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CFP: Berkeley-Köln-Yale Summer School “Aesthetic Possibilities: Literature, Rhetoric, Philosophy”
Deadline to apply for this year’s Berkeley-Cologne-Yale Summer School on “Writing Scenes and Reading Scenes,” at Yale University, August 15-19. More details here.
The Crisis in the Humanities
April 28 — “The Crisis in the Humanities” – A discussion with Prof. Chad Wellmon (University of Virginia) and Prof. Karen Feldman (UC Berkeley) at 5 pm in 282 Dwinelle Hall. More details here.
German Cabaret: Verkehrte Zeiten
April 19 & 20 – German Cabaret: Verkehrte Zeiten at 7:00 pm in B-4 Dwinelle Hall on April 19. A repeat performance will be held at 6:00 pm on April 20 in Dwinelle B-4. More details here.
“‘At the Limit of the Obscene’: German Realism and the Disgrace of Matter”
Big Give, our annual fundraising blitz, has been online since 2014 — including last year’s event, which took place March 2020, at the moment life changed around the world. On Thursday, March 11, 2021, we invite the Cal community to rally in a special Big Give for the continued excellence and influence of UC Berkeley’s global solutions, peerless students, and life-changing research. Please donate to the Department of German.
Lecture: “Close Reading Distant Viewing”
Machine learning has not only changed how computers “read”, but also how they process the visual world. In this talk, I will investigate some of the implications of the machine learning revolution for the digital humanities. I will present an analysis of popular distant viewing practices that leverage machine learning to analyze large corpora of images and show how these practices fail by failing to take into account the radical differences between human and machine intelligence. Specifically, I will argue that it is exactly a “close reading” of machine learning that is required to uncover such epistemological limitations, and that…
“The Madhouse: Ecological Anxiety and Viral Reality in Kafka and Coetzee”
The German department is proud to present: “The Madhouse: Ecological Anxiety and Viral Reality in Kafka and Coetzee” Prof. Ian Fleishman German and Cinema & Media Studies University of Pennsylvania
Bonwit-Heine Lecture “ ‘Global Mission’: Nazi Foreign Cultural Policy and the Goethe Society in Weimar”
Bio: W. Daniel Wilson was professor of German at Berkeley from 1983 to 2005 and departmental chair for four years; he is now professor of German at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published widely in eighteenth-century literature, culture, and politics, particularly on political, gender and sexuality in Goethe. His most recent books are Goethe Männer Knaben: Ansichten zur Homosexualität (Insel, 2012), Goethes Erotica und die Weimarer Zensoren (Wehrhahn, 2015) and Der Faustische Pakt: Goethe und die Goethe-Gesellschaft im Dritten Reich (dtv, 2018). In 2016 he was awarded the Raimar Lüst Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. https://literaturkritik.de/wilson-der-faustische-pakt-goethe-als-mitlaeufer,25123.html
Semiotic Circle of California: Thirty-Fourth Meeting
9:30 Scott Shell (UC Berkeley): Conventional Language, Poetry and Curse-Formulas in the Elder Futhark Period 9:50 W.C.Watt (UC Irvine): Sociosemiotics 101: Zombies 10:10 Jing Ge (UC Berkeley) and Susan C. Herring (Indiana Univ., Bloomington): Do emoji sequences have a basic word order? 10:30 Thaddeus Martin (Modesto Junior College): Translating Jaspers 10:50 Winfried Kudszus (UC Berkeley): Descriptive Beyond Reason: Freud’s Metaparanoiac Archaeology 1:10 Sarah Harris (UC Berkeley): Incompatibilities Under the Lupe: Translating Gender in German and English 1:30 Kate Carnell Watt (UC, Riverside): Sociosemiotics 102: Zombies 1:50 Mattie Scott (Oakland, CA): Dzogchen and the…