Departmental News


  • On Jewish Heresy, Mar 16

    March 16, 2017

    The 2017 Taubman Lectures
    Lecture 1 (Mon, March 13: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash
    Lecture 2 (Weds, March 15): The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbetai Zvi
    Lecture 3 (Thurs, March 16): Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy
    Lecture 3 at 5:30, followed by reception.

    David Biale is the Emanuel more

  • Transitional Justice in Europe after regime changes in 1945,1975, and 1990, Mar 16

    March 16, 2017

    This talk is based on a 10-year research endeavor looking at the political development of different European countries since 1945 under the aspect of Transitional Justice. West Germany often stands as an example of a successful transiton to democracy, but East Germany used the same Transitional Justice measures and (re)turned more

  • Red Globalism: The ‘Other’ Europe, Decolonization and African Heritage, Mar 14

    March 14, 2017

    The study of the Cold War has undergone fundamental transformation in recent years. While most of the scholarship on superpower confrontation has given way to wider notions of a global Cold War, comparatively little attention has been accorded to trans-continental interactions between smaller states, such as the relationship between Eastern more

  • Celebrating International Women’s Day, Mar 10

    March 10, 2017

    The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley celebrate International Women's Day with talks by Monira Rahman, Executive Director, of the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), which provides support services to women, men and children who have been attacked with acid or petrol in Bangladesh more

  • From Morphology to Structuralism: Goethe, Levi-Strauss, and the Sciences of the Concrete, Mar 10

    March 10, 2017

    The methodological filiation between Goethe's morphological natural science and Lévi-Strauss's structural anthropology has been frequently observed, but not yet fully examined in its epistemological foundations. This talk addresses the core “epistemological attitude” that Lévi-Strauss says connects his work with Goethe's, and, proceeding from this, traces out salient parallels between the more

  • Materialised Knowledge in Renaissance Art and Science: The Production and Representation of Flemish Scientific Instruments, Mar 6

    March 6, 2017

    Scientific instruments of the renaissance period well represent the concept of "materialised knowledge." They are carriers of ideas as well as very elegant and refined objects. The lecture will discuss astrolabes, globes, sundials and armillary spheres with a particular emphasis on the Flemish context: between c. 1525 and c. 1580 more

  • Europe at a Crossroads, Mar 6

    March 6, 2017

    Europe has arrived at a challenging juncture in its history, economics and politics. There is Brexit, growing right-wing, populist and anti-European movements in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, but also in core EU-countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, and France, as well as in the Nordic countries. Growth is still more

  • Project Kickoff Conference, Mar 4

    March 4, 2017

    Day-long conference initiating a new UC Multicampus Research Project on "The Middle Ages in the Wider World" aiming to foster research and pedagogical innovation connecting and comparing Eurasia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe from 500 to 1500 CE. more

  • Laid Low: Inside the Crisis That Overwhelmed Europe and the IMF, Mar 3

    March 3, 2017

    The latest book by journalist Paul Blustein to go behind the scenes at the highest levels of global economic policy making, Laid Low chronicles the crisis in the Euro Zone through the prism of the world's financial firefighter, the International Monetary Fund. As the book reveals, bailouts of crisis-stricken countries more

  • 41st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Mar 3

    March 3, 2017

    41st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference
    on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

    1917-2017: 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution

    George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School; Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus; Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
    Elena Danielson, Former Associate Director of the Hoover Institution and Director of the Hoover more