News & Events

The department is committed to contributing actively to the intellectual life on campus and in the community.


Please join us on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 5-6:30 pm for a talk by Andreas Bernard (Leuphana University Lüneburg / Germany), "Persons of Interest" in the Mc Cune Conference Room (IHC).

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Please join us on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5 pm for a talk by Professor Martha Sprigge: "Germany's Musical Ruins"  in Phelps Hall 6206C.

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Please join us on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6pm for a lecture by Gil Anidjar (Columbia University), "Jackals and Arabs (Once More: The German-Jewish Dialogue)," in Mosher Alumni Hall.


Announcing the first annual D. Barton Johnson Award for Academic Excellence and Best Critical or Scholary Essay in Russian, East European or Eurasian Literature, Art, and Culture, open to UCSB undergraduate and graduate students.
A $500 award will be given in honor of the exemplary literary scholarship of Professor Emeritus of Russian D. Barton Johnson, renowned linguist and scholar of Vladimir Nabokov
Deadline, 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2017, Phelps 4206. Please see linked flyer for details and submission form.

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Please join us on April 26, 4-6 pm, for a seminar with
Professor Elliot Wolfson, on "Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other,"
Mosher Alumni House Library.

The link to the preface and two chapters of Elliot Wolfson's book is here:

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Please join us on Thursday, April 27, 4 to 5:30 pm, for a talk, School discipline inside and out: the limits of Soviet school's disciplinary authorities
by Kirill Maslinsky (National Research University of Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia)
Mosher Alumni House, Library.

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Please join us on Thursday, April 27, 2 to 3:15 pm, for a talk, A Child Hero: Heroic Biographies in Children's Literature
by Svetlana Maslinskaya (Institute of Russian Literature, Pushkin House, St. Petersburg, Russia)
Buchanan 1940.

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Please join us on Wednesday, May 10, 4 to 6 pm, for a talk by Professor Eric Santner, University of Chicago: Rebranding Sovereignty in the Age of Trump, Mosher Alumni House, Henley Board Room

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Monday, April 17, 4 to 6 pm, workshop with
Professor Susanne Lüdemann, "Hannah Arendt, On truth and lying in politics,"
Mosher Alumni House, Henley Board Room.

The seminar began with a short presentation by Dr. Lüdemann, after which the following texts by Hannah Arendt were discussed:

-- “Lying in Politics,” from: Crises of the Republic, pp. 1-47:
-- “Truth and Politics,” The New Yorker, February 25, 1967,
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Marian Schwartz,  Russian translator:
Translating the Russian Classics in the Twenty-First Century

February 16, 2017, at 12:30 pm, HSSB 6020.

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Bernard Stiegler, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
What is "Modern Technics"?
Monday, October 11, 2016, 4 pm, Mosher Alumni House, Alumni Hall

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For the video of Bernard Stiegler's talk, click here:

Bernard Stiegler Talk

(Please note: The audio of the introduction is poor, but Stiegler's talk is loud and clear.)


Willi Goetschel.  University of Toronto:
Dialectics of a Constellation: Heinrich Heine in Critical Theory

April 26, 2016, at 4 pm, Phelps 6206.

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Metamorphosis Conference 2015

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Franz Kafka’s famous text “The metamorphosis,” an interdisciplinary conference at UCSB brings together a wide array of scholars and artists to discuss Kafka’s text in its literary-historical context, and to read it as an exploration of metamorphoses that problematize borders between species and between living organisms and machines.



Nabokov Symposium 2016

"Nabokov's Idioms: Translating Foreigness," a one-day symposium in honor of Don Barton Johnson, emeritus professor, will take place on Friday, February 19, 2016.

You can see the symposium poster here.