German Culture & Language

This group was started in 2014 to foster an interest in the German language and in German-speaking countries and their culture.  Meetings will be in German or English ( or both ) as indicated below and are generally on the third Thursday of the month.

Co-Convenors: Philippa Sondheimer and Daniel Wolverson

We focus on German-speaking countries and their culture.

Forthcoming meetings planned

16th February 2017 - Hydrologische Forschung in einer Welt des Wandels - talk in German by Thorsten Wagener, Professor of Water and Environmental Engineering, Bristol University.

Wir lesen regelmäßig über die negativen Auswirkungen des Klimawandels. Viele von diesen Auswirkungen werden unser Leben durch den hydrologischen Kreislauf  beeinflussen. Zum Beispiel durch veränderte Hochwasserwahrscheinlichkeiten. Gleichzeitig hat menschliches Handeln auch noch andere hydrologische Auswirkungen. Ich werde diese Problematik durch einige Beispiele darstellen.

16th March 2017 - Die Kathedrale von Wells - Juwel der Grafschaft Somerset.  Illustrated talk in German by David Grover, official cathedral guide.

20th April 2017 - The Two Germanys in the 1960s - talk in English by Dr David Clarke, Senior Lecturer in the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages at the University of Bath - part of the BRLSI series on the 1960s.

The 1960s were a time of transition for the two post-war German states. While the 1950s had seen them both establishing radically different social, economic and political orders in fierce opposition to one another, the 1960s saw those orders come under pressure not only from the rise of a new post-war generation and the forces of societal modernization, but also from the necessity of finding peaceful forms of co-existence with one another. This talk will explore the relationship between these internal and external pressures, asking what legacy the 1960s have left for today's Germany.

18th May 2017What is the market potential of multilingualism? A talk in German by Gabrielle Hogan-Brun of Bristol University Duncan Room booked 5th Jan 2017

Durch die Folgen der Globalisierung, des Internetverkehrs und der sozialen Mobilität hat sich im Westen eine zunehmende Sprachenvielfalt ergeben. Welches sind die Chancen, welches die Herausforderungen dieser Mehrsprachigkeit? Wie kann sie landesweit, geschäftlich und professionell als Resource produktiv eingesetzt werden? Welche sprachlichen Massnahmen braucht es zur Förderung der zwischensprachlichen Kommunikation bei der Ausbildung, in der Arbeitswelt und im sozialen Umfeld? Bei der Wertschöpfungsschätzung der Mehrsprachigkeit geht es um wirtschaftliche wie auch soziale Aspekte, die hier zur Diskussion stehen.

15th June 2017 - Judy Spencer will lead a discussion of Vor dem Fest by Sasha Stanisic which also exists in a translation by Anthea Bell. Duncan Room booked 4 Dec 2016

14th September 2017 Niall Hoskin ( baritone ) and Stephen Hollas ( piano ) to deliver programme originally planned for 25th November 2016 - An die ferne Geliebte by Ludwig van Beethoven and Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann.

19th October 2017 Die Philosophie von Hegel – bilingual talk by Andreas Wasmuht

16th November 2017 - Joint meeting with BRLSI Literature and Humanities Group - talk in English about Günter Grass by Dr Debbie Pinfold of the Department of German, Bristol University.


 


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