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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 and forthcoming contributions of all department members to the field of Germanic Studies.

April 17, 2014

Florian Klinger. Talk: "What is Form?" Philosophical Reading Group. Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

March 30-April 2, 2014

Peter Erickson. Talk: "'Ist es rathsam Missethäter durch Geistliche [...] zur Hinrichtung begleiten zu lassen?' Gotthilf Samuel Steinbart’s Enlightenment Critique of Gallows Conversions." Erster Internationaler Kongress zur Erforschung der Theologischen Aufklärung. Münster, Germany.

March 27-29, 2014

Anthony Mahler. "Harsdörffer's Dietetic and Poetic Moderation." Sixtieth Annual Renaissance Society of America Meeting. New York, New York.

March 24, 2014

Florian Klinger. Talk: "Pragmatic Force." Conference: "Form und Kraft 1800/1900." Basel, Switzerland.


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.

Peter Erickson, Joela Jacobs, and Anthony Mahler have been awarded Whiting/Franke Institute for the Humanities Dissertation-Year Fellowships for 2013/14.

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