August 1981 Newsletter
WOMEN IN GERMAN
SIXTH ANNUAL WOMEN IN GERMAN CONFERENCE-RETREAT
5:00-8:00 pm: Arrival, supper, general get-acquainted tme
8:00-10:00 pm: Opening session, "Sprache, Gefühl und Feminismus"
Sat. Oct. 17
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00:11:00 am: Session I: "New Ways of Reading"
11:00-noon: Open for special interest group meetings
1:30-3:30 pm: Session II: "German-Jewish Women Writers"
3:30-4:00 pm: Break
4:00-5:00 pm: Steering Committee meeting
5:30 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm- ? Angelika Mechtel reads from her works
Sun. Oct. 18
8:30 am: Breakfast
9:30-12:00: Business and Planning Meeting
Noon: Lunch, followed by departure
We agreed at last year's conference to organize sessions into small group discussions with a plenary session at the end of each. We also agreed to use German as the language of the conference as much as possible in consideration of our guest, with program contributions still being in the language of the presenter's choice.
See following pages for program description, registration information and announcements.
WIG Conference Program, 1981
Sprache, Gefühl und Feminismus
Facilitator: Naomi Stephan, San Francisco, Ca.
At last year’s conference we began for the first time to deal with the language we used to communicate with each other. The presence of Margot Schroeder, who knew little English, "forced" us to use German and consequently to examine the reasons why English had dominated our conferences, even though German was/is our "trade."
It became apparent that the problem of out preferred language of communication was somehow intimately linked with our feelings and our feminism, but we had little time to explore just how and to what extent this was true. For these reasons, we decided to use the opening session of this year’s conference to explore with each other the relation of language, feeling and feminism. How do we balance speech (a left brain function), emotion (right brain) and feminism (which involves both hemispheres)? Do we have a preferred "emotional language"? Is there a language for feminism in German? Is language itself a barrier to our expression of feminism?
AND MUCH MORE!
New Ways of Reading:
Critical Feminist Approaches to Selected Texts
Coordinators: Susan Cocalis (18th C.), Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst; Biddy Martin (late 19th C.), Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison; Karen Jankowsky (20th C.), Washington Univ., St. Louis.
Our purpose is to contribute to a cultural history of femininity by developing new critical tools of textual analysis. There will be three separate workshop groups, each to focus on one text (see below), and to be followed by a plenary session for the presentation and discussion of theoretical perspectives.
The texts for discussion are:
Eighteenth Century: Silvia Bovenschen, Die Imaginierte Weiblichkeit Late Nineteenth Century: Frank Wedekind, the Lulu plays Twentieth Century: Angelilca Mechtel, "Die Träume der Füchsin," "Kuckkucksfrau," and "Zweimal ein Sohn," in: Die Träume der Füchsin.
WiG Conference Program, cont.
Oct. 17, 1981
German-Jewish Women Writers
Coordinators: Evelyn T. Beck, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison/Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (1981-82); Lynne Ozer, New York Univ., NYC.
This panel focuses on writers who grapple in their work with the complex intersection of what it means/has meant to be German-Jewish and a woman--an intersection of multiple identities and oppressions.
Presenters: Gabriele Strauch, Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: "Glikl von Hameln: A Seventeenth-Century Autobiography;" Irene DiMaio, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge: "Fanny Lewald: Ambiguities;" Wilma A. Iggers, Canisius , College, "Auguste Hauschner: A Bohemian-Jewish Writer;" Bianca Rosenthal, California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo, CA: "Hilde Domin."
Oct. 17, 1981
7:00 pm - ?
Author Angelika Mechtel will read from Die feinen Totengräber (1968), Hochhausgeschichten (1972), Die Träume der Füchsin (1976), Keep Smiling (1976), and work in progress, Her reading will be followed by discussion.
Oct. 18, 1981
Business and Planning Meeting
Chaired by Sara Lennox and Jeanette Clausen, steering comm. co-chairs.
As in previous years, we will have a very full agenda for the business meeting. Agenda items include: replacement of outgoing steering committee members; committee -reports; financial report; the establishment of session topics, theme, and format for the 1982 conference (Oct. 15-17, 1982 at Thomson’s Island, Boston), and appointment of coordinators; suggestions for a guest and site for the 1983 conference; establishment of session topics and selection of coordinators for the 1982 WiG sessions at AATG and MLA, and so on. If you have items for the agenda, please contact Sara or Jeanette.
Note that the steering committee will meet to plan the agenda on Saturday at 4:00 pm, so if you have suggestions, give them to us at or before that meeting.
Did you know: CHRISTA REINIG has accepted our invitation for 1982! Linda Pickle will report on the status of her fund-raising work to finance Reinig’s visit.
WiG at AATG/ACTFL, 1981
AATG/ACTFL, Denver, CO
Forward to Basics:
Non-Sexist German Instruction at the Beginning Level
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1981
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Coordinators: Barbara Drygulski Wright, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, and Gabriele Wickert, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY.
Contributors: Ursula E. Beitter, New York; Dinah Dodds, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR; Helen Frink, SUNY, Albany; Karen Weinschenker, Minneapolis Publ. Schools.
The purpose of this workshop for secondary and post-secondary instructors of German is to sensitize them to problems of overt and covert sexism in the materials and methods commonly used at the beginning level of instruction. A variety of corrective strategies will be presented and participants will have an opportunity to break down into small groups and try out the techniques which have been introduced. Bibliographies, resource information and other materials will also be available.
Nov. 26-28, 1981, Denver
Mothering in German Literature
(a one-hour session)
Coordinators: Karen Achberger, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN and Richard L. Johnson, Indiana U.-Purdue U. at Fort Wayne.
Contributors: Jeannine Blackwell, "Erst kommt das Vorbild, dann die Moral: Mothers in the German Bildungsroman;” Margaret Klopfle Devinney, "Gertrud von Le Fort and Mothering;" Lyndel Butler, "Mothering in German Literature, 1970-1980: Re-examining the Past, the Pluralism of the Present, the Myth Revisited."
The three presentations will be limited to fifteen minutes each to allow time for discussion. The session focuses on mothering as woman-affirming experience and as woman-denying institution in German literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Women in German Business Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 28, 1981
WiG at MLA, 1981
Women in German will have two sessions and a business meeting at the December 1981 MLA convention, to be held in New York, December 27-30. The session topic is German Women Writers of the Romantic Period; organizers are Elke Frederiksen (Univ. of Maryland, College Park) and Martha Wallach (Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay).
The two sessions have been organized as follows:
Session I: New Perspectives
Papers: "Das Problem des ’Androgynen’ und des ’Müssiggangs’ in der Jenaer Romantik," Gisela Dischner, Universität Hannover, FRG; "Rahei Varnhagen’s Letters," Kay Goodman, Brown University; "The Courtesan as Role Model: The Influence of Ninon de Lenclos on Sophie Mereau," Jacqueline Vansant, Univ. of Texas at Austin. Discussant: Helga Kraft, University of Florida.
Session II: Bettina von Arnim
Papers: "Bettina von Arnim oder die Transzendenz der Kindlichkeit," Konstanze Bäumer, Univ. of California, Davis; "Bettina’s Die Günderode: One Woman’s Solution to the Question of Form," Marjanne E. Goozé, Univ. of California, Berkely; "The Women Romantics and Christa Wolf," Sara Lennox, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst. Discussant: Edith Waldstein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Note: Elke has asked that WiG consider ways to help defer part of Gisela Dischner’s travel expenses to New York for MLA. We will discuss this at the conference.
WOMEN EDUCATORS announces the Third Annual "Curriculum Materials Award," to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in New York City, March 19-23, 1982. Please send one copy of materials "relating to women that have been developed for use in educational settings to: Mary Harris and Nancy Smith, Curriculum Award, WOMEN EDUCATORS, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506. Include a one-page description of how the materials relate to sexism, sex-role stereotyping, and the image of women and girls. Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 15, 1981.
November issue of the WiG Newsletter
The November issue of the WiG newsletter will include summaries of the October 1981 conference sessions, reports of decisions made during the business meeting, and so on.
If you have other items you want published in the Hovember issue, please send them by Oct. 30, 1981, to WiG’s new address: Women in German, Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages, Indiana U.-Purdue U. at Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
1981 WIG WORKSHOP INFORMATION
The 1981 WIG Workshop will be held October 16-18, again at the Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin. The conference fee includes lodging, all meals (supper on Friday thru lunch Sunday) and other costs. Included in the fee is an estimated amount to cover anticipated childcare costs, as agreed at the last WiG conference. If—because we have a large number of children--we need additional funds to cover childcare costs, a surcharge will be assessed during the conference. All conference participants must become members of Women in German.
Since we must let the Siena Center people know well in advance how many of us will be attending, we are serious about the September 15 registration deadline! A $5.00 surcharge will be assessed on registrations received after that date. As you will note from the attached form, a "natural foods" option is also available this year, and registration fees have been established on a dual price structure, in an attempt to keep the conference affordable for students and the unemployed. If you "technically" fall into either of these categories but can nonetheless afford to pay the full fee, please do! We need the $$$! .
A bit of information regarding childcare for any of you who anticipate bringing a child (children):
1) You must fill out the form on page 8, and submit it with your registration form if you plan on bringing a child (children).
Please do not finalize your plans to do so, however, until you have had confirmation from us.
2) While the Siena Center has adequate space for childcare, they have very little by way of facilities or equipment (cribs, high- chairs, etc.) Each child will have to be accompanied by 2 or 3 favorite toys, disposable diapers, bottles and formula, clothing, and other necessities. Milk, juice, snacks and other childcare basics will be provided at no charge, but the parent will have to pay for older children’s meals if taken with the group, and for lodging if the child does not share the mother’s room.
3) We will provide childcare staff. (they will be paid at about $4.00 per hour) for hours during which meetings are scheduled, and will also try to arrange for babysitters to keep an eye on children upstairs after they have been put to bed Friday and Saturday evenings. We may, however, need some volunteers to help with this.
Please register as early as possible if you plan on bringing a child (children). We will give you further information on costs, what to bring, etc., at that time. If you have any other questions, contact Nancy Vedder-Shults, [redacted]
1981 WIG WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 15, 1981.
Name _____________ Telephone (__ )______
Mailing Address __________________________________________
I wish to register for the 1981 WIG WORKSHOP to be held October 16-18, 1981.
Cost: (Check appropriate box)
For students and those unemployed:
__ $37.00 (2 nights lodging & all meals & other expenses)
__ $30.00 (1 night lodging & all meals & other expenses)
__ $23.00 (no lodging but all meals & other expenses)
For those employed or with adequate outside income:
__ $44.00 (2 nights lodging & all meals & other expenses)
__ $38.00 (1 night lodging & all meals & other expenses)
__ $32.00 (no lodging but all meals & other expenses)
For the Natural Foods option, see form on page 8.
All conference participants must become members of WiG (see page 9).
Payment must accompany your registration form. Make checks payable to WOMEN IN GERMAN. A $5.00 late registration fee will also be assessed on registration forms received after the September 15 deadline.
I enclose $___ for fees and ___ niht(s) lodging.
(Check appropriate box and note further instructions/information below)
__ I will arrive by car on/at ________________ (specify day and approx. time)
Please send map and instructions on how to locate conference center.
__ I will arrive by plane at the Milwaukee (Mitchell Field) airport: day ___ approx. time ___ airline & flight no. ___ and depart by plane on ____ day ___ approx. time ___ airline & flight no. ______
Please send information on car pool & possible pick-up arrangements.
Please note: Conference participants arriving by plane should schedule their arrival time between 3:00-5:00 pm on Friday, October 16 and their departure time between 2:00-4:00 pm on Sunday, October 18. If you can schedule your flights within these times, we will try to pick you up at the airport. If you cannot, you may either have a long wait at the airport, or will have to arrange your own transportation to the conference center. If we cannot pick you up, we will send info on car rental and names of people you may be able to carpool with.
ENCLOSE WITH YOUR REGISTRATION A STAMPED, SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE (4x9) FOR USE IN MAILING FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS TO YOU. MAIL FORM WITH CHECK TO NANCY VEDDER-SHULTS, [redacted]
CHILDCARE REGISTRATION FORM
Name: ______ Tel: (___ )_________
I plan on bringing the following child (children) to the WiG Workshop:
Name: ___ Age__ Arrival/Departure Dates/Times:
Name: ___ Age ___________________________
Check as appropriate:
___ Needs crib ___ Will share my room
___ Needs own room/bed
Any special needs/information: ______________
RETURN THIS FORM WITH YOUR REGISTRATION FORM. PLEASE ENCLOSE AN ADDITIONAL STAMPED, SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE SO THAT WE CAN GET BACK TO YOU WITH FURTHER CHILDCARE INFORMATION.
NATURAL FOODS OPTION
A natural foods option (vegetarian) will be made available for a modest surcharge ($10.00 or less), which will be collected at the conference. If you choose this option, please check below. We must know in advance in order to provide enough food.
Name : ________________________
I desire the natural foods option for the following meals:
___ Saturday breakfast
___ Saturday lunch
___ Saturday dinner
___ Sunday breakfast
___ Sunday lunch
RETURN THIS FORM WITH YOUR REGISTRATION FORM.
This is Newsletter 25. Read your label and renew when numbers match.
We held firm as long as we could, BUT the rising costs of everything made it impossible to continue to produce Women in German for $5.00. Therefore, we have raised the fee to $7.00; $3.00 for students and unemployed. If you can afford to, please consider becoming a supporting member ($15.00 or more).
Make checks payable to WOMEN IN GERMAN. Send your check and this membership form to: Women in German, Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages, Indiana U.-Purdue U. at Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
Enclosed you will find my check for: (please check appropriate category)
$7.00 for one year
$12.00 for two years
$3.00 for one year
$5.00 for two years
$15.00 or more for supporting membership
Please check if applicable: Change of address ___
Women in German
Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages
Indiana U.-Purdue U. at Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
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