The Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professorship

The Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professorship is underwritten by the Max Kade Foundation in New York. An early twentieth-century German immigrant to the United States and founder of a successful pharmaceutical company, Max Kade, together with his wife, Annette, established the Max Kade Foundation in 1944. Their initial goal was to help Germany recover from the effects of World War II as well as to improve international understanding and promote cultural exchange between the United States and German-speaking countries in Central Europe. Max Kade considered the exchange of knowledge among German and American scholars and scientists to be of great importance and believed that an increase in international cooperation was critical to solving global problems and fostering friendship between the United States and German-speaking countries.

Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professors

In 2014, the Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professorship was established at the University of Georgia. Supported by a grant from the Max Kade Foundation, with additional funding from the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences, it allows the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies to bring an outstanding German studies scholar to campus each year to teach, lecture, and foster scholarly exchange between German and American academic communities. We welcomed our first Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, Professor Gabriele Diewald, in the spring semester of 2015. Below are brief summaries of the activities on campus of the department’s Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professors.



Academic Year 2017-18: Professor Dr. Cornelia Wilhelm, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Dr. Cornelia WilhelmSpring 2018: GRMN 8540 Seminar in German Studies: "Migration and Minorities in Germany in the 19th and 20th Century"

Dr. Cornelia Wilhelm is Professor of Modern History (16th to 20th centuries) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Her research and teaching interest focuses on German and European History, Modern Jewish History, Migration and American History. Her current research seeks to explore the emigration path and the legacies of “the last generation of German rabbis” as intellectual and theological elite of German Jewry after fleeing from Nazi Germany to the United States after 1933. This includes their experience with Nazism, their rescue and resettlement in the United States, their commitment to making sense of their experience of Nazism fighting for a society able to overcome constructions of difference in the postwar world.

Cornelia Wilhelm is an associated member of the Berlin Selma Stern Zentrum für Jüdische Studien, a member of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, a member of the Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie in München, and the wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck Instituts in Deutschland.

During the spring semester of 2018, Dr. Wilhelm is teaching a graduate seminar and will be giving a public lecture in late March titled "Diversity in Germany: A Historical Perspective".



Academic Year 2016-17: Professor Dr. Ulrike Schneider, Universität Potsdam

ScneidarSpring 2017: GRMN 8530 Seminar in German Literature: "Die Metropole in der deutschen Literatur"

GRMN 3610 Discourses of Post-War Literature: "Escape and Refugees – Perspectives in Contemporary German Literature"

Dr. Ulrike Schneider is Assistant Professor of German-Jewish Literature at the University of Potsdam. Her research focuses on German-Jewish literature of the 19th and 20th century, Holocaust literature, and Post-War German literature as well as commemorative culture. Since 2014, she has been co-editor of the Yearbook Argonautenschiff of the Anna Seghers Association.

During the spring semester of 2017, Dr. Schneider taught a graduate seminar and an undergraduate class. She also gave a public lecture “Jewish Authors in the GDR - Historical and Literary Perspectives on a Controversial Subject”.



Academic Year 2015-16: Professor Dr. Norbert Eke, Universität Paderborn

ekeSpring 2016: GRMN 8540 Seminar in German Studies “Geheimnis und Verschwörung. Freimaurer, Illuminaten und Geheimbünde in Literatur und Film.”

Professor Dr. Norbert Eke is Professor of Contemporary German Literature at the University of Paderborn in Germany.  He has an extensive background teaching German literature, and has expertise in literary theory and history, with special emphasis on contemporary drama, Holocaust literature and the Vormärz period.  His list of publications is vast, and he currently co-edits the Journal of German Philology. 

In addition to teaching the graduate seminar, Professor Eke  presented a public lecture on the work of present-day dramatist and author Werner Fritsch.  Mr. Fritsch  visited UGA in February 2016 for the screening of his film poem “Faust Song of the Son”, and returned in 2017 as a guest lecturer in a film class and to screen Song of the Sun part 2.

Previously, Professor Eke was an invited speaker at the 2015 International Symposium George Tabori and the Theatre of the Holocaust.



Academic Year 2014-15: Professor Dr. Gabriele Diewald, Leibniz Universität, Hannover

DiewaldSpring 2015:  GRMN 8510 Seminar in Germanic Linguistics “Grammaticalization:  Theoretical Foundations and Case Studies”

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Diewald, a professor of Linguistics and Chair of the German Department of Leibniz Universität Hannover, was selected as the first Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies at UGA.  Professor Diewald taught at UGA in the past under the auspices of the Franklin International Faculty Exchange in 2012, and the Franklin International Scholar Program in the summer of 2014.  Her research focuses on grammaticalization, language change, modality and evidentiality, verbal categories, argument structure, pragmatics, discourse and semiotics. She is the author of numerous books and articles, and has had teaching engagements at Stanford University; the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; in Portugal; Lithuania; Croatia; Japan and India as well as at the University of Hamburg. 

During the spring semester of 2014 she taught a graduate class in Germanic Linguistics, and continued collaboration with Dr. Vera Lee Schoenfeld, Associate Professor in Linguistics in the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies on a joint research project on argument structure in German and English from a trans-theoretical perspective.

 In April of 2015, Dr. Diewald gave a lecture, “Grammaticalization Meets Pragmaticalization – an Attempt at Disentangling Two Complex Notions.”