Departmental News


  • A former student publishes an article in German Studies Review

    November 1, 2022

    Paul Dobryden, "Marked Man: Fantasies of the Able Body in Fritz Lang's M," German Studies Review, Volume 45, Number 3, October 2022, pp. 407-428. Paul is an Assistant Professor of German at the University of Virginia and the author of The Hygienic Apparatus: Weimar Cinema and Environmental Disorder (2022).

  • Graduate Student Qingyang Freya Zhou presents a paper and Participates in a Roundtable Discussion at the German Studies Association Conference

    October 3, 2022

    She presented a paper titled “Redefining Media Literacy” at a three-day seminar on “German Studies Approaches to Media Literacy,” co-organized by Thomas Küpper, Tanja Nusser, and Rolf Parr. This paper grew out of Prof. Lilla Balint’s seminar on “Digital Literatures, Critical Practices” last semester.   She was one of five discussants at the “Asian German Studies Roundtable: East Asian-German Cinema.” There she promoted the “Asian German Filmography: A Teaching Guide,” which she co-authored with Zach Ramon Fitzpatrick (Wesleyan University) and Qinna Shen (Bryn Mawr College) and published on the Multicultural Germany Project website. She also promoted the chapter line-ups of…

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  • Prof. Kaes launches a new website

    October 1, 2022

    Co-edited with Cynthia Walk from the Sunrise Foundation for the Study of German Cinema and Media, represents a central online archive and research hub for the exploration of Weimar film culture.  The project would not have been possible without the collaboration of former and current graduate students in the German department.   


  • Graduate Student Qingyang Freya Zhou publishes an article and becomes the new assistant of the German Studies Review book review section 

    September 27, 2022

    Freya's article "Queering the Screen: Spectral Figures and German-Taiwanese Encounters in Monika Treut’s Ghosted" was published in Seminar (University of Toronto Press) vol 58 Issue 3 September 2022, pp. 251-270. 

  • Graduate Student Elizabeth Sun presents a paper at the German Studies Association Conference

    September 27, 2022

    Elizabeth presented her paper titled "Halbzeug Realities: How do we interpret machine-generated literature?" as part of the "Modeling IR-Reality" panel.

  • Graduate Student Molly Krueger gives a paper at the GSA and starts a Leo Baeck Institute Fellowship to work on her dissertation.  

    September 27, 2022

    Molly's paper was titled "'Was übrig bleibt:' Max Czollek and the ‘Lachrymose Aesthetic’ in Contemporary German-Jewish Poetry”; it was part of the panel “Jews - Holocaust - Poetry."  The LBI fellowship was awarded for her dissertation project with the working title, After Auschwitz: Contemporary German-Jewish Poetics and the Persistence of the Past). Since the grant is geographically flexible, she will spend a year in Berlin.

  • Graduate Student Elizabeth Sun, the new managing editor of our student-run online journal TRANSIT, has launched a new issue of the journal

    September 20, 2022

     (TRANSIT, VOL. 13, ISSUE 2, 2022:  TRANSIT  )
    Under the topic of Archival Engagement, the beautifully designed issue contains refereed scholarly essays, including work of our own UCB graduate students and alums as authors, translators, and reviewers.  

  • Graduate Student Verena Wolf presents a paper at Princeton University

    September 18, 2022

    Verena's paper, "Narratives of Risk: Aesthetic Form and Language in Christa Wolf’s Störfall," was part of a conference, "The Automated Condition. Manifestations and Narratives in Art, Literature, and Culture," which was organized by Princeton's Department of German from May 11- May 13, 2022.

  • First Book by a Former Student

    May 2, 2022

    Sebastian Haselbeck completed his Berkeley Ph.D. degree in 2018 and teaches at the Universität Greifswald, Germany.  The book was published by Konstanz University Press in September 2021...

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  • New Book by a Former Student

    May 2, 2022

    The Hygienic Apparatus: Weimar Cinema and Environmental Disorder by Paul Dobryden. The book was published by Northwestern University Press in April 2022.    Paul is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. Find the book here.