The graduate students of the German and Scandinavian Studies department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invite you to attend our 2nd annual graduate student conference February 18-19.
Titled “Experimentations: A Graduate Student Conference in German and Scandinavian Studies,” the event will highlight interdisciplinary work that encompasses innovative approaches
in art history, political science, women’s studies and literary criticism. Panels will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday in Herter Hall 601.
To open the conference, the Swedish film Masjävlar (in English Dalecarlians) (2004) will be shown at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17 in Herter Hall 227. This tells the story of three sisters who grew up together in a small village in the province of Dalecarlia. The youngest sister, Mia, who left home at an early age for a big-city life, returns to join the celebration of her father's 70th birthday. Old conflicts are brought to life and the characters'
dissatisfaction with their lives becomes more and more apparent. Director Maria Blom sculpts an intriguing cast of characters, all with unexpected depths and surprises, and paints a provocative portrait of a family and a community.
This screening and all events at the conference are free and open to the public.
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