German Studies

German Film

"From Caligari to Hitler" -and beyond. In the vein of the title of a well-known study on German film during the Weimar Republic the course offers a cinematographic history of German and European politics and culture from the early Expressionist silent movies on the award winning "Life of Others." Taught in English. This course is limited to first-year students only, any others will be removed from this course.

Cultures of Trash: A Panel Discussion with Thorsten Brinkmann

Hear CES professors Martin Blumenthal-Barby and Christian J. Emden talk with Gisela Heffes and the artist Thorsten Brinkmann about cultural trash, reuse, and what happens to the things we throw away. 
This panel discussion is part of Thorsten Brinkmann’s current exhibition at the Rice Gallery, The Great Cape Rinderhorn (Feb 4 – May15, 2016).
Co-sponsored by the Department of Classical and European Studies, the School of Humanities, and the Rice Gallery.

Terror and Representation Symposium


Terror and Representation - Flyer

The symposium, Terror and Representation, sets out to explore one of the most pressing concerns of the current time and its treatment in literature, theater, film, philosophy and public media.  Rather than confining ourselves to the narrow focus that the concept “terror” and, even more often, “terrorism” usually evokes, the symposium seeks to probe the historical contexts and conceptual paradoxes characterizing terror across disciplinary and national boundaries.

Politics of the Flesh

This course will introduce students to the complex relation between the sphere of politics and the human body as negotiated in German literature, thought and film. We will examine the practices of power that states wield toward the maximization of “life” and discuss such pressing issues as biopower, eugenics, racism, sexism and genocide.

Berlin: Residence, Metropolis, Capital

The course offers an introduction to German history, politics, and culture as mirrored in the history of the old and new German capital. Berlin has always been a city of contradictions: from imperial glamour to proletarian slums, from the Roaring Twenties to Hitler's seizure of power. Emerging from the ruins of WWII Berlin became both the capital of Socialism and the display window of the Free World. After the fall of the wall, Berlin is still looking for its role in the center of a reshaped Europe.