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Liebe Studierende, Freunde und Kollegen im In- und Ausland:

 

Nach über 20 Jahren als Leiter der Saarbrücker Amerika- und Kanadastudien (NALK, CCAC) wird es Zeit für mich, mit Erreichen meines 65. Geburtstags in den Ruhestand zu treten. Davon wird kein Aufhebens gemacht werden. Allerdings ist zur Feier des 15-jährigen Bestehens unseres Centre for Canadian and Anglo-American Cultures (CCAC) ein kleines Buch erschienen, das einen Überblick über einen guten Teil unserer vielen literarischen und wissenschaftlichen Unternehmungen und Veröffentlichungen gibt. Mancher wird sich dort in Wort und Schrift wiederfinden. Dort bleiben wir zusammen.

Zum Ausscheiden bei Erreichen der Altersgrenze und zum Verzicht auf denkbare Lehraufträge bestimmt mich meine angegriffene Gesundheit, aber auch die gefühlte Sinnlosigkeit weiterer Tätigkeit im bisherigen institutionellen Rahmen. Opportunität scheint vor Bildung zu gehen. Ich werde mich weiterhin auf anderen Wegen all dem widmen, was ich in Lehre und ausgeübter Literatur für wichtig halte.

Ein Sammelband mit Essays von unserer letzten internationalen Konferenz „State(s) of the Art: Considering Poetry Today“ (22.-24. Oktober 2008) wird bald unter demselben Titel erscheinen (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann).

Ich bin allen dankbar, denen ich bei ihrer Ausbildung bis hin zu Staatsexamen, Magister, Promotion und Habilitation helfen durfte, und jenen, die mit mir auf Stadt-, Landes- und Universitätsebene und in den Medien produktiv zusammengearbeitet haben. Bei Bedarf stehe ich von Fall zu Fall weiter zur Verfügung.

Ein besonderer Dank gilt den Mitarbeitern, die bis zum „Ende meiner Dienstfahrt“ (Böll), trotz der uns in dieser Phase in unserem Umfeld getanen institutionellen Widrigkeiten und kollegialen Zumutungen, mit ausharrten.

 

Mit besten Grüßen

 

Klaus Martens, im Juli 2009

 

Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues, here and abroad:

 

After twenty years of American (NALK) and Canadian Studies (CCAC) under my direction at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany, the time has come for me to retire upon attaining my 65 th birthday. At the same time, as some of you are aware, we celebrate the 15 th anniversary of our Centre for Canadian and Anglo-American Cultures (CCAC) with the publication of a little book which provides an overview of a good deal of our literary and academic events and publications. Many will find themselves in it pictured or in print. There we remain together.

My leaving upon reaching retirement age and not taking advantage of a possible extension is, on the one hand, due to my somewhat impaired health. On the other, there is a felt uselessness of this occupation in the current institutional frame in which expediency seems to have won out against Bildung. Personally, I will go on to dedicate myself to what I keep considering important in academic teaching and my continued literary work.

A book of essays collecting contributions to our last international conference “States of the Art(s): Considering Poetry Today” (22-24 October 2008) will be published soon under the same title (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann).

I am grateful to all of those I could help, as a teacher and researcher, with their education and to achieve their Staatsexamen, Magister, Doctorate or Habilitation degrees. In addition, I extend sincere thanks to the administrations of this university, the City of Saarbrücken, the Government of the Saarland, and the media for their productive cooperation and support. If needed and useful, feel free to call upon me.

Special thanks go to those members of my last team at the UdS who have kept on working with me­ – in spite, it has to be said, of some institutional obstruction and collegial obtuseness during the last phase of my tenure.

 

Best regards,

 

Klaus Martens, July 2009

 

Willkommen

The Centre for Canadian and Anglo American Cultures (CCAC) promotes the awareness of Canada through the teaching of wide-ranging courses devoted to Canadian culture and society, the support of diverse research projects and the organisation of international conferences. Particular focus is placed on communicating the global importance of Canadian culture to the general public by way of art exhibitions and the organisation of literary readings.

Founded in 1994 by Professor Klaus Martens, the CCAC is dedicated to the research of Canadian literatures and cultures from its beginnings to the present day. It specializes in the study of the life and works of Frederick Philip Grove as well as issues of cultural mediation. The CCAC’s Grove Research Archive assembles the largest collection of documents and pictures on Frederick Philip Grove outside Canada.

In addition to its focus on literary studies, the CCAC’s local and international membership also has expertise in Canadian comparative, regional and ethnic studies and has demonstrated the usefullness of interdisciplinary approaches ranging from linguistics to geography.

The CCAC is proud to share its interest in Canadian Studies with scholars and institutions from across Europe and Canada. Scholarly contacts initiated by the CCAC include exchange programmes between the Universität des Saarlandes and the Universities of Alberta (Edmonton), Northern British Columbia (Prince George), the Collège Universitaire Saint Boniface (Winnipeg) and New Brunswick (Fredericton) as well as a network of relations with Canadian studies centres in Western and Eastern Europe. This international orientation has led to numerous joint-publications, conferences and guest lectureships. At the Universität des Saarlandes, the CCAC shares a platform with the FORUM CANADA, formed in January 2006.

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