Departmental News

Departmental News

  • 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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  • New Book by Professor Jeroen Dewulf

    October 25, 2017

    Professor Jeroen Dewulf published From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square: Kongo Dances and the Origins of the Mardi Gras Indians. The book presents a provocatively new interpretation of one of New Orleans’s most enigmatic traditions—the Mardi Gras Indians. By interpreting the tradition in an Atlantic context, Dewulf traces the “black Indians” back to the ancient Kingdom of Kongo and its war dance known as sangamento. Enslaved Kongolese brought the rhythm, dancing moves, and feathered headwear of sangamentos to the Americas in performances that came to be known as “Kongo dances.”    Dewulf’s groundbreaking research suggests a much greater impact…

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  • Call for Papers: Semiotic Circle of California

    October 15, 2017

    Call for Papers

    33rd Meeting of Semiotic Circle of California

    Saturday, January 20, 2018

    The Thirty-Third Meeting of the Semiotic Circle of California will be held in the Faculty Club of the University of California, Berkeley on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Please submit this form together with a one paragraph abstract (attachment or CD) by December 15, 2017 for participation in the meeting.

    As customary, the meeting will be an open topic research paper meeting. Reservations for housing may be made directly to the Faculty Club at (510) 642-1993/540-5678 or to the Hotel Durant at (510) 845-8981.

  • Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable

    August 19, 2017

    Friday/Saturday, April 6-7, 2018 The Faculty Club University of California, Berkeley Invited Speakers: Tonya Dewey-Findell, University of Nottingham Angelika Lutz, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg John McWhorter, Columbia University Theo Vennemann, University of Munich Scholars (faculty and students) interested in Germanic Linguistics, its near and/or distant related languages, diverse approaches, synchrony and/or diachrony, historical and/or contemporary language are invited to submit a one-page abstract of a twenty minute paper by January 31, 2018 to the conference organizer: Irmengard Rauch, Department of German Univ. of California, Berkeley; Berkeley, CA 94720-3243 phone/fax (707)746-7480; Lodging: Reservations can be made at: The Faculty Club (510)…

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