Departmental News


  • Summer Abroad – Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic, Feb 23

    February 23, 2016

    Join this info session to learn more about a NEW Berkeley Summer Abroad program in Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic! The program focuses on both historical and contemporary minorities: the Jews of Europe and most specifically Poland; the Roma of Northern Bohemia; the Vietnamese in Prague, the Turkish in more

  • Aby Warburg’s Archaeology of Images and Photographic Remediation, Feb 22

    February 22, 2016 more

  • ATC Lecture — Hito Steyerl, “Proxies and Placeholders”, Feb 22

    February 22, 2016

    Hito Steyerl is one of the most critically acclaimed artists working in the field of video today. Holding a PhD in philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and teaching at the Universität der Künste Berlin, she is also a frequent contributer to E-Flux magazine, a lecturer, and an more

  • Hierarchy and Narrative Form: A Symposium with Caroline Levine and Samuel Frederick, Feb 19

    February 19, 2016

    Invited Speakers:
    Prof. Caroline Levine - University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Prof. Samuel Frederick - Penn State University more

  • Dialectics of a Constellation: Heine in Critical Theory, Feb 17

    February 17, 2016 more

  • Erich Mendelsohn vs the Skyscraper Primitives, Feb 17

    February 17, 2016

    Upon first sight of the Manhattan skyline in 1924, Erich Mendelsohn proclaimed it an object lesson in “the tragedy of madness, deranged power, the… intoxication of limitless victory.” Amerika: Bilderbuch eines Architekten (America: An Architect's Picture Book), his bestselling travelogue, portrayed a culturally primitive society degraded by jungle capitalism, but more

  • Yours Truly Forever . . ., Feb 16

    February 16, 2016

    Throughout the 20th century, for many Jews being Jewish meant first and foremost being together with other Jews. Despite its enormous significance for the understanding of the past, historians so far have dealt with friendship as if it was more or less a biographic accident. However, it is beyond controversy more

  • From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn, thru Jun 24

    January 26, 2016

    Moritz D. Oppenheim (1800-1882), often celebrated as the first modern Jewish painter, created Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses Mendelssohn in 1856. The painting portrays an imagined mid-18th century meeting among scholars and intellectual associates Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), and the Swiss theologian Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), more

  • Stages of Identity, thru Jun 24

    January 26, 2016

    Among the most important components of The Magnes' pictorial holdings is a collection of nearly one thousand posters acquired worldwide since the 1960s. This diverse and fascinating group of works has been acquired via a broad network of paper and print collectors, purchased in museum stores, or simply taken off more

  • Semiotic Circle of California, Jan 23

    January 23, 2016

    Thirty-first Meeting, January 23, 2016
    University of California, Berkeley
    Seaborg Room, Faculty Club

    9:20 Scott Shell (UC Berkeley): “On the Semantic Extension of the Word wight”

    9:40 Ellen McCracken (UC Santa Barbara): “The Fashion System: Homologous Structures of Text and Paratext”

    10:00 Mark Riley (CSU Sacramento): “The Art of the Blurb in the more