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Witchcraft. From History to Pop Culture
December 12, 2018
The Department of Germanics offers several exciting literature and culture courses in English this winter:  GERMAN 210 A: Classics of German Literature and Thought   Frankenstein read Goethe. Shouldn’t you? GERMAN 285 A: Representation and Diversity Fairy Tales and the Environmental Imagination GERMAN 298 A: Topics in... Read more
German Embassy Campus Weeks
December 11, 2018
The Department of Germanics received a grant in recognition of our participation in Campus Weeks 2018, a promotional campaign organized by the German Information Center to introduce students and the campus community to German culture and society. Student teams engaged in research about the German energy turn from fossil to renewables on an optional basis and integrated their findings into their module team projects. These project presentations (posters, films, exhibit blue prints etc.) were... Read more
The UW German Club: Study Slam, 2018
December 11, 2018
This quarter marks the start of German Club’s second year since its rekindling by enthusiastic undergraduate students last Autumn. In this time, it has served as a relaxed social environment for students of German to meet up, play language-based board games, organize events, and practice their German skills.The club has organized a series of “Study Slams” each quarter, where students can come together to prepare for their finals as a group, with help from volunteer graduate students and... Read more
Eva Kammel, Austrian Honorary Consulate in Seattle
December 10, 2018
The Honorary Consulate of Austria for WA, ID, MT in Seattle assists Austrians in consular issues, and promotes cultural and business opportunities. Events throughout the year are organized by the Honorary Consulate together with the Austria Club of WA, demonstrating the rich history and culture such as the recent commemoration of “100 Jahre Republik Österreich”, featuring Prof. David Large from UC Berkeley’s Austrian Studies Program. A special highlight is the annual Viennese Ball, coming up on... Read more
Larping in the classroom (Credits: Jesús Hidalgo Campos)
December 10, 2018
After having explored the history of the German language for ten weeks, the students in History of German Language (German 452) envisioned the language’s future. As part of a week-long educational live action role play (LARP), each student was assigned a member of the German society. The fictional characters included a Turkish-German, an ardent Bayern Munich fan, an LGBQT activist, a Syrian refugee and many others. In the game’s scenario, each of them was invited by the ... Read more
Sabine Wilke
December 10, 2018
This virtual exhibition features, in English translation, short excerpts from German-language literary texts that address human-nature entanglements. The aim is to show how literature can contribute to understanding the relation between humans and nonhuman nature. What aspects of human-nature relations are... Read more
December 4, 2018
Students of all German levels enthusiastically attended the Fall 2018 Kaffeestunde, making it an exceptionally lively and exciting event.  Every Monday afternoon, students participated in interactive activities and discussions, led by our fantastic graduate students.  The department offers special thanks to Jorma Huckauf, Dominik Winkel, Matthew Childs, Dominik Alamanni and Jeffrey Jarzomb for their help and commitment to making language learning such a fun experience.  With each session... Read more
UW Alumna Hamda Yusuf
December 3, 2018
The Department of Germanics, the Simpson Center, African Studies and the Center for Global Studies sponsored a talk and performance by 2016 alumna Hamda Yusuf. Taking the title from one of James Baldwin’s essays in his collection “Notes of a Native Son”, Hamda Yusuf spoke before a full audience about her experiences traveling in Europe as a black Muslim woman, and the feeling of being a ‘stranger in the village’. In her talk, she touched on the power of inter-cultural connections and the... Read more
Niko Switek
November 27, 2018
My name is Niko Switek, in September 2018 I started as the new DAAD visiting assistant professor for German Studies (DAAD is short for German Academic Exchange Service). I am a political scientist and my main affiliation at the UW is with the Jackson School for International Studies, but I am very open to collaboration with other departments and centers. I received my PhD from the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2015 with a work on new coalitions the German green party formed at subnational... Read more
Cora Wilke-Gray
November 20, 2018
  I graduated from the University of Washington with a double Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and German literature. Directly after graduating in March 2014 I moved to Tübingen, Germany to be closer to my then boyfriend (now husband). I had met him while doing my junior year at UW abroad at the University of Tübingen.   After moving to Tübingen I was able to make the first hand experience of seeing how difficult it is to get one's credits and degree accepted in another country. But for all those... Read more