Departmental News

Departmental News

  • Professor Niklaus Largier to Teach Cornell Summer Course

    November 9, 2018

    Niklaus LargierProfessor Niklaus Largier will teach a 6 week course at the School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University this summer.  The course entitled “Figures of Possibility: Figuration, Imagination, and the Phenomenology of Rhetorical Effects” will run June 16 – July 25.   Those interested in attending can find additional information at the School for Criticism and Theory.

  • New book and article by Prof. Winfried Kudszus

    October 30, 2018

    Métaphores de l’Austérité et Austérité des Métaphores/Metaphors of Austerity & The Austerity of Metaphors, co-ed. with Richard Trim. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2018.  

    New article:

    "Émergence linguistique: Faim, métabolisme et métaphorologie dans la pensée et l’œvre de Friedrich Nietzsche." Métaphores de l’Austérité et Austérité des Métaphores/Metaphors of Austerity & The Austerity of Metaphors. Ed. Winfried Kudszus and Richard Trim. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2018. 39-86.

  • New book by Prof. Chenxi Tang

    October 25, 2018

    Imagining World Order:  Literature and International Law in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800 (Cornell University Press, 2018)    

  • New book by Prof. Niklaus Largier

  • New book and article by Prof. Jeroen Dewulf

    October 25, 2018

    Jeroen Dewulf (2018), Grijs slavernijverleden? Over zwarte milities en redimoesoegedrag. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
    Jeroen Dewulf (2018) "From Papiamentu to Afro-Catholic Brotherhoods: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Iberian Elements in Curaçaoan Popular Culture," Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Vol. 36 (2018): 69-94.

  • Graduate Student Placement 2017-18

    October 22, 2018

    Congratulations Graduates - 2017-18 Estes, George Alex [Language Engineer at Amazon, Seattle] Hench, Christopher [Language Engineer at Amazon, Cambridge, MA] Tara Hottman [Lecturer at UC Berkeley College Writing Program] Lindsay Preseau [Asst. Prof., University of Cincinnati] Annika Orich [Asst. Prof., Georgia Tech]

  • German and Dutch Lecturers Awarded Teaching Fellowship!

    October 11, 2018

    Laura Sacia Bonicatto, Esmée van der Hoeven, and Giuliana Perco (Italian Dept) were accepted into the Lecturer Teaching Fellows Program for the 2018-19 academic year with their project Speaking in Tongues: Providing Digital Oral/Aural Opportunities for Foreign Language Students. In this collaborative project, the three language lecturers will be exploring various online tools, apps, and platforms geared toward developing oral/aural skills outside of the classroom in an interactive way. The ultimate project goal is to create a website for foreign language lecturers that showcases activities to improve oral/aural skills using various online tools. Congrats Laura and Esmée!

  • Graduate Student Research Highlighted in Smithsonian Magazine!

    March 14, 2018

    Doctoral candidate, Sarah Harris’s research has been highlighted in an article out now in Smithsonian Magazine.  Sarah studies language and identity, specifically as it relates to inclusive language in German. Her dissertation concerns gender marking on persons, and how the grammatical requirements of German may affect women and trans individuals.


    March 7, 2018


    The Cal experience is made up of so many moments. Moments of realization. Moments of glory. Moments of truth. A-ha moments and moments you’ll remember for the rest of your days. You can make more Berkeley moments happen during Big Give, our day of online giving March 8, helping us maintain our position as the No. 1 public university in the world as we approach our 150th anniversary.

    Visit at and donate to the Department of German today!

  • Can Architecture Be Democratic? by Jan-Werner Müller

    January 22, 2018

    The Department of German presents the 2nd Annual Mosse-Lecture March 1, 2018 |4:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall Jan-Werner Mueller with Martin Jay, Discussant Can Architecture Be Democratic? Many people have an intuitive sense that the built environment is bound up with politics. The lecture poses the question how we might think more systematically (and normatively) about the relationship between democracy and architecture as well as public spaces as a particular form of the built environment. A very basic distinction between representing democracy, on the one hand, and facilitating democratic practices, on the other, will serve as a structuring feature.…

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