Spring Conference in Köthen (Anhalt)
The programme of this year's Spring Conference is dedicated to the theme of language – a reference to the history of the conference location at Köthen, where the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft (Fruitbearing Society) was active from 1617 to 1650. It was the first German language academy; its work was linked to a wide range of linguistic, literary and educational ambitions and remains exemplary to this day. Our lectures and discussions will explore positions on language cultivation and language work starting in the 17th century. This will open up perspectives on current experiences and concepts – including the teaching of the German language to refugees.
The conference will conclude with the presentation of the Academy Awards: Anne Weber will be awarded the Johann Heinrich Voss Prize for her outstanding translations from French and Hubert Orłowski will recive the Friedrich Gundolf Prize for his work in communicating German culture abroad. The prizes, which are awarded annually during the Spring Conference, are endowed with 15,000 euros each.