From June 3 to 5, Christian Schneider, together with Doren Wohlleben (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg), organized an interdisciplinary symposium at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH), entitled "Glück am Ende? Episodisches Erzählen in Mittelalter und Gegenwart."
Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Stiftung Universität Heidelberg, the symposium brought together scholars working in the field of Medieval Studies, Contemporary Literature, and Film from Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. The participants presented papers that examined episodic storytelling in medieval and contemporary narrative, and how it relates to the question of the "happy ending."
Graduate student Anna-Rebecca Nowicki presented a paper on "Leserglück? Episodisches Erzählen in Wilhelm Raabes Krähenfelder Geschichten." The symposium included a reading by the German writer Felicitas Hoppe, followed by a discussion about happiness and happy endings in Hoppe's work. More information can be found on the website of the IWH (http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/einrichtungen/iwh/Wohlleben2016.html) and here: https://networks.h-net.org/node/79435/discussions/125961/konf-gl%C3%BCck-am-ende-episodisches-erz%C3%A4hlen-mittelalter-und-gegenwart.