The Stefan Zweig Revival and the World of Yesterday

Mark Gelber Lecture
Miller Learning Center, Room 214

The Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies would like to invite you all to join us on Tuesday, September 5th, for a lecture by Dr. Mark Gelber, from Ben-Gurion University, Israel. Dr. Gelber’s lecture is titled, “The Stefan Zweig Renaissance and the World of Yesterday” and will explore potential reasons for such a renaissance and whether new insight to Stefan Zweig’s work can supplant the long-standing views already in place.

Dr. Gelber is an American-Israeli scholar of Comparative Literature and German-Jewish Literature and Culture. He has been working at Ben-Gurion University since 1980, and has additionally been an honored guest professor at 9 esteemed universities throughout Europe and the United States. He was the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships in 1991-92 and in 2004, and has also received multiple DAAD research stipends. His research has led him to publish over 100 scholarly works, articles and monographs spanning the fields of literature, history, religion, cultural studies, sociology, and philosophy.


An Evening with the Author: Ulrich Woelk

Miller Learning Center, Reading Room (3rd Floor)


Ulrich Woelk is an award-winning author from Berlin, Germany. Since publishing his debut novel, Freigang (1990), which was awarded the Aspekte Literaturpreis, Woelk has written ten novels, one of which, Die letzte Vorstellung, was turned into the award-winning film Mord am Meer (2005). Ulrich Woelk has also written several plays, radio plays, short stories, and essays, as well as the libretto of an opera about Wernher von Braun, a notorious Nazi engineer whose postwar career included working on the American space program in Huntsville, Alabama. Woelk’s novels focus on the German past and present, as well as the role of science and scientists in modern times. Woelk, who has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, will be traveling to the United States in connection with the solar eclipse and will be visiting UGA to read from his 2013 novel Was Liebe ist. The reading, which will be in both English and German, is scheduled for August 22, 2017, 5:00 p.m. in the Reading Room of the Miller Learning Center (Third Floor). There will be a reception immediately following.

We hope to see you there!

Jewish Authors in the GDR - Historical and Literary Perspectives on a Controversial Topic

Dr. Ulrike Schneider
Institut für Jüdische Studien und Religionswissenschaft und Institut für Germanistik
Universität Potsdam
MLC Room 147

Dr. Ulrike Schneider, from Potsdam University, Germany, is the Spring 2017 Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. She will be leading a talk on Jewish authors in the German Democratic Republic.

Narrative Patterns in Right-Wing Radicalization

Dr. Sarah Colvin
Department of German and Dutch
MLC Room 147

Dr. Sarah Colvin, the Schroeder Professor of German at Cambridge, will be coming to Athens to give a talk about right-wing radicalization in Germany: 

“Radicalization” is a tricky notion: the idea of the “radical” has come to signal mainstream society’s Other. I’ll present some narrative evidence that people who have “radical” beliefs often also share conventional or mainstream beliefs, and consider the implications of that. One hypothesis of this paper that there are strong reasons to listen to accounts that reject the dominant ideology, most particularly when it would be more comfortable to dismiss them as crazy.

My case studies are young men who were involved in far-right-wing violence in Germany in the 1990s, and I draw on narrative theories across disciplines, including the emerging field of narrative criminology, to unsettle notions of the absolute difference of cultural from counter-cultural constructs.

Reading with Hiccups: Goethe's Faust, Climate Change, and YOU

Faust Poster
Dr. Simon Richter
Professor of German and Environmental Humanities
University of Pennsylvania
Miller Learning Center, Room 214

Can a major work of world literature from the nineteenth century speak to us today about how to live in the age of climate change? Goethe’s Faust, the sprawling tragedy of a man’s relentless striving for knowledge, may at once be the most universal and the most personal work of literature ever written. Through its remarkably expansive sense of the “here and now” of the act of reading, it offers us a way to orient ourselves relative to evolutionary history, global warming and sea level rise. No prior knowledge of Goethe’s Faust is required. We’ll get all the help we need from the hiccups we’ll encounter.

European Populism: What's Happening, What's Coming Up, and What it Means

Joe Brown Lobby

Dr. Alexander Sager, along with Dr. Cas Mudde, an associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at UGA and internationally recognized expert on European radical right movements and populism, will lead a discussion on current and upcoming political events in Europe, including several approaching elections, and discuss their importance for both Europe and the world.

Lecture by Dr. Norbert Otto Eke, the Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor

Miller Learning Center, room 267

Please join the department of Germanic & Slavic Studies for a lecture by visiting professor Dr. Norbert Otto Eke, entiteld: 

“The future dead

are those who don’t stay awake

in this dream

in the holy theatre of the Now”:

Werner Fritsch’s Dramatic Theory as Dramatic Script

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 5:00 pm, room 267 Miller Learning Center.