Centenary of Teaching of German in Pune and in India: 2014


Rally of  the Students of German (in Collaboration with Fergusson College)

As students are the main component of the centenary celebrations, we wish to start the centenary year with a students’ rally which is organized by Fergusson College and German Section of Dept. of Foreign Languages, University of Pune jointly. The main purpose of the rally is to inform people about the centenary year, about the teaching of German in Pune. We wish to involve school children, students of Junior colleges, Senior Colleges, University students, students of language courses of Pune University, Max Mueller Bhavan, Symbiosis and other educational institutions in the rally. Participation of approximately 600 – 800 students is expected.

On January 11th 2014 the rally will start at 10:00 am from S.P. College, Tilak Road, with the students marching via DES school and Ranade Institute down the Fergusson College Road and putting it at F.C. to an end! Participants will get together in the Amphi Theatre of Fergusson College once the Rally ends.

A special T-shirt with the centenary Logo has been designed. Pl contact Aboli Karandikar in this regard. (8983600962).

We invite you with your high pitch voices to this amazing rally and give German a voice!

Date: 11.01.2014 Start Time: 10.00 am

Route: The rally will start at S.P. College, Tilak Road and will reach Fergusson College via DES School and Dept. of Foreign Languages, Ranade institute.
No registration!   Hope to see you all!!      Talk technology, talk ideas, talk German!!

Open Day (First contact with German Language) (in Collaboration with Fergusson College)

One of the main objectives of the Centenary is to create awareness in the society about foreign languages and especially about German as a Foreign Language. Exactly with this Motto, the German Section of the Dept. of Foreign Languages, University of Pune in collaboration with Fergusson College will organize OPEN DAY on January 18th 2014, Saturday from 3.00pm to 7.00pm at 5 different Centres in Pune simultaneously : Fergusson College, S.P. College, Abasaheb Garware College, Ness Wadia College and Department of Foreign Languages, University of Pune (Ranade Institute).

Through this event everyone, who is interested in German Language, will get a glimpse of the land of ideas and learn a few basics of the language through short interactive sessions. The purpose of this event is to create awareness regarding advantages of learning German with reference to avenues for jobs, higher education and career enhancement.

Date: 18.01.2014 Time: 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Venue: Fergusson College, S.P. College, Abasaheb Garware College, Ness Wadia College and Department of Foreign Languages, University of Pune (Ranade Institute).
No age bar!   No registration fees!   Just walk in!!!     Talk technology, talk ideas, talk German!!

Workshop for M.A. students by Swiss Author Monica Cantieni

A Visit of a Swiss Author Monica Cantieni. She will conduct a Workshop for M.A. students and then her "Lesung": she will be reading from her novel : "Gruenschnabel".

Date: 22/01/2014 Time: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm

Venue: Dept. of Foreign Languages

Prize Distribution of the Competitions for Students of German (in Collaboration with Modern College, Symbiosis)
(Comp.: Essay, Skit, Sing a song, Extempore speech in Nov./Dec. 2013)

In the Centenary Celebrations the students of German Language and Literature have a prime role to play. We wish to organize various competitions for all the students of German in Pune. We wish to involve school children, Students of Junior and Senior colleges, M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. students, students of Language courses of Pune University, Max Mueller Bhavan, Symbiosis and other educational institutions. These competitions would help the students to improve their language skills, to deepen their knowledge of German Culture, to use German language as the medium of expression. The competitions will initiate and facilitate interaction between the students and the teachers from various institutions in Pune.

Competitions: Essay, Skit, Song, Cookery etc.

Date : Last week of Nov./1st week of Dec.

Venue: Modern College, Symbiosis, N.M.V. Girls' Highschool,

Prize Distribution: 25.01.2014 at 5.00 pm


Workshop for M.A. students by Indian-German Author Mr. Anant Kumar

A visit of an Indien-German Author Mr. Anant Kumar, who will conduct a workshop for M.A. students in three sessions..
Dates: 03/02/2014 and 04/02/2014
Venue: Dept. of Foreign Languages

Exhibition (in Collaboration with S.P.College)

The Teaching of German was started for the first time in India back in 1914 in New English School & Fergusson College, Pune. Since then German has become a permanent component of the academic, cultural and commercial scenario in Pune. During the centenary year we wish to organize an exhibition prepared by the students and teachers of German to introduce various educational, cultural, industrial and intercultural aspects of German speaking countries. This exhibition will display a documentation of German Studies in Pune. The exhibition is meant not only for all those interested in German Language, Literature, Culture, but also for the society at large.
Dates: 7, 8, 9 Feb. 2014
Venue: Balgandharva Kaladalan

Inaugural Ceremony (in Collaboration with Mumbai University, Symbiosis and Consulate, FRG, Mumbai)

Date: 23rd Feb. 2014
Venue: Vishwa Bhavan, Symboisis College, Senapati Bapat Road

Music Concert: CAMERATA INSTRUMENTALE (in Collaboration with Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune)

Date: 25th Feb. 2014 Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Susie Sorabji auditorium

Music Concert CAMERATA INSTRUMENTALE, is being organised as a part of the Centenary Celebrations.  60 musicians from Bremen will be performing in this concert.

The entry to this concert is by invite. For passes and further details contact:
Ankita Deole: 9923980500 / anksmusic@gmail.com
Shama Khare: 9822403016 / shamakhare@gmail.com

International Conference on German Studies: (in Collaboration with Goethe Society of India and DAAD)
Comparatism and the Idea/ Function of the Genre = Komparatistik und die Idee/ die Funktion des Genres

In the 2014 Annual conference of the Goethe  Society of India  we propose to take the debate on comparatism started at  the 2013 conference further,  focusing  this time on comparative genre studies.  Goethe spoke of the three “natural forms of poetry”, - “The clearly telling, the enthusiastically excited and the personally acting: Epic, Lyric and Drama. These three poetic modes can work together or separately.”  Generic conventions and traditions were and are, as Goethe indicates here, neither rigid nor eternal.  Neither are they universal as cross-cultural genre studies have shown.
Although genre is viewed primarily as a classificatory device, anti-genre theoreticians question the possibility of reading texts through such an instable typological framework.  Is it possible to talk of texts without talking of genre, can texts ever be ‘genre-less’?  What is the relation between the genre and the mode of writing - lyrical prose, the narrative play, the dramatic poem, the prose poem?  Are genres to be understood as primarily rooted in their cultural and structural contexts or can one consider transcultural genres?

Generic texts like the Thriller, the Western or Science Fiction, being formulaic, correspond to their viewer’s/ reader’s expectations, until social contexts and reader responses eventually lead to the development of newer genres. Genres are consequently also given communicative modes which are easily recognizable.

Papers are invited within the framework outlined above to look into following themes, but are not limited to only these:
•   Genre Theory
•   Comparative Poetics
•   Transcultural poetics
•   Translating Genre
•   Media / Performance
•   Diachronic genre analysis

* Please send your abstracts by 15.11.2013 to Madhu Sahni, Secretary, Goethe Society of India
To: goethe.india@gmail.com
CC: pune.german.centenary@gmail.com
Conference Languages: German & English
*Papers will be published in the Goethe Society Yearbook. 
Date: 24th to 26th Feb.
Venue: YASHADA, Baner Road

Symposium for young research students (in Collaboration with DAAD)

Im Februar 2014 veranstaltet die Deutschabteilung der University of Pune gemeinsam mit dem DAAD und der Goethe Society India die German Week. Sie besteht aus einer Germanistischen Fachkonferenz zum Thema Comparativism & the Function of Genre und dem traditionellen DAAD-Nachwuchssymposium. 2014 steht die German Week zudem im Zeichen des Jubiläums 100 Jahre Deutschunterricht in Pune und in Indien.
Fortgeschrittene Studierende (M.Phil), Doktoranden und junge WissenschaftlerInnen der Germanistik sind eingeladen, an der Fachkonferenz und dem Nachwuchssymposium teilzunehmen. Wie in jedem Jahr können eigene Forschungsprojekte und Promotionsvorhaben einem Fachpublikum vorgestellt werden. Es sind aber auch aktive Beiträge zu den angebotenen Workshops des Nachwuchssymposiums willkommen.
Das Symposium unter Leitung eines deutsch-indischen Teams von Professorinnen (University of Pune, der University of Mumbai, der Delhi University, der Jawaharlal Nehru University) und DAAD-Lektorinnen, bietet eine Plattform für den Austausch Studierender, junger Wissenschaftler und etablierter Hochschullehrer. Es werden Workshops zu den folgenden Themen angeboten:
· Nachwuchsarbeiten (M.Phil. / Ph.D.)
· Wissenschaftliches Schreiben
· Aktuelle Entwicklungen in der Germanistik in Deutschland und Indien
· Förder- und Kooperationsmöglichkeiten für die Germanistik und GermanistInnen

Bewerben Sie sich mit einem Abstract und Ihrem CV. Skizzieren Sie in dem Abstract den Beitrag, den Sie leisten wollen. Dies sollte sein:
· ein Werkstattbericht zu Ihrem eigenen MPhil- oder PhD-Projekt (Was habe ich bereits erarbeitet? Welche Materialien und Methoden nutze ich und warum?
Welche Theorien stehen im Hintergrund?) ODER
· ein Input zu einem der angebotenen Workshops (Űbungen zum wissenschaftlichen Schreiben, Beispiele aus der aktuellen Germanistik, Erfahrungsberichte
im Bereich Kooperation und Förderung)
Einsendeschluss: 25. Oktober 2013
Abtract und CV bitte
An: Dr. Anja Hallacker, pune@daadindia.org
CC: pune.german.centenary@gmail.com
Die Einschreibegebühr fuer alle TeilnehmerInnen beträgt 100 INR. Der DAAD gibt einen Zuschuss zu den Reisekosten und übernimmt für die Dauer der German Week (24.-28.2014) die Kosten für Übernachtung und Verpflegung.

Date: 27th & 28th Feb
Venue: University of Pune

Film on Centenary (in Collaboration with EMRC)


March - September

Lecture: Das Bild der Zigeuner in der Literatur by Prof. Hans Richard Brittnacher, Freie Universität, Berlin

Date: 04.03.2014 Time: 11.00 -13.00 hrs
Venue: Seminar Hall, Ranade Institute
Speaker : Prof. Hans Richard Brittnacher, Freie Universität, Berlin
Topic : Das Bild der Zigeuner in der Literatur
The lecture will be in German

Lecture: Revolution & Literature by Prof. Dr. Manar Omar, University of Helwan, Cairo Egypt

Date: 25.03.2014 Time: 16.00 -17.30 hrs
Venue: Seminar Hall, Ranade Institute

Film: The Tin Drum (in collaboration with Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune )

Date: Thursday 27.03.2014 Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: NFAI Auditorum
Director : Volker Schlöndorff, 142 Min., 1979
A much celebrated film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Günter Grass Danzig 1927: Oskar Matzerath decides on his third birthday that he will not grow any further as a protest gesture against the hypocratic adult world. He falls down from the stairs and lives the life of a small child as far as his outwardly appearance is concerned but manifests mental and emotional growth. He always carries his Tin Drum which soon becomes his sole expression of protest and anger against the Nazis and those who were hand in gloves with them. After the war is over, he chanegs his opinion and wants to grow physically, in order to be treated as an adult by one and all. "Tin Drum" is till date considered one of the finest examples of film adaptations in German Cinema.

Workshop: Interaction between Educational Institutions and the Corporate World (Aug./Sept. 2014)


Film festival: 100 years of Teaching of German in India 100 years of German Film
(Organised by Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Pune in collaboration with the University of Pune and Film & Television Institute of India (FTII))

Date: 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 August Venue: FTII, Pune Contact Person: Dr. Swati Acharya
As part of the Centenary Celebrations a series of German Films showcasing hundred years of German Cinema is being jointly organized by Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune, the German Section of the Department of Foreign Lan-guages, Pune University and the FTII, Pune from 13.08.-19.08.2014. The film-series will be a unique opportunity for the Cineastes from Pune to watch German Films from the silent Era to current times. All Films will be screened in the main auditorium of the FTII, Pune and are open to all. All Films will have Eng-lish Subtitles.
Date Time Film Venue
13.08.2014 17:30 Opening ceremony FTII, Pune
  17:45 Documentary Film: 'Eye-to-eye' FTII, Pune
14.08.2014 16:00 Nosferatu FTII, Pune
  18:00 The blue angel FTII, Pune
16.08.2014 16:00 People on a Sunday FTII, Pune
  18:00 Under the bridges FTII, Pune
17.08.2014 16:00 The marriage of Maria Braun FTII, Pune
  18:00 Paris, Texas FTII, Pune
18.08.2014 16:00 One, Two, Three FTII, Pune
  18:00 Good-bye, Lenin! FTII, Pune
19.08.2014 16:00 Remembering Willy Brandt FTII, Pune
  18:00 The Lives of Others FTII, Pune
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Reading from the novel "Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen"

Date: 19/09/2014 Time: 16:00 Venue: Seminar Hall, Ranade Institute

Workshop by Dr. Kuntsch on " Wortschatz of German language"

Date: 20/09/2014 Time: 10:00 to 17:00 Venue: Seminar Hall, Ranade Institute
As part of the Centenary Celebrations a full day workshop is being organized. This is going to be a kind of mini-refresher course for all languages teachers. Invitation by email/phone.

Reading by Heike Fiedler

Date: 22/09/2014 Time: 11:00 Venue: Seminar Hall, Ranade Institute

Charles Lewinsky: Reading from his own novel "Melnitz".

Date: 17/10/2014 Time: 15:00 Venue: Seminar Hall, Ranade Institute

October 07.10.2014 – 16.10.2014

Intercultural Festival: Dance, Music and Theatre

Date: 7.10.2014 – 16.10.2014
Entry: Open to all. Download brochure from here
Date Time Film Venue
07.10.2014 06:00 pm Inauguration Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road
  06:30 pm ‘German Expressionist’ Dance by Hrishikesh Pawar Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road
08.10.2014 07:00 pm “Du and Mi” Intercultural Grips Play Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road
09.10.2014 06:00 pm German Plays by Teachers and students of German (Forum Deutsch, Schmetterlinge, students of Fergusson College) Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road
11.10.2014 06:00 pm Kathak Dance by Shama Bhate and Madhura Phatak based on poems by
Goethe and Heine
Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road
12.10.2014 06:00 pm Music programme by Teachers and students of German: Indian classical
vocal and instrumental music, musical interpretation of Rilke’s poems
Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road
13.10.2014 06:00 pm German Plays by Teachers and students of German: Theatergruppe 001,
Studio Poona, students and teachers of MMB
Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road
14.10.2014 04:00 pm Lecture by Prof. Ganeshan: Drama und interkulturelle kommunikative Kompetenz Seminar Hall, Dept. of Foreign Languages, Ranade Institute, Fergusson College Road
16.10.2014 06:00 pm Talk show: “All the book is a stage” - a presentation by renowned Swiss German Playwright Charles Lewinsky and a chat with well known Marathi theatre actor, director and playwright Satish Alekar Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road
Workshops: (Entry: Restricted to invitees)
Date Time Film Venue
07.10.2014 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Film- & Theatre-Workshop (Part I) by Dr. Margit Riedel Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road
08.10.2014 09.30 am – 01.30 pm Dance-Workshop by Hrishikesh Pawar Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road
09.10.2014 10.00 am – 05.00 pm Film- & Theatre-Workshop (Part II) by Dr. Margit Riedel Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road
10.10.2014 10.00 am – 05.00 pm Theatre-Workshop by Aniruddha Khutwad & Prasad Vanarase Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Tilak Road


Swiss Film Festival 



Lecture by Prof. Dr. Herbert Uerlings, University of Trier

Topic: Primitivismus in der Kunst der Klassischen Moderne
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014 Time: 10.00 am -11.30 am Venue: Seminar Hall, Ranade Institute
Prof. Dr. Herbert Uerlings is currently teaching at the University of Trier. His scholarly interests include Romantik, 20. Jahrhundert, Interkulturelle Germanistik and Gender Forschung. He is the author of Poetiken der Interkulturalität, Die Gedichte Peter Rühmkorfs. Subjektivität and Wirklichkeitserfahrung in der Lyrik, Friedrich von Hardenberg, genannt Novalis. Werk und Forschung,“Ich bin niedriger Rasse“(Post)Kolonialismus und Geschlechterdifferenz in der deutschen Literatur.

PD Dr. Iulia Patrut, University of Trier

Topic: ‚Zigeuner‘ als ‚innerer Orient‘? Zur Darstellung der ‚Zigeuner‘in der deutschen Literatur.
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014 Time: 12.00 pm -1.30 pm Venue: Seminar Hall, Ranade Institute
PD Dr. Iulia Patrut was earlier teaching at the University of Paderborn and is currently teaching Modern German Studies at the University of Trier. Her scholarly interests include German speaking Literature of the 18th & the 20th Century and its Didactics, Kulturwissenschaftliche Theoriebildung and Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft. She is the author of Fremde Arme - arme Fremde. 'Zigeuner' in den Literaturen Mittel- und Osteuropas, Phantasma Nation: 'Zigeuner' und Juden als Grenzfiguren des 'Deutschen'.

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Christiane Schönfeld, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

Topic: Mensch und Stadt, Frau und Strasse im deutschen Expressionismus
Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 Time: 11.00 am -1.00 pm Venue: Seminar Hall, Ranade Institute
Christiane Schönfeld currently heads the German Department at the Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Her major publications include Dialektik und Utopie (1996), Commodities of Desire: The Prostitute in German Literature (2000), Practicing Modernity: Female Creativity in the Weimar Republic (2006, with Carmel Finnan), Processes of Transposition: German Literature and Film (2007). She is the joint director of the MA in German Language and Culture in Europe (with Dr Joachim Fischer, UL), the co-founder and joint coordinator of the Irish Centre for Transnational Studies.

Reading by Yoko Tawada

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Time: 4:00 pm Venue: Seminar Hall, Ranade Institute
Yoko Tawada wurde als Tochter eines Buchhändlers in Tokio geboren und studierte in Japan Literaturwissenschaft (Schwerpunkt:Russische Literatur). 1979 kam sie zum ersten mal nach Deutschland. Ab 1982 studierte sie in Hamburg Neuere Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft und promovierte in Zürich. Ihre erste literarische Veröffentlichung hatte sie 1986 mit dem Japan-Lesebuch. Sie schreibt in deutscher und japanischer Sprache Essays, Prosa, Theaterstücke, Hörspiele und Lyrik. Sie hat zahlreiche literarische Preise erhalten und wird von einem Publikum geschätzt, das sich zunehmend für Fragen der Sprachdifferenz interessiert. Seit 2006 wohnt sie in Berlin.

Closing Ceremony of the Centenary Celebrations

Date: 19/12/2014 Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: Convocation Hall, University of Mumbai, Fort Campus
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