"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.
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.
This course will work with sophisticated texts to enable students to bring their proficiency in the various modalities of German to the advanced level. Taught in German. Repeatable for Credit.
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.
This course traces and examines forms of Holocaust memory and memorialization in film, literature, art, architecture, city planning, museums, and memorials in Germany. For an additional credit hour, students will participate in a week-long trip to Berlin.
Credits: 3 TO 4
Situates Nietzsche's thought on language, history, and the body within its historical context, and examines the validity of his arguments in a world increasingly challenged by scientific knowledge. Focuses on Nietzsche's views on truth, genealogy, nihilism, morality, and science, which continue to be relevant for current debates within the humanities. Taught in English.
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.