News & Events

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


News and Announcements:

Call for Applications: Travel grants from the Max Kade Foundation

Eleven stipends in the amount of $1200 will be granted to UCSB German learners with the goal of participating in a language program or conducting advanced research (for graduate students) in a German-speaking country in Summer 2019.

Deadline, Monday, January 14, 2019, at 4pm. Please see linked flyer for details and submission form.

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Focus on Faculty: Dr. Susan Derwin on her writing workshop for veterans

"The Healing Power of Storytelling: from the Holocaust to recent American military deployments" by Maya Chiodo (November 2018)

Read the interview with Dr. Susan Derwin (a specialist on trauma studies and a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Comparative Literature and Germanic and Slavic Studies departments)



Upcoming Events:

Please visit again soon to find out about our events for Winter 2019!


Recent Past Events:

"Beyond Praries and Skyscrapers? Austrian travelogues of the inter-war era on the U.S."

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 4pm: a talk by Rebecca Unterberger (Visiting Fulbright Scholar)

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"Persons of Interest"

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 5-6:30 pm: a talk by Andreas Bernard (Leuphana University Lüneburg / Germany)

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 "Germany's Musical Ruins"

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5 pm: a talk by Professor Martha Sprigge

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"Jackals and Arabs (Once More: The German-Jewish Dialogue)"

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6pm: a lecture by Gil Anidjar (Columbia University)

"Rebranding Sovereignty in the Age of Trump"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 4-6 pm: a talk by Professor Eric Santner (University of Chicago)

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"A Child Hero: Heroic Biographies in Children's Literature"

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 2-3:15 pm: a talk by Svetlana Maslinskaya (Institute of Russian Literature, Pushkin House, St. Petersburg, Russia)

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"School discipline inside and out: the limits of Soviet school's disciplinary authorities"

Thursday, April 27, 4-5:30 pm: a talk by Kirill Maslinsky (National Research University of Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia)

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"Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other"

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 4-6 pm: a seminar with Professor Elliot Wolfson

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

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"Hannah Arendt, On truth and lying in politics"

Monday, April 17, 2017, 4-6 pm: a workshop with Professor Susanne Lüdemann

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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"Translating the Russian Classics in the Twenty-First Century"

February 16, 2017, 12:30 pm: a talk by Marian Schwartz (Russian translator)

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"What is "Modern Technics"?

Monday, October 11, 2016, 4 pm: a talk by Bernard Stiegler (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris)

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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.)


 "Dialectics of a Constellation: Heinrich Heine in Critical Theory"

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 4 pm: a talk by Willi Goetschel (University of Toronto)

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Past Conferences and Symposia:

Nabokov Symposium 2016

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

You can see the symposium poster here.


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 brought 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.