German student a prize winner at the Germany 2051 competition
Amelia Barker (far right)
Cardiff student of German, Amelia Barker, is a main winner in the DAAD 'Germany 2051' competition. Her winning entry was an essay called 'Kitsch-en Talk'. The photo shows Amelia, far right, at the DAAD prize giving.
The competition was open to any student in the UK and the aim was to consider where Germany might be in the year 2051. Amelia wrote a witty essay, imagining Germany as an old woman recalling her life. It touches on environmental issues, the nation's relationship with France, and Germany's cultural energy.
"I found out about the DAAD competition through an e-mail that was sent out to all students studying German. The prizes sounded exciting and the task rather fun, so I decided to enter. We had to express our vision of Germany in the year 2051 through art, writing, film or other such mediums. I chose to write a piece as if Germany were a person, and I had interviewed her for a magazine.
A couple of weeks later I was asked if I'd like to attend a reception for competition entrants in London. Arriving at the reception, I was thrilled to find out that I was one of the nine prize-winners! My prize is a funded place on a month-long summer course at a German university. The prize covers the cost of the course and other expenses like travel and accommodation.I have now chosen the course I want to go on and am waiting to have my choice confirmed. I'd recommend the competition to anyone who is interested in Germany and has time to spare over the summer. I didn't expect to win, but there's a lot to be said for having a go!"
Amelia Barker, BA French and German student.