Women Writing War: From German Colonialism through World War I, Available 9/20

Drs. Barbara Kosta, Katharina von Hammerstein, and Julie Shoults’ Women Writing War: From German Colonialism through World War I will be published by De Gruyter on September 20. The edited volume, which grew out of a panel at WiG 2014, features essays by many WiGgies and explores “female-authored, German-language texts focusing on German colonial wars and World War I and the discourses that promoted or critiqued their premises.” Congratulations to the editors and contributors on this important volume! Check out the table of contents, below. Reminder: If you purchase a copy through Amazon, make sure to make Coalition of Women in German Inc your designated AmazonSmile charity.

Introduction: Women Writing War: From German Colonialism through World War I – Katharina von Hammerstein, Barbara Kosta, and Julie Shoults

Representations of Colonial Conflicts

“Who Owns Hereroland?”: Diverse Women’s Perspectives on Violence in the German-Herero Colonial War – Katharina von Hammerstein

Christian Love and Other Weapons: The Domestic Heroine of the Multiracial Colonial Mission “Family” as an Antiwar Icon in Hedwig Irle’s Mission Memoirs – Cindy Patey Brewer

Girls, Imperialism and War in Women’s Writing from the German-Herero War and WWI – Maureen O. Gallagher

Views from the Colonies on WWI

Woman on the Edge of Time: Frieda Schmidt and the Great War in East Africa – Marianne Bechhaus-Gerst

World War I in Samoa as Reported by Frieda Zieschank in the German Colonial Magazine Kolonie und Heimat – Livia Rigotti

Political Perspectives on Nationalism and WWI

Bertha von Suttner’s Die Waffen nieder! and the Gender of German Pacifism – Shelley E. Rose

Ricarda Huch’s First World War – James M. Skidmore

Hermynia Zur Mühlen: Writing a Socialist-Feminist Pacifism in the Aftermath of WWI – Julie Shoults

Constructing the Labor of War: Girls, Mothers and Nurses

Girls Reading the Great War: German and Anglo-American Literature for Young Women, 1914–1920 – Jennifer Redmann

Käte Kestien’s Als die Männer im Graben lagen: WWI Criticism through the Lens of Motherhood – Cindy Walter-Gensler

Three Nurses’ Life-Writing: Scrapbook, Portrait, and Construction of a Self – Margaret R. Higonnet

Narratives of Loss and Grief in Art and Literature

Writing and Reading Death: German Women’s Novels of World War I – Erika Quinn

War Widows’ Dilemma: Emotion, the Myths of War and the Search for Selbständigkeit – Erika Kuhlman

Intimations of Mortality from Recollections of Atrocity: Käthe Kollwitz and the Art of Mourning – Martina Kolb

Didem Uca Writes about Multilingual Theater Project for Fulbright Blog

In a post for the Fulbright Student Program Blog entitled “All the World’s a Stage: Theater as Community Engagement,” Didem Uca, PhD candidate (ABD) at the University of Pennsylvania, reflects on how the experience of writing and performing in an intercultural theater project during her time as a Fulbright Fellow in Berlin impacted her scholarship and teaching.

Collaborating with the cast and crew felt like putting theory into practice; it gave me first-hand experience of the kinds of transcultural labor performed by the writers and protagonists I examine in my research, simultaneously enriching my understanding of transnational, multilingual art forms and my own self-understanding as a Turkish-American PhD Candidate in German studies. Writing and performing in this production and even helping to create the sets has invigorated my desire to become an active participant in contemporary German culture rather than a mere observer. I also feel encouraged to incorporate the arts in my teaching, scholarship, and activist work so that students and members of the community may feel inspired to make German culture their own.

Read more here.

Dr. Vanessa Plumly Honored with AATG Award

Congratulations to Dr. Vanessa Plumly of SUNY New Paltz on receiving a German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award from the American Association of Teachers of German! Award recipients are “outstanding up-and-coming teachers who may have started a new program or revitalized an existing one, and contribute to their AATG chapter.” Dr. Plumly will be honored at the AATG/ACTFL Convention in November.

Dr. Vanessa Plumly


Turkish-German Yearbook, Vol. 8: Tradition und Moderne in Bewegung

The editors of the Jahrbuch Türkisch-Deutsche Studien are pleased to announce Volume 8: Tradition und Moderne in Bewegung. The articles in this volume bear witness to the productive energy of the interplay between tradition and modernity, whether in theater, literature, or popular culture. At the same time, they emphasize the importance of cultural intermediaries, including translators. The volume thus illustrates that – despite (or precisely because of) political developments in Turkey and Germany, alike – a multitude of Turkish-German themes remain vital in both society and the academy, urging further consideration, investigation, discussion, and presentation.

The volume features an article by WiGgie Steffen Kaupp titled “Palimpsestic Performances: Adaptation and Intertextuality in Nurkan Erpulat and Jens Hillje’s Verrücktes Blut” and WiGgie Didem Uca is Assistant Editor of the journal. The volume is open access and available here: https://doi.org/10.17875/gup2018-1086

Carol Anne Costabile-Heming Wins SCOLT Educator of Excellence Award

Congratulations to Dr. Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, Professor of German at the University of North Texas, who was named the 2018 Southern Conference on Language Teaching Educator of Excellence. According to the SCOLT press release, Dr. Costabile-Heming was recognized due to “the relationships that she establishes with her students and the opportunities she creates for them to connect with the German culture.” They note many of her accomplishments and service to the profession, including serving as President of AATG and the President of SCOLT, and fostering partnerships for language students and educators across the U.S. and Germany.

Dr. Costabile-Heming states, “I am honored and humbled to receive the 2018 SCOLT Educator of Excellence award. The best part of being a university language educator is the close bond that I am able to develop with my students, mentoring them to become proficient speakers of the language, pushing them to push themselves to experience the magic of study abroad, and watching their faces light up during those ‘ah ha’ moments.”

Dr. Costabile-Heming, Courtesy of SCOLT

Learn more about the award here