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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.

August 24-28, 2015

Alex Sorenson. Talk: “The Eye of the Beholder: Ekphrasis and the Longing Subject in Rainer Maria Rilke’s ‘Pietà’ Poems.“ Sixth Biennial Congress of the European Network of Comparative Literary Studies. August 24-28, 2015. Dublin City University and National University of Galway, Ireland.

July 6, 2015

Mirjam Berg. Guest Lecture: "Vom Sehen-Sammeln und Sich-Selbst-Schreiben – Irmgard Keuns Das kunstseidene Mädchen (1932)." Proseminar: Deutsche Großstadt Romane der Moderne, taught by Luisa Banki, M.A.. Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany.


Amy Stebbins has been awarded a Bundeskanzler Stipendium from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to develop new pedagogical strategies for teaching artistic practice with theatermakers at the Residenztheater in Munich.

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

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