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Literatur - Universalie und Kulturenspezifikum - Beiträge der Sektion "Literatur und Kultur" der Internationalen Deutschlehrertagung Weimar-Jena 2009

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Book Series: Materialien Deutsch als Fremdsprache ISBN: 9783941875470 Year: Pages: 326 DOI: 10.17875/gup2010-320 Language: German
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
Subject: Education --- Linguistics
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The debate on universals has been stimulated by advances in cultural studies and the humanities in general. Considering literature as a universal feature that can be found in any culture, the question is: a) what are the characteristics of literature as an anthropological constant? b) which specific occurrences of literature can be found in different times, cultures and languages – and how is it possible to compare them? c) How has literature been able to mediate over time between different cultures and their often opposing concepts? The wide field of literature transgressing and bridging borders comes into play here, e.g. translations, multilingual and “intercultural” literatures, travel journals and ethnographic interpretations. The main part of the anthology highlights the interplay of cultural impregnation and a universal motivation to express oneself by means of literature – by theoretical approaches as well as by studies with a view on German literature from the outside and/or a focus on the representation of the world in German literary texts. The closing chapter, “intercultural text workshop” enables the reader to gain insight into an ever more important feature of present-day literature: texts from authors who deliberately opted for German as their literary language - Marica Bodrožić, Tzveta Sofronieva, Yoko Tawada, José F.A. Oliver and Ilija Trojanow

Entwicklungstendenzen germanistischer Studiengänge im Ausland - Sprache, Philologie, Berufsbezug

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Book Series: Materialien Deutsch als Fremdsprache ISBN: 9783941875791 Year: Pages: 229 DOI: 10.17875/gup2010-323 Language: German
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
Subject: Education --- Science (General) --- Linguistics --- History of arts
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21 articles give insights into German Studies outside the German-speaking countries. The contributions cover as wide a range as reports country by country, descriptions of individual profiles and local study plans, conceptual cross-country approaches and analyses of specific aspects of general relevance. In all their diversity, the articles demonstrate, besides the basic consensus that German and Germany are to be taught as manifestations of another culture, further similarities: Almost without exception German studies have entered a transitional phase that is not only characterized by curriculum reforms but also by discussions about the identity of German studies themselves. Here, the practical orientation seems to be a central point since, more and more, German Studies are seen as a professional education, too.

Introducing China: The World's Oldest Great Power Charts its Next Comeback

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ISBN: 9781921666193 Year: Pages: 98 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459297 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science
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China’s transformation has been patiently, methodically and very deliberately constructed by a leadership group that has equally carefully protected its monopoly on power. Today’s China is proceeding with great seriousness and determination to become a first-rank state with a balanced portfolio of power and no major vulnerabilities. China takes itself very seriously and is inviting the world to overlook the formidable hard power assets it is determined to acquire in favour of simply enjoying the fruits of its market and trusting in the sincerity of its rhetoric on being determined to become a benign and peaceful new-age major power.

Crisis Policymaking: Australia and the East Timor Crisis of 1999

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ISBN: 9781921666575 Year: Pages: 175 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_458922 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science
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East Timor’s violent transition to independence, which began early in 1999, presented the Australian Government with a significant foreign policy crisis. This crisis was not sudden, totally unexpected or ultimately threatening to Australia’s survival. But the crisis consumed the attention of Australian leaders, saw significant national and international resources employed, and led to the largest operational deployment for the Australian Defence Force since the Vietnam War. This crisis also created a significant rupture in the hitherto carefully-managed relationships between Australia and its important neighbor, Indonesia. The events of September 1999 ultimately led to the birth of a new nation and the deaths of many people who might have otherwise expected to enjoy that independence. In this major study, David Connery examines how the Australian Government—at the political and bureaucratic levels—developed and managed national security policy in the face of this crisis. The events, and the policymaking processes that both led and followed, are reconstructed using sixty interviews with key participants. This study identifies certain characteristics of crisis policymaking in Australia that include a dominant executive, secrecy, external actors and complexity.

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