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Welcome

The Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago is made up of a small group of core faculty members working at the cutting edge of literary and cultural studies. They bring together expertise in literary history, intellectual history, literary and cultural theory, the German philosophical tradition, opera, theater and performance studies, cinema studies, psychoanalysis, and visual studies. The department has also recently developed considerable strengths in Scandinavian Studies and Yiddish language and literature.

The faculty and students are supported in their work—in large part through team-teaching--by an extraordinary constellation of resource faculty, scholars working with German materials across the disciplines: philosophy, history, theater studies, musicology, art history, history of science, sociology, religious studies, and political theory. There may, for example, be no better place in the world to study German Idealism or German-Jewish intellectual history than the University of Chicago.

A selection of faculty publications may be found here

Department Chronik

Recent contributions of all department members to the field of Germanic Studies.

June 19-23, 2019

Noah Zeldin, “Brecht’s Others: The Role of Music and Amateur Performers in the Learning-Pieces,” paper to be delivered at the 19th Symposium of the International Brecht Society, “Brecht unter Fremden,” Leipzig, June 19-23, 2019.

June 18, 2019

David Wellbery, “Affirmation und Ressentiment: Zur Poetik von Goethes Egmont,” Public Lecture: Freies Deutsches Hochstift, Frankfurt a.M., June 18, 2019.

June 11-14, 2019

David Wellbery, “Enthusiastisch aufgeregte Rede: Goethes Divan,” Convention of Goethe Gesellschaft, Weimar, June 11-14, 2019.

June 5, 2019

Daniel Burnfin and Noah Zeldin, co-organizers together with Elena Stingl (FU Berlin) of up-coming workshop: “Verfemte Faschismusanalysen: Georges Bataille und Alfred Sohn-Rethel,” Freie Universität Berlin, June 5, 2019.

Awards

Undergraduate student Helen Kessler has been awarded the McKenzie Prize in Germanic Studies for outstanding academic work.

Undergraduate student Eleanor Rubin received the Youth Leadership Award from the Blue Card Fund. She was honored alongside Joe Biden and David Miliband at the prestigious Blue Card Gala in April 2019.

Five students are heading to Germany with Fulbright Scholarships: Frederic Atwood, Erin BarreT, Jake Greenspan, Helen Kessler, Maura Lynch-Miller.

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