Event Archive

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Date Event Title
October 14, 2011 2011 Departmental Reception
November 11, 2011 Old Media – Modern (Re)Configuration
November 11-12, 2011 Georg Simmel: Life, Self, Culture, Society
December 1-3, 2011 Heinrich von Kleist's Invisible Theater
January 13, 2012 Presentations by Feodor Lynen Research Fellows
March 2-4, 2012 Stanley Cavell's Aesthetics
March 8-10, 2012 International Conference: EXEMPLARITY/SINGULARITY
May 4, 2012 Messianism and Prophecy: Figures of Twentieth-Century Thought
May 14, 2012 Eva Horn: The Last Man - Apocalypse as Anthropological Test Site
October 1, 2012 2012 Departmental Reception
October, 16th 2012 Armen Arvanessian: The Invention of the Present-Tense Novel
November 8, 2012 Adrian Daub: "Ein Blitz: Für Uns" - Stefan George's Queer Dynasty
January 15, 2013 Kristina Mendicino: Ungrounding Aesthetics: Friedrich Nietzsche’s and Aristoxenos’ Dance-Writing
February 12, 2013 Ulrike Wagner: Origin as Contest and Creation: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Herder's Religious Thinking
February 15, 2013 Margareta Christian: Air, Ether, Atmosphere: Space in Rilke's 'Duineser Elegien'
May 25th, 2013 Theater as Foreign Language Classroom/The Foreign Language Classroom as Theater
October 1, 2013 Departmental Reception 2013
October 24, 2013 John Urang: "Why Does Herr S. Run Amok? Werner Herzog's Lebenszeichen (Signs of Life, 1968)"
November 14, 2013 Dirk Oschmann: "Kafka: Freiheit und Fremdheit"
November 16, 2013 Workshop: Aristotle Revisited: Eleos and Phobos and the Invention of (Early) Modern Drama
November 21, 2013 Paul Buchholz: "Thomas Bernhard and the Hollow Earth, 1978"
December 4-5, 2013 Image and Myth Conference
January 24, 2014 Oh hoher Baum im Ohr!
February 6, 2014 Mary Helen Dupree: "Literary Declamation around 1800: Theory, Practice, Representation"
February 21, 2014 John Hamilton: "Goethe's Erotic Poetics"
April 17, 2014 Susanne Lüdemann: "Architekturen der Psyche"
May 16-17, 2014 Vanitas: Thinking Transience in Early Modern Europe
May 28, 2014 Film Screening: 'The Pin (Di Shpilke)'
June 5, 2014 Kerry Wallach: "Projecting and Detecting Jewishness: Jewish Passing in Weimar Germany"
June 19-22, 2014 in Wieboldt 408 Third Biannual Graduate Workshop Berlin-Cambridge-Chicago: "Living On"
Autumn 2014 Schmaltzywood: Yiddish Film Series
October 1, 2014 Departmental Reception 2014
October 14, 2014 Eric Santner: "The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy"
October 16, 2014 Jan Mieszkowski: "Four Theses on Modern War"
January 15, 2015 Leonhard Hermann: "Literarische Vernunftkritik im Roman der Gegenwart"
February 20-21, 2015 Rhythm: A Transdisciplinary Concept
February 26, 2015 Nacim Ghanbari: "Asking for Corrections: Collaborative Writings in the Eighteenth Century"
March 4, 2015 Oliver Simons: "Kleist's 'Schlusskraft'"
April 02, 2015 Thomas Y. Levin: "'Don't Write! Melograph!': Gramophonic Audio Letters and the Media Archaeology of Voice Mail"
April 16, 2015 Gabriel Trop:"The Orphic Turn: Reflections on Rilke's Poetry”
May 4, 2015 Fatima Naqvi: "Fremdschämen: The Ethics of Embarrassment and the Films of Ulrich Seidl"
May 21, 2015 Joela Jacobs: "Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness in German Studies: Using an Online Portfolio on the Academic Job Market"
Animal Studies Workshop
Fall 2015 Eric Santner: "The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy"
September 30, 2015 Michael Levine: "Speaking in Starts: Nachträglichkeit in Freud, Yerushalmi and Derrida"
October 29-31, 2015 The Idealism Project: Self-Determining Form and the Autonomy of the Humanities
October 22, 2015 Tamar Abramov: "On the Sovereign’s 'Personal Element': Kelsen, Schmitt, Brecht"
January 14, 2016 Hannah V. Eldridge: "Scientistic vs. Critical Prosody: Some Promises and Pitfalls"
February 17, 2016 Martin Blumenthal-Barby: "'Uncalculated Beauty': Harun Farocki’s Theory of Surveillance Imagery"
February 23, 2016 Evelyn Annuss: "On Horizontality: Aesthetics in the Time of Border Crisis"
March 2, 2016 Svea Bräunert: "Specters of Terrorism: Media Theory and Cultural History in West Germany"
March 7, 2016 Where Literature Begins: The Practice and Poetics of Multilingual Address
March 14-15, 2016 Humboldt Kolleg: "Schlusspoetik: Goethes Spätwerk"
April 07, 2016 Eva Horn: "Cultural Climatology. Thinking the Anthropocene, ca. 1800"
April 16, 2016 The Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry: "Several Skins"
April 26, 2016 Aaron Schuster: "Fasting and Method: Kafka as Philosopher"
May 5, 2016 Tove Holmes: "Eccentric Realism: Aberrations of Image and Text"
May 10, 2016 Helmut Puff: "Toward a History of Waiting: Mozart, Watteau, Müller"
May 27, 2016 Rodrigo Xavier: "Fernando Pessoa's Fausto: a Fragmentary Reading with Goethe as Paradigm"
September 29-October 2, 2016 Fortieth Annual German Studies Association Conference
October 1-2, 2016 The Inaugural Conference of The Society for German Idealism and Romanticism
October 6-7, 2016 Habitation: Literature and Architecture
October 7, 2016 Aaron Schuster: "On the Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis"
October 20, 2016 Gregor Moder: "Shakespeare with Wilder: On Comic Love"
January 13-15, 2017 Concepts of Aesthetic Form
February 3, 2017 Dean Krouk: Literature and Fascist Collaboration: The Case of the Poet Rolf Jacobsen
February 23-24, 2017 Tupac Cruz: "Walter Benjamin's Theory of Misfortune"
March 1, 2017 A Debate on Romanticism and August Wilhelm Schlegel.
March 30, 2017 Susanne Lüdemann: "Speech Unbound. Prose and the Problem of Form"
April 4, 2017 Jeffrey Shandler: "Queer Yiddishkeit: Practice and Theory"
April 5, 2017 Workshop: "The Holocaust for Beginners: Yankev Glatshteyn's 'Emil un Karl' and Other Wartime Writing for Young Readers"
April 10, 12 & 13, 2017 Special Seminar: Goethe's "Torquato Tasso"
April 14-15, 2017 Workshop: "The Praxis of Improvisation"
May 22, 2017 Barbara Vinken: “Fashion: An Oriental Colony in the West”
June 2, 2017 Urs Brüttner: "Nature Makes History: Narrating Nature in Gerhard Richter and Alexander Kluge’s 'December'"
June 28-July 1, 2017 Transatlantic Seminar: Chicago-Konstanz-Yale: "Gattungstheorie"
October 27-29, 2017 Performance and Workshop: The Book of J
November 3, 2017 Lecture: Mladen Dolar
November 10, 2017 Workshop: Alenka Zupancic
November 14, 2017 Lecture: Sabine Scholl
November 28, 2017 Lecture: Christian Metz
January 23, 2018 Sophie Salvo Public Lecture on "Gender, Language, and Narrative Form: Musil's Vereinigungen"
February 6, 2018 Marita Tatari Public Lecture on "Exzess der Form - Zu Kunst als Handlung nach Hegel"
March 23-24, 2018 Violence, Inc. hosted by Eric Santner (University of Chicago), María del Rosario Acosta (DePaul University), co-organized with Ilit Ferber, Adam Lipszyc, and Nassima Sahraoui
Friday, May 3rd 4:30pm RESCHEDULED: Yuliya Komska: "Why Write a Popular Biography of Children's Authors Now? Assessing the Archives of Margret and H. A. Rey, the Curious George Creators."
Thursday, May 24 - Saturday, May 26, 2018 Transatlantic Seminar
Thursday, October 11, 4:30 PM; Friday, October 12, 12:00 PM Yuliya Komska Lecture and Workshop, "Curious George and 'Monkey Literature'" and "Public scholarship in research and teaching: Pros and cons."
Nov 26, 5pm - 6pm, Nov 27 9am-4pm Conference - Linguistic Homelands: Modern Hebrew, Yiddish, and German Nov 26, 5pm - 6pm
February 7, 2019 Alexander Sorenson: "The Light and the Water: Between Hidden Order and Works of Love in the Early Writing of Adalbert Stifter"
February 13, 2019 Professor Catriona MacLeod (University of Pennsylvania): Double Edges: Scissors and Paper in Romanticism
February 15-16, 2019 The Legacy of Moishe Postone: Teacher, Historian, Critical Theorist
February 21, 2019 Literature and Philosophy Workshop: Florian Klinger, Lecture
March 7-10, 2019 Jessica Resvick: “Picturesque Visions: Adalbert Stifter’s Studien and Washington Irving’s Sketch-Book”
April 3, 2019 Literaturlenz: In Cooperation with the Goethe Institute of Chicago
April 11, 2019 Alexander Sorenson PhD Defense
April 12, 2019 US Premiere: Film Documentary on the Life and Work of Hans Blumenberg
April 15, 2019 Plato, the Parthenon, and Liberal Education
April 25-27, 2019 Workshop: Goethe’s Iphigenie auf Tauris
May 2, 2019 Ellen Cassedy discusses "On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash" with Jessica Kirzane
May 9-11, 2019 Conference: Emergence and Ground: Responding to the Work of Juliane Vogel
May 20, 2019 Bauhaus Centenary Lectures
Friday May 24th, 7:00pm Things to Come: An Off-Bauhaus Anniversary Screening with Joyce Tsai
October 10, 2019 Vance Byrd, “Making Memory: Nineteenth Century Illustrated Periodicals and Panoramas”
October 14, 2019 Dr. Peter Filkins: “Writing History, Writing Biography: Capturing H.G. Adler's Many Worlds“
October 15, 2019 Author Book Reading: Dr. William Boehart
October 17, 2019 Book Talk, Queer Expectations: A Genealogy of Jewish Women's Poetry, Zohar Weiman Kelman
October 24, 2019 Film Screening: Beyle: The Artist and Her Legacy
October 25, 2019 Mirjam Berg Defense