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Grad Student Announcements – March 26

March 26, 2010

1. WENDE Flicks – The Land Beyond the Rainbow

2. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Spring 2010

3. Nineteenth Century Modernities Colloquium Program

4. A Symposium on Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema

5. Lord Timothy Garden Memorial Lecture by Lord John Roper 

6. GPSO Announcements

7. Summer Swedish Course











1. WENDE Flicks – The Land Beyond the Rainbow

Come and join us for the IU DEFA Project’s final screening at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater before we move to the IU Fine Arts Auditorium in April for our usual Sunday screenings. This coming Sunday, March 28, starting at 7pm, we will be screening the satirical fantasy, The Land Beyond the Rainbow.

The film is in the original German with English subtitles. As always, film screenings are open to the public and completely FREE!

The Land Beyond the Rainbow (Das Land hinter dem Regenbogen):

Germany, 1991, 89 min., color

Director: Herwig Kipping

Cast: Franciszek Pieczka, Winfried Glatzeder,

Axel Werner, Stefanie Janke,

Thomas Ewert, Sebastian Reznicek

Cinematography: Roland Dressel

Screenplay: Herwig Kipping

This harsh, yet poetic critique of Stalinism in East Germany centers on the mythical village of Stalina in 1953. The villagers legitimate injustice by glorifying the idea of real existing socialism … at the same time as they experience their own destruction by the system. Only children – like the Rainmaker and Marie – still believe in the goodness of the people and in true love, and so he conjures a rainbow for her. Critics credit this film with being one of the most radical representations of the GDR – a mixture of Hieronymus Bosch and Breughel.

1992 German Film Award in Silver

1992 Berlin Film Festival

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with special guests and experts in the fields of Germanic studies and history. Lindsay Rucker from the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University will be joined by: Prof. Jeffrey Veidlinger from the Department of History at IU and Prof. Padraic Kenney from the Department of History at IU and Prof. Benjamin Robinson from the Department of Germanic Studies at IU. We look forward to another exciting evening of film, history, and ideas!

2. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Spring 2010

Place: Workshop Tocqueville Room

513 North Park Avenue

Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.

You are welcome to bring your lunch. Coffee is provided free of charge and soft drinks are available. Copies of Workshop colloquia papers can be found on our website at If you have a question regarding assistance or our Colloquium Series, please contact Gayle Higgins (812-855-0441, We hope you will be able to join us!


March 29, 2010


Presented by Dr. Marius Busemeyer, Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Köln, Germany; and Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (coauthor: Christine Trampusch, Institute for Political Science, University of Berne)

Abstract: Recent advances in the comparative study of the political economy of advanced industrial democracies point to the importance of the state and public policy as supporting factors of coordinated capitalism. Looking back on the political history of vocational training and the welfare state in Germany since the 1970s, this paper studies in greater detail the role of the state and how it is changing over time. We find that in the 1970s the state acted as expected by the pertinent Varieties of Capitalism literature, delegating public obligations such as the training of young people to firms and refraining from hierarchical intervention. However, this neocorporatist arrangement laid the foundation for a long-term political dependency of the state on private actors to supply collective goods, i.e., vocational training opportunities. This in-built vulnerability of neocorporatist arrangements triggered a redefinition of the role of the state when private actors were no longer able to supply the collective goods in question because of changing environmental conditions. The state abandoned its former role of being a neutral moderator and became actively involved in transforming the institutional framework in order to bring it closer in line with the interests of business.

BIO: Marius Busemeyer is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. His research focuses on comparative political economy and welfare state research, specializing in the fields of education, social and fiscal policy. He has recently finished a research project on the politics of institutional change in the German vocational training system. He is also a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. While there, he is planning to continue working on the subject of the comparative political economy of education and training by looking at other country cases in comparison to Germany. Busemeyer received his doctorate in political science from the University of Heidelberg in 2006. He has published, among others, in the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of European Public Policy, and the Socio-Economic Review.

3. Nineteenth Century Modernities Colloquium Program

An interdisciplinary discussion of modernity in the global nineteenth century

Friday April 2

University Club of the Indiana Memorial Union

1:00 pm  Michael Leja (Art History, University of Pennsylvania), “Problems in Early Mass Visual Culture” 

Michael Leja studies the visual arts in various media (painting, sculpture, film, photography, prints, illustrations) in the 19th and 20th centuries, primarily in the United States.  His book Looking Askance:  Skepticism and American Art from Eakins to Duchamp (2004) traces the interactions between the visual arts and the skeptical forms of seeing engendered in modern life in northeastern American cities between 1869 and 1917.   It won the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize in 2005.  He is currently at work on a book exploring changes in pictorial forms and in social relations associated with the industrialization of picture production and the development of a mass market for images in the mid-nineteenth century.

2:45 pm  Jan Goldstein (History, University of Chicago), “Political Affiliations of the Flesh in Nineteenth-Century France.”

Jan Goldstein’s research focuses on the intellectual and cultural history of Europe, especially France, from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Much of her work has concentrated on the psychological sciences and on the ways that socio-political forces unexpectedly shape our understanding and experience of our innermost selves.  Her most recent book, The Post-Revolutionary Self: Politics and Psyche in France, 1750-1850, examines a literal politics of selfhood, tracing the competition among three psychological theories that all made bids for institutionalization in the French state educational system: sensationalism, phrenology, and the philosophical psychology of Victor Cousin.

4:15 pm  Jane Thrailkill (English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina), “Darwin’s Children: Henry James, Stephen Crane, and the Art of Immaturity”

Professor Thrailkill works on Nineteenth-Century U.S. and English Literature and Science Studies.  Her most recent book, Affecting Fictions: Mind, Body, and Emotion in American Literary Realism, offers a new understanding of American literary realism that draws on neuroscience and cognitive psychology. She positions herself against the emotionless interpretations of the New Critics and takes as her point of departure realist works of medicine, psychology, and literature, arguing that nineteenth-century readers and critics would have taken it for granted that texts engaged both mind and body.

Reception: 5:30-6:30 Faculty Club

Saturday April 3

Walnut Room in the Indiana Memorial Union

9:30 am Ruth Rogaski (History, Vanderbilt University) “The 19th Century as a Crisis of Qi”

Ruth Rogaski is a historian of Qing and modern China, with allied interests in the history of medicine, urban history, women’s and gender history, and social and cultural history in early modern and modern East Asia.  She is the author of Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China (University of California Press, 2004), which traces how hygiene became a crucial element in the formulation of Chinese modernity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Hygienic Modernity was awarded the Fairbank Prize in East Asian history, the Levenson Prize in Chinese studies, the Welch Medal in the history of medicine, and was co-recipient of the Berkshire Prize. 

11:00 am Swati Chattopadhyay (History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara), “Mapping a Mobile Land: Landscape and Governance in Colonial India.”

Professor Chattopadhyay is an architect and architectural historian specializing in modern architecture and the cultural landscape of British colonialism. She is interested in the ties between colonialism and modernism, and in the spatial aspects of race, gender, and ethnicity in modern cities that are capable of enriching post-colonial and critical theory.. She is the author of Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny (Routledge, 2005), and co-editor of a special issue of PostColonial Studies (Nov 2005) focusing on “the subaltern and the popular’.

12:15 pm Lunch

1:30  pm Lara Kriegel (History, Florida International University), “’A New Order of Valour’:  The Victoria Cross, the Crimean War, and Mid-Nineteenth-Century Modernity”

Professor Kriegel is the author of Grand Designs, a prehistory of the Victoria and Albert Museum and study of the design reform movement of mid-nineteenth century Britain.  Working jointly in social and cultural history, she has taught course on, or published work on, topics including  museum history, woman’s history, print culture in imperial Britain, and World War I.  Her current work concerns the Crimean War, the cultural production and cultural formations around this military action, and its role in shaping popular and academic notions of Victorian character.  Her book received Honorable Mention in the 2007 Albion Prize competition for best book in British History since 1800; one of her essays won the 2005 NAVSA Donald Gray Prize for best essay in Victorian Studies. She’ll be joining the IU faculty as a  joint appointment in the History and English Departments next year.

3:00-4:00 pm  Roundtable with

Sarah Burns (Art History, Indiana University)

Michael Dodson (History, Indiana University)

Christoph Irmscher (English, Indiana University)

Rebecca Spang (History, Indiana University)

Sponsored by the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Departments of Art History, English, and History

4. A Symposium on Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema  

Presented by the Indiana University Department of French and Italian

April 7-11, 2010

During these five days, scholars and lovers of Italian Cinema will discuss, rediscover and investigate many aspects of Italian cinematic production.


· The filmmaker Giuseppe Piccioni will introduce and discuss 4 of his films 

· We will show three documentaries and a series of short productions

· The symposium will include over forty scholarly presentations

Join us to learn more about what is happening in one of the most artistic, controversial and creative national cinemas. Please visit our website for details:

Sponsors: College of Arts & Sciences, West European Studies, College Arts and Humanities Institute, Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French and Italian, Olga Ragusa Fund for the Study of Modern Italian Literature and Culture.

Special Guest: Giuseppe Piccioni

After studying under Renzo Rossellini at the Gaumont Film School from 1980-83, Giuseppe Piccioni made his directorial debut in 1987 with Il grande Blek which won the De Sica Award for the best new Italian film of the year. The film was screened at that year’s Berlin Film Festival and also won the Nastro d’Argento. His next film, Chiedi la luna, won a Grollo d’Oro for best director and was selected for the 1991 Venice Film Festival. Mr. Piccioni established himself internationally in 1999 as his film Fuori dal mondo went on to win five David di Donatello awards for Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Producer and Best Editing. It garnered four Ciaks d’Oro as well as the Special Grand Prize of the Jury Award at Montreal and both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI festival.

Brief Filmography

Giulia non esce la sera (2009)

Giulia Doesn’t Date at Night (USA: festival title)

La vita che vorrei (2004)

The Life I Want (International: English title)

Luce dei miei occhi (2001)

Light of My Eyes (International: English title)

Cuori al verde (1996)

Love, Money and Philosophy (New Zealand: English title)

Penniless Hearts (Canada: English title: TV title)

Condannato a nozze (1993)

Condemned to Wed

Chiedi la luna (1991)

Ask for the Moon

5. Lord Timothy Garden Memorial Lecture by Lord John Roper

Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 pm

Moot Court Room of the School of Law

Indiana University Bloomington

Topic: International Financial Security

Lord Roper was educated at Oxford and the University of Chicago (from which he received a doctorate), and he began his career as an economics lecturer at the University of Manchester. He then went into politics and was elected Member of Parliament for Farnworth. He sat as a Labor Cooperative MP from 1970 to 1981 and for the Social Democratic Party from 1981 to 1983, when he was also the party¹s Chief Whip. From 1990 to 1995, he was Director of the Institute for Security Studies of the West European Union. Since 2000 he has been a Life peer as Baron Roper, of Thorney Island in the City of Westminster. He was the Liberal Democrat Chief Whip in the House of Lords until 2005, when he was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. Currently, he is Chairman of the European Union Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Development Staff as well as an active member of the House of Lords, where he is Chairman of the Committee on the European Union.

6. GPSO Announcements

–  Summer Job Fair

–  Lotus Blossoms

–  The 6TH Annual Bloomington Turkish Film Festival

–  Upcoming Events from NAGSA

–  AmeriCorps Meet and Greet

–  Two Spirit Society Forming in Bloomington & Area

–  Working Group for Improving Graduate Student Menta

–  Summer Internship Opportunity through Students For…

–  Upcoming Events from BGSA

–  Events from SPEA

**These announcements and more can be found at the GPSO blog:


Graduate Student Social Hour
WHEN: Friday (3/26) 7pm-9pm
WHERE: Nick’s English Hut, in the Hoosier Room, 423 East Kirkwood Avenue

WHAT: GPSO Graduate Student Social Hour, sponsored by School of HPER

Graduate Appreciation Week:

Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar – Family Day

WHEN:  Saturday (3/27) 11am-2pm

WHERE:  Binford Elementary School, 2300 E. 2nd Street

WHAT: GPSO is delighted to co-sponsor this family-friendly event. 

The afternoon will include live performances, arts and crafts, and other activities perfect for children, families, and graduate students. 

This event is offered free of charge. 

For more information, visit

Graduate Student Roller Skating     

WHEN:  Wednesday (4/07) 6:30-8:30pm

WHERE: Western Skateland, 930 W. 17th Street

WHAT: Meet up with other graduate and professional students for an evening of skating.  Kids are welcome!

PRICE: $4/person includes admission and skate rental. 

**Information on this event and more can be found at the GPSO website:  www.


7. Summer Swedish Course

The Cornell University Swedish Program, in collaboration with the Fiske Icelandic Collection in the Cornell University Library, is pleased to announce a 3-week summer course (June 2-25, 2010): Modern Literary Voices of Northern Europe. The course will be taught in English by Soffía Auður Birgisdóttir, who will be visiting the Cornell University campus in June 2010 from Iceland. The course announcement is available on the program’s website at Tuition is $1,010 per credit hour. Prospective students are welcome to enroll and register through the Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at:

Information regarding housing and campus life is available at:

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