This June, graduate students Jarrett Dury-Agri, Alicia Roy, Michael Sandberg, and Cara Tovey presented their work at the 2019 BTWH (Berkeley-Tübingen-Wien-Harvard) international working group conference in Bale, Croatia, on the topic “Verdinglichung/Reification.”


Jarrett and Michael presented their paper “Transformation: The Fictionality of Things,” on a panel dedicated to Kafka’s Die Sorge des Hausvaters. Alicia and Cara contributed to a panel on Alfred Kubin and Georg Simmel with their paper “It’s Alive! The Blending of Life and Matter in Alfred Kubin’s Die andere Seite.”


BTWH is an international research network with chapters at UC Berkeley (B), Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (T), Universität Wien / Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (W), and Harvard University (H). The group is dedicated to interdisciplinary research on topics in German Studies related to issues of modernity, bringing together students and scholars working in literature, film, media, and history. Each year, one of the chapters of the group hosts a conference that represents the culmination of our discussions throughout the year.