Featured Courses

Ideas of Education: From Goethe to Dear White People

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German 39R (1) Freshman Seminar. Balint
“Ideas of Education: From Goethe to Dear White People”

What is the purpose of education? Should the university prepare students for the job market or emphasize the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake? 

The Bauhaus and Its Legacy

German 179 (3) Special Topics. Kaes

“The Bauhaus and Its Legacy”

This multidisciplinary course explores the history, theory, and international influence of the Bauhaus movement which started as a radical art and design school in Germany in 1919, one hundred years ago.

News & Announcements

The Department invites applications for multi-year doctoral fellowships in all areas, including cross-disciplinary studies. In cooperation with the Center for Jewish Studies we also offer support for students working on German-Jewish topics. In addition, we are very proud to announce the newly established Sunrise Foundation Fellowship in German Film and Media. For more information,  please click here.

UC Berkeley’s 27th annual German Department Graduate Conference on the topic of “Affective Realisms” was organized by graduate students Caroline Durlacher, Molly Krueger, Landon Reitz, and Michael Sandberg.

Graduate students Jarrett Dury-Agri, Alicia Roy, Michael Sandberg, and Cara Tovey presented their work at the June 2019 BTWH (Berkeley-Tübingen-Wien-Harvard) international working group conference in Bale, Croatia, on the topic “Verdinglichung/Reification.”

Professor Anton Kaes published “Der Traum vom Kino: Zur Filmtheorie der Weimarer Republik,” which appears in the catalogue to the exhibition “Kino der Moderne: Film in der Weimarar Republik,” currently showing at the Kinemathek Berlin.

Professor Niklaus Largier hosted and co-taught a weeklong summer school at UC Berkeley on the topic “Formen des Übens” in August 2019, as part of a cooperation with Universität zu Köln.

Graduate student Landon Reitz presented in May at the 54th International Congress on Medieval States. His paper was entitled “Reading with the Entire Body.”

Upcoming Events

“Maybe Esther”: Storytelling and the Unpredictability of the Past

Please join us for our Third Annual Bucerius Lecture with Kiev-born German…

Workshop with Katja Petrowskaja

The German Department is thrilled to announce a special guest: the acclaimed…

Conceptualizing an Era: A Preface to Early Twentieth-century German History

Drawn from the author’s "Germany. A Nation in its Time: Before, During,…

“As on the First Day”: The Struggle of Firsts in Heidegger’s “First Elaboration” of his “Origin of the Work of Art”

The primary thesis of this paper is that Heidegger’s “First Elaboration” of…

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