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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.

A selection of faculty publications may be found here

Department Chronik

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

July 2-3, 2019

Emily Dreyfus, “Music and Failure in Third Reich Cinema.” Paper given at Cinepoetics: Center for Advanced Film Studies at the Free University, Berlin, July 2-3, 2019.

June 27, 2019

Joseph Haydt, "Hegel's Modern 12th Century: The Medievalism of the Lectures on Aesthetics," paper to be delivered to a conference on International Medievalisms, Maynooth University, June 27, 2019.

June 19-23, 2019

Noah Zeldin, “Brecht’s Others: The Role of Music and Amateur Performers in the Learning-Pieces,” paper to be delivered at the 19th Symposium of the International Brecht Society, “Brecht unter Fremden,” Leipzig, June 19-23, 2019.

June 18, 2019

David Wellbery, “Affirmation und Ressentiment: Zur Poetik von Goethes Egmont,” Public Lecture: Freies Deutsches Hochstift, Frankfurt a.M., June 18, 2019.


Undergraduate student Helen Kessler has been awarded the McKenzie Prize in Germanic Studies for outstanding academic work.

Undergraduate student Eleanor Rubin received the Youth Leadership Award from the Blue Card Fund. She was honored alongside Joe Biden and David Miliband at the prestigious Blue Card Gala in April 2019.

Five students are heading to Germany with Fulbright Scholarships: Frederic Atwood, Erin BarreT, Jake Greenspan, Helen Kessler, Maura Lynch-Miller.

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