Department News and Events

Central and East European Program Lecture Series 2020 - 2021 - Dr. Megan Swift

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Book Presentation: Thursday, December 3, 2020 via Zoom at 1:00-2:30pm (Central Time)

Dr. Megan Swift, Associate Professor, Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Victoria

Moderator: Dr. Elena Baraban, Associate Professor of Russian, German and Slavic Studies, University of Manitoba

Picturing the Page: Illustrated Children’s Reading and Literature Under Lenin and Stalin

Based on sources from rare book libraries in Russia and around the world, Picturing the Page offers a vivid exploration of illustrated children’s literature and reading under Lenin and Stalin - a period when mass publishing for children and universal public education became available for the first time in Russia. By analyzing the illustrations in fairy tales, classic “adult” literature reformatted for children, and wartime picture books, Megan Swift elucidates the vital and multifaceted function of illustrated children’s literature in repurposing the past. Picturing the Page demonstrates that while the texts of the past remained fixed, illustrations could slip between the pages to mediate and annotate that past, as well as connect with anti-religious, patriotic, and other campaigns that were central for Soviet children’s culture after the 1917 Revolution.

Short bio:
Dr. Megan Swift is an Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria. Her book Picturing the Page: Illustrated Children’s Literature and Reading under Lenin and Stalin was published by University of Toronto Press in 2020 and her edited volume on memorialization of the 1917 revolution, Revolutionary Aftereffects: Material, Social and Cultural Legacies of 1917 in Russia Today, is forthcoming, also with University of Toronto Press. Megan was the winner of the University of Victoria’s REACH award for research-inspired teaching in 2019 and is currently a faculty fellow at Uvic’s Center for Global Studies.

Sponsored by: German and Slavic Studies Department, Central and East European Studies Program (University of Manitoba, Canada); University of Toronto Press


Central and East European Program Lecture Series 2020 - 2021 - Dr. Stephan Jaeger


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Book Presentation: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 via Zoom at 1:00-2:30pm (Central Time)

Dr. Stephan Jaeger, Professor, German Studies, University of Manitoba

Moderator: Dr. Adam Muller, Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba

The Second World War in the Twenty-First-Century Museum: From Memory, Narrative, and Experience to Experientiality

Dr. Jaeger’s new book with the same title was published with De Gruyter in 2020 as part of the series Media and Cultural Memory. It is available as hard copy (ISBN 978-3-11-066106-4’) as well as open access book:

PDF: https://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/title/558132;
EPub: https://www.degruyter.com/downloadepub/title/558132.

The Second World War is omnipresent in contemporary global memory debates. This is the first study to systematically analyze on a global scale how museums allow today’s visitors to comprehend and experience the history of the war. It analyzes twelve permanent exhibitions located in Europe and North America in order to understand the cognitive, ethical, and emotional potential and effects of Second World War exhibitions today.

Short bio:
Dr. Stephan Jaeger researches on narratives, representations and memory of war and genocide. He has also published two other monographs and nine co-edited books, including Views of Violence: Representing the Second World War in German and European Museums and Memorials (Berghahn 2019). He is co-editor of the newly inaugurated book series “Museums and Narrative” (with De Gruyter).

Sponsored by: German and Slavic Studies Department, Central and East European Studies Program (University of Manitoba, Canada); De Gruyter publishers.


Dr. Stephan Jaeger, Department Head, Department of German and Slavic Studies

September 8, 2020: Dr. Stephan Jaeger, Professor of German and Slavic Studies in our Department, received a 2019 University of Manitoba Merit Award in the category "Research, Scholarly Work and Creative Activities" for outstanding research activities and publications in the year 2019.

UMLearn article - Dr. Stephan Jaeger

Personal homepage: http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~jaeger

New book publications:

-[authored book]: The Second World War in the Twenty-First-Century Museum: From Memory, Narrative, and Experience to Experientiality. Media and Cultural Memory 26. De Gruyter, 2020.

-Views of Violence: Representing the Second World War in German and European Museums and Memorials. Ed. Jörg Echternkamp & Stephan Jaeger. Spektrum 19. Berghahn 2019.

-Romanhaftes Erzählen von Geschichte: Vergegenwärtigte Vergangenheiten im beginnenden 21. Jahrhundert. Ed. Daniel Fulda & Stephan Jaeger. Studien und Texte zur Sozialgeschichte der Literatur 148. De Gruyter, 2019.

Call for manuscripts for new scholarly book series “Museums & Narrative”: https://blog.degruyter.com/call-for-manuscripts-museums-and-narrative/


Dr. Stephan Jaeger, Department Head, Department of German and Slavic Studies

New Book publication by Dr. Stephan Jaeger, Professor of German Studies (Department of German and Slavic Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba)

Stephan Jaeger. The Second World War in the Twenty-First-Century Museum: From Memory, Narrative, and Experience to Experientiality. Media and Cultural Memory 26. De Gruyter, 2020.

The book, as the war fades from living memory, is the first to systematically analyze how Second World War museums allow prototypical visitors to comprehend and experience the past. It analyzes twelve permanent exhibitions in Europe and North America – the Bundeswehr Military History Museum in Dresden, the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk, the House of European History in Brussels, the Imperial War Museums in London and Manchester, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Topography of Terror in Berlin, Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Bastogne War Museum, German-Russian Museum in Berlin-Karlshorst, Oskar-Schindler Factory in Kraków, Warsaw Rising Museum – in order to show how museums reflect and shape cultural memory, as well as their cognitive, ethical, emotional, and aesthetic potential and effects. This includes a discussion of representations of events such as the Holocaust and air warfare, as well as a discussion of the use of art in Second World War museums. In relation to narrative, memory, and experience, the study develops the concept of experientiality (on a sliding scale between mimetic and structural forms), which provides a new textual-spatial method for reading exhibitions and understanding the experiences of historical individuals and collectives. It is supplemented by concepts like transnational memory, empathy, and encouraging critical thinking through difficult knowledge. See also https://www.degruyter.com/view/title/558132?tab_body=toc-75135 for a detailed table of contents.

The research for this book was generously supported through an Insight Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2014-2020) and through several internal grants facilitated by the University of Manitoba.

The book also received a major Open Access grant, so that its EBook versions are available for free: Open Access EBook as EPUB: https://www.degruyter.com/downloadepub/title/558132; Open Access EBook as PDF: https://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/title/558132.


Stolpersteine Exhibition @ JHCWC in Winnipeg - October 15 - November 15

The Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada (JHCWC) and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Toronto invite you to an exhibition on the Stolpersteine (Stumbling Stones) “One Stone. One Name. One Person.”

The Stolpersteine Project (stumbling stones) is a project of German artist Gunter Demnig. The project commemorates people who were persecuted by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. Stolpersteine are being realized for Jews, Sinti and Roma, people from the political or religious resistance, victims of the “euthanasia”; murders, homosexuals, Jehovahs Witnesses and for people who were persecuted for being declared to be “asocial”.The concrete blocks measuring 10x10cm and are laid into the pavement in front of the last voluntarily chosen places of residence of the victims of the Nazis. Their names and fate are engraved into a brass plate on the top of each Stolperstein. For more than 20 years, they have been part of the urban image of Berlin and many other European cities. Thus, the exhibition wants to introduce the often unknown groundwork and manifold facets of this European art and remembrance project. The Stumbling Stone project has often been described with the term “Social Sculpture” as characterized by Joseph Beuys.

Stolperstein Exhibition



Language Tutor Program


Hello all language learners! You made it through the first couple of weeks on your way to conquer a new language. Learning a language is not easy, but it comes with great rewards and privileges. To help you in the process of learning, the Language Centre started an online tutor program. This program is free and will be supported by student volunteers. If you want to practice your pronunciations or speaking skills, get support with assignments or exam preparations and reviews, please contact the Language Centre and we will match you up with a tutor to support you. The tutor program offers you free one on one sessions or, if you would like to form a study group in your class, group sessions as well.  

For more information please contact the Language Centre or visit our Website for a time schedule.

language.centre@umanitoba.ca

http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/language_centre/

We have available tutors in:

Arabic, Chinese ,French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian



Language Centre seeking Volunteers!

The Language Centre is recruiting UM Students who are able to tutor beginner students in languages. Please see poster below for more information.

Language Centre