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The Department of German is excited to announce the 2019 call for papers for TRANSIT: a Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World -- Landscapes of Migration. Please feel free to circulate widely!

We welcome all submissions, both traditional papers and multi-media projects that make use of our online platform’s digital capabilities. In addition, we kindly request new translations for our publication: the only German Studies academic journal to regularly feature both scholarly and literary translations from the German-speaking world.

For the full text of the CfP please visit the TRANSIT website.

Doctoral candidate, Sarah Harris's research has been highlighted in an article out now in Smithsonian Magazine.  Sarah studies language and identity, specifically as it relates to inclusive language in German. Her dissertation concerns gender marking on persons, and how the grammatical requirements of German may affect women and trans individuals.

BIG GIVE — SEIZE THE MOMENT  MARCH 8th!

The Cal experience is made up of so many moments. Moments of realization. Moments of glory. Moments of truth. A-ha moments and moments you’ll remember for the rest of your days. You can make more Berkeley moments happen during Big Give, our day of online giving March 8, helping us maintain our position as the No. 1 public university in the world as we approach our 150th anniversary.

Visit at BigGive.berkeley.edu and donate to the Department of German today!

The Department of German presents

the 2nd Annual Mosse-Lecture

March 1, 2018 |4:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Jan-Werner Mueller

with Martin Jay, Discussant

Can Architecture Be Democratic?

Many people have an intuitive sense that the built environment is bound up with politics. The lecture poses the question how we might think more systematically (and normatively) about the relationship between democracy and architecture as well as public spaces as a particular form of the built environment. A very basic distinction between representing democracy, on the one hand, and facilitating democratic practices, on the other, will serve as a structuring feature. Tracing the difficulties of representing democratic principles and/or “the people” historically, the speaker will address a number of successful examples in the US and Germany of how particular spatial arrangements can help democracy. Finally, he will pose the question whether the Internet/virtual space might replace actual physical space in fulfilling a number of functions foundational for democratic practices, continuous participation in particular – or whether filter bubbles and echo chambers will in fact contribute to democracy’s present-day decay.

Jan-Werner Mueller is a professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He works on democratic theory and the history of political thought. His books include "Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe" (2011) and "Constitutional Patriotism" (2007). His book "What is Populism?" has been translated into more than 20 languages.

The Mosse-Lectures at Humboldt University in Berlin, founded in 1997, commemorate the history of the Mosse-family, the German-Jewish publisher Rudolf Mosse, and George L. Mosse – the eminent historian – who gave the series’ opening lecture on May 14, 1997. As an academic institution, the Mosse-Lectures follow the tradition of democratic liberalism in the spirit of Mosse's newspaper Berliner Tageblatt with a strong commitment to cultural exchange, transfer of knowledge, and political enlightenment. With generous support from The Mosse Foundation, the Department of German brings selected Mosse-Lectures to Berkeley.

Semiotic Circle of California
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Call for Papers

The Thirty-First Meeting of the Semiotic Circle of California will be held in the Faculty Club of the University of California, Berkeley on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Please submit this form together with a one paragraph abstract (attachment or CD) by December 15, 2015 for participation in the meeting. As customary, the meeting will be an open topic research paper meeting. Reservations for housing may be made directly to the Faculty Club at (510) 642-1993/540-5678 or to the Hotel Durant at (510) 845-8981.

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.