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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.

Department Chronik

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

October 3-5, 2014

Joela Jacobs. Talk: "'Freiheit, ein kümmerliches Gewächs.' Tier-Epistemologie und die Frage nach der Willensfreiheit in den Hundeerzählungen Franz Kafkas und Oskar Panizzas." Internationale Tagung der deutschen Kafka-Gesellschaft e. V.: "Kafkas Tiere: Kulturwissenschaftliche Lektüren." University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

September 18-21, 2014

Joela Jacobs. Talk: "'Naturwidrig.' Non-Human Sexual Pathology in Oskar Panizza's Censored Works." Thirty-Eighth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association. Kansas City, Missouri.

September 18-21, 2014
Alex H. Sorenson. Talk: "Hearing das Unerhörte: Sense and the Space of Haunting in Gottfried August Bürger’s Lenore and Heinrich von Kleist’s Das Bettelweib von Locarno." Thirty-Eighth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association. Kansas City, Missouri.
August 25-29, 2014
Mirjam Berg. Talk: "Vorstellung des Dissertationsprojekts 'Orientierung als Herausforderung in der Literatur der Moderne.'" Eikones Summer School 2014. Course 2:
 "Media of the Urban: In/Visible Cities." eikones NFS Bildkritik. Basel, Switzerland. 


The following students have been awarded Dissertation-Year Fellowships for 2014/15: Stephen Haswell Todd has been awarded an Ethel and William Gofen Dissertation-Year Fellowship; Marcus Lampert has been awarded a Mellon Foundation University of Chicago Dissertation-Year Fellowship; and Andrea Wald has been awarded a Whiting Foundation Dissertation-Year Fellowship. 

Andrea Wald has been awarded a Visiting Junior Fellowship at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna for October to January 2013/14.

In the summer of 2013, 14 of our undergraduate students were awarded Foreign Language Acquisition Grants (FLAGs) to study German, making German-language students disproportionally successful applicants as only 100 FLAGs are awarded each year.
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