Herta Müller and the Currents of European History: A Conference

Leading scholars gather to reassess the significance of the work of Herta Müller in the light of 20th- and 21st-century history.

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2017 marks 30 years since Herta Müller fled Romania, yet her work on the damaging effects of exploitative regimes and the dehumanisation of man by man sadly remains as relevant as ever. 

Herta MullerHerta Müller and the Currents of European History, a conference to be held at the University of London from 21-22 September 2017, aims to bring together leading Müller scholars as well as new voices, and to facilitate a collective reassessment of her work and its significance in the light of 20th- and 21st-century history, as well as the now over 40 spanned by her career.  See below for details of keynotes and speakers.

The conference has been organised by Brigid Haines (Swansea University), Michel Mallet (Université de Monction) and Jenny Watson (Sheffield University).

This event is sponsored by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, the Modern Humanities Research Association, the IMLR, Swansea University, and the Université de Moncton.

Click here to see the Programme/Further Details.

Advance registration essential - Booking opens 14 August 2017.

Related events (please follow the links below for further information/booking)

An Afternoon with Herta Müller at the British Library (17 September)

Herta Müller Translation Workshop led by Lyn Marven at University College London (20 September)


Keynote speakers at the conference:

Karin Bauer (McGill University)

Norbert Otto Eke (Paderborn University).

Panels and speakers

Communication beyond Language (Katja Schubert; Pavlo Shopin) 

Early Works (Christina Rossi; Anca Luca Holden)

Blending (Ernő Csongor Kiss; Susanne Klagges-Millet; Mette Hoegg)

Intertextuality and Comparative Literature (Paulian Petric; Monika Leipelt-Tsai; Maria-Ioana Marchidanu)

Interculturality and its Impacts (Christina Markoudi; Jule C.A. Tjiemann; Áine McMurtry)

Writing Romania (Dana Bizuleanu; Marius Conkan; Lázló V. Szabó)

Weaving Images, Creating Meaning (Eva Kormann; Jenny Watson; Natalie Moser)

Narrative Perspective (Anca Paunescu; Aleksandra Lendzinska; Michel Mallet)

Literary Traditions (Julia Kölling; Roxana Nubert; Ana-Maria Dascălu-Romiţan; Hiroshi Yamamaoto)

Playfulness (Grégoire Ming; Jürgen Brokoff)   

History, Ethics, Poetics (Iulia-Karin Patrut; Brigid Haines)

Politics and Power (Ute Christine Weidenhiller; Monika Moyrer)

Landscape and Memory (Friedmar Apel; Alexa Stoicescu; Hannah Vinter; Silvia Vezzoli)