Karin Baumgartner of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, received the
Best Article Award in Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German at the AATG’s
recent meeting in Orlando. The award recognizes the author of the best article
on advances in scholarship in German language teaching and learning.
Karin Baumgartner received her Ph.D. at Washington University, and is Associate Professor of
German at the University of Utah. Her research interests include modern Swiss
literature, Swiss Studies, 18th-and 19th-century travel literature, and
content-based instruction. She is the author of Public Voices: Political Discourse in the
Writings of Caroline de la Motte Fouqué (2009).
With Margrit Zinggeler, she co-edited From
Multiculturalism to Cultural Hybridity: New Approaches to Teaching Modern
Her article, "'Ich
kam unter die Schweizer': Teaching Switzerland as a Multi-Ethnic Society," describes a module intended to counteract the popular image of Switzerland.
Instead, the module treats Switzerland through topics such as the definition of
identity in a multi-ethnic society, the politics of immigration for a largely
service-based economy, and the strains migration puts on a modern society
shaped by political will. Her article offers readers rich material for
rethinking how they teach the complex cultures of Switzerland.