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Connections in Motion: Dance in Irish and German Literature, Film and Culture

The 16th International Conference in Irish-German Studies: Connections in Motion: Dance in Irish and German Literature, Film and Culture, was jointly organised by Dr. Sabine Egger, Dr. Gisela Holfter and fellow academics from different disciplines at the University of Limerick, under the auspices of the Centre of Irish-German Studies at the University of Limerick and the Irish Centre of Transnational Studies (ICTS) at Mary Immaculate College. The event took place on 31.10.-1.11.16 at the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance (UL). (Joint organisers: Dr. Sabine Egger (German Studies/ICTS, MIC); Dr. Gisela Holfter (Centre for Irish-German Studies, UL); Dr. Catherine Foley (IWAMD, UL/ National Dance Archive, Ireland); Prof. Meg Harper (Glucksman Chair in Contemporary Writing in English, UL); Dr. Deirdre Mulrooney (Dublin); Jan Frohburg (School of Design, UL)).

The conference included panels on Irish-German relations through dance in literature, film and architecture, with contributions by Dr. Christiane Schönfeld (German Studies, MIC), Dr. Lucia Ruprecht (German & Dutch, University of Cambridge), Prof. Susan Jones (English, University of Oxford), Dr. Dorothy Morrissey (Drama Education, MIC), Dr. Ruth Fleischmann (English, University of Bielefeld), and daughter of the Irish-German composer Aloys Fleischmann, journalist Dr. Deirdre Mulrooney (Dublin), Dr. Tanja Poppelreuter (Architecture, Ulster University Belfast) and architect and historian Shane O’Toole (Kilkenny), to name but a few, as well as a round table discussion on the role of dance in education. Highlights included the screening of Deirdre Mulrooney’s film “Dance Emergency”, as well as a new piece by well-known Irish choreographer Marguerite Donlon, developed with and performed by MA students of the IWAMD at the close of the conference. The event opened with a digital exhibition on Donlon’s internationally renowned work in London, Saarbrücken and Berlin, and her paper on Irish-German connections in her work. For a full programme see http://www.ictstudies.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Connections_in_Motion_brochure.pdf

2BA and 4BA students of German Studies from MIC participated in the event as part of their Field Trip. For many, it opened new perspectives on dance and modernism in German literature, film, photography and architecture. A special thank you to Dr. Britta C. Jung, Magdalena Glaab, as well as the students of the MA in Irish-German Studies and of the IWAMD for their support.


Pictured are Dr. Finola Cronin (UCD), Dr. Catherine Foley (UL) and Marguerite Donlon, Artistic Director and Choreographer, Berlin, Germany


First international Joint PhD at MIC

Britta C. Jung has successfully defended her thesis, jointly supervised by Dr. Sabine Egger (German Studies, MIC) and Professor Wara Wende/Professor Raingard Esser (University of Groningen). This was the first Joint PhD by Research to be completed at Mary Immaculate College in cooperation with an international partner university. The title of the thesis, which was highly praised by the examiners, was: „Und wer den Schmerz einmal gesehen hat…”: Neue deutsche Jugendliteratur zum Nationalsozialismus, Zweiten Weltkrieg und Holocaust im Kontext des postmemorialen Wandels („Who ever saw the pain …“: Contemporary German Youth Literature on National Socialism, WW2 and Holocaust in the Context of the Postmemorial Turn).
The internal examiners were Dr. Christiane Schönfeld (German Studies, MIC) and Professor Liesbeth Korthals Altes (University of Groningen), the external examiners Professor Carsten Gansel (University of Gießen) and Professor Anthonya Visser (University of Leiden).

A Joint PhD allows to share expertise between institutions in an international field of research, thus contributing to international links both on postgraduate and higher academic level. At the same time, it is a new departure which also poses challenges on an administrative level. The Department of German Studies wishes to thank Professor Eugene Wall for his support.

For an introduction into the research topic aimed at a broader readership, see Groningen University Journal: http://www.ukrant.nl/magazine/third-reich-in-youth-books?_suid=144916074845008539664597591903

Congratulations to Dr. Britta Jung!


 L-R Dr. Christiane Schönfeld, Dr. Britta C. Jung, Dr. Sabine Egger


 Britta C. Jung defending her thesis at the University of Groningen


Congratulations to Dr. Anna Stiepel (pictured with her supervisor, Dr. Christiane Schönfeld, Head of Department) who was awarded her Ph.D. in German Studies at the 2015 MIC Graduation Ceremony on 23 October!


78th Annual Conference of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland held at MIC:



Congratulations to DAAD scholarship recipient Barry Finegan (2nd year BA)!

For more on Barry's remarkable achievement, please see:



With members of the department, L-R Dr. Aneka Meier, Dr. Christiane Schönfeld (Head of Department), Dr. Sabine Egger, Ms. Janine Hemmerling


Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Event: Film screening of "The Miracle of Bern / Das Wunder von Bern" (Sönke Wortmann, 2003) on 29 March 2015



Fourth Year German students attending the GRADchances Language Career Fair in Dublin on 4 March 2015:



Launch of Cultural / Literary Translators - Selected Irish-German Biographies II, edited by Dr. Sabine Egger (Department of German Studies / Irish Center of Transnational Studies, MIC):



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