"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
This year’s conference of the Languages Graduate Student Association (Langsa) at the University of Connecticut aims to investigate the development and changes in the study and teaching of the humanities. Digital humanities as a new field are emerging, public humanities offer a different career path and interdisciplinary work opens up the field of traditional studies in the humanities. Furthermore, online tools and classes, and undergraduates in the humanities pursuing secondary degrees in the social sciences and other colleges change our teaching and call for new approaches and skills. With our conference we want to participate in the conversation on all these emerging, multifaceted approaches that open up our fields of research and foster the cooperation between different disciplines inside and outside of the humanities.