Departmental News


  • Lotharingia as a Challenge to National Philologies, Mar 16

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  • Workshop with Professor Regina Bendix, Mar 11

    March 11, 2016

    Four members of the UC Berkeley community: Héctor Beltrán, Robin Ellis, Ruth Goldstein, and Annika Orich, will present papers in a form that will also center on notions of circulation; Prof. Bendix will then provide a commentary, followed by general discussion. more

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  • Actors – Approaches – Affordances, Mar 10

    March 10, 2016

    What is European in European Ethnology? What remained nationally and/or linguistically coded knowledge production in post-war Europe? Using the case of German speaking scholarship, the presentation follows clusters of actors who sought and seek to substantiate what questions form a worthy core for European Ethnology. What were the affordances at more

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  • German Angst. Fear and Democracy in Postwar Germany, Mar 8

    March 8, 2016

    The history of postwar West Germany is often told as a success story that traces the gradual evolution of the Federal Republic from the ashes of the Third Reich to a prosperous and pluralist liberal democracy. Yet at the same time, the same history is characterized by recurring cycles of more

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  • The Crisis of ‘Made in Germany’ and How Germany Can Recover, Mar 7

    March 7, 2016

    Whether Volkswagen or Deutsche Bank, Berlin's failure to build an airport , or the collapse of Hamburg's bid for the Olympics 2024, "Made in Germany" is no longer a guarantee for outstanding engineering and successful planning. Why did it happen and is there a way back to the top? Christoph von more

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  • Der Eigensinn der Tiere. Überlegungen zum Irritationspotential zweier Fabeln von Kleist, Mar 2

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  • Germany and its 1 Million Refugees, Mar 2

    March 2, 2016

    Taking a close look at the ways in which individuals, towns, and cities in Germany have been dealing with the unprecedented influx of refugees in the wake of the war in Syria-- from housing to language instruction to dealing with right-wing hostilities and growing uncertainty especially in the wake of more

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  • Focus in Distraction, Feb 27

    February 27, 2016

    Focus in Distraction 24th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference University of California, Berkeley February 26-27, 2016 In an era that valorizes attention, coherence, and focus, it is more relevant than ever to consider how distracted modes of perception challenge our established notions of self. In this conference, we question contemporary popular narratives of more

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  • Hitler’s Furies, Feb 25

    February 25, 2016

    Wendy Lower will present on her new book, Hitler's Furies, a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award. Drawing from wartime documents, postwar trials, private letters, diaries and interviews, she will discuss outstanding cases of women who became direct witnesses, accomplices, and perpetrators of the Holocaust. In more

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  • Loops of Mig:ration, Feb 23

    February 23, 2016

    The son of Andalusian Gastarbeiter, writer José F.A. Oliver was born in the village of Hausach in the Black Forest. His work has been awarded numerous prestigious literary prizes, and he has worked as writer in residence in Cairo, Dresden, and Istanbul. This workshop (conducted in German, English, and Spanish) will more

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