Featured Courses

German Pop Culture

Popular Culture in Germany

German 102D (3) Advanced Language Practice: Popular Culture in Germany. Staff

This course explores German popular culture from the last 30 years through various media, including literature, music, performance art, blogs, and movies. What was “popular” in the last three decades in German speaking countries?

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? 

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. 

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.”

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