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David Publishes on Religious Ceremonies in Ukraine [4/2021]

Kathryn David. "Ancestors and Martyrs: Religious Ceremonies of Occupation and Liberation in Ukraine." Ab Imperio  4 (2020): 161-191.  DOI:

Interview with Emily Greble about her recently translated book [1/2021]

Emily Greble gave an interview in Bosnian about her book, Sarajevo, 1941-1945: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Hitler’s Europe. The book was recently translated into Bosnian with University Press Sarajevo. 

New Faculty Book: Resonant Matter by Lutz Koepnick [1/2021]


Lutz Koepnick: Resonant Matter: Sound, Art, and the Promise of Hospitality. New York: Bloomsbury, 2021.

In Resonant Matter, Lutz Koepnick considers contemporary sound and installation art as a unique laboratory of hospitality amid inhospitable times. Inspired by Ragnar Kjartansson's nine-channel video installation The Visitors (2012), the book explores resonance-the ability of objects to be affected by the vibrations of other objects-as a model of art's fleeting promise to make us coexist with things strange and other. In a series of nuanced readings, Koepnick follows the echoes of distant, unexpected, and unheard sounds in twenty-first century art to reflect on the attachments we pursue to sustain our lives and the walls we need to tear down to secure possible futures. The book's nine chapters approach The Visitors from ever-different conceptual angles while bringing it into dialogue with the work of other artists and musicians such as Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Guillermo Galindo, Mischa Kuball, Philipp Lachenmann, Alvien Lucier, Teresa Margolles, Carsten Nicolai, Camille Norment, Susan Philipsz, David Rothenberg, Juliana Snapper, and Tanya Tagaq. With this book, Koepnick situates resonance as a vital concept of contemporary art criticism and sound studies. His analysis encourages us not only to expand our understanding of the role of sound in art, of sound art, but to attune our critical encounter with art to art's own resonant thinking.

New Faculty Translations! [10/2020]


Emily Greble, Sarajevo 1941-1945: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Hitler's Europe (originally published by Cornell University Press in 2011)


Lutz Koepnick, On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary (originally published by Columbia University Press in 2014)

Recent Faculty Publications [9/2020]
  • Greble, Emily. “Šerijatski zakon kao manjinsko pravo u Kraljevini Srba, Hrvata, i Slovena” [Shari’a law as Minority Right in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes], in One Hundred Years since the Treaty of Saint Germain: Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, edited by Hikmet Karčić (Sarajevo, Institute for Islamic Studies, 2020): 131-162.
  • Greble, Emily. “The Habsburg-Ottoman Borderlands: New Insights for the Study of the 19 th Century European Legal and Social Order,” Austrian History Yearbook, Volume 51 (May 2020): 15-24.
  • Koepnick, Lutz. “Face Time with Hitler.” Visualizing Fascism: The Twentieth-Century Rise of the Global Right. Eds. Julia Adeney Thomas and Geoff Eley. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020. 111-133.
  • Koepnick, Lutz. “The Nightmares of Reason: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Murder of Crows.” Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary: The Commissions Book. Eds. Eva Ebersberger and Daniela Zyman. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2020.
  • Koepnick, Lutz. “Äolische Variationen.” Diskurse des Sonalen: Klang-Kunst-Kultur. Eds. Britta Hermann and Lars Korten. Berlin: Vorwerk, 2020. 230-240.
  • Koepnick, Lutz. “Transatlantic Passage: Cinema and the Figure of the Migrant.” Transatlantic Cinema: Production—Genres—Encounters—Negotiations. Eds. Karsten Fitz and Jürgen Kamm. Passau: Ralf Schuster Verlag, 2020. 163-180.
  • Zeller, Christoph: “Moment and Permanence in Wolf Vostell’s Performance Art,” Poetica, vol. 52, no. 1/2 (2020): 170–193.
  • Zeller, Christoph: “Before the Fall: Norbert Scheuer’s Die Sprache der Vögel,” Gegenwartsliteratur, vol. 19 (2020): 197–221.
Zeller promoted to Full Professor, named Summer Fellow at ZZF

Christoph Zeller was promoted to Full Professor of German Studies and European Studies; named Summer Fellow at the Zentrum für zeithistorische Forschung/Centre for Contemporary History in Potsdam (deferred to 2021). [9/2020]

DFG Grant for Hannah Arendt Edition

The  German Research Foundation  (DFG), Germany’s largest research funding organization, has awarded a multi-year supporting grant to the team producing The Critical Edition of the Writings of Hannah Arendt, a planned seventeen-volume scholarly presentation of the published and unpublished work of this seminal twentieth-century political thinker. A joint project of Vanderbilt University, the Free University in Berlin, and the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, the Edition has already released two volumes, The Modern Challenge to Tradition: Fragmente eines Buchs and Sechs Essays, with Wallstein Verlag in Germany. DFG support ensures that further volumes will appear, both as bound books and on line through a sophisticated web interface in development in Nashville and Germany. [3/20]

Uhuegbu presents “Border stories: Asylum and Refugees in Jenny Erpenbeck’s “Gehen, ging, gegangen” (2015) 
Chiedozie Michael Uhuegbu presented a paper entitled “Border stories: Asylum and Refugees in Jenny Erpenbeck’s “Gehen, ging, gegangen” (2015) as part of a panel on Immigration, Asylum, and Refugees in Western Europe at the Refugees, Citizenship, and Belonging: Towards a History of the Present- 7th Annual Dean Hopper Conference, Drew University, New Jersey on September 21, 2019.
Greble Interviewed on Al- Jazeera
On September 20, Emily Greble was interviewed on Al-Jazeera about the history of Muslims in the Balkans (begins minute 4:20). Click here to watch. 


Greble speaks on Islam and Minority Rights in Sarajevo (September 10, 2019)
As part of a major international conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Saint Germain,  Emily Greble was invited to present on “Shari’a Law as Minority Right in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes.” To read more about the conference (in Bosnian), see: Click here to watch. 


Zeller on values, Herder, Hennings, and Raabe
In addition to his book Werte: Geschichte eines Versprechens (Stuttgart: Metzler 2019), Christoph Zeller published articles on Herder, Hennings, and Raabe over the past months: “Primordial Poetry: Herder’s Abhandlung über den Ursprung der Sprache and the Poetics of Lying,” The   Germanic Review 93.3 (2018), 250–276; “Mit dem Leben bezahlt: Emmy Hennings Das Haus im Schatten”, Christopher Busch, Till Dembeck, and Maren Jäger (eds.), Ich-Texte: Beiträge zur Philologie des Individuellen (Paderborn: Schöningh 2019), 149–159; “Raabe als Antikapitalist“, Moritz Baßler and Hubert Winkels (eds.), Raabe und heute: Wie Literatur und Wissenschaft Wilhelm Raabe neu entdecken (Göttingen: Wallstein 2019), 63–77. 
Werner will moderate a discussion of the "Last Letters: The Correspondence of Freya and Helmuth von Moltke"
On October 10, 2019, Meike Werner will moderate a discussion and reading of excerpts "Last Letters: The Correspondence of Freya and Helmuth von Moltke" with Dorothea and Johannes von Moltke, grandchildren of Helmuth and Freya, and Helmuth Caspar von Moltke, one of their sons, who together edited Last Letters, at the Goethe-Institut New York. Click here to learn more.
Feldman curates documentary film and lecture series at the National Gallery of Art

Zach Feldman's film series, "Serious Games: Documentary Art Between Fact and Fiction" will screen at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC between September 7th and 28th, 2019. This series includes works by Werner Herzog, Harun Farocki, Hito Steyerl, and Mario Pfeifer who will also appear for an artist’s talk. Click here to learn more

Saliba presents on Stefan Zweig at ASA Conference

Rudy Saliba presented a paper entitled "Shifting Conservatives: Stefan Zweig's Curious Anti-Globalism" as part of a panel on conservative identity discourses in Austrian literature at the annual Austrian Studies Association conference at Bowling Green State University on April 13, 2019. 

Saliba also published a review of Robert C. Holub's recent book Nietzsche and the Nineteenth Century: Social Questions and Philosophical Interventions (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) in the German Studies Review 42.2 (May 2019): 377-379,

Price publishes on video games and ecocriticism

Price’s presentation at the 2018 “Clash of Realities” conference in Cologne, Germany about structural violence and climate change in video games will appear in a special edition of publisher transcript’s “Bild und Bit” series by the end of 2019. The essay explores four different video games by German and trans-national developers that touch on climate change thematically, narratively, and systemically, and demonstrates how these games can help us make sense of what it means to live in the Anthropocene.

Berger publishes book about cinema and revolutions

Hanno Berger’s Film denkt Revolution: Zu audiovisuellen Inszenierungen politischen Wandel was published in May. Click here ( ) to read more about it. In the book the author seeks to explore the possibilities of thinking about revolution with movies. It contains analyses of Abel Gance’s “Napoléon”, Warren Beatty’s “Reds” and of the miniseries “John Adams”.

 Porter invited to present at Brandeis University

Cynthia Porter was invited to give a paper presentation at Brandies University's conference titled “Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future: The Center for German & European Studies at Brandeis turns 20.” The conference took place on    October 6-7, 2018 and Porter presented on the topic of photographs found in Robert Schwentke's film Tattoo (2002). You can read more about the event here.

Werner presents on “Young Carnap” at Cambridge, UK

Meike Werner presented on “Young Carnap. The Making of a Philosopher in the 20th Century” at Joint Workshop of the Cambridge DAAD Research Hub for German Studies and The German Historical Institute, Moscow on “Life Stories, Personal Narratives, and Ego-Documents: Problems and Perspectives from German, Central and Eastern European History”, Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK, September 22-24, 2018.

Saliba Presents at Krimi Conference at University of Cincinnati

On September 16, 2018, Rudy Saliba presented a paper entitled "True Crime Without Truth: Postmodern Problems in Ernst Jünger's Eine gefährliche Begegnung" at the University of Cincinnati's Focus conference on "The Krimi."

Schaller completes curatorial internship for Frist exhibition in NYT article 

Between January and March 2018, as part of her internship requirement for the Comparative Media Analysis and Practice (CMAP) program, Kate Schaller completed a 40-hour internship as curatorial assistant to Katie Delmez, curator of the “We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights and the Nashville Press, 1957-1968” photography exhibition. The exhibition is comprised of photographs taken from the Tennessean and the former Nashville Banner that illustrate Nashville’s history with respect to the Civil Rights Movement. Kate worked on materials for an interactive touchscreen installation to accompany the exhibition, as well as a timeline and playlist for the Frist's educational app. The exhibition was recently featured in a New York Times op-ed piece by Margaret Renkl (found here), and will be on display until October 14.

Fay publishes Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene with Oxford University Press 

Jennifer Fay's Inhospitable World was published in April. Click here for the book. To read an interview with her about the book in Film Quarterly, click here.

Geller talks about his book Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories of the Jews 

Jay Geller talks about his book Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories of the Jews. To watch an interview with him,  click  here.

Koepnick co-publishes anthology on ambiguity in art 

Koepnick co-publishes anthology with former Kade professor Frauke Berndt (University of Zurich on ambiguity in art: Ambiguity in Contemporary Art and Theory. Co-edited with Frauke Berndt. Hamburg: Felix Meiner, 2018.

Greble publishes a foreword for new biography of Tito

Emily Greble recently published a foreword for the English-language translation of Jože Pirjevec’s critically acclaimed biography of Josip Broz Tito: Tito and His Comrades (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018).

McCarthy publishes essay on Wieland’s Geschichte des Agathon

John McCarthy published an essay, entitled “Erzählstrategien und europäische Politik in Wielands Geschichte des Agathon.Ein Beitrag zum Kontinentalisierungskonzept,” in Die Erzählung der Aufklärung, eds. Frauke Berndt & Daniel Fulda. Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, 2018. 98-117.

Itkin publishes essay on vividness in Holocaust literature in PMLA

Alan Itkin published an essay, titled “Bring Up the Bodies: The Classical Concept of Poetic Vividness and Its Reevaluation in Holocaust Literature,” in PMLA  133.1 (January 2018):107-23.

Saliba presented paper at Graduate Student Symposium at University of Tennessee

On February 23, 2018 Rudy Saliba presented a paper entitled "Afro-German Identity, Media, and Americanism: SXTN's  Ich bin schwarz" at the inaugural Vernacular Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Werner presented on art critic Franz Roh and philosopher Rudolf Carnap

On Oct. 2, 2017, Meike Werner presented a paper on the art historian Franz Roh at a conference on Neue Sachlichkeit und Logischer Empirismus at the Institut für Wissenschaft und Kunst in Vienna. Click here for more information

On Oct. 6, 2017, Werner also gave a lecture on the philosopher Rudolf Carnap, entitled "Auf dem Weg in die Wissenschaft: Der junge Carnap als Freischärler in Jena, Freiburg und Berlin", at a conference on Der Junge Carnap im historischen Kontext, 1918-1935. Click here for more information:

 Itkin gives lecture on pity in Holocaust literature at the University of Missouri

Alan Itkin gave a lecture titled “Laocoön’s Scream: The Reexamination of the Classical Concept of Pity in Holocaust Fiction,” at the University of Missouri, on Monday, Nov. 6.  Itkin was invited to speak at the University of Missouri by the Department of German and Russian Studies.  While at Missouri, Itkin also joined a class discussion of his book, Underworlds of Memory: W. G. Sebald’s Epic Journeys through the Past, in a graduate seminar in the Department of German and Russian Studies.

Itkin discusses post-Holocaust poetics in author-meets-critic session at Tennessee Philosophical Association meeting

Alan Itkin discussed his new book project, “Post-Holocaust Poetics: The Reevaluation of Classical Poetic Concepts in Holocaust Fiction,” at an author-meets-critic panel at the Tennessee Philosophical Association meeting at Vanderbilt on Saturday, October 28.

McCarthy publishes essays about Schiller and Ewald

John McCarthy published an essay, entitled "Denken, schreiben, lesen, ethisch handeln. Quellen und Kontext des Aufsatzschreibens der Illuminaten am Beispiel von Schack Hermann Ewald." In Aufklärung 28 (2017): 317-41.

McCarthy also published an essay, entitled "Schillers europäische ,Mind Map': Von Lykurgus und Solon zu Wallenstein und Tell." In: Schillers Europa. Hrsg. von Peter-Andé Alt und Marcel Lepper unter Mitarbeit von Catherine Marten. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017. Pp.21-43.

Koepnick publishes essays on Alexander Kluge and Laiura Mulvey

Lutz Koepnick published an essay, entitled "Kluges Moments of Calm," in Volume 4 of the Kluge-Jahrbuch (2017), p. 37-50. The essay explores recent collaborations between Kluge and painter Gerhard Richter and how their texts and images resist contemporary pressures to always be on.

In another essay, “Laura Mulvey the Curious Cinephile” ( New Review of Film and Television Studies  15.4 (2017): 441-445), Koepnick discusses the continued relevance of film theorist Mulvey's work for our understanding of visual culture in the digital age.

Price published on Realism and Modding in Farming Simulator 2008

Derek Price recently published a short essay in the catalog for a special exhibition entitled "20 Meilensteine aus Deutschland" at the Computer Games Museum in Berlin. His essay argues that the Farming Simulator series' aesthetic realism is a result of both professional and amateur game-development communities' efforts and desires.

Tang presented on Representations of Sexual Violence in Women's Writing

Lydia Tang recently participated in a Women in German panel at the 2017 NeMLA convention in Baltimore. Her paper, entitled "Difficult Texts: Teaching the Eighteenth Century Novel and Representations of Sexual Violence," focused primarily on the early work of Therese Huber.

Koepnick publishes essays on "Gesamtkunstwerk" and on new join-PhD program in media

Lutz Koepnick published an essay on the concept of the “Gesamtkunstwerk” in Vincent Sherry’s Cambridge History of Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016, p. 273-288. It understands different experiments with composite media and synesthetic forms of perception as critical elements of what we have come to understand as aesthetic modernism between the late 19 th and mid 20 th century.

Koepnick also published an essay, entitled “Laboratory of Change: Rebuilding Doctoral Studies at Vanderbilt University,” in the ADFL Bulletin 44/1 (2016): 72-77. The essay presents Vanderbilt’s new joint PhD Program in Comparative Media Analysis and Practice and discusses its efforts to help reconceptualize and recalibrate doctoral education in modern languages and literatures in North America. 

Bangor gave a paper entitled "Brecht's Die Maßnahme in the Elementary German Classroom"

On January 6, 2017 Kaleigh Bangor gave a paper entitled “Brecht's Die Maßnahme in the Elementary German Classroom” as a part of the panel on “Social Pedagogy in the L2 Classroom” at this year’s MLA in Philadelphia, PA.

Koellner publishes on Juli Zeh and reviewed Transkulturelle Dynamiken ed. by Ernst/Freitag

Sarah Koellner published an article "Data, Love, and Bodies: The Value of Privacy in Juli Zeh's Corpus Delicti" in Seminar.  A Journal of Germanic Studies 52.4 (2016): 407-425.  Koellner also published a review of Ernst, Jutta/Florian Freitag (Eds.). Transkulturelle Dynamiken. Aktanten - Prozesse - Theorien. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015 in New German Review (27) 2016: 77-79.

Koepnick publishes a co-edited volume, On 24/7: Neoliberalism and the Undoing of Time

Co-edited with Necia Chronister (Kansas State University), On 24/7: Neoliberalism and the Undoing of Time was published this summer as a special issue of Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature. The task of the volume is to unearth the temporal logic of neoliberal rationality in Germany over the last few decades by exploring how various literary texts, films, and artistic projects, at the level of both content and formal experimentation, have sought to visualize the ramifications of deregulation and ceaseless self-management. Each of the essays gathered in this special issue pushes back at the notion that neoliberalism is an all-consuming force by examining cultural productions that aesthetically probe the limitations and weak spots of neoliberalism. On 24/7 thus seeks out the spaces within and outside of neoliberalism in which resistance is possible, situating neoliberalism and its economy of perpetual alertness and entrepreneurial activity in a larger historical context, and precisely in so doing, avoiding the apocalyptic undertones of much of contemporary criticism. With contributions from Hester Baer, Carrie Smith-Prei, and Maria Stehle, Lilla Balint, Heike Polster, Sabine von Dirke, Roland Vesgo and Marco Abel, and Richard Langston. []

Werner co-organized conference at IWK on Logical Empiricism, Life Reform, and Youth Movement

In June 2016, Meike Werner co-organized a conference at the Institut Wiener Kreis in Vienna on Logical Empiricism, Life Reform, and the German Youth Movement:

Logical Empiricism did not arise in an ahistorical vacuum. Idiosyncratic historical phenomena – such as the German Youth Movement, the Wandervogel movement, the Free Student movement, and the Jena Sera Circle – were important factors that allow us to gain a better understanding of the formative influences on the early philosophical carriers of logical empiricists such as Rudolf Carnap, Hans Reichenbach, and Kurt Grelling. The aim of this workshop is to explore these influences as well as related quite heterogeneous contexts such as the Dilthey school, Neo-Kantianism, the German life reform movement around 1900, the Esperanto movement, and the Bauhaus movement. A number of non-logical-empiricist thinkers such as Wilhelm Flitner, Hans Freyer, Friedrich Jodl, Karl Korsch, Franz Roh and Gustav Wyneken will also be considered for their bridging function between these broader social movements and early logical empiricism. In addition, the conference will address the early diaries of Rudolf Carnap (1908-1935) as a new source for various insights in most of the networks and movement considered at this conference. They are currently prepared for publication at the Institute Vienna Circle. For more information, please visit: [9/2016]

Zeller appointed Faculty Head

Christoph Zeller was appointed Faculty Head of House at the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, beginning fall of 2016. He will reside at West House, fostering a living-learning- community, mentoring students, and serving as an academic coordinator.

Balint and Koepnick receive VIDL Macro Grant for “Mapping the Refugee Crisis”

Balint and Koepnick were awarded a macro grant from the Vanderbilt Institute of Digital Learning (VIDL) for 2016-17 in support of an immersive undergraduate research project on the refugee crisis in Germany. The project uses digital tools to map most recent waves of migration in Europe while also examining the role of digital technology and social media in these processes of spatial displacement. [4/2016]

Feldman on a new significance for Klee's Angelus Novus

On April 29, 2016, Zach Feldman presented a paper entitled "Palimpsest and Engraving through History: New Meaning for Klee's Angelus Novus," at UCLA's "Conflicts of Interest" conference. The paper dealt with a new analysis amidst the discovery of a print of Martin Luther pasted behind the Angelus Novus. [4/2016]

Panter to pursue research project at Center for Digital Humanities

Rebecca Panter was awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities by the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science for the 2016-17 academic year. [4/2016]

Zeller on Student Protests in the 1970s

publishes “Organizing a Student Protest? Have a Look at 1970s Germany,” comparing current US student protests with a significant historical example in The Conversation, March 4, 2016. [3/2016]

Zeller on Collecting in the Digital Age

Christoph Zeller publishes essay on the history and theory of collecting:  “From Object to Information: The End of Collecting in the Digital Age,” Arcadia 50.2 (2015), 389–409. [2/2016]

Werner organized panel on “Teaching the Archive” at MLA

On January 8, 2016 Meike Werner presided over a MLA-sponsored interdisciplinary panel on “Teaching the Archive” at this year’s MLA in Austin, TX. Participating were Jan Bürger (German Literature Archive, Marbach), Ron Schuchard (Emory) and Stephen Enniss (Harry Ransom Center). [1/2016]

De Oliveira presented on Ilf and Petrov at Slavic Conference

Cassio de Oliveira presented on “The Picaresque Mode and the Discovery of Soviet Space in Ilf and Petrov’s Novels" at the conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in November 2015 in Philadelphia. [1/2016]

Panter gives presentation based on digital project

On November 14, Rebecca Panter presented a paper on fragmentary reading entitled “Playing the Novel: Video Games and German Romanticism” at the Midwest Modern Language Association conference in Columbus, Ohio. [1/2016]

Knabe presents on Adaptation Strategies at the University of London

On October 10, 2015 Oliver Knabe gave a presentation entitled "The Tin Drum: Volker Schlöndorff’s Emancipation from the Nation’s Conscience” at the first Legenda Conference (“Adapting the Canon”) hosted by the Institute of Modern Languages Research. The paper addressed the question, how Schlöndorff freed himself from the authority the author Günter Grass held over the Tin Drum narrative. [2/2016]

Koellner presented on Zeh at GSA

On October 2nd, 2015 Sarah Koellner gave a presentation, entitled “‘Nehmen Sie. Das bin ich’: Der Körper als Spielform des Protests in Juli Zehs Corpus Delicti”, at the GSA in Washington, DC. The paper addressed the reevaluation of the concept of privacy by staging the body as a form of protest. [1/2016]

Koepnick gave various talks and held workshops in Stanford, Venice, Muenster, Tuebingen, and Shanghai during this summer.
Koellner presented on Alea Torik at the IVG in Shanghai, China

On August 24th, 2015 Sarah Koellner gave a presentation entitled "Ich, Alea Torik. Identitaet als literarisches Experiment im Schreiben Claus Hecks" at the XIII Congress of the Internationale Vereinigung fuer Germanistik (IVG: Panel Experimentelle Gegenwartsliteratur). The paper addressed the creation and reception of Claus Heck's literary avatar Alea Torik, who questions the concept of Identity and the myth of originality in the digital age. [8/2015]

Reed presents on Weimar Film at NeMLA and presents on Popular Literature at CSC

On May 2, 2015, Leslie Reed presented a paper entitled "Lost Identity, Insane Freedom: Identity and Madness in Weimar Narrative Film" at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Toronto, Canada. [5/2015]

On June 5, 2015, Leslie Reed presented a paper entitled "The Reality of the Unreal: The Language of Fantasy in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" at the Christian Scholar's Conference in Abilene, Texas [6/2015]

Per Urlaub Presents on Deautomizing the reading process

(Correction to be inserted here) Deautomatizing the Reading Process through Questioning" at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association in Vancouver, BC, Canada. [2/2015]

Werner publishes on Carnap and Flitner

Meike Werner published an essay on "Freundschaft | Briefe | Sera-Kreis. Rudolf Carnap und Wilhelm Flitner.  Die Geschichte einer Freundschaft in Briefen," in Die Jugendbewegung und ihre Wirkungen. Praegungen, Vernetzungen, gesellschaftliche Einflussnahmen (Formen der Erinnerung, 58), ed. Barbara Stambolis (Goettingen: V & R unipress, 2014), 105-131. [2/2015]

Werner edits special issue on Suhrkamp Verlag

Meike Werner is the guest editor of a special issue on "Remembering the Kahlschlag: Peter Suhrkamp and His Publishing House after 1945," Germanic Review 89 (2014): 305-343. [1/15]

Maughan publishes article on filmmaker Harald Friedl

Curtis Maughan published  an article entitled "Identity Formation through Cinematic Explorations of the Past: Harald Friedl's Austrian Trilogy" in the Journal of Austrian Studies, Volume 47, Number 4, (Winter 2014): 89-112 [1/15]

Urlaub presents on SLA at ACTFL

On November 21, 2014 Per Urlaub presented a paper entitled "Opportunities and Limitations of Questionnaires in Program Assessment" at the Annual Convention of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages in San Antonio, TX. [1/15]

McCarthy published article on Lessing's Hamburgische Dramaturgie

John McCarthy's "Die Hamburgische Dramaturgie im Spannungsfeld zwischen kirchlicher Moral und expandierender  Oeffentlichkeit" just appeared in the Lessing Yearbook XLI (2014). 259-81 [1/15]

Zeller presented on Broch in Montréal

During a conference on “Hermann Broch and the Economy” at the Université de Montréal, Nov. 6 and 7 2014, Christoph Zeller presented a paper entitled “Literarische Ökonomie: Wertverlust und Wortgewalt in Hermann Brochs Die Schlafwandler.” [11/14]   

Koellner presented on Kristo Šagor at Swarthmore College

On November 8, 2014 Sarah Koellner gave a presentation entitled “’The Room of One’s Own’. Staging Privacy in the Work of Kristo Šagor Before and After Snowden“ at the symposium „Sind Sie sicher?" Surveillance, (Post-) Privacy and Security hosted by the German Department at Swarthmore College, PA. The paper addressed the question how Šagor delineates, negotiates, and surrenders the concept of Privacy in his work before and after Snowden, by analyzing the role of the body as a space to rebel against the erosion of the private sphere. [11/14]

McCarthy lectured on Schiller in Hannover

 John A. McCarthy delivered the lead-off lecture at the recent international conference on Schillers Europa, 22-25 October 2014 held at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover, Germany, and organized by Peter André Alt, President of the Deutsche Schiller Gesellschaft, Marbach a.Neckar. McCarthy spoke on „Schillers europäische Mind Map from Lykurgos und Solon to Wallenstein and Tell.“ [10/14]

Knabe presented on Adaptation Strategies at the University of London

On October 10, 2014 Oliver Knabe gave a presentation entitled "The Tin Drum: Volker Schlöndorff’s Emancipation from the Nation’s Conscience” at the first Legenda Conference (“Adapting the Canon”) hosted by the Institute of Modern Languages Research. The paper addressed the question, how Schlöndorff freed himself from the authority the author Günter Grass held over the Tin Drum narrative.  For more detail
Program: [10/14]

Zeller on Vostell and Becker

Christoph Zeller publishes an essay on Wolf Vostell and Jürgen Becker, this year’s recipient of Germany’s highest literary award, the Büchner-PreisÖ “Vostell und die experimentelle Literatur”, in Fluxus und/als Literatur: Zum Werk Jürgen Beckers, text + kritik, Sonderband, Neoavantgarden,), ed. Anne-Rose Meyer-Eisenhut und Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek, Munich: edition text + kritik, 2014, 15-34. [10/14]

Urlaub presented invited talk at Cornell University

On October 4, Per Urlaub presented an paper at the annual conference of the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning held at Cornell University. The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning is an association of five institutions of higher education (the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Brown University and Yale University) established in 1986 and dedicated to the study and instruction of second languages at the post-secondary level. His talk was entitled “Content-Based Language/Literacy Instruction: A Heuristic for the Future Professoriate?” [10/14]

Setje-Eilers published a book review on Lorre’s Fac e Maker

Margaret Setje-Eilers published a book review: “‘Face Maker’ or Face Makers? Sarah Thomas Evaluates Peter Lorre’s Stardom and Performance.” Sarah Thomas. Peter Lorre: Face Maker, Constructing Stardom and Performance in Hollywood and Europe. New York: Berghahn Books, 2012. H-Net Review: H-German. 1 October 2014. Review commissioned by Chad Ross. [10/14]

Werner publishes essay on August 1914

Meike Werner publishes essay on young intellectuals facing the call to arms in August 1914, entitled "Jugend im Feuer.  August 1914 im Serakreis," Zeitschrift fuer Ideengeschichte VIII/2 (2014): 19-34. Click here for more: [9/15]

Filimonova publishes on Sorokin and on Kazakh cinema

Tatiana Filimonova published an article "Chinese Russia: Imperial Consciousness in Vladimir Sorokin's Writing" in an interdisciplinary journal, Region 3:2, Summer 2014.  Filimonova also published a review of a new Kazakhstani drama, Emir Baigazin's Harmony Lessons in Kinokultura 45 (July 2014). [9/15]

Urlaub publishes volume of essays on Foreign Language Curriculum

Per Urlaub co-edited volume of essays on foreign language curriculum, entitled Transforming the foreign language Curriculum in higher education: Critical perspective from the United States, ed. J. Swaffar & P. Urlaub, P. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014. [9/15]

Zeller presented on Wolf Vostell at ZKM

Christoph Zeller presented a paper during an international conference on Joseph Beuys, Bazon Brock, and Wolf Vostell at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe.  The two-day conference on June 27 and 28 was part of an exhibition on collaborative, performative art in the 1960s and 1970s - "Beuys Brock Vostell" - curated by Peter Weibel (May 24 - November 9, 2014): Click here for more.  [8/14]

Bruegmann lectured on German Proust Editions in Hildesheim

On June 3, Nora Bruegmann was invited to present in the department of Language and Information Sciences at the University of Hildesheim on "Politisierende oder entpolitisierende Uebersetzung?  Proust-Ausgaben im Suhrkamp Verlag (1953-2002)". [6/14]

Endres lectured on Schlegel in Luxembourg and Eisenstein in Switzerland

From April 24-26, Johannes Endres attended the biennial conference of the international Friedrich Schlegel-Gesellschaft in Luxemburg, where he delivered a talk on "Ein romantischer Laokoon? Schlegels Wende zum Bild". [4/14]

On April 30, Johannes Endres gave a key-note talk at the workshop of the ProDoc program Das unsichere Wissen der Literatur at the Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland, on the subject of "Eisenstein on Disney. Zu wissenschaftlich-kuenstlerischen Konzepten von Animation." [4/14]

Filimonova presented on Sorokin in Cambridge

On April 26, 2014 Tatiana Filimonova gave a talk "Imperial Consciousness and Post-Modern Eurasia in Sorokin's 'Oprichnik' Cycle" as part of the interdisciplinary workshop "Bringing Humanities Back: Studying Politics and Foreign Policy through Research in the Humanities and Popular Culture" at the University of Cambridge, UK. [4/14]

Hahn published three essays on Rahel Levin Varnhagen, Hannah Arendt, and  Volker Braun

Barbara Hahn published three essays:  "Writing with/to Friends: Rahel. Ein Buch des Andenkens fuer ihre Freunde". The Fall 2011 Craig Lecture. Rutgers German Studies Occasional Papers 14.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers German Studies, 2014. [4/14]

"Gemeinsam unterwegs zur Sprache?  Hannah Arendt und Martin Heidegger ueber Dichtung und Denken", in Amir Eshel/Ulrich Baer (eds.), Hannah Arendt zwischen den Disziplinen, Goettingen:  Wallstein Verlag, 2014: 137-150. [4/14]

"Schriften", in: Michael Opitz/Erdmut Wizisla (ed.) Was immer wird, es wuehlt im Hier und Jetzt. Im Zwiegespraech mit Volker Braun, Leipzig: Lehmstedt, 2014: 225-228. [4/14]

Zeller published article on Wolf Vostell

Christoph Zeller published on the artist Wolf Vostell in Nadja Gernalzick and Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (eds.): Transmediality and Transculturality, Heidelberg: Winter 2013, 1-25.  The essay's topic: "Representing Presence:  Wolf Vostell's Transmedial Aesthethics." [4/14]

Bangor presents paper on Sebald at annual ACLA conference

Kaleigh Bangor presented a paper, entitled "Pearl Divers--Sebald, Arendt, Benjamin: The History of the Pearl as a Metaphor for Capital", on March 21 at the annual meeting for the American Comparative Literature Association hosted by New York University.  The conference centered on the theme of "Capitals" against the backdrop of New York City, a global, financial, and cultural capital.  Click here for more. [3/14]

Endres lectured on Totemism and Film

On March 21, 2014 the German, Russian and Classical Department at Occidental College, Los Angeles, had invited Johannes Endres to give a talk on "Totemism and Film:  Eisenstein on Disney." [3/14]

Werner publishes on Diederichs Publishing House during WWI

Meike G. Werner's essay, entitled "'Deutschland und die Welt'.  Kosmopolitische Orientierung im nationalen Kontext.  Der Eugen Diederichs Verlag im Ersten Weltkrieg", appeared in: Ilm-Kakanien. Weimar am Vorabend des Ersten Weltkriegs, ed. Franziska Bomski, Hellmut Th. Seemann and Thorsten Valk.  Goettingen:  Wallstein 1914, 175-195. [3/14]

Buerger publishes essay on Hans Henny Jahnn

Jan Buerger's essay, entitled "Einleitung zum Untergang, Hans Henny Jahnn im Winter 1946" appeared in: Zeitschrift fuer Ideengeschichte VIII/1 (1914), p. 9-22.  Buerger's essay includes the edition of an unpublished letter of Jahnn to Werner Helwig .[2/14]

Koepnick publishes essays on Kluge, Wagner, and Paik

Lutz Koepnick published essays on

“Experimental Television @50: Paik and Screen-Based Installation Art Today.” NJP Reader #4: Exposition of Music. Ed. Seong Eun Kim. Seoul, South Korea: Nam June Paik Art Center, 2014. 110-121.

“실험 텔레비전, 그 후 50년: 백남준과 오늘날의 스크린-기반 설치 미술.” NJP Reader #4 – 음악의 전시. Ed. Seong Eun Kim. Seoul, South Korea: Nam June Paik Art Center, 2014. 96-109.

“Wagner and New Media.” The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia. Ed. Nicholas Vaszonyi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 655-658.

“Landscapes of Ice, Wind, and Snow: Alexander Kluge’s Aesthetic of Coldness.” Co-authored with Nora Alter and Richard Langston. Grey Room 53 (Fall 2013): 60-87. Click here for electronic access to the essay. [2/14]

Zeller publishes on Georg Klein's representation of media

Christoph Zeller's essay on Georg Klein's media aesthetic appeared n Carsten Gansel's and Elisabeth Hermann's volume on developments in contemporary German literature and media: "Hypermedium Literatur.  Georg Kleins Poetologie," in Entwicklungen in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur und Medien nach 1989 (Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013), 231-248. [2/14]

Filimonova presents on Eurasianism in Cambridge

On January 31, 2014 Tatiana Filimonova gave a talk "Exploring the Limits of Empire: Eurasian Space in Russian Literature of the 2000s" at an international conference on "Eurasia: Discursive Space, Geopolitical Project or Geo-economic Reality?" at the University of Cambridge, UK.  [2/14}

Buerger publishes correspondence between Andersch and Frisch

Jan Buerger's annotated correspondence between Alfred Andersch and Max Frisch just appeared with an introduction by the editor: Alfred Andersch and Max Frisch: Briefwechsel (Zuerich: Diogenes 2014). Click here for more: [1/14]

Zeller publishes on Wilhelm Raabe and economy

The Raabe-Jahrbuch 2013 (pp. 95-125, recently released) features Christoph Zeller's latest article on the aesthetics of economic thought, focusing on Raabe's concepts of culture, money, and heritage ("Veltens Erbe: Geld und Geist in Raabes Die Akten des Vogelsangs"). [1/14]

 Maughan and High publish article on Kleist and Thomas Mann

Curtis Maughan and Jeffrey L. High (CSU Long Beach) co-authored an article, entitled "Like No Other? Thomas Mann and Kleist's Novellas," in Heinrich von Kleist. Artistic and Political Legacies, ed. Jeffrey L. High and Sophia Clark. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2013, 87-111. [1/14]

 Zeller publishes essay on Hermann Broch

Christoph Zeller published an essay on Hermann Broch's literary concepts of economy, religion, and 'aesthetic redemption' in his seminal novel The Sleepwalkers: "Annaeherung an die Unsterblichkeit': Oekonomie und Religion in Hermann Brochs Die Schlafwandler," IASL 38.1 (2013): 31-63. [1/14]

Endres publishes article on Hoelderlin and the suicide of Empedocles

In the most recent volume of the 'Morphomata' series Johannes Endres investigates the 'economics of suicide' for Friedrich Hoelderlin's "Empedocles" dramas and tracks back the 'birth of metaphor' to the self-murder of the character of the author'. Click here for more: [1/14]

 Hahn presents on Hannah Arendt in Berlin

On December 13, 2013 Barbara Hahn presented on "Ein geheimnisvoller sechster Sinn. Hannah Arendt ueber "sensu communis" und den gesunden Menschenverstand" at an international conference on "Geschmack und Oeffentlichkeit"; organized by the Sonderforschungsbereich  "Aesthetische Erfahrung im Zeichen der Entgrenzung", Free University Berlin, December 2013. Click here for more. [12/13]

 Werner gives lecture on the Jean-Paul-editor Eduard Berend at the BBAW in Berlin

Meike Werner gave a lecture on "Eduard Berend (1883-1973). Philologe | Jude| Deutscher. Mit Jean Paul ins Exil" on December 11, 2013 at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin. Click here for more. [12/13}

McCarthy publishes book chapter on "Cognitive Mapping"

John McCarthy published an essay entitled "Cognitive Mapping: Adam, Venus, and Faust," in: The Present Word: Culture, Society and the Site of Literature.  Essays in honour of Nicholas Boyle. Ed. John Walker. Oxford UK, Legenda, 2013, pp. 22-43. [12/13]


John McCarthy gave the keynote lecture, entitled "Enlightenment as Process:  How Radical is That?" at a national conference on "The Radical Enlightenment," hosted by University of Illinois, November 7-9, 2013. [12/13]

Strudler presents a paper on Aleksei Kruchenykh at ASEEES

On November 23, 2013, Jason Strudler presented a paper entitled "Zaum as Zero. Aleksei Kruychenykh's Null-Poetics" at the ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) national conference in Boston. Click here for more. [12/13]

 Werner publishes two essays on the year 1913 in literature and history

Meike Werner published an introductory essay, entitled "Warum 1913? Zur Fortsetzung des Themenschwerpunkts "Das Jahr 1913 in Geschichte und Gegenwart" in IASL 38.2 (2013): 443-451. Asking the question -- Why 1913? -- the introduction to the second part of the thematic focus -- The Year 1913 in History and in the Present --  presents and contextualizes the scholarship on 1913 since 1913 to the present (Sarason, Cowles, Brion-Guerry, Rabate, Forian Illies, Emmerson). [12/13]

In addition, Werner published an essay, entitled "'Bilder zukuenftiger Vollendung' - Der freistudentische Serakreis 1913 in den Tagebuechern und Briefen von und an Wilhelm Flitner" in IASL 38.2 (2013): 479-513. Conceived as a collage, this essay presents annotated excerpts from diaries and correspondences from the year 1913.  It recreates a plethora of voices, especially of young intellectuals, progressive students and artists, focusing on the Sera Circle around the publisher Eugen Diederichs in Jena. [12/13]

Knabe gives talk at the annual conference of the TFLTA

On November 8, Oliver Knabe presented a paper at the 46th annual conference of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association in Franklin, TN.  His talk, entitled "Caught in the web of truths:  Teaching your students how to lie" was devoted to the question how language instructors can lower their students' speaking anxieties in the classroom. Click here for more. [11/13]

Koepnick publishes essay on science-fiction cinema in Germany

 Lutz Koepnick published an essay on one of German filmhistory's least recognized genres, the science-fiction film.  His essay is entitled, "The Limits of Futurity: German Science Fiction Film over the Course of Time," and was published in Generic Histories of German Cinema: Genre and Its Deviations, ed. Jaimey Fisher (Rochester: Camden House, 2013) 71-90. [11/13]

Koellner presents paper at conference on Law and Literature in Brazil

Sarah Koellner gave a presentation on November 8, 2013, at the International conference on Law and Literature at the Goethe-Institute in Porto Alegre, Brazil in cooperation with the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul (UFRGS) and the DAAD. Her talk was devoted to the question:  How were Birgit Kempker, Alban Nikolai Herbst and Maxim Biller able to regain literature as an experimental field after their works caused legal controversies and were eventually subjected to censorship? Click here for more. [11/13]

Hahn gives lecture in Berlin on Jewish Intellectuals during the Weimar Republic

Barbara Hahn gave a lecture, entitled "'Irgendwo zwischen Tucholsky und Benjamin, zwischen Jacobson und Adorno, 'Rueckblicke auf die intellektuellen Welten der Weimarer Republik" on Nov. 11 at the first international conference on "Was war deutsches Judentum? -1870-1933" at the Zentrum Juedische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg. Click here for more[11/13]

Riviere presents poster at the annual conference of the Coalition of Women in German

On Oct. 25, Jessica Riviere presented a poster, entitled "In or out?  The intersections, overlaps, gaps and tangents of four women's participation in the literary public sphere around 1800" at the annual meeting of the Coalition of Women in German in Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pennsylvania.  Click here for more. [11/13]

Strudler presents paper as part of Russian LGBT Mini Series at Vanderbilt

On October 21, Jason Strudler gave a paper entitled "Non-Traditional Sexuality in the Russian Silver Age"as part of the ongoing Russian LGBT Mini Series organized by the Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Club.  [11/13]

Hahn gives a lecture on Hannah Arendt as editor of Schocken Books

Barbara Hahn gave a lecture entitled »Wesentlich ein Übersetzungsverlag? Hannah Arendt als Lektorin bei Schocken Books in New York« on October 8, 2013 at the international conference on "Salman Schocken. Archäologie eines deutsch-jüdischen Lebens und seines Kontextes« at the Staatliches Museum für Archäologie in Chemnitz, Germany. Click here for more [10/13]

Zeller and Sevin publish a co-edited book on Heinrich von Kleist

Our late colleague Dieter Sevin's and Christoph Zeller's edited book on a German classic appeared: Heinrich von Kleist: Style and Concept – Explorations of Literary Dissonance (Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter 2013). Click here for more. [10/13]

Koepnick publishes essay on the role of contemporary German art cinema

Lutz Koepnick published an essay entitled "German Art Cinema Now" in German Studies Review 36.3 (2013): 651-660. The article makes a plea not to overlook important contemporary developments by constructing new wave filmmaking in Germany today according to older notions of the national and of film art. Click here for more. [10/13]

Filimonova presents paper on Sorokin at conference in Korea 

On October 19, Tatiana Filimonova gave a presentation at the international conference "Changes and Challenges in Glocalizing Russia and East Asia" at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea. Her talk was devoted to perceptions and representations of China in the work of contemporary Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin. [10/13]

Richter-Nilsson presents paper at conference on Büchner

Christine Richter-Nilsson gave a presentation on October 18, 2013, at a  conference on the 200th anniversary of Georg Büchner's birth "Wanted? Georg Büchner" at California State University Long Beach. Her talk was devoted to "Destroying the Illusion: The Trope of Theater in Georg Büchner's Plays." [10/13]

Book Publications of Former Graduate Students 

Congratulations to Carola Daffner (Ph.D. 2007) for publishing  Gertrud Kolmar: Dichten im Raum ; and to Beatrix M. Brockman (Ph.D. 2012) for publishing  "Nur fliegend fängt man Worte ein." Eva Strittmatters Poetik[09/13]

Two graduating seniors win Fulbright ETA awards to Germany for 2013-14

Erika Leicht: Augsburg, Germany; Benjamin Juvelier: Hameln, Germany. Both students were residents of the McTyeire International House during their senior year. [07/13]

Congratulations to Kathryn McEwen, Wesley Lim, and Brett Sterling

Katie accepted a one-year appointment in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. Wesley was offered a one-year appointment as a post-doctoral Riley Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado College. Sterling was appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor of German at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. [06/13]

Richter-Nilsson receives translation award

On June 12, 2013, Christine Richter-Nilsson received the International Literature Award – Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2013 for the first translation into German of the novel Open City (Random House, New York 2011; Suhrkamp, Berlin 2012) by Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole. The Jury's Verdict: "Christine Richter-Nilsson's translation captures the novel's musicality, the overlaid voices and the moods of the metropolitan flâneur with linguistic elegance."[05/13]