The 10th Academy Triebel Lecture
Date: 6:00pm-7:00pm 28 November, 2017
Location: The Vines Room at The National Wine Centre, corner of Botanic and Hackney Roads, Adelaide
About the Triebel Lecture: Every three years, the Academy’s Council invites a distinguished scholar to deliver the Triebel Lecture. The Lecture was made possible through a bequest from Professor Louis A. Triebel FAHA, a Foundation Fellow of the Academy, for a lecture on a theme associated with modern European languages. Since 1986, the Triebel Lecture has demonstrated the extraordinary breadth and depth of modern European languages scholarship and its contribution to the Australian and international humanities community. The Triebel Lecture will be held in conjunction with the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) 4th National Colloquium on 'Intersections: Collaboration and the Future for Languages and Cultures' will be held 27-29 November 2017, Adelaide.
Lecture overview: The 10th Triebel Lecture will be given by newly elected Academy Fellow Professor Yixu Lu FAHA of The University of Sydney on 'Myth-making for the Empire: Germany's "model colony" in China (1897-1914)'.
For the seventeen years of its existence, the German colony of Tsingtau (Qingdao) on China's northeast cost played an important role in the popular imagination that may seem quite out of proportion to its size and dubious profitability. As a belated imperial power, Wilheminian Germany was not only scrambling for colonies when all the better ones had been taken by other European powers, but it was also hungry for nationalist myths that would bolster its self-image. Tsingtau was meant to be many things, chiefly Germany's "place in the sun", the emblem of Wilhelm II's "world politics". Vast sums were lavished on Tsingtau to transform the foreign landscape and to create a "German mother earth" in China. When WWI broke out, the position of the colony was untenable – there were no bases from which it could be supplied and Japan had long had an eye on this part of China. But the legend of Tsingtau's martyrdom gave rise to a discourse of sacrifice that played an important role in propaganda on the home front. Here again, Tsingtau's contribution to sustaining the nationalist myth, while the war lasted, was far greater than its military significance. To survey the various metamorphoses of Tsingtau is to become familiar with surprising aspects of German nationalism that have since disappeared from view.
About the presenter: After obtaining her BA from the Peking University, Yixu Lu spent seven years as a postgraduate at the Universität Regensburg, Germany, specialising in German Literature and Modern European history. She came to Australia as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and has taught at the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne and UTS. She has been a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2002, 2008, 2012) and held a guest professorship at the Chinese Ocean University, Qingdao (2007-2009). She was awarded the Jakob und Wilhelm Grimm-Preis for her distinguished contribution to research, teaching and international collaboration in German Studies by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) in 2014. Yixu Lu's main research interest is modern German literature and history. Her research work concentrates on the following areas: 18th-20th century German literature; German colonialism and nationalism, Greek myth in German literature and contemporary German culture and society.
Registrations: This is a free event, open to the public. To register visit LCNAU's website.