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Covid-19
June 15, 2020
Niko Switek, Visiting DAAD Assistant Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies/German Studies/Political Science at the University of Washington speaks about COVID-19 in Germany with Christoph Strünck, professor for Social Policy, University of Siegen and director of the Institute of Gerontology, Dortmund, in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Covid-19
June 10, 2020
Solidarity is also one of the most frequently used words in Europe’s public discourse and media; appeals to it have multiplied as a consequence of recent turmoil, such as the financial crash of 2008 and the so-called “refugee crisis” of 2015. While mutual support might work reasonably well on an interpersonal level, the Coronavirus outbreak is rapidly revealing the limits of solidarity when it comes to nation states, confirming that it is not a genuine “European” value per se, but is... Read more
Not Just Another Brick in the Wall (Photo: Jason Groves)
June 9, 2020
During the Winter Quarter of 2020, the one whose final week was memorably interrupted by the university’s sudden closure following the belated recognition of the widespread transmission of the novel coronavirus throughout Washington state, I happened to be teaching a course on the end of the world. “Cultures of Extinction (The Arts of Living on a Climate-changed Planet),” whose name was borrowed from two of our readings, is a course in what I’ve come to call comparative post-apocalyptic... Read more
“Witchcraft. From History to Pop Culture”
June 9, 2020
I am very excited to have been selected as a participant for this summer's Technology Teaching Fellows Institute at UW. As a TTFI fellow, I will be transforming my class “Witchcraft. From History to Pop Culture” into an online class. The course explores our fascination with witches in history and pop culture and, in the process, touches upon timely topics such as misogyny and social panic. The course is constructed around a 17th-century witch trial in Germany but ventures into different... Read more
daad
June 8, 2020
A plea for more international collaboration and exchange from one of our partner organizations.
George Floyd
June 4, 2020
The Department of Germanics expresses its full support for the statement from the German Studies Association's Initiative for Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion and shares its message that we all must work "in whatever capacity we can to educate ourselves and ... Read more
Annegret Oehme
May 27, 2020
Tell us about your research in the Department of Germanics. My research interests include medieval and early modern German and Yiddish literature, and pre-modern cultural transfers within a German-Jewish context as well. I have published on old Yiddish literature, early modern marriage treatises, and most recently on a German graphic novel. A lot of my recent projects were related to a German-Yiddish story tradition around an Arthurian knight... Read more
marlene
May 23, 2020
I am the very model of a modern German professor. Each day at three I decline a Dativ, But at bedtime I prefer Akkusativ. Almighty Goethe I shall never doubt. And while Luther is a contentious lout, He remains my grand confessor. I am the very model of a modern German professor. I am the very model of a modern German professor. My knowledge of OHG runs far and wide, I’ve even memorized Walter von der Vogelweid’. While Klopstock is someone I can’t endure, Gottsched and his Dichtkunst I adore…... Read more
Congratulations to the Class of 2019-2020
May 23, 2020
The department congratulates all students of the graduating class of 2019-2020! Bachelor of Arts - Germanics Majors: Madeline Bonner Alexander Davis Xinhe Ding Madeleine Eakman Anastasia Sidorovich Xin Jie Yeoh Minors: Kyle Avalani Chih-Yun Lin Sarah Means Alexia Oblad Kang-Ping Peng Brooke Williams Master of Arts - Germanics Dominik Alamanni (MA in Pedagogy and Culture) Julius Rodriguez (MA in Literature... Read more
Heroines and heroes
May 23, 2020
Autumn 2020 offers several excellent English-language options for undergraduate students in the department and beyond: German 195: Popular Film and the Holocaust Taught by Prof. Richard Block. Recent events around the globe and here at home have revived frightful memories of the Holocaust and the devastating possibility that history could repeat itself.  Already, we have heard talk of arm bands, national registries of people of a specific... Read more

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