Departmental News


  • On February 9, Jeroen Dewulf will participate at the conference on “Spirited Arts” at Yale University, where on February 12, he will also give a lecture on the topic “In Search of the ‘Lingua Franca’ of Manhattan’s First Enslaved African Community” at the center for Early Modern Studies.

    February 5, 2024

  • Graduate student Qingyang Freya Zhou co-organizes a two-part panel series and presents a paper at the German Studies Association Conference

    October 12, 2023

    Freya collaborated with Ricky W. Law (Carnegie Mellon University) and Zach Ramon Fitzpatrick (University of Wisconsin–Madison) to curate a two-part panel series titled “Asian Diaspora in the German-Speaking World.” This series brought together seven scholars who explored facets of Asian-German interactions across diverse mediums, including art, film, television, and new media, as well as delving into Asian migration history and activism in Germany. Freya delved deep into the subject with her paper, “Precarious Kinship, Conflicting Memories, and Ambivalent Affects of Belonging in Cho Sung-hyung’s Korean-German Documentaries.”

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  • Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People Schaubühne Berlin

    September 17, 2018

    Ibsen's An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen Directed by Thomas Ostermeier In a version by Florian Borchmeyer October 12–13, 2018 Zellerbach Hall Price: Tickets start at $30 Berlin's esteemed Schaubühne theater presents a radically revised adaptation of An Enemy of the People, Ibsen's potent 1882 drama about individual and social responsibility. The story of a whistleblower in a small town whose efforts to speak truth to power are shut down by his self-interested neighbors, the play both implicates and exhilarates its audience in a conversation about the perils of democratic capitalism. Directed by Thomas Ostermeier, for decades a leading creative…

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  • Nation and State Vs. Europe: When the Sum of the Parts Is Larger Than the Whole, Oct 16

    October 16, 2017

    Brexit, the endless crisis of the euro and the suspension of „Schengenland“ are the symptoms of renationalization. So is the rise of anti-European populism - even in Germany, the traditional engine of integration. As always in its 65-years history, the EU will muddle through. But for all of its resilience, more

  • Germany’s New Administration: Key Tasks and Problems, Oct 13

    October 13, 2017

    On September 24, Germans elected a new federal parliament. This talk will offer first insights into the political dynamics of the new administration, with particular view to the current challenges in domestic politics, transatlantic affairs and the future of the EU.
    Dr. Keller is the Coordinator of Foreign and Security Policy more

  • HU-Berkeley Workshop, Oct 12-13

    October 12, 2017

    The Voice(s) of the People?
    Literature and Film between Democracy and Populism

    The workshop “The Voice(s) of the People? Literature and Film between Democracy and Populism” will offer a space for talks, close readings, and discussions of contemporary and canonical texts addressing the role of literature and film in their relationship to more

  • The Russian Revolution Under European Eyes, Oct 6

    October 6, 2017

    Keynote address for the Graduate Student Workshop "100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences" more

  • The World Out of Joint – The End of the West as we Know it?, Oct 5

    October 5, 2017

    There are more violent conflicts, civil wars, crises around the globe than ever since WW ll. New powers are testing their strength, established powers are inward looking. Global and regional governance, from the UN to the Brettonwood institutions, to NATO and EU, are under pressure. Autocrats, even in NATO and more

  • Sara Ogger, Oct 4

    October 4, 2017 more

  • Porcelain in the Age of Mass Production, Sep 28

    September 28, 2017

    What happened to the great Central European luxury commodity of the eighteenth century, porcelain, when formerly mercantile firms had to compete in a (relatively) open market with mass producers of ceramics? How did the porcelain firms' painters and modelers deal with the reality that consumers now wanted inexpensive imitations of more