National Symposium – Günter Grass: A Retrospect

Günter Grass: A Retrospect
16th and 17th October 2015

National Symposium
Department of German, University of Mumbai

Call for Papers

What must be, what can be said about Günter Grass (1927-2015), the Nobel Laureate, in retrospect? After Goethe it was Grass who like no other German iconic writer painted the cultural and political conscience of Germany in epic scale with his characteristic creative irreverence. Only “a child burnt by war”, as Günter Grass calls himself, shortly before his death in a letter dated 23rd March 2015 could have penned the Tin Drum (1959) – perhaps the most significant novel of the last century depicting the gory trajectories of the Nazi and post world war era. If the job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open, as Grass once put it, he himself kept it wide open life long whilst showing his tongue.

16th October, 2015 marks the 88th birth anniversary of Günter Grass, the first one after his demise on 13th April, 2015. The Department of German, University of Mumbai organizes a two day national symposium on 16th and 17th October, 2015. Life and work of the author with his Indian sojourns and writings shall be browsed and discussed by experts from diverse fields.

Programme:

16th October, 2015 (in English) at Pherozeshah Mehta Auditorium, University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus, Santa Cruz East, Mumbai 98.

Public Lecture by Dr. Martin Kämpchen
Panel Discussion: Authors & Academicians
Paper Readings

17th October, 2015 (in German) at J. P. Naik Hall, University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus, Santa Cruz East, Mumbai 98.

Plenary Session / Panel discussion
Paper Readings

We invite all interested to send in their abstracts for reading a paper in English / German (approx. 300 words) latest by Monday, 31st August, 2015 to head@german.mu.ac.in with cc to vibhasurana5@gmail.com

Dr. Meher Bhoot
I/c Head
Department of German

Prof. Dr. Vibha Surana
Professor
Department of German

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