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Translation Company Ivannovation to attend 3rd German-American Business Summit as Gold Sponsor

The South Carolina based localization and translation company Ivannovation has just announced that they will be attending the job and internship expo of the 3rd CofC German-American Business Summit on February 5th, 2019 at the Gaillard Conference Center in Charleston. For more information about the company and careers in translation, listen to Ivannovation owner and CEO Yuri Ivanov’s Interview on ETV Radio’s South Carolina Business Review

Dr. Steven Lee to lecture on “Russian and Soviet Lessons for American Multiculturaism” on January 14th, 2019

Steven Lee, Associate Professor of Englsh at UC Berkley and the author of the prize-winning book The Ethnic Avant-Garde: Minority Cultures and World Revolution (Columbia UP), is visiting CofC for a public lecture on Monday, January 14th.
“Beyond Interference: Soviet and Russian Lessons for American Multiculturalism”
Monday Jan 14th, 5:30pm, Rita Hollings Auditorium

In the wake of the Russian interference in the 2016 election, Dr. Steven Lee’s talk will explore avenues for cross-cultural dialogue between the U.S. and Russia, and lessons we can draw from history. Russian interference included the manipulation of U.S. identity politics via fake social media accounts and propaganda. During the Cold War, Soviet propaganda about Jim Crow indirectly helped lead to U.S. civil rights reform. So, what can we learn from Russia today? Dr. Lee will focus on how Soviet and Russian discourses on race, ethnicity, and nationality might open new ways of conceptualizing multiculturalism here in the U.S, and offer a useful complement to contemporary U.S. discourses of “otherness” and “intersectionality.”

Dr. Irina Erman presents at annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

This weekend, Russian Studies program director and Assistant Professor of Russian Dr. Irina Erman is presenting at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in Boston. Her paper is entitled ““Diminution, Repetition, and Decomposition in Dostoevsky’s ‘Poor Folk’ and ‘Bobok’”

Mercedes-Benz U.S. Vice President Inga von Seelen confirmed as keynote for 3rd German-American Business Summit

The 3rd CofC German-American Business Summit is elated to announce this year’s keynote speaker: Inga von Seelen, Vice President of the Product Group NAFTA Hub USA for Mercedes Benz U.S. International Inc., the production location for the GLE-, GL-and the GLE Coupe sport utility vehicles as well as the C- Class for the U.S. and Canadian market.

The 3rd German-American Business Summit will take place on February 5th, 2019 in the Gaillard Conference Center from 11am-6pm. Organized by the College of Charleston’s German Program, Career Center, School of Languages Cultures and World Affairs, and School of Business, in this year partnership with the Citadel, Trident Technical College, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeastern US, and the German Embassy’s Deutschlandjahr 2018/19, the summit will consist of a job and internship expo from 11-1, followed by a conference with Inga von Seelen’s keynote and panel discussions on Leadership in Sustainability in German-American Industry and Futures of German-American Industry.

Dr. Nancy Nenno’s article “Black Austrian Studies: Here to Stay” appears in “Rethinking Black German Studies”

Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Nenno, whose article “Black Austrian Studies: Here to Stay” just appeared in the book Rethinking Black German Studies. Approaches, interventions and Histories. with Peter Lang press.

The volume’s editors, Tiffany N. Florvil and Vanessa D. Plumly, summarize her article in their introduction: “Nancy P. Nenno uses her chapter to probe Black German Studies as strictly limited to the confines of Germany’s national borders. In her piece, she brings the oft-overlooked Black Austrian Diaspora into the broader picture and reinserts Black Austrian individuals, their bodies and voices into historical narratives in the process. Nenno traces the lineage of Black Austrians in the Habsburg Empire to the present day, providing a cohesive introduction to their activism that has intently sought to bring Blackness in the Austrian context to light and to counter existing historical narratives that have all but erased their presence. She articulates thta while the predominance of source text on and the visibility of Black Germans has been positive, there remains a dearth of scholarship and a silence surrounding Black Austrians. In connecting two temporally disjointed moments, Nenno signifies the overlapping layers of what it means to be Black in Austria in the past and present. She also helps to restore Black Austrians’ agential voice, demonstrating their significant legacy, presence, and political engagement in this predominantly white country” (23).

Dr. Nancy Nenno appointed co-organizer of the Black Diaspora Network of the German Studies Association

Dr. Nancy Nenno, Professor of German at the College of Charleston, has been appointed co-organizer of the Black Diaspora Network of the German Studies Association from 2019 to 2021. A scholar of 20th century German literature and cinema, Dr. Nenno specializes in Black German and Austrian Studies; recent publications by Dr. Nenno include “Elective Paternities: Germans and African Americans in Hugo Bettauer’s Das blaue Mal (1922),” German Studies Review 39.2: 259-77, and “Reading the Schwarz in the Schwarz-Rot-Gold: Black German Studies in the 21st Century.” Transit 10.2 Special Topic: The Future of the Past, guest eds. Susanne Baackmann and Nancy P. Nenno.

Dr. Morgan Koerner elected to 3-year term on the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of German

Congratulations to Dr. Morgan Koerner, Associate Professor of German and Chair of the German and Russian Studies Program at CofC, who was elected to a 3-year term as the Southeast regional Representative to the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of German beginning in January 2019.

Dr. Nancy Nenno and Dr. Sarah Koellner present at annual German Studies Association Conference in Pittsburgh

This weekend, two faculty members from CofC’s German and Russian Studies department presented at the annual German Studies Association Conference in Pittsburgh. Dr. Nancy Nenno, Professor of German, gave a presentation entitled “Here to Stay: Black Austrian Studies” on the panel “Rethinking Black German Studies.” Dr. Sarah Koellner, Visiting Assistant Professor of German, presented a paper on Birgit Kempker, Maxim Biller, and Alban Nikolai Herbt in the three-day seminar “On the Very Concept of Autofiction: Theory and History” and was a respondent for the panel ““The (Socio)-Political Role of Football in 20th-Century German Film and Literature.”

CofC German Faculty and Students attend SC-AATG fall workshop at USC

This Saturday, Sept. 22nd, CofC German program faculty Dr. Morgan Koerner and Dr. Sarah Koellner and incoming CofC adjunct instructor of German Stevie Laughead attended the annual workshop of the South Carolina chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German on the campus of the University of South Carolina. 30 participants attended the workshop and there were six presentations on different German teaching strategies, tools, and topics from K-16 German teachers throughout the state, followed by an open forum and planning session led by current SCAATG president Dr. Morgan Koerner.

One of the big takeaways of the workshop: there are great things with German happening in education in South Carolina, and we have a clear and strong need to get more German teachers into the system as programs grow and retiring colleagues need to be replaced! Here at CofC we are working hard to do our part and were elated that German and education double majors Denicee Becker ’20 and Lauren Smith ’22 made it up to the workshop as well!

The future is bright for German and education in the state of SC and we are grateful to all of the German teachers and teachers-in-training that are making it so!