrian Studies iat the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. The award was announced at a reception at the 2016 German Studies Association Convention in San Diego in October.

The commiittee noted:

"Katherine Arens’s Vienna’s Dreams of Europe: Culture and Identity beyond the Nation-State covers a vast period of Austrian cultural history—from the Enlightenment to the 1990s—that is usually viewed as one long series of disruptions. Arens looks for continuities instead, and in doing so she is able to define and examine a consistent Austrian identity that gets lost if one takes nation-states and nationalism to be norms.

Arens examines Austrian cultural identity without privileging a perspective of the development of German literature and society that has focused on the (German) nation-state. Austrian writers and artists, she shows, have consistently resisted the more typically German belief in drama as a moral institution with writers of genius leading a nation to its destiny. By contrast, Austrians from Sonnenfels to Grillparzer to Nestroy to Hofmannsthal to Schnitzler to the Wiener Gruppe to Handke have grounded their visions in accounts of existing, diverse communities. By grounding her meta-analysis in close and comparative readings of a broad range of texts, Arens creates a solid foundation for the wide-ranging ambitions of her book. Arens’s book is literary history, to be sure, but not in any narrow sense, since it shows how Austrian identity is created through the use of language(s) in public spaces. Hence this study is relevant to broader political, historical, and philosophical questions about what Austria has been and can be."

  • Professor Sabine Hake has been appointed Senior Fellow by the European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Program for the 2015-16 academic year. EURIAS is the elite fellowship program for the humanities and social sciences within the European Union. Only 40 awards were made out of a global pool of 667 applications. Professor Hake was one out of only three Americans selected. Fellows work at one of 15 elite institutions across Europe. Professor Hake will work at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). FRIAS is the international research college at Freiburg University which is funded through the German Excellence Initiative, a national effort to promote top-level research in Germany. Her project is entitled "Proletarians—Class Identifications and Socialist Imaginaries in Germany, 1863-1933." Please join the Department of Germanic Studies in congratulating Professor Hake on this outstanding honor and achievement.
  • Kirkland Alexander Fulk was awarded a Summer Research Award for 2015 from the U of Texas at Austin.
  • Cori Crane was awarded an ACTFL Research Priorities Grant for Summer 2014 for a research project on structured reflection. She receives official recognition at the annual ACTFL convention in San Antonio, on 21 November 2014 (at the Friday dinner banquet).



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  • Per Urlaub and Johanna Watzinger-Tharp, eds.  The Interconnected Language Curriculum:  Critical Transitions and Interfaces in Articulated K-16 Contexts. Boston:  Cenage, 2018 (appeared November 2016).
  • Katherine Arens. Vienna's Dreams of Europe: Culture and Identity Beyond the Nation-State.  London, New Delhi, New York, Sydney: Bloomsbury, 2015.
  • Katherine Arens. Belle Necropolis:  Ghosts of Imperial Vienna. New York: Lang, 2015
  • Janet Swaffar and Per Urlaub (eds.).  Transforming Postsecondary Foreign Language Teaching in the United States.  Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.
  • Hans C. Boas and Francisco Gonzálvez-García (eds.). 2014. Romance Perspectives on Construction Grammar. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 


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Detlef Dunt. Journey to Texas, 1833. Translated by Anders Saustrup. Edited and with an introduction by James C. Kearney and Geir Bentzen. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015 (the first English translation of the earliest German book about Texas).

By John Weinstock:

New Articles and Chapters:  


Cori Crane. "Making Connections in Beginning Language Instruction through Structured Reflection and the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning."  IN: Per Urlaub and Johanna Watzinger-Tharp, eds.  The Interconnected Language Curriculum:  Critical Transitions and Interfaces in Articulated K-16 Contexts. Boston:  Cenage, 2018 (appeared November 2016). 51-74

Katherine Arens. "Danube Limes: The Limits of the Geographic-Cultural Imaginary."  In:Watersheds: Poetics and Politics of the Danube River.  Eds. Marijeta Bozovic and Matthew D. Miller. Brighton, MA:  Academic Studies Press, 2016.  1-24


Katherine Arens. "Ein universitärer Vielvölkerstaat: Die Universität Wien in Textbildern.”  In Margarete Grandner  and Thomas König, eds. Reichweiten und Außensichten: Die Universität Wien als Schnittstelle wissenschaftlicher Entwicklungen und gesellschaftlicher Umbrüche.  Wien, Göttingen:  Vienna University Press & V&R unipress, 2015. 35-60 (part of a four-volume collection celebrating the 650th Anniversary of the University of Vienna).

Two faculty members have articles in the new volume: Censorship and Exile. Eds. Johanna Hartmann and Hubert Zapf.  Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2015:.

  • Kirsten Belgum: “Censorship and Piracy: Publishing and State Control in Early Nineteenth-Century Germany.” 121-135.
  • Katherine Arens. “Self-Censorship, Self-Immolation: Intellectual Exiles and Violence in Academic Cultures.” 137-162.

John Weinstock. “Sámi language(s) in the European context.” Minority Languages in Europe and Beyond – Results and Prospects. Sture Ureland and John Stewart [Eds.]. Studies in Eurolinguistics, Vol. 9. Logos Verlag Berlin, 2015. (Please note that John Stewart, one of the editors, received his PhD in our Department.)

Peter Hess. "Is Switzerland a Threat to the European Union? Switzerland as Template for Political Debates in the EU."
Revue transatlantique d’études suisses, 4 (2014), 105-119. download

Kit Belgum. "Accidental Encounter: Why John Quincy Adams Translated German Culture for Americans."  Early American Studies, 13.1 (Winter 2015): 209-236.

Peter Rehberg. “Pornographic and Post-Pornographic Utopia.” In: Enrico Biasin, Giovanna Maina, and Federico Zecca (Eds.), Porn after Porn: Contemporary Alternative Pornographies. Milan, Udine: Mimeses International, 2014. 257-273.

Peter Rehberg. “Pornografie und Bildkritik in Texten des 20. Jahrhunderts.” In: Claudia Benthien and Brigitte Weingart (Eds.), Handbuch Literatur & Visuelle Kultur. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014. 229-246.

John Weinstock, "At the frontier: Sámi linguistics gets a boost from outside.” New Trends in Nordic and General Lingujistics. Ed. by Hilpert, Martin / Östman, Jan-Ola / Mertzlufft, Christine, Rießler, Michael / Duke, Janet.  Series: linguae & litterae de Gruyter / FRIAS January, 2015.

FALL 2014

Hans C. Boas:
  • "Lexical and phrasal approaches to argument structure: Two sides of the same coin.” In: Theoretical Linguistics 40.1-2, 89-112. 
  • --- 2014. “Zur Architektur einer konstruktionsbasierten Grammatik des Deutschen.” In: Lasch, Alexander & Ziem, Alexander (Hrsg.): Grammatik als Netzwerk von Konstruktionen. Sprachwissen im Fokus der Konstruktionsgrammatik (= Sprache und Wissen 15). Berlin: de Gruyter. 37-63.

James C. Kearney. "European Immigration to Texas in the Nineteenth Century." Discovering Texas History. Eds. Bruce A. Glasrud, Light Townsend Cummins, and Cary D. Wintz. Norman: U of Oklahoma Press, 2014.94-106.

Hubert Heinen, "Die Sinnlichkeit der ‚entsinnlichten‘ Minnedame bei Reinmar dem Alten." Earthly and Spiritual Pleasures in Medieval Life, Literature, Art, and Music: In Memory of Ulrich Müller I. Ed. Sibylle Jefferis. Göppinger Arbeiten zur Germanistik 779. Göppingen: Kümmerle Verlag, 2014, pp. 45-61.

Arens, Katherine.  "Discipline, Institution, and Assessment: The Graduate Curriculum, Credibility, and
Accountability." IN: Per Urlaub and Janet Swaffar, eds. Transforming Postsecondary Foreign Language Teaching in the United States. Dordrecht: Springer, 2015 (appeared August 2014).

Rehberg, Peter.

Urlaub, Per. "Der Jubel über das EuGH-Urteil gegen Google ist voller Doppelmoral. Wir sind doch sonst alle so flammend für die Transparenz – wenn es um Edward Snowden geht." Die Welt, 19 May 2014.

Hoberman, John. "Degeneriert und primitiv." Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 4 May 2014. Online.

Peter Hess:
  • "Sprachkrise und Identität: Der Teutsche Michel als Leseanleitung für den Simplicissimus-Roman." Simpliciana: Schriften der Grimmelshausen-Gesellschaft, 35 (2013): 107-125.
  • "Small-Country Soccer and the Integration Debate: The Case of Switzerland." Soccer & Society 15:3 (2014): 334-352

Belgum, Kirsten. "Distant Reception: Bringing German Books to America." Distant Readings: Topologies of German Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century. Eds. Matt Erlin and Lynne Tatlock. Rochester NY: Camden House, 2014. 209-227.

Hans-Bernhard Moeller:
  • "Krieg, Kultur, Kollaboration und Konflikt: Volker Schlöndorffs Ernst Jünger-Bild." Colloquia Germanica 44 (2011):79-98.
  • "Good Bye, Lenin! Revisited." Grenzgänge zwischen Literatur und Medien. Festschrift für Friedrich Knilli. Eds. Barbara von der Lühe, Jakob Dittmar, Frieder Bronner.  Baden Baden: uni editionen, 2013. 287-305.