Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture

Founded in 2001, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture supports collaborations among the many scholars at the University of Chicago whose work bears on the cultural traditions of the German-speaking lands. 

The Center’s primary focus is the organization of conferences, workshops and lectures, but on occasion it also sponsors art exhibitions and musical performances. An important aspect of the Center’s mission is the initiation and support of international research collaborations. To this end the Center maintains an active program of student- and faculty-exchanges with the University of Konstanz, while also providing a forum for short-range visits to Chicago by scholars from other European institutions.

Please see our calendar for upcoming events.

Director: David E. Wellbery

Executive Committee:

David E. Wellbery
LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor,
Departments of Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature,
Committee on Social Thought and the College 

Robert Pippin 
Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor, 
Department of Philosophy, Committee on Social Thought, and the College 

Eric Santner 
Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Germanic Studies, 
Department of Germanic Studies, Committee on Jewish Studies, and the College 


Center for Interdisciplinary Research 
Department of Germanic Studies 
The University of Chicago 
1050 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 

Phone: (773) 702-8494
FAX: (773) 702-5902