Departmental News


  • Symposium with Maeda and Vosskamp, Mar 9

    March 1, 2011

    Royoza Maeda (Rikkyo Universität, Tokyo) und Wilhelm Vosskamp (Universität zu Köln)

  • Romanticism Symposium, Oct 31

    October 1, 2008

    New Perspective on German Romanticism


    Professor Rüdiger Campe (Yale University): "Faith and Believe. Novalis and the Re-invention of Political Theology." Respondent: Russell Bucher (Berkeley)

    Professor Jocelyn Holland (UC Santa Barbara): "Schlegel, Novalis, and the Point of Romanticism." Respondent: Eric Savoth (Berkeley).

    Reception to follow in the German Department Library.

  • Symposium with Fenves and Davies, Feb 1

    January 28, 2008

    “The Poem and Philosophy”

    Presentations by Peter Fenves (Northwestern University): "Toward the Idea of the 'Poetized': Benjamin’s Analyses of Hölderlin"; and Paul Davies (University of Sussex): "A Poem and its Context".

    Followed by a roundtable discussion with the presenters. Reception to follow in the German library.

  • Schiller Symposium, Dec 8

    December 1, 2006

    Symposium on Friedrich Schiller’s, "On the Aesthetic Education of Man in a Series of Letters."

    Featuring Helmut Müller-Sievers (Nothwestern): "Playing through Pain. Schiller’s Aesthetics and the Emergence of Masochism"; Karen Feldman (UC Berkeley): "Parables of Relevance: On Schiller, de Man and Aesthetic Ideology"; Gerhard Richter (UC Davis): "Translating Aesthetics: Heidegger’s 1936/37 Seminar on Schiller’s Aesthetic Letters."

    Followed by a round table discussion with the presenters and Walter Sokel.

  • Kant Symposium, Dec 3

    December 1, 2004

    In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Kant’s death, the Department of German at Berkeley will host an afternoon symposium. Bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines on campus, this conference will examine the nexus between Kant’s philosophy and literature. The event will take place on Friday, December 3, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in 3335 Dwinelle Hall. Questions? Please contact graduate student Christina Gerhardt. Kant Symposium: Kant and Literature 1:00-1:45 p.m. Pheng Cheah (Dept of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley): "'An original Understanding as cause of the world': Nature as Techne in Kant’s 3rd Critique" 1:45-2:30 p.m. Robert Kaufman (Dept of English, Stanford):…

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  • McNair Symposium, Aug 13

    August 1, 2004

    Kaushal Raju, one of our German majors (and Philosophy double-major), is presenting a version of his honors thesis titled: "A Rejection of Consequentialist Readings of Nietzsche’s 'Immoralism'" at the 2004 McNair Symposium here on campus. You are all invited to attend his talk on Friday, August 13 from 4:10-5:40 p.m. in room 235 Dwinelle. His presentation will be for 20 mins (15 mins talk + 5 mins for Q&A), during the above mentioned session time. ABSTRACT: Despite the fact that Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) reacted strongly against John Stuart Mills version of Utilitarianism, scholars such as Steven Hales (1995) and Ivan…

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  • Adorno Symposium, Dec 5

    December 1, 2003

    The German Department plans to honor Theodor W. Adorno’s 100th birthday this year with a one-day symposium: Adorno: Exile and Ethics Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities 9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks – Christina Gerhardt, Berkeley Exile 10:00-11:00 a.m. Martin Jay, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History, Berkeley: “Taking on the Stigma of the Inauthentic: Adorno’s Critique of Genuineness” (Moderator: Anton Kaes, Chair and Professor of German, UC-Berkeley) 11:00-12:00 p.m. Detlev Claussen, Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Universität Hannover: ”Frankfurter Transfer: Adorno between America and Germany” (Moderator: Robert Holub, Professor of German, Berkeley) 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch  Ethics…

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  • Techno Presentation, Apr 16

    April 7, 2002

    A History of German Techno With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, techno has emerged as a musical style that has defined a reunified Germany. Join us in this unique multimedia presentation which will explore the theories and trends behind the success of this culture. The lecture (in English) will be followed by a deejay set which will cover the important styles that emerged in Germany during the past ten years. Tueday, April 16 in room 155 Dwinelle (450 seats) Doors open at 5:30 pm 6-7 pm lecture 7-9 pm deejay set Presented by Sean Nye: Known as dj…

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  • Film Studies Symposium, Mar 9

    March 1, 2002

    Film Studies Symposium titled, “Look Who’s Talking Now: Globalization, Film, Media, & the Public Sphere." The symposium will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in 142 Dwinelle Hall.