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  • Unreadable Archives: Zafer Şenocak in Conversation with Deniz Göktürk, Kristin Dickinson, and Participants of the Seminar on “Archival Resistance”

    Reading – Literary | April 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Zoom Featured Performer:  Zafer Şenocak Panelist/Discussants:  Kristin Dickinson; Deniz Göktürk, University of California, Berkeley Sponsors:  Institute of European Studies, Department of German, Center for German and European Studies, German Consulate General San Francisco, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, German Program, University of California, Davis This event is the second in a series of workshop conversations with authors, “Archives of Migration: The Power of Fiction in Times of Fake News” organized by Deniz Göktürk (UC Berkeley, Department of German, Multicultural Germany Project and Transit Journal) and Elisabeth Krimmer (UC Davis, German Department, Migration and Aesthetics Project). The…

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  • Layers of Untold Stories: Sharon Dodua Otoo in Conversation with Translator Jon Cho-Polizzi and Deniz Göktürk

    Reading – Literary | March 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. |   Featured Performer:  Sharon Dodua Otoo Panelist/Discussants:  Jon Cho-Polizzi; Deniz Göktürk Attended by more than a hundred participants across the globe, this Zoom event was the first in a series of workshop conversations with authors, “Archives of Migration: The Power of Fiction in Times of Fake News” organized by Deniz Göktürk (UC Berkeley, Department of German, Multicultural Germany Project and Transit Journal) and Elisabeth Krimmer (UC Davis, German Department, Migration and Aesthetics Project). The series engages in conversation with contemporary writers who bring diverse perspectives to questions of societal polarization and the power of poetic imagination. Their…

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  • BIG GIVE

    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.

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  • Layers of Untold Stories: Sharon Dodua Otoo in Conversation with Translator Jon Cho-Polizzi and Deniz Göktürk

    Reading – Literary | March 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Zoom Registration Featured Performer:  Sharon Dodua Otoo Panelist/Discussants:  Jon Cho-Polizzi; Deniz Göktürk This event is the first in a series of workshop conversations with authors, “Archives of Migration: The Power of Fiction in Times of Fake News” organized by Deniz Göktürk (UC Berkeley, Department of German, Multicultural Germany Project and Transit Journal) and Elisabeth Krimmer (UC Davis, German Department, Migration and Aesthetics Project). The series engages in conversation with contemporary writers who bring diverse perspectives to questions of societal polarization and the power of poetic imagination. Their work in German resonates with readers around…

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  • “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…

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  • 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…

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  • “‘At the Limit of the Obscene’: German Realism and the Disgrace of Matter”

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  • “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

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  • 29th Annual Berkeley Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference: “Traveling Forms: Global German Studies”

    Travel Forms-Global German Studies Program As a pandemic and international solidarity for Black Lives Matter demand reckoning with crises of a global scale, we propose to rethink German Studies in its constitutive contradiction: formed around a national canon, yet also situated in global networks, the discipline calls for conceptual, aesthetic, and historical reevaluations of cultural-medial forms in motion. Around 1800, Immanuel Kant conceptualized cosmopolitanism without leaving Königsberg, and the decreasingly mobile Goethe projected the idea of world literature from his study in Weimar, suggesting that visions of global circulation often arise in tension with local limitations on mobility. In this…

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  • August 19: Staff and faculty welcome our new graduate students!

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