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I discovered Mariella Mehr’s text steinzeit (lowercase intended by author) mid-summer and was immediately struck by the text’s alienating and provocative nature. steinzeit addresses relevant and contemporary issues of the Yenish minority in Switzerland and speaks to both my professional interests and personal background as a person of Polish-German-Roma heritage. The novel consists of  cyclical traumatic episodes,  defies all conventional linguistic and literary traditions, and includes both fictional and… read more about Natasza Gawlick wins the Stambaugh-Borchardt Prize »

Congratulations to Lea Greenberg on her Visiting Assistant Professor position at Knox College! She writes: "This fall, I will be starting as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. The position is in German and European Studies with an emphasis on Jewish Studies. I am looking forward to returning to the liberal arts college setting and to the Midwest, where I spent most of my formative years. As part of the faculty in Modern Languages, I will be teaching both German language courses and… read more about Glückwunsch Lea Greenberg! »

After joining forces in 2009, the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies has risen to become one of the most respected German studies programs in North America. read more about The language studies program that united Carolina and Duke »

Priscilla Layne is an associate professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. Through literature and film, she studies German identities, how culture affects national boundaries, and the representation of marginalized peoples. read more about Endeavoors UNC Stories Powered by UNC Research  »

On Juneteenth, David Kim (UCLA) and I had a conversation about BLM and racism in the US and Germany for the Thomas Mann House in LA. Read the transcript on Medium. read more about European Color Blindness and the Displacement of Racism »

Background: In the first week of June, our own Dr. Priscilla Layne was invited on a prominent German political talk show to discuss the protests against police violence in the United States. Shortly after this invitation and before her TV appearance, she learned that the program had already received a great deal of backlash for initially planning an all-white panel to discuss issues of anti-Black violence. The following article from the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel describes how this situation… read more about Der Tagesspiegel description of ongoing racism in Germany  »

I am very excited to have received the Fulbright to Switzerland for this upcoming academic year. I am in the early stages of researching and writing a dissertation on the role of narrative in the constitution of selfhood as it pertains to writers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a particular interest in Adalbert Stifter, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Robert Walser, among others. My current plan is to use the idea of rumination (Wiederkäuen) as a thematic and theoretical focus for considering the act of… read more about Nathan Drapela wins Fulbright Scholarship for Switzerland »

This upcoming year, I will continue work on my dissertation with the generous support of the Berlin Program for Advanced German & European Studies at the Free University in Berlin. In my dissertation, tentatively titled "Writing a Future State: Spatial Imaginaries of German Jewish Literature, 1847–1932," I explore the manner in which German-speaking Jews used literary forms to imagine, describe and contest ideas surrounding a future Jewish State. To conduct this work, I examine traditional Zionist novels, such as… read more about Joshua Shelly wins The Berlin Fellows Program Fellowship »

Congratulations to Edana Kleinhans, sixth-year Carolina Duke student, for winning the prestigious Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2020-2021 from the UNC Graduate School. She writes: “I am honored to have won this award. In my dissertation, The Kingdom of Venus: Love and Politics in the Courtly Biographies of Noblewomen of the Habsburg Empire, 1500-1800, I examine four long-lost female courtly biographies of the Habsburg dynasty and reflect on their function within imperial literature as part of a… read more about Edana Kleinhans receives a Dissertation Completion Fellowship »

Congratulations to Jeffrey Hertel, fifth-year CDG student, for winning the prestigious Katherine Goodman Stern fellowship for 2019-2020 from the Duke Graduate School. He writes: “It’s a tremendous honor to have won this award. I am currently in the final stages of my dissertation, entitled “Liberating Laughter: German Satire and the Dramatic Public Sphere, 1790-1848.” In the project, I focus on early nineteenth-century dramatic satire as the site of an alternative public sphere. Due to censorship of traditional print media… read more about Jeff Hertel wins the Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship »

Congratulations to Joshua Shelly, third-year student in CDG, for winning a prestigious fellowship for 2019-2020 from the Leo Baeck Institute. He writes: "This academic year, I will begin researching and writing my dissertation about Theodor Herzl's Altneuland, as well as the literary works which inspired Herzl and and those which were inspired by him.  My project specifically looks at the manner in which German Jewish literature played a pivotal role in (re)imagining and (re)creating Jewish spaces in the late… read more about Joshua Shelly wins Leo Baeck Institute Fellowship »

Congratulations to Claire E. Scott, who has won the Coalition of Women in German’s Dissertation Prize. Each year the organization selects one dissertation that best “reflect[s] the values of the Women in German Mission Statement; make[s] a substantial contribution to the current dialogue in the given area; and demonstrate[s] solid and innovative scholarship.” In her dissertation, Murderous Mothers: Feminist Violence in German Literature and Film (1970-2000), Scott examines representations of violent mothers in… read more about Claire Scott wins 2018 Women in German Dissertation Prize »

Congratulations to Lea Greenberg, who has been named a Fellow for 2018-2019 at Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, based at the Freie Universität Berlin and sponsored in part by the German Studies Association. She writes: "This academic year, I will be researching and writing a dissertation tentatively titled “Seductive Narratives: Language, Literacy, and Jewish Female Sexuality in German and Yiddish Literature from 1793 to 1865.” My project looks at the intersection of language politics and sexual… read more about Lea Greenberg named Fellow at Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies »

The faculty, staff, and students in the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies are profoundly saddened by the sudden and unexpected loss of their beloved colleague and dearest friend Jonathan M. Hess. A stellar scholar and colleague, a passionate teacher and mentor, and dedicated leader and administrator, Jonathan grew to become the heart of our Program in every sense of the word. His remarkable compassion, dedication, and grace were felt by everyone who had the privilege to work, study, teach, mentor, and… read more about In Memoriam Jonathan M. Hess (1965 - 2018) »

Steffen Kaupp joined the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies in 2010. During his time as a Ph.D. student, Kaupp has taught three courses at Duke, including “Rivalrous Masculinities—Images of the Male Body over Time,” a course that he co-designed and co-taught with fellow graduate student Christian Straubhaar and Professor Emerita Ann Marie Rasmussen, the person who envisioned, initiated, and implemented the German studies graduate program. In that course, students curated a virtual exhibition focusing on… read more about Steffen Kaupp 2016 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching  »

CDG Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reading Group   Initiators and Co-Conveners: Dr. Corinna Kahnke & Steffen Kaupp Purpose and Format: The purpose of this reading group is to have a sustained dialogue about current research in different areas of scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) pertaining to language teaching, like for example Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Pedagogy, and Methodology.… read more about Pedagogy Reading Group »

Now in its second decade, the Carolina-Duke Works-in-Progress Series in German brings together the entire program—faculty and graduate students—once a month for an evening of refreshments, informal socializing, and presentation and discussion of current scholarship.  Both faculty and graduate students present their work over the course of the year, with a different faculty member or graduate student presenting each month.” WIP Schedule 2015-2016 read more about Carolina-Duke Works-in-Progress Series in German »

In 2007, at a time when some German graduate programs were getting smaller, the programs at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill got bigger by merging with each other. The resulting Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies is one of the largest in the country in terms of faculty size. The program now boasts 29 Ph.D. students, with six more starting in fall 2015. Emma Woelk, who entered the program in 2010, will become its first graduate in May. She discussed her experience with The Graduate… read more about First Ph.D. Program Graduate - Emma Woelk »

Be sure to read the latest issue of the Herald – Sun, where our very own Carolina-Duke Ph.D. graduate student, Erik Grell served as a guest columnist and wrote a great piece about Berlin’s evolution in the 25 years since fall of the Wall. Congratulations Erik on a fantastic article! Berlin's evolution read more about Berlin's evolution in the 25 years since the fall of the wall »

WIG 2014 Panel: Translation and Gender Paper Title: Dissonant Chords: Translation as Activism Presenters: Michelle Eley (NC State), Corinna Kahnke (Duke University), Steffen Kaupp (Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies), and Priscilla Layne (UNC-Chapel Hill) Summary: At the end of October 2014, Michelle Eley (NC State), Corinna Kahnke (Duke University), Steffen Kaupp (Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies), and Priscilla Layne (UNC-Chapel Hill) attended the annual conference of the Coalition of… read more about The Coalition of Women in German Conference »

WIP Schedule 2014-2015 Carolina-Duke Works-in-Progress Series in German This year the series will be hosted at North Carolina Hillel in Chapel Hill, Wednesdays evenings, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm in the lower sanctuary. Works in Progress Forum 2014-2015 read more about Works In Progress Forum »

Congratulations to Lindsey Brandt, who was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to pursue her dissertation research in Berlin. Her project at the intersection between scientific discourse and German-language literature of the 1830s and 1840s. In particular, she is interested in exploring how literature navigates questions of human-nature relations during the rise in the status of empirical science in Germany. Her research focuses primarily on literary texts by authors such as Droste-Hülshoff, Stifter, Büchner, and Mörike, but it… read more about Lindsey Brandt Awarded Fulbright Fellowship »

Graduate Student Annegret Oehme discusses her research on Wigalois, a medieval verse-novel about a knight of Arthur's Round Table.     read more about Annegret Oehme on Arthurian Romances in Medieval Germany  »

An Inter-institutional Approach to the Influence of Key Aspects of African-American Culture Through the Lens of German CultureThis project investigates the cultural exchange between African American and German culture during the 20th century, from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights movement and beyond. Interdisciplinary as well as intercultural, this topic is being explored through a variety of public events, including a four-part film series, an academic symposium, and a live music concert. Arrangements have… read more about Humanities Writ Large: From Harlem to Hamburg »

On the weekend of September 20-21, 2013, international scholars of gender and medieval studies gathered at Duke for a symposium entitled: New Directions in the Study of Medieval Masculinities. The symposium brought together scholars from a variety of fields to present their current work on medieval masculinity studies. The symposium program featured invited speakers and offered a mix of established and recent scholars, as well as local, national, and international speakers.  The goal of the symposium was to advance research… read more about Symposium on Medieval Masculinities »