Through a comparative study of German conceptions of the Kulturwissenschaften and American versions of “German studies,” this seminar aims to initiate a new phase in the debate on the function and scope of interdisciplinary approaches to the field. Speakers will be invited to reflect on the implicit and explicit methods they use to make fresh discoveries or to shed new light on more familiar questions.

Upcoming Events

Karen Leeder, New College, Oxford University
On Durs Grünbein
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:00pm
Nebel Room, Barker 359

Past Events 2018 - 19

Almut Suerbaum, Oxford University
Voices from the Past: The Poetic Presence of Medieval Heroes in Contemporary German Literature

Past Events 2017 - 18

Stefan Seeber, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg
Medievalism 1.0: The Love, the Self, and the Wilderness in Tristan Adaptations ca. 1900
Michael Stolz, Bern University
The Tolerance of Religious Ambiguity: Reading Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival in a Post-Secular Context

Past Events 2016 - 17

Daniel Wiedner, Humboldt University of Berlin
Hermann Broch and the Critique of Political Theology
Michel Chaouli, Indiana University
True Criticism Is Poetic Criticism
Catriona MacLeod, University of Pennsylvania
Writing with Scissors: Romantic Collage Poetics from Clemens Brentano to Hans Christian Andersen

Past Events 2015 - 16

Michael Levine, Rutgers University
Ex Tempore: Apollinaire, Rilke, and Celan among the Autumn Crocuses
Gerhard Richter, Brown University
Judging by Refraining from Judgment: Adorno’s Artwork in Mörike’s Mouse Trap
Stanley Corngold, Princeton University
Walter Kaufmann: An Intellectual Biography
Almut Suerbaum, Oxford University
Beyond Crisis? Mystical Theology in Late Medieval Song

Past Events 2014 - 15

Judith Ryan, Harvard University
Hermann Broch and the Beginnings of Modern Kulturwissenschaft
Anne Shreffler, Harvard University
Exile and Resistance: Hanns Eisler, Bertolt Brecht, and the Twelve-Tone System
200th Anniversary of the Death of the Marquis de Sade
David Wellbery, University of Chicago
Tragic Form in Goethe’s Faust

Past Events 2013 - 14

Katrin Trüstedt, Yale University & University of Erfurt
Literary and Cultural Studies
Inka Mülder-Bach, University of Munich & Princeton University
Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften: Ein Versuch über den Roman
Jeffrey Hamburger, Harvard University
Before and After Belting: From Byzantine Art History to Bildanthropologie