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  • The Question of Judeo-Arabic: Nation, Partition, and the Linguistic Imaginary: CMES Distinguished Visitor Lecture

    Professor Ella Shohat, 2018 CMES Distinguished Visitor, will deliver a lecture on “The Question of Judeo-Arabic: Nation, Partition, and the Linguistic Imaginary.” This lecture examines linguistic belonging as invented within national and colonial itineraries. More specifically, it explores the genealogy of the concept of “Judeo-Arabic language” and its axiomatic definition as a cohesive (specifically Jewish) unit separate from Arabic, and classifiable under the historically novel rubric of isolatable “Jewish languages” severed from their neighboring dialect/languages. Does the notion of “Judeo-Arabic” correspond to the designation by the speakers of that language themselves or rather to a paradigm influenced by post-Enlightenment Judaic…

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  • Authoritarianism and Democracy: Austria, Germany and Europe, 1918-2018

    Sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf wrote in 1997 that “a century of authoritarianism is by no means the least likely prognosis for the 21st century”. Due to economic globalization and digitalization, changes in the realms of life and work are vast and far-reaching, with profound consequences for democracy. This development, however, is not new—a look at globalization from the end of World War I to post-1945 Europe reveals comparable crises. Bridging literary, historical, economic and technological perspectives, this two-day conference examines the successes, and failures, of democracies, and analyzes a possible return of anti-democratic trends, both in present-day Europe and internationally. 10am-12pm…

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  • Professionalization Workshop: Job Application

    Workshop for PhD students in German who are interested in applying for academic positions

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  • The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

    In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a pioneering community of Christian scholars laid the groundwork for the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization. These men produced the first accurate translation of the Qur’an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote Muslim history using Arabic sources. The Republic of Arabic Letters reconstructs this process, revealing the influence of Catholic and Protestant intellectuals on the secular Enlightenment understanding of Islam and its written traditions. Drawing on Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, and Latin sources, Alexander Bevilacqua’s rich intellectual history retraces the routes—both mental and…

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  • Versvergnügen: A German Cabaret

    UC Berkeley’s students of German present poetry, skits, and music in their annual Cabaret Program

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  • Nation and State Vs. Europe: When the Sum of the Parts Is Larger Than the Whole, Oct 16

    Brexit, the endless crisis of the euro and the suspension of „Schengenland“ are the symptoms of renationalization. So is the rise of anti-European populism – even in Germany, the traditional engine of integration. As always in its 65-years history, the EU will muddle through. But for all of its resilience, …read more

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  • Germany’s New Administration: Key Tasks and Problems, Oct 13

    On September 24, Germans elected a new federal parliament. This talk will offer first insights into the political dynamics of the new administration, with particular view to the current challenges in domestic politics, transatlantic affairs and the future of the EU. Dr. Keller is the Coordinator of Foreign and Security Policy …read more

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  • HU-Berkeley Workshop, Oct 12-13

    The Voice(s) of the People? Literature and Film between Democracy and Populism The workshop “The Voice(s) of the People? Literature and Film between Democracy and Populism” will offer a space for talks, close readings, and discussions of contemporary and canonical texts addressing the role of literature and film in their relationship to …read more

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  • The Russian Revolution Under European Eyes, Oct 6

    Keynote address for the Graduate Student Workshop “100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences” …read more

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  • The World Out of Joint – The End of the West as we Know it?, Oct 5

    There are more violent conflicts, civil wars, crises around the globe than ever since WW ll. New powers are testing their strength, established powers are inward looking. Global and regional governance, from the UN to the Brettonwood institutions, to NATO and EU, are under pressure. Autocrats, even in NATO and …read more

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