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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.

April 30-May 3, 2015

Mirjam Berg. Talk: “Writing Female Modernity: The Diary Novel in Early 20th Century German Literature.” Annual Meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Toronto, Ontario. 

April 24-25, 2015

Jessica Resvick. Talk: “Goethe’s Reflections of the Gothic in ‘Von deutscher Baukunst 1823’ and ‘Faust II.’” Echoes – Reflections. German Studies Graduate Conference, Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island.

April 11, 2015

Amy Stebbins & Richard Whaling. Performance Lecture: “The Death of Orpheus: gendered voices in Ovid's Metamorphoses.” Second Annual Performance Philosophy Conference: "What Can Performance Philosophy Do?" Chicago Cultural Center. Chicago, IL.

March 26-29, 2015

Joela Jacobs. Talk: "'Hello, This Is Dog.' German Canine Narration and the Modernist Crisis of Language." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association. Seattle, Washington.


Tamara Kamatović has been awarded a Fulbright-Mach award from the Austrian Fulbright Commission for the 2015-2016 academic year for dissertation research.

Three Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships have been awarded to University of Chicago graduate students for the study of Yiddish. Two of these graduate students have been awarded the Academic Year FLAS for 2015-2016, and one has been awarded the Summer FLAS for the summer of 2015.

Fifteen of our undergraduate students have been awarded Foreign Language Aquisition Grants (FLAGs) to study Germanic languages in the summer of 2015, making Germanic-language students disproportionally successful applicants, as only 100 FLAGs are awarded each year. One student in German and one in Norwegian have also been awarded F. Champion Ward Grants to perform BA research this summer. 

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