Departmental News


  • Archives of Migration: The Power of Fiction in Times of Fake News

    March 15, 2022

    In spring 2021, the department started a series of Zoom conversations with contemporary writers titled “Archives of Migration: The Power of Fiction in Times of Fake News.” Organized jointly by Professors Deniz Göktürk and Elisabeth Krimmer (University of California, Davis, German Program), this series engages with writers who bring diverse perspectives to questions of societal polarization and the power of poetic imagination, and presents opportunities to experience contemporary literature in action and think about questions of truth in fiction.

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  • A Film Review by current graduate student Sean Lambert

    March 11, 2022

    Sean published a review of the film Der Zauberberg (2020) at Docalogue  a website dedicated to the academic discussion of contemporary documentaries.

  • Dr. Eva Eßlinger (LMU-Munich) presented a paper at the UC Berkeley German Department, entitled “Weißräume: Zum Textbild in der Moderne.”

    March 10, 2022

  • Priscilla D. Layne, one of our Alumni (Ph.D. 2011), is the co-author and subject of a German comic book titled “Rude Girl” by German illustrator Birgit Weyhe.

    March 10, 2022

    Priscilla writes about the origins of the book: "While I was living in Berlin in fall of 2018 on a fellowship from the American Academy, I made the acquaintance of German graphic novelist Birgit Weyhe. I was working on an essay about the depiction of race in her books, and she invited me to Hamburg to interview her. We became friends and Birgit pitched the idea of working on an autobiographical comic about my experiences growing up in Chicago and then living in Germany.

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  • Congratulations to Sarah Harris

    March 5, 2022

    Current Ph.D student Sarah Harris will be participating in the 2022 Berkeley Grad Slam Competition on April 11th as one of 10 semi-finalist from the campus. From the competition’s website, "Grad Slam is an annual contest to communicate research. It aims to make research accessible by providing emerging scientists and scholars with the skills to engage the public in their work. Participants are judged on how well they engage the audience, how clearly they communicate key concepts and how effectively they focus and present their ideas—all in three minutes or less.” The event may be viewed virtually via this link on April 11th, at 3:00 pm PST. Congratulations, Sarah!

  • New publication from Professor Deniz Göktürk

    March 3, 2022

    Deniz Göktürk has published an article titled “The Secret Life of Waste: Recycling Dreams of Migration” in the volume Refugees and Migrants in Contemporary Film, Art and Media, ed. by Robert Burgoyne and Deniz Bayrakdar, Amsterdam University Press (2022).
    Click here for a link to the book’s homepage.

  • New book from Professor Jeroen Dewulf

    March 1, 2022

    New book from Professor Jeroen Dewulf. Click here for a link to the book’s homepage.

  • New book from Professor Niklaus Largier

    February 25, 2022

      Click here for a link to the book’s homepage.

  • Congratulations to Cecily Cai

    February 15, 2022

    Congratulations to Cecily Cai on joining the faculty at Hamilton College. Cecily (“Siyu”) received her BA in German from UC Berkeley in 2014.

  • Professor Balint on CBSN

    September 29, 2021

    Professor Lilla Balint was interviewed on CBSN about election results in Germany, as Angela Merkel steps aside and the Social Democrats move into power. Watch her clip here, starting at 2:43.