International Conference –
From Sarmatia to Mare Nostrum: Borderland Spaces in German-language Literature and other Media,
27-28 April, 2017, London

On the occasion of the centenary of Johannes Bobrowski, the Irish Centre of Transnational Studies and Department of German Studies, MIC, will organise an international conference on “Borderland Spaces in German-language Literature and other Media”. The conference will take place on 27 and 28 April 2017 at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), University of London.

The event is organised in cooperation with Nottingham Trent University, and the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, and is supported by the Modern Humanities Research Association.

With his „Sarmatien“, Johannes Bobrowski’s poetry and fiction of the 1950s and early 1960s, marked by his experience of the Second World War in Central and Eastern Europe, suggests a European borderland space which questions national borders as well as cultural and temporal boundaries, and challenges prevalent ideas and aesthetics on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Taking Bobrowski’s Sarmatia as a starting point, this international conference aims to provide researchers with a forum to discuss how Central and Eastern European borderland narratives and poetics have changed in the course of the 20th to 21st century in German-language literature and other media, and how such processes may be interlinked with national, European or global discourses, structures, and contexts.

Plenary speakers will include Professor Bill Niven (Nottingham Trent), Professor Maren Röger (Augsburg), Professor Joanna Jablkowska (Łódź), PD Dr. Andreas Degen (Potsdam), and Professor Wladimir Gilmanov (Kaliningrad). The conference languages will be English and German.



Advance registration required