Departmental News

Departmental News

  • Former Graduate student Jon Cho-Polizzi, now Assistant Professor of German (LSA Collegiate Fellow 2022) in the Dept of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, has two new publications:

    April 15, 2023

    -- an English translation of the best-selling German nonfiction book, Desintegriert euch! by Max Czollek, published in English by Restless Books as De-Integrate: A Jewish Survival Guide for the 21st Century.
    -- an English translation of the novel Adas Raum by Sharon Dodua Otoo. The translation was picked up by two different publishers and published in two different editions. Penguin's Riverhead Books in the US published it as Ada's Room and MacLehose Press in the UK and Commonwealth published it as Ada's Realm 
    Congratulations, Jon!

  • Graduate Student Lou Silhol-Macher receives a Townsend Dissertation Fellowship for 2023-24 at the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

    February 21, 2023

    Lou is finishing her dissertation titled "Of Goo and Dust: Aesthetic Theories of Formlessness." Congratulations!    

  • Former student Damani J. Partridge publishes a new book Blackness as a Universal Claim: Holocaust Heritage, Noncitizen Futures, and Black Power in Berlin (University of California Press, 2022)

    November 17, 2022

    Damani's book examines the relationships between European Enlightenment, Holocaust memory, and “Black” futures in modern Germany.  Damani is Professor of of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Wir gratulieren, Damani!

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  • 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    The GSA Prize 2022 for the Best Essay in German Studies by a Graduate Student is awarded to the best unpublished, article-length manuscript written by a graduate student during the previous year.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).  

  • 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.