Cultures and Languages

Stefan Zweig’s political essays – a scholarly edition

Supervisor

Dr Stephan Resch (09 3737599 ext 87453)

Discipline

Cultures and Languages: German

Project code: ART007

Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was one of the most widely translated authors of the 20th century. While he is best known for his novellas, biographies and his autobiography “The World of Yesterday”, he was also a prolific social and political commentator of the inter-war period. Literary criticism has tended to overlook this aspect of his oeuvre and this is reflected in the lack of a scholarly edition which systematically collects, contextualises and comments on his political essays.

This project will compile approximately 30-40 unpublished essays and texts not accessible since their original publication in the 1920s and 1930s to give an overview of Zweig’s engagement with pacifist and pro-European ideas. It will provide the reader with notes on each essay, giving contextual information on the historical, biographical and literary background not immediately available to today’s readership. It will also contain an essay, which will examine Zweig’s essayistic contributions in the light of his overall literary output with special reference to his underlying ethics of political engagement in times of political upheaval in central Europe.


Scholar’s Work

The scholar will have four distinct tasks during this project:

1) Identify and order essays
While I have some of Zweig’s essays readily available, others will need to be ordered through the library’s interloan system. Further essays for the project may have to be identified by using the extensive Stefan Zweig bibliography and other bibliographic tools before they can be ordered.

2) Transcription of texts
Once essays become available, they will need to be transcribed into an MS Word format. A small number of these essays will be available as hand-written manuscripts only, others will use old German typescript (circa 1910-1925). The majority of essays will be written in standard modern German script. Several articles are in English and some in French. Those should also be transcribed if possible. Translations of texts in English and French are not required by the scholar.
3) Explanatory notes
For each essay printed in the edition, the scholar will be asked to identify historical, biographical and literary terms or issues that are likely to be unfamiliar to a contemporary readership. The scholar will then conduct background research on each item and, in cooperation with the project supervisor, will draft concise explanatory notes as appropriate.
4) Editing
Throughout the project, the scholar is expected to carefully consult and abide by the publisher’s editorial guidelines for compiling print-ready manuscripts. This will include the compilation of a bibliography and endnotes using the required stylesheet.

Required Skills/Pre-requisites

High level of German essential (at least B2 level, C1 level preferred)
Ability to read some old German typescript and handwriting
Attention to detail when proofreading in German
An interest in German literature, history and politics an advantage
Ability to read and type in French an advantage but not a prerequisite
Familiarity with bibliographic research (Library databases and Interloan) and documentation (Endnote)

Applicants should address these required skills in their application and indicate if they have been in touch with the proposed supervisor.

Mobile learning in German as a Foreign Language

Supervisor

Diana Feick

Discipline

Cultures and Languages: German

Project code: ART008

This study aims to investigate the potential of Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) in German as a foreign Language (GfL) classes on a secondary school level. Mobile devices, such as mobile phones or tablets, are a promising resource for learning a foreign language within this age group, but its potential in German as a foreign language in secondary schools so far lacks empirical support. This project aims to carry out a case study at a High School in Auckland to investigate MALL in this specific GfL learning context. Using a video-ethnographic approach I propose to provide a detailed description of a MALL-learning and teaching setting. The study will also include the perspective of the teachers and learners concerning their perception of MALL as part of their GfL teaching and learning practice. The specific objectives of the study are to explore and describe forms of mobile media use, formal and informal, as well as implicit learning aspects of MALL taken as characteristics of that specific learning-teaching setting. Informal learning is out-of-class learning and implicit learning refers to unintentional learning outcomes that are not directly taught by the teacher.

Scholar’s Work

The work of the scholar during the first stage will include searching through online databases for relevant literature on the research topic and reading sources on the topic. The work will also include retrieving texts from the library and noting generalisations found in those sources. Photocopying or scanning portions of these resources will also be one of the scholar’s tasks. 

In the second stage the scholar will help to prepare the collected teacher and learner data for analysis. He/she will transcribe the interview data, preferably using the transcription software F4. The scholar will also collaborate in organizing the learner survey data into a useable format using Excel.

After the data preparation the scholar will contribute to the data analysis. This includes coding the data using the analysis software InVivo. The scholar will be expected to contribute intellectually to the project, helping to identify relevant codes and categories, helping to guide the overall direction of the research.

Required Skills/Pre-requisites

The scholar must have a proficiency of German at the B1-B2 level of the Common European Framework of Competencies.
The scholar must have an understanding of how library research is conducted, and how applied linguistic research is conducted. The scholar will preferably have basic skills in data transcription and qualitative data analysis. The scholar has basic knowledge of Excel.

Applicants should address these required skills in their application and indicate if they have been in touch with the proposed supervisor.

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