Departmental News


  • Graduate Student Qingyang Freya Zhou receives the German Studies Association Prize for the Best Essay in German Studies by a Graduate Student

    November 12, 2022

    The GSA Prize 2022 for the Best Essay in German Studies by a Graduate Student is awarded to the best unpublished, article-length manuscript written by a graduate student during the previous year.  Freya's award-winning essay, "'A Temporality of Imminent, Never-Consummated Arrival’: Contemporary German Documentaries on North Korea,” will be published in an upcoming issue of the German Studies Review.   Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Freya!

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  • A former student publishes an article in German Studies Review

    November 1, 2022

    Yael Almog, "Politics and Literary Capital in Tomer Gardi's Broken German," German Studies Review, Volume 45, Number 3, October 2022, pp. 557-576. Yael is an Associate Professor of German at Durham University, UK, and the author of Secularism and Hermeneutics (2019).  

  • 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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  • Congratulations Cara E. Tovey

    April 8, 2022

    Former Berkeley Ph.D. student Cara Tovey accepted a position as a lecturer in the newly created Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies at UCLA.  Cara taught for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of German at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, N.C. 

  • 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.