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The Child of the Sun

Feb 16, 2021 2:00:00 PM

"The Child of the Sun", edited by Silvia Irina Zimmermann, focuses on the two Romanian Queen Consorts, Elizabeth (Carmen Sylva) and Marie of Romania. Both of whom became famous - even internationally - as writers during their lifetimes. This lovingly collected, critically edited volume contains the most valuable stories and essays of the Queen Consorts, either in English translation (Carmen Sylva) or in the original English version (Marie of Romania).

Review:

”Silvia Zimmermann’s merit is a significant one, namely that of rediscovering Carmen Sylva who has not only been a creator, but also an important mediator between the Romanian and the German culture. […] Zimmermann’s substantial work is inspiring for everyone involved in the scientific research of German-Romanian cultural studies.”—Prof. Dr. Maria Sass, University of Sibiu (Romania)

About the book:

“Carmen Sylva, when she discovered that I was writing, instead of laughing at me and being ironical about my modest attempts at literature, encouraged me from the very first in every way. She was getting old, her imagination was running dry, and she declared that mine had come just in time to replace hers, which was a generous thing to say. She declared that it was a happy and blessed discovery that I could hold a pen, and no end of kind and enthusiastic things. She spurred me on to write, and each time I had finished a story she immediately wanted to have it so as to translate it into German.” Queen Marie of Romania about Carmen Sylva (Queen Elisabeth of Romania). The history of the monarchy in Romania and of its four kings would be incomplete without the story of the queen consorts, who seem to have been even more fascinating personalities than the kings were. Especially the first two queen consorts, Elisabeth (Carmen Sylva) and Marie of Romania, became famous as writers during their lifetime. They both wrote in their mother tongues, Elisabeth in German and Marie in English, and published many of their books, not only in Romania, but also abroad, thus reaching a widespread readership, worldwide publicity, and literary recognition.

About the author:

Dr. Silvia Irina Zimmermann is coordinator of the Research Center Carmen Sylva of the Princely Archive of Wied. She has published several books, new editions, and studies about the life and writings of Carmen Sylva (born Princess Elisabeth of Wied, the first Queen of Romania).

 

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Posted By Janina Wittlif

Mychailo Wynnyckyj on "UKRAINE'S MAIDAN, RUSSIA'S WAR": Online seminar, February 17th


ibidem author and first-hand observer of Maidan, Mychailo Wynnyckyj, will discuss its global dimensions with Ukraine experts in an online seminar presented by the British-Ukrainian Aid.


The webinar is dedicated to the 7th Anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. A book launch of the first volume of our “Ukrainian Voices” series – "Ukraine's Maidan, Russia's War" – will be followed by a panel discussion. In addition to Mychailo Wynnyckyj, the panelists are Dr Olesya Khromeychuk, guest editor of ibidem’s Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, vol. 6.1 on Gender, Nationalism, and Citizenship in Anti-Authoritarian Protests in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, and Andreas Umland, series editor of “Ukrainian Voices” and “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society”.

Date and Time

Wed, 17 February 2021

18:00 – 19:30 CET

More information and registration - to click here 

Once tickets are booked, participants will be sent the Joining Details with a Zoom link on 16th February. There is a limited number of FREE tickets, they'll be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Posted By Janina Wittlif

The Chelmno Death Camp

Jan 12, 2021 2:00:00 PM

"The Chelmno Death Camp" by Artur Hojan and Chris Webb provides a detailed account of the first Nazi death camp. The two authors take an in-depth look at the structure and development of the National Socialists' mass murder procedure - gas vans were established at Chelmno as the first mass use of poison gas to kill Jews - and utilize both victim and perpetrator sources.

Review:

"Chelmno is still relatively unknown, even amongst esteemed historians of the Holocaust. The importance of Chelmno in the development of the Holocaust is also not well understood and is certainly under-researched. This book is therefore timely. As always, Chris Webb brings his own style to the problem of how to write about the Nazi death camps while respecting the memory of the victims." - Cameron Munro, Tiergarten4 Association e.V.

 

"A crucial extension to our body of knowledge on the Holocaust, The Chelmno Death Camp: History, Biographies, Remembrance is an authoritative and well-researched account of the construction, historical context, and liquidation of Hitler’s first death camp.

Drawing on detailed accounts from Jewish prisoners, perpetrator biographies and war crime trials, Chris Webb and the late Artur Hojan paint a characteristically rich picture of the atrocities that happened at Chelmno, as well as providing an impactful list of remembrance.

Going forward, this book is a great resource for modern historians and students of the Holocaust who wish to understand more about how Chelmno sparked wider developments in the systematic murder of six million Jews from 1941 to 1945." - Dr William Allchorn, Associate Director of the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Leeds.

About the book:

This book is a comprehensive account of the Chelmno death camp. Chelmno was not only the first Nazi death camp, it also set a horrific example in establishing gas vans as the first mass use of poison gas to kill Jews. Chris Webb and Artur Hojan cover the construction and the development of the mass murder process, as perfected by the Nazis. The story is painstakingly told from all sides, the Jewish inmates, some who survived the Holocaust, the perpetrators, the Polish Arbeitskommando, and others. A major part of this work is the Jewish Roll of Remembrance that includes the few survivors and the Jews deported from the Reich, via the Litzmannstadt ghetto, to their deaths in the gas vans. The book is richly illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs and documents.

About the author:

Chris Webb has been studying the Holocaust for over forty-five years. He has published five books on Hitler’s extermination camps. He has also given lectures and presentations at several universities on Aktion Reinhardt and other aspects of the Holocaust. He has founded and co-founded a number of Holocaust websites and has acted as an advisor to the Imperial War Museum and the BBC. He is also a member of the Tiergartenstrasse4 Association and a member of CARR.

Artur Hojan (1973–2013) was a Polish historian and author, also a well-regarded expert on Hitler’s T4 Euthanasia program and Herbert Lange, the first commandant of Chelmno. A founder of the Tiergartenstrasse4 Association. He lost his life in 2013; his original research has been used in this book. The book is dedicated to his memory.

 

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Posted By Janina Wittlif
Between 2014 and 2019 the renowned Ukrainian journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk traveled to the occupied Crimea, where she collected the stories of people whose lives were changed by the Russian annexation.
In a conversation with Ukraine expert Dr. Andreas Umland, Nataliya Gumenyuk shares the experiences that form the basis of her book. The translator Johann Zajaczkowski gives a brief introduction. The German translation of "The Lost Island: Stories from the Occupied Crimea" is published in the book series Ukrainian Voices by ibidem Press. 
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Posted By Christian Schön

Prof. Dr. Eva Leitzke-Ungerer ist in der Didaktik der romanischen Sprachen für ihre Arbeit über Probleme der allgemeinen Fremdsprachendidaktik und deren Konkretisierung im schulischen Kontext, ihre sprach-, literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Einordnungen und nicht zuletzt ihre Schriften über die Bedeutung von Film und Musik für den Fremdsprachenunterricht ein Begriff. In der Festschrift „A la croisée des chemins … Wege einer fachübergreifenden Fremdsprachendidaktik“, herausgegeben von Christophe Losfeld, versammeln sich Beiträge von Kollegen und Weggefährten, die mit ihren Beiträgen das Werk Leitzke-Ungerers würdigen.

Über die Festschrift:

Eva Leitzke-Ungerer ist seit 2006 Professorin für Didaktik der romanischen Sprachen am Institut für Romanistik der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. In dieser Zeit hat sie nicht nur zahlreiche Studierende auf ihre berufliche Tätigkeit grundlegend vorbereitet, sondern durch ihre umfangreichen Forschungsarbeiten einen wesentlichen Beitrag zur Didaktik der romanischen Sprachen geleistet. Die 16 im Band veröffentlichten Beiträge spiegeln das Wirken von Eva Leitzke-Ungerer wider.

Über den Herausgeber:

Christophe Losfeld, agrégé d’allemand, ist Gymnasiallehrer und Fachbetreuer für Französisch in Sachsen-Anhalt sowie außerplanmäßiger Professor am Institut für Romanistik der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

Posted By Janina Wittlif

"Pop Beckett: Intersections with Popular Culture", edited by Paul Stewart and David Pattie, tells the intimate relation between Beckett’s work and popular culture.

Featured Reviews:

"Samuel Beckett – the ‘moody man of letters’ – can be found in the most unexpected places, from the Muppets to Game of Thrones. The essays in this superb volume patiently explore new tributaries of Beckett’s reception and examine his status as a pop, ‘mod’ icon. In so doing, they reveal new perspectives for understanding both Beckett’s works and his legacies, showing both how he engages with popular culture as well as how popular culture engages with Beckett." – Dr Sam Slote, Trinity College Dublin

Short description:

When Samuel Beckett’s work first appeared, it was routinely described, by Adorno amongst others, as a clear example of European high culture. However, this judgement ignored an aspect of Beckett’s work and its reception that is, arguably, not yet fully understood; the intimate relation between his work and popular culture. Beckett used popular cultural forms; but popular culture has also found a place both for the work and for the man. This collection of essays examines how popular cultural forms and media are woven into the fabric of Beckett’s works, and how Beckett continues to have far-reaching impact on popular culture today in a host of different forms, in film and on television, from comics to meme culture, tourism to marketing.

 

About the editors:

Paul Stewart is Professor of Literature at the University of Nicosia. He is the author of two books on Beckett—Sex and Aesthetics in Samuel Beckett’s Works (Palgrave, 2011) and Zone of Evaporation: Samuel Beckett’s Disjunctions (Rodopi, 2006)—and the series editor for ‘Samuel Beckett in Company’, published by ibidem Press. He has published widely on Beckett in such journals as The Journal of Beckett Studies and Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui. He is also a creative writer (his novel Now Then was published by Armida in 2014) and a performer in theatre, television, and film.

David Pattie is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of three books (The Complete Critical Guide to Samuel Beckett (2001), Rock Music in Performance (2007), and Modern British Playwrights: the 1950s (2012)). He has also co-edited two books with Sean Albiez: Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop (2010) and Brian Eno: Oblique Music (2016). Furthermore, he was part of the Staging Beckett research project, and he has published extensively on Beckett, contemporary performance, popular culture, popular music, and Scottish theatre.

Posted By Janina Wittlif

In “Nailed to the rolls of honour, crucified: Irish Literary Responses to the Great War – The War Writings of Patrick MacGill, James Hanley, and Liam O’Flaherty” Robert Starr examines Irish perspectives on the First World War based on the works of three Roman Catholic Irishmen. What influences shaped Irish soldiers from the working class in those days? With what motives did they go into battle? And how did the soldier’s faith affect their attitude to the war? Starr tries to answer these questions. He looks at them in a European context and focuses on the fact that the working class saw military service as work and not as a duty or vocation.

Short description:

This book explores the war writings of Patrick MacGill, James Hanley, and Liam O’Flaherty, working class, Roman Catholic Irishmen, all of whom fought in the First World War as privates and who, collectively, it is argued, constitute a distinct trio of war writers. Through discussions focusing upon class, camaraderie, violence, religion, trauma, and the body, this book considers these Irish soldiers within a cultural, social, and historical context. Central to this examination is the idea that the motives for enlistment and the experience of army labor and even combat was such that military service was perceived as work rather than a duty or vocation undertaken in support of any prevailing doctrines of patriotism or sacrifice. The men’s Catholicism also shaped their aesthetic and philosophical responses to the war, even while the war conversely troubled their faith or confirmed their religious scepticism. The war writing of these men is located within both an Irish and a pan-European literary working class tradition, thereby permitting the texts to be viewed within a wider context than literature of the First World War, and from a perspective that goes beyond Ireland and Britain. These characteristics shape a perspective on the conflict very different from that of the canonical officer-writers, men such as Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, or Edmund Blunden, whose work is considered alongside those of the three Irish soldier-writers.

About the author:

Robert Starr began studying English Literature later in life having previously worked in such diverse occupations as law enforcement in England and music while living on the east coast of America. Attending the Universities of Central England, Cambridge, and Warwick, where he completed his PhD, Starr developed an interest in the men who form the cornerstone to this text. Having an Irish heritage, his desire was to bring to the fore the experiences of Catholic soldiers from Ireland who fought in the British army, men who historically have received little attention.

Posted By Janina Wittlif

Herbstprogramm 2020

Sep 8, 2020 11:19:15 AM

Politik, Gesellschaft, Sprache, Literatur und Belletristik - nur ein kleiner Ausschnitt der Fachrichtungen, die von unseren Neuererscheinungen im Herbst 2020 abgedeckt werden. Stöbern Sie in unserem aktuellen Programm und entdecken Sie Spannendes, Wissenswertes und Lehrreiches.

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Posted By Valerie Lange

Humanity today is mainly concerned with the question of how we can live our unpredictable and limited existence in order to live a long and healthy life. Highly developed medicine helps us to do this. Very few, instead, want to think about the end. But since time is the condition of all human experience – but for us mortals it is limited – the answers to the current challenges in medical practice are increasingly linked to answers to philosophical questions.

In "The Practice of Medicine as Being in Time" Raymond C. Barfield deals with the symbiosis between medicine and philosophy and attempts to show that the meaning and purpose of medical practice is inseparable from existence in time.

Featured Reviews:

“Dr. Barfield has incredibly insightful words for these changing times in medicine. His exquisite craftsmanship in this text is impressive, but especially his keen ability to expertly circumnavigate this complex topic that is so important to us all – health and human life in the modern era.” Dr. David Markham, Emory University.

"Is Raymond Barfield a physician who happens to be a philosopher or a philosopher who happens to be a physician? One thing is for sure: he’s able to use words in ways that remind us of their overwhelming meaning – words like “disease,” “love,” “death,” and “How can I help today?” As our vast healthcare systems suffer from the illnesses of managed care and the bottom line, this book is an urgent and humane exploration of what the practice of medicine is all about." Prof. Scott Samuelson, author of Seven Ways of Looking at Pointless Suffering and The Deepest Human Life.

Short description:

This is an exciting but difficult time for the practice of medicine. The impact of corporate transformation on practice is part of a larger cultural crisis. The arena of medicine is a testing ground for our responses to this crisis because it is so closely and directly connected to our bodies.

The limitation of time gives our lives the arc of a story, with a beginning, a middle and an end. Unfortunately, many of us in the modern world avoid thinking about limits in our lives – especially the limit of our time called death. The practice of medicine serves people who have reached limits in their lives caused by the threat of illness and death. Because good medical practice is so closely linked to the complex effects these threats have on our limited lives, this book argues that the meaning and purpose of medical practice is inextricably linked to existence in time.

The book will be published on 20.10.2020.

 

About the author:

Raymond Barfield is Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He received his MD and his PhD (in philosophy) from Emory University. He is a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician with an interest in expanding the role of the humanities and the arts in the formation of physicians. He teaches philosophy in the Divinity School at Duke. He has published widely in medicine, philosophy, and literature, including several books: Life in the Blind Spot (poetry), The Book of Colors (a novel), The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy, Wager: Beauty, Suffering, and Being in the World, and The Poetic Apriori: Philosophical Imagination in a Meaningful Universe. He was the founding director of three programs at Duke: Pediatric Quality of Life and Palliative Care, Theology, Medicine, and Culture and Reimagine Medicine. Currently he is the director of the Medical Humanities Program for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Medical Humanities, and History of Medicine in the Medical School. Ray is married to Karen Barfield, an Episcopal priest. They have two children, Micah and Alexandra, and one grandson named Crew.

 

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