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"Aesthetic Possibilities: Literature, Rhetoric, Philosophy" - Berkeley-Köln Summer School

The Berkeley-Köln Summer School, established by the Anneliese Maier prize, offers graduate students the opportunity for intensive discussions focussed on aesthetics, rhetoric, and literary criticism with an international team of professors from Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, and Media Studies. The goal is to work cooperatively on theoretical questions beyond disciplinary boundaries.

The five-day summer school will alternate between the Universität zu Köln and UC Berkeley for five years. In the mornings there will be a seminar directed by one of the experts, in the afternoons there will be project presentations by participants. The discussion will be based on pre-distributed texts. The summer school will be conducted in both English and German.

The first meeting will be from July 26 to 30 in Köln with the topic "Lebensform und Möglichkeit – Zum Zusammenspiel von Roman und Essay in der Moderne."

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The German Department at Berkeley welcomes this year's Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, Professor Helmuth Lethen (IFK, Vienna). Professor Lethen is offering a compact seminar entitled "Brecht's Hauspostille." He will also participate in Prof. Kaes' seminar on the Avant-garde throughout September.

Professor Lethen will give a public lecture on "Der Schatten des Fotografen" on September 18, 4-6 pm.

The upcoming conference sponsored by the German Department aims to explore Freud’s place in current debates on secularism and post-secularism, featuring new research on the intersections of theology, Judaism and history in Freud’s psychoanalytic theories. Freud’s own attempts to suggest a new paradigm for thinking the religious, beginning with the place of monotheism and Judaism in his theories, will be brought into more general debates on the place of the secular in Jewish thought and in psychoanalysis. The conference will bring together established scholars not only in psychology, religion and Jewish studies but also philosophy, history and literary studies.

The conference will be preceded by a Graduate Student Workshop on Freud and Moses, beginning at 9 am on Wednesday, October 7, in 370 Dwinelle Hall.

370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Wednesday and Thursday
October 7-8, 2015

Call for Papers:

Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable
Friday/Saturday, April 1-2, 2016
The Faculty Club
University of California, Berkeley

Invited Speakers:
David Bamman, University of California, Berkeley
Frans Plank, University of Konstanz
Henning Reetz, University of Frankfurt
Theo Vennemann, University of Munich
Joseph Voyles, University of Washington

Scholars (faculty and students) interested in Germanic Linguistics,
its near and/or distant related languages, diverse approaches, synchrony and/or diachrony, historical and/or contemporary language are invited to submit a one-page abstract of a twenty minute paper by January 31, 2016 to the conference organizer:

Irmengard Rauch, Department of German
Univ. of California, Berkeley; Berkeley, CA 94720-3243
phone/fax (707)746-7480;

Lodging: Reservations can be made at: The Faculty Club (510) 642-1993/(510)-540-5678, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 94720; The Durant Hotel (510)-845-8981, 2600 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, or The Hotel Shattuck Plaza (866)-257-5990, 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.

Professor Jeroen Dewulf has received the Clague and Carol Van Slyke Article Prize for 2014, awarded by the New Netherland Institute, for his article entitled "Emulating a Portuguese Model: The Slave Policy of the West India Company and the Dutch Reformed Church in Dutch Brazil (1630-1654) and New Netherland (1614-1664) in Comparative Perspective", which appeared in the Journal of Early American History.