Departmental News


  • Semiotic Circle of California, Jan 21

    January 21, 2017

    University of California, Berkeley
    Seaborg Room, Faculty Club

    9:30 Denise Warren (UC San Diego): “The Outlaw Couple in Film Noir: Gun Crazy (Joseph H.Lewis, 1950)”

    9:50 Ritwik Banerji (UC Berkeley): “Two Divergent Interpretants of Egalitarian Ethics in Musical Free Improvisation”

    10:10 William Watt (UC Irvine): "Semiotic Sets & Supersets: An Assessment."

    10:30 Cara Tovey more

  • Jews, Germans, and other Europeans: Modern Encounters, Dec 14-16

    December 14, 2016

    Graduate Student Conference "Jews, Germans, and other Europeans: Modern Encounters." Organizers: jointly organized by the Center for Jewish Studies, the Institute for German and European Studies at UC Berkeley and Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. It is co-sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the UC Berkeley Department of History more

  • 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

    November 30, 2016 more

  • 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

    November 17, 2016 more

  • 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