Departmental News


  • U.S. Racial Violence in the Nazi Imaginary: The Case of Lynching, Dec 1

    December 1, 2016

    This lecture explores how Nazi policymakers and writers addressed racial violence within their own society by turning their attention to the persecution of African Americans. How, Germans asked, might Americans' treatment of minorities inform discriminatory measures in Germany? How could Germany build a racially pure society absent the alleged “lawlessness” more

  • The Power of Imagination in Medieval Courtly Love Poems, Nov 30

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  • Nemesis. Maß und Schicksal um 1800, Nov 17

    November 17, 2016

    Selbst wie die Moiren eine Tochter der Nyx und damit Teil jenes geheimnisvollen Dun­kels, vor dem, wie Karl Philipp Moritz in seiner Götterlehre schreibt, noch die Götter selbst scheuen, korrigiert Nemesis gleichermaßen menschliche Hybris wie übermäßige Geschenke der Tyche. Knapp drei Jahrhunderte nach ihrer Wieder­entdeckung in der Frührenaissance wird die more

  • Minority Cultures and diversity in the Nordic Countries: Folklore of Sami in Sweden and of Jews in Finland, Nov 17

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  • The European Court of Justice as the catalyst for a closer Union?, Nov 17

    November 17, 2016

    The European integration project has never been a smooth process and what started off as a post-world war II project to bring peace and economic cooperation has today evolved into a confederal block of 28 Member States that form the second largest economy in the world (based on PPP). The more

  • A European Perspective on the US Presidential Election, Nov 16

    November 16, 2016

    How does Europe view the outcome of the US Presidential Election? This is one of the many questions that will be discussed in this lecture. more

  • The Ghosts of Denazification in Histories of the Arts, Nov 16

    November 16, 2016

    In her recent book Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in the Visual and Performing Arts, Pamela Potter considers how historians of art, music, theater, film, and dance tended to distort the image of cultural life under Hitler as far more repressive than it actually was. Her investigation showed more

  • German Digital Humanities, Nov 10

    November 10, 2016

    This seminar will introduce participants to the field of literary text mining, currently one of the most active areas of research in digital humanities. In the first part of the seminar, we will consider how text mining, and digital humanities more generally, can be situated within the context of broader more

  • Imaginations of Freedom: Literature in the Scandinavian-German Cultural Transfers around 1900, Nov 7

    November 7, 2016

    A talk by Visiting Professor Anna Sandberg, University of Copenhagen. more

  • Music and Work, Nov 3

    November 3, 2016

    The history of music intertwines with the history of work in ways that reveal remarkable affinities between "homo faber" and "homo ludens," between the working man and the playing man. This lecture considers the broad outlines of these intertwined histories. It focuses especially on Germany in the half-century before the more