26th Meeting of the Semiotic Circle of California

1/22/2011, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Faculty Club, Seaborg Room

Morning Session

  • 9:00 a.m. Meredith Kolar (UC Berkeley): "Beer and Bewilderment: Decoding the Other Brew"
  • 9:20 a.m. Gabe Trop (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): "The Dissonances of Perfection: Perception and Temporality in Hölderlin’s Last Poems"
  • 9:40 a.m. William Pencak (Penn State Univ.): "Michael Beer and Meyerbeer: The Jewish Influence on L’Africaine"
  • 10:00 a.m. Jenna Ingalls (UC Berkeley): "Some Kinds of Blue: Blue in Itzik Manger’ s Poetry"
  • 10:20 a.m. W. G. Kudszus (UC Berkeley): "'Disiecti membra poetae': On Hamann’s Translatology"
  • 10:40 a.m. Eric Savoth (UC Berkeley): "Outside Thought: Meillassoux, Uexküll, Peirce"
  • 11:00 a.m. Norbert Wiley (Univ. of Illinois, Urbana): "The American Self: From a Racist Constitution to a Reasonably Egalitarian Self (at least in theory) today"
  • 11:20 a.m. Michael St. Clair (UC Berkeley): "Fieldwork in Scandinavia"

Afternoon Session

  • 1:00 p.m. W. C. Watt (UC Irvine): "Firstness and Halfness"
  • 1:20 p.m. Jay Mootz (William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas): "'Die Sache' as the Ground of Meaning"
  • 1:40 p.m. Ellen McCracken (UC Santa Barbara): "Enhanced E-books: Semiotic Approaches to New Modes of Reading Literature on Portable Electronic Devices"
  • 2:00 p.m. David O’ Rourke (The Tatra Project): "Language Manipulation as a Tool of Repression in the Soviet Occupied Baltics"
  • 2:20 p.m. Denise Warren (UC San Diego): "Kiss Me Deadly and its Polysemic Clue: 'Remember Me'"
  • 2:40 p.m. Jan M. Broeckman (Penn State Law): "The 'Law and Semiotics' Discourse"
  • 3:00 p.m. Yael Almog (UC Berkeley): "The Hermeneutic Failure: The Protest against Interpretation Practices in Droste-Hülshoff’s Die Judenbuche"
  • 3:20 p.m. Irmengard Rauch (UC Berkeley): "On Transcultural Sound Iconism and Sound Symbolism"
  • 3:40 p.m. Alain J.-J. Cohen (UC San Diego): "Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959). Destroyed City. Destroyed Mind."

Weimar Culture

I. The Role of Experience (Moderator: Martin Jay)

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. Michael Minden: "From 'Erlebnis' to 'Erfahrung'"
  • 10:15-11:00 a.m. David Midgley: "'Entzauberung' – as an instrument of investigation and a bone of contention in the interpretation of Weimar Culture"

11:00-11:15 a.m. Break

  • 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Niklaus Largier: "'Another state' of experience: Musil’s 'Moeglichkeitssinn' in context"

12:00-1:30 p.m. BreakII. The Body Reconstituted (Moderator: Niklaus Largier)

  • 1:30-2:15 p.m. Andrew Webber: "Back to Balazs: body parts in Weimar film"
  • 2:15-3:00 p.m. Annika Orich: "Otto Rippert’s Homunculus on ARTificial reproduction"
  • 3:00-3:45 p.m. Christopher Young: "Rethinking Weimar sports history: university sport and the student body"

3:45-4:15 p.m. Break
III. Cinematic Encounters (Moderator: Anton Kaes)

  • 4:15-5:00 p.m. Ofer Ashkenazi: "Cosmopolitan Modernism: Jewish film culture in Weimar"
  • 5:00-5:45 p.m. Nicholas Baer: "Magnus Hirschfeld and Richard Oswald’s "Anders als die Andern'"
  • 5:45-6:30 p.m. Jennifer Zahrt: "Magic for the masses in Murnau’s 'Faust'"

Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable


Friday, April 9, 2010

8:00 a.m. Registration

Morning Session: John Askedal (Chair)

  • 8:20 a.m. P. Bennett, M. Durrell, S. Scheible, J. Whitt. (Univ. of Manchester, UK): "Grammaticalization, Prescriptivism, and the Status of the würde + Infinitive Construction in Early Modern German: Evidence from the GerManCorpus"
  • 8:40 a.m. Murielle Etoré (Univ. of Paris IV-Sorbonne): "Research on Verbs of Motion in German and English Economics Language"
  • 9:00 a.m. Adams LaBorde (Univ. of Texas): "Redefining Three Old Saxon Prepositions"
  • 9:20 a.m. Toshihiro Oda (Fukuoka University, Japan): "Another Early Schwa: The Underlying Vowel of Old English Syllabic Consonants"
  • 9:40 a.m. Bhavani Saravanan (Stony Brook University): "Monosyllable English Words in Tamil"
  • 10:00 a.m. Thomas F. Shannon (Univ. of California, Berkeley): "Was Quirky Case Rampant in Middle Dutch? Methinks Not"
  • 10:20 a.m. Emilie Caratini (Univ. of Nice): "'Divorce' in the History of German"
  • 10:40 a.m. Guido Halder (Univ. of Texas): "Frame-Semantics and German Support Verb Constructions"
  • 11:00 a.m. Veronika Ehrich (Universität Tübingen): "(In-)Subordination in German"

12:00-1:20 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon Session: Sang Seong (Chair)

  • 1:20 p.m. Valentine Pakis (Univ. of Minnesota): "Historical Pragmatics and the Etymology of an Old English Hapax Legomenon"
  • 1:40 p.m. Matthias Fritz (State Linguistic V. Brusov University of Yerevan): "Understanding the Case of Instrumental in Old High German through Its Modern Counterparts in Armenian and Russian"
  • 2:00 p.m. Roslyn Burns (Univ. of California, Berkeley): "Case-Gender Paradigms in North American Mennonite Low German"
  • 2:20 p.m. Dorian Roehrs (Univ. of North Texas): "Different Readings in Nominal and Clausal Combinations of Pronouns and Nouns"
  • 2:40 p.m. Karen Roesch (Univ. of Texas): "Wearing a Linguistic Badge of Identity: The Preservation of Marked Features in a Texas-Alsatian Community"
  • 3:00 p.m. Christian Schwägerl (Universität Mannheim): "Language Contact and Displays of Social Identity – The Communicative and Ideo- logical Dimension of German-English Code-Mixing in a Business Setting"
  • 3:20 p.m. Marc Pierce (Univ. of Texas): "The Spread and Survival of Twaddell’s Theory of Old High German Umlaut"
  • 3:40 p.m. Nyssa Bulkes (Northern Illinois University): "'Een kopje thee, graag': A Synchronic Discourse Analysis of Diminutive Dutch Adjectival Endings"
  • 4:00 p.m. Anatoly Liberman (Univ. of Minnesota): "Sapir’s Drift and the Voicing of Fricatives in Germanic"

7:00 p.m. Dinner (Howard Lounge)

CHARLES BARRACK (Univ. of Washington): "What You Always Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask about German Grammatical Terminology"

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Morning Session: Thomas Shannon (Chair)

  • 8:20 a.m. Dankmar Enke (Uni. Tübingen) and Meredith Kolar (Univ. of California, Berkeley): "On the Conceptualization of Spatial and Non-Spatial Representations of the Preposi- itions über and over in German and American English: A Case of Polysemy in the Cognitive Framework"
  • 8:40 a.m. Jeremy Bergerson (Univ. of California, Berkeley): "Dialect Contact in Germanic: The Case of Namibian German and Afrikaans"
  • 9:00 a.m. Jessica Plummer (Univ. of Texas): "Verbal Anglicisms in German-Separable or Inseparable?"
  • 9:20 a.m. Jason Kooiker (Univ. of California, Berkeley): "Swiss German Medial Diglossia and the Classroom: New Fieldwork Data from Zurich"
  • 9:40 a.m. Sang Hwan Seong (Seoul National University): "German L2 Acquisition Process and Deictic Systems"
  • 10:00 a.m. Jill Beckman (Univ. of Iowa), Michael Jessen (Bundeskriminalamt Wiesbaden) and Catherine Ringen (Univ. of Iowa): "German Intervocalic Stops Differ from Stops in True Voice Languages: Empirical Evidence"
  • 10:20 a.m. Chris Sapp (Univ. of Mississippi): "The Verbal Complex in Old High German"
  • 10:40 a.m. Ann-Marie Svensson & Jürgen Hering (Göteborg Univ. Sweden): "'Panter is an wilde der.' On Deer, Beast, Animal  in English"
  • 11:00 a.m. Grzegorz Dogil (Uni Stuttgart, Inst. for Natural Language Processing): "How Does Language Learning Influence Brain Activity: Real-time fMRI Study of Processing of Prosody"

12:00-1:40 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon Session: Anatoly Liberman (Chair)

  • 1:40 p.m. John Ole Askedal (University of Oslo): "The Manifold Semantic and Syntactic Functions of the Norwegian Verb fa’ ‘get.' Basic Meaning, Lexicalization, and Grammaticalization"
  • 2:00 p.m. Klaas Willems (Ghent University, Belgium): "The Semantics of Case with Two-way Prepositions in German: Introspection and Observation"
  • 2:20 p.m. Gerald Tilma (Univ. of Texas): "Gif mec dea∂ , nime∂ : Death Takes The Indicative"
  • 2:40 p.m. Gwanhi Yun (Daegu University, Korea): "Production of German Final Devoicing by Korean Learners of German"
  • 3:00 p.m. David Chisholm (Univ. of Arizona): "Recent Diachronic Changes in German Prosody"
  • 3:20 p.m. Irmengard Rauch (Univ. of California, Berkeley): "Lost in Translation: Sound?"
  • 3:40 p.m. Julisa Edwards, Justin Farwell, Carolyn Hawkshaw, Mary Ellen LeBlanc, Chris Little, Stephanie Peltner, Tim Price, Michael St. Clair, Peter Woods, (Univ. of California, Berkeley): "BAG XI: Toward Human:Canine Communication"

4:00 p.m. Wine / cheese
The Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable is supported by the University of California Berkeley Center for German and European Studies and by the Max Kade Foundation, Inc.

The New Man / Der neue Mensch

2010 Conference of the BTWH International Working Group on the Emergence of German Modernity

Presentations and discussion in English and German.


Thursday, April 1 - 370 Dwinelle Hall

5:00-6:00 p.m. Film Screening. Films by Hans Richter, Fernand Léger, Viking Eggeling, and Leni Riefenstahl.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Keynote Presentations. Siegfried Mattl (Vienna), "Der 'Neue Mensch' und die aktive Passivität bei Otto Neurath"; and Klaus Müller-Richter (Tübingen), "Ingenieur – Neuer Körper – Neue Zeichen: Zur Semiotik in G."

Friday, April 2 - 370 Dwinelle Hall

10:00-11:30 a.m. Panel 1: G for Gestaltung. Moderator: Michael Cowan (McGill)

  • Erik Born (Berkeley), "Music by and for Machines"
  • Paul Dobryden (Berkeley), "Designed Movement: The Choreography of Experience in G"
  • Ingo Zechner (Vienna), "Ökonomie des Überflusses – Der andere neue Mensch"
1:00-2:30 p.m. Panel 2: New Visions. Moderator: Christoph Bareither (Tübingen)
  • Karin Fest (Vienna), "Im Vorraum der Bilder: Versuche das dezentralisierte Subjekt über das Auge zu erziehen"
  • Katrin Pilz (Vienna), "'Neue Sachlichkeit' und Fotografie im Wien der Zwischenkriegszeit"
  • Janet Janzen (McGill), "Abstracting Nature: Karl Blossfeldt’s ‘Urformen der Kunst’ and the Other Nature"
3:00-4:00 p.m. Panel 3: The New Man and 'das Rote Wien.' Moderator: Mario Wimmer (Berkeley)
  • Birgit Nemec (Vienna), "Visuelle Gesundheitserziehung: Otto Neurath und die Biopolitik im 'Roten Wien'"
  • Rob McFarland (BYU), "Max Adler’s Neue Menschen: Gedanken über sozialistische Erziehung"

Saturday, April 3 - 370 Dwinelle Hall

10:00-11:30 a.m. Panel 4: Embodied Renewal in the Third Reich. Moderator: Kurt Beals (Berkeley)

  • Marie Yazdanpanah (Vienna), "Zum NS-Körperkult in Ausstellungen und 'Kulturfilmen'"
  • Seth Peabody (Harvard), "Riefenstahl’s Olympia: Lyrical Curves, Angular Rhythms and Problems of History"
  • Joanna Wendel (Harvard), "Olympia and the Rhetoric of the Body"
1:00-2:30 p.m. Panel 5: Decay and Emergence. Moderator: Eric Savoth (Berkeley)
  • Zachary Dziedziak (Berkeley), "The Exigency of Decay"
  • Joachim Schätz (Vienna), "Die 'große Zahl' und die 'Einmaligkeit des Daseins': Zur Notwendigkeit des Neuen Menschen in Rudolf Brunngrabers Karl und das 20. Jahrhundert"
  • Nicholas Baer (Berkeley), "The New Jewish Man: Golem and Homunculus as Zionist Allegories"

3:00-4:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussion and Review of 'Der neue Mensch.' Moderator: Siegfried Mattl
With generous support from: The Department of German The Townsend Center for the Humanities The Institute for European Studies The Program in Film Studies The Graduate Film Working Group.

The Use of History
18th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference
University of California, Berkeley March 12-14, 2010


Friday, March 12 - B4 Dwinelle Hall (Level A)

6:00 p.m. Screening of "The Baader-Meinhof Complex" (dir. Uli Edel, 2008). A pre-screening talk will be given by Carrie Collenberg (California State University, Long Beach).

Saturday, March 13 – 370 Dwinelle Hall (Level F)

9:00-10:30 a.m. Panel I: The Use and Abuse of History

  • Josiah Simon (University of Oregon): "Der kritische Sammler"
  • Ulrike Wagner (Columbia University): "The Migration of the Muses: Historical Scholarship and Transnational German Romanticism"
  • Carolin Rocks (Washington University in St. Louis): "Geschichte im Widerstreit. Überlegungen zur Kants Geschichtsphilosophie"

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel II: Spectacles of History

  • Lauren Hamer (University of Texas, Austin): "Im Geist der Gegenwart: Fritz Burger and Art History Between the Wars"
  • Sylke Kirschnick (University of Potsdam): "'Hereinspaziert!' ins Spektakel der Historie – Zirkuspantomimen als Propaganda und Anschauungsunterricht"
  • Kathryn Malczyk (University of Pennsylvania): "'Ein wunderlîch geschiht': The Complicated Alterity of Herzog Ernst’s Indian Princess"

1:30-2:30 p.m. Panel III: Historical Linguistics, Historical Ideologies

  • Oskar Reichmann (University of Heidelberg): "Zur Interessesteuerung der Sprachgeschichtsschreibung"
  • Anja Lobenstein-Reichmann (University of Trier): "Sprache, Geschichte, Rasse: Bausteine einer unheiligen Allianz. Dargestellt am Beispiel Houston Stewart Chamberlains"

2:45-3:45 p.m. Panel IV: Problems of Reinterpretation

  • Joseph D. Rockelmann (Purdue University): "The (Un)welcomed Metamorphosis of the GDR"
  • Jennifer Pavlik (Washington University in St. Louis): "Hannah Arendt: Geschichten also (Gegen-)Geschichte(n)"

4:00 p.m. Keynote address. John Efron (Koret Professor of Jewish History, UC Berkeley): "The Emergence of History as a Jewish Scholarly Pursuit"

Sunday, March 14 – 370 Dwinelle Hall (Level F)

9:00-10:30 a.m. Panel V: The Use and Abuse of History for Literature

  • Ben Robinson (Northwestern University): "Architecture, Aura, and Acknowledgement in W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz"
  • Jeanine Tuschling (University of Warwick): "Geschichte(n), die das Leben schreibt. Historizität und Erfahrung bei Elfriede Jelinek"
  • Martin M. Modlinger (University of Cambridge): "The Ethics of Historical Re-presentation: W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz and the Truth of Fiction"

10:45-11:45 a.m. Panel VI: …and Nietzsche Passes the Baton

  • Kevin P. Eubanks (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): "Between Ontology and History: Thomas Mann and the Adorno-Heidegger Debate"
  • David Brandon Absher (University of Kentucky): "Historicity and Revolution: A Reading of Heidegger and Marx"

1:15-2:45 p.m. Panel VII: Remembrance and Revision

  • Annie Ring (University of Cambridge): "Double-Agents: Tales of Collaboration and Victimhood in Literature Remembering the Stasi"
  • Michael St. Clair (UC Berkeley): "The Kossinna Syndrome"
  • Priscilla Layne (UC Berkeley): "The Ethics of Provocation: Censoring the Past in German Cold War Punk"

3:00 p.m. Roundtable discussion. Closing remarks by Professor Karen Feldman (UC Berkeley).

The Threat and Allure of the Magical in Literature, Language, Philosophy, History and the Arts
17th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference

Dating back to the 9th Century Old High German Merseburg Incantations (die Merseburger Zaubersprüche) and their influence on the fairy-tale world of the Brothers Grimm, references to the magical boil forth from a wide range of cultural forms, from Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) in music to Werner Herzog’s Invincible in film. In silent film, modern literature and the arts, magic both heralded and haunted an artistic revolution in which the avant-garde and the occult recurrently intersected. In critical theory, ideology is often described in terms of a spell. Accordingly, this conference presents an opportunity to explore these cultural encounters with the magical and further inquire why this space of radical alterity carries such an allure and/or threat.

Orienting Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe?

September 25-27, 2008

Istanbul is one of many world cities that turn to culture to establish a place on the world map. It is also the site of a unique debate on European integration entwined with the memory of earlier Orientalist representations. The selection of Istanbul as one of the Cultural Capitals of Europe in 2010 highlights the social and spatial tensions of staging cities and imagining citizens as consumers of culture. Taking this spectacle in the making as a departure point, this conference brings new research on technologies of government, carried out in the disciplines of architecture, planning, sociology, geography, and anthropology, together with humanistic studies on the production and consumption of literature, art, and film. The panels focus on Architectures of Exclusion, Spaces of Nostalgia, the Cinematic City, Art in the City, and Cultures of Spectacle. Invited speakers include Marshall Berman, Feride Çiçekoglu, Jale Erzen, and Hou Hanru.

This conference is free and open to the public. All panel sessions will take place at the Townsend Center, in the Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, unless otherwise noted.


EXHIBITION September 24-28, Wurster Hall Foyer

‘Istanbul-Berkeley’ A selection of video works from the 10th Istanbul Biennial, curated by Hou Hanru, featuring works by Emre Huner, Wong Hoy-Cheong, Map Office, Allora Calzadilla.

‘Sounds of the City’ by Gokce Kinayoglu and Wenhua Shi. An installation commissioned for Orienting Istanbul.


FILM SCREENING: Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul 8:45 pm on Thursday, September 25, Pacific Film Archive.

Rebellion and Revolution: Defiance in German Language, History and Art
16th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference University of California, Berkeley


Friday, March 7

5:00-6:00 pm. Reception in the German Library, 5337 Dwinelle Hall (Level E)

6:00-8:00 p.m. Film Screening in B4 Dwinelle Hall (Level A): Peter Zadek’s "Ich bin ein Elefant, Madame" (1968)

Saturday, March 8 – 370 Dwinelle Hall (Level F)

8:00-8:30 a.m. Coffee and Pastries

8:30-8:45 a.m. Introductory Remarks (Priscilla Layne and Melissa Etzler)


  • 8:45-9:10 a.m. Thomas Brady (University of California, Berkeley): "1525 and All That: The German Peasants’ War in Modern Memory"
  • 9:10-9:35 a.m. Dayton Henderson (University of California, Berkeley): "Exploring the Importance of a Failed Revolution: Alfred Döblin’s Karl und Rosa"
  • 9:35-10:00 a.m. Matthias Buschmeier (Universität Bielefeld): "When Revolutionists become too German – Suicidal Neoclassicism in Wilhelm Speyer’s Drama Der Revolutionär (1918) and Revolutionary Rigidity in Brecht’s Die Maßnahme (1930/31)"

10:00-10:20 a.m. Break


  • 10:20-10:45 a.m. Jeffrey High (California State University, Long Beach): "Schiller’s Declarations of Independence"
  • 10:45-11:10 a.m. Christoph Kleinschmidt (Macalester College): "Rhetorik der Revolte. Zur Rolle des Manifests in Naturalismus, Expressionismus und Dadaismus"

11:10-11:30 a.m. Break


  • 11:30-11:55 a.m. Molly Loberg (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo): "Looting in Weimar Berlin: Acts of Desperation, Crime or Politics?"
  • 11:55 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Seth Howes (University of Michigan): "Skinhead and Stasi: The GDR Neo-Nazi Problematic and Impossible Rebellions"

12:20-1:35 p.m. Lunch


  • 1:35- 2:00 p.m. John Alexander Williams (Bradley University): "The Body Demands Its Rights: Socialist Nudism in the Weimar Republic"
  • 2:00-2:25 p.m. Michael Schuering (University of California, Berkeley): "Years of Fear: The Church, the Bomb, and Nuclear Energy in West Germany"

2:25-2:45 p.m. Break


  • 2:45-3:10 p.m. Martin Blawid (Università degli Studi di Cagliari): "Rebell mit eiserner Hand. Rebellion und hegemoniale Männlichkeit in Goethes Götz von Berlichingen"
  • 3:10-3:35 p.m. Julie Koser (University of Maryland): "Rebellious Bodies: The Human Form as the Site of Social and Political Conflict in the Works of Heinrich von Kleist"

3:35-3:55 p.m. Break
4:00-5:00 p.m. Keynote: Andreas Gailus (University of Minnesota): "Language Unmoored: Signs and Revolution in Kleist’s 'The Betrothal in St. Domingue'"

5:00-7:15 p.m. Dinner Reception

Sunday, March 9 – 370 Dwinelle (Level F)

9:20-9:50 a.m. Coffee and Pastries


  • 10:00-10:25 a.m. Martin Klimke (German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.): "Between Berkeley and Berlin, San Francisco and Frankfurt: The Transatlantic Protest Networks of '1968' and their Historical Legacy)
  • 10:25-10:50 a.m. Patricia Melzer (Temple University): "Rebellion from the Inside: (State) Power and the Body as Locus of (Feminist) Political Subjectivity in the RAF Hunger Strikes"
  • 10:50-11:15 a.m. Elliot Neaman (University of San Francisco, California): "Nationalism and Anti-Semitism in the Rhetoric of 1968; a Perspective Forty Years Later"
  • 11:15-11:40 a.m. Elliot Neaman and Hajo Funke (Freie Universität Berlin): "Mein 1968"

11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Roundtable discussion

12:25 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Sponsored by: Department of German, DAAD, Goethe Institute, San Francisco, Graduate Assembly, Doreen B. Townsend Center, Department of Comparative Literature

“For God’s Sake: Religious Upheaval in Politics and Society in the West”
223 Moses Hall & Faculty Club
International Conference Thursday, April 12 – Friday, April 13

Around the world, religion seems to be gaining currency in public life. This is true not only in traditionally religious societies, but also in many countries long considered secular. Clear examples of a return of the religious within international politics abound: the debates prompted by Pope Benedict’s speech at the University of Regensburg, the prominence of evangelicals on the neo-conservative right wing in both the domestic and foreign policy of the United States, the global repercussions of the Danish publication of the Muhammad caricatures. As politicians, artists, academics, and scholars of religion begin to address the increasing prominence of religion in everyday life as well as international politics, it has become clear that we need to become more articulate about the various roles that religion plays around the world, and indeed not only in those societies governed by religious law, but precisely in the secular societies of Europe and the United States.

Thursday, April 12 p.m., Heyns Room, Faculty Club - Keynote address by Karsten Voigt, Coordinator for German-American Cooperation in the German Foreign Office: “The Role of Religion in the Transatlantic Relations” followed by a reception.

Friday April 13, 223 Moses Hall

9 a.m. Panel I: Immigration and Integration. Are Muslims better integrated in the U.S. than in the European nations? How have massive waves of immigration affected the relation between religion, politics and society on either side of the Atlantic? Otto Kallscheuer (Political Scientist and Philosopher, FU Berlin), Jytte Klausen (Professor of Politics, Brandeis University), Michael Brenner (Professor of Jewish History and Culture, LMU München)

11 a.m. Panel II: Radicalization. How do radical religious groups influence state and society in Europe and the U.S.? David Hollinger (Professor of History, UC Berkeley), Dalil Boubakeur (Director, Muslim Institut of the Grand Mosque in Paris), Claus Leggewie (Political Scientist, Uni Giessen)

2 p.m. Panel III: Secularization. Why does Europe appear to be more secular than America? While in Europe religious practice is largely oriented toward established churches-which is to say, state and national churches, in the United States church and state are formally separate. Nonetheless religious groups or communities in the U.S. can gain a high degree of influence in the political sphere and in the public-seeking, for example, to ban homosexual marriage, abortion or stem cell research. Robert Orsi (President of the American Academy of Religion, Harvard University), Michael B. Aune (Dean of Faculty, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary), Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi (Professor of Psychology, University of Haifa, Israel)

For more information, please visit the Goethe Institute Website.