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Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize Ceremony (November 9)

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04.11.2021 - Article

The award ceremony to present the eighth annual Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize to Dr. Heinz Ickstadt.

Deutsches Haus at NYU will proudly award the eighth annual Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize to Dr. Heinz Ickstadt, Professor Emeritus of American Literature at the Kennedy Institute of North American Studies at the Free University, Berlin. Dr. Andrew Gross, Professor of American literature at the University of Göttingen, will hold the laudatory speech in honor of Heinz Ickstadt. Additional remarks will be provided by the Friends of Volkmar and Margret Sander.

About the award recipient:

Dr. Heinz Ickstadt is Professor Emeritus of American Literature at the Kennedy Institute of North American Studies at the Free University, Berlin, where he taught from 1978 through 2003. His publications include a history of the American novel in the twentieth century and essays on late nineteenth-century American literature and culture, the fiction and poetry of American modernism and postmodernism, and the history and theory of American Studies. Some of these were collected in Faces of Fiction: Essays on American Literature and Culture from the Jacksonian Age to Postmodernity (2001) and Aesthetic Innovation and the Democratic Principle: Essays on Twentieth Century American Poetry and Fiction (2016). He also edited and co-edited several books on American literature and culture, among them a bilingual anthology of American poetry and a bilingual edition of Ezra Pound’s Cantos. He was president of the German Association of American Studies from 1990 – 1993, and president of the European Association of American Studies, 1996 – 2000.

About the laudator:

Andrew Gross is a professor of American literature at the University of Göttingen and director of the Seminar for English Philology. He is an executive editor of the American Studies Journal and an assistant editor of the European Journal of American Studies. Together with Susanne Rohr, he wrote Comedy--Avant-Garde--Scandal (Universitätsverlag Winter 2010). Andrew Gross published The Pound Reaction: Liberalism and Lyricism in Midcentury American Literature (Universitätsverlag Winter 2015), which received the Rob Kroes Award from the European Association of American Studies in 2015. In addition to writing about representations of the Holocaust, Andrew also works on topics in surveillance studies, travel literature, and modernist American poetry.

About the prize:

The Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize was established by Professor Margret Sander in memory of her late husband, Professor Volkmar Sander, former head of the German Department of NYU and founder and first director of Deutsches Haus at NYU, who passed away in 2011. The prize - which was awarded for the first time in 2013 to the late Professor Fritz Stern and, in the following year, to Dr. Gary Smith, to Dr. Lya Friedrich Pfeifer in 2015; to Dr. Claus Leggewie in 2016; to Karsten Voigt in 2017; to Dr. Henry Jarecki in 2018, and to Dr. Susan Nieman in 2019 - is awarded annually in the fall and is endowed with a $5000 grant, kindly donated by Margret Sander, and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cultural, political, and academic relationship between the German-speaking world and the United States.


Location & time

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Virtual Event

For more information and registration please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volkmar-and-margret-sander-prize-ceremony

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