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Intellectual Life

Conferences & Colloquia

Vanderbilt University offers tremendous opportunities for intellectual exchange through a myriad of conferences, workshops, and lecture series held across the campus. In addition to formal conferences that include visiting scholars from across the country and around the world, the department runs a less formal and more intimate German Studies Colloquium where graduate students and faculty share their work—either conference papers or works-in-progress—at regularly scheduled meetings during the year.

Visiting Scholars

The Department hosts a Max Kade Visiting Professor each spring semester. Recent visiting professors include Marianne Schuller (Universität Hamburg), Christian Sinn (Universität Konstanz), Elisabeth Strowick (NYU), Justus Fetscher (Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin; now: University of Mannheim), Hermann Kappelhoff (Freie Universität Berlin), Barbara Wahlster (Deutschlandradio Kultur), Elke Brüns (Karl Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald), Alexander Kosenina (Leibniz University, Hannover), Jan Buerger (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach),  Heide Volkening (University of Greifswald), Frauke Berndt (University of Zurich), and Elke Schmitter (Der Spiegel).

Public Lectures

Each year the Department also invites several scholars to campus to give public lectures. Recent guests include Frank Trommler (University of Pennsylvania), Amir Eshel (Stanford University), Thomas Meyer (Universität München), Nicholas Vazsonyi (University of South Carolina), Roland Kamzelak (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach), Johannes von Moltke (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Jeff High (CSU Long Beach), Ann Schmiesing (University of Colorado), Russell Berman (Stanford), Fatima Naqvi (Rutgers), Hester Baer (University of Maryland), and faye Stewart (Georgia Tech).

Research and Study Abroad

All Ph.D. students in the German Studies program are expected to spend one year abroad. Application for funding from non-academic institutions (DAAD, Fulbright, libraries and archives) is part of the professionalization process. If funding from institutions other than Vanderbilt University cannot be secured, financial support is provided. Students generally pursue coursework or independent research either at a German or an Austrian university or at a research center, such as the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, the Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, the Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin, or the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel.