Sabine Wilke is the Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor in Western Civilization and professor of German. She is also associated with and teaches in the European Studies Program. Her research and teaching interests include modern German literature and culture, intellectual history and theory, cultural and visual studies, and the environmental humanities. She has written books and articles on body constructions in modern German literature and culture, German unification, the history of German film and theater, contemporary German authors and filmmakers, German colonialism, and the German environmental imagination. Most recently, Wilke was involved in a larger project about German colonialism and postcoloniality with a focus on the Pacific. With assistance from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Wilke founded a transatlantic research network on the environmental humanities and is now focusing on environmental criticism, in particular questions of waste, climate, non-humans, and the Anthropocene.
- Brigitte Prutti. Guest editor/Editorial of literatur für leser 17: 3. Themed volume on Literarisches Wien/Literary Vienna.
- Christof Mauch visit December 2015.
- Sabine Wilke. German Culture and the Modern Environmental Imagination. Brill Rodopi: 2015
- "Anthropocene Poetics: An Ethics and Aesthetics for a New Geological Age." RCC Perspectives 3 (2013). http://www.carsoncenter.uni-muenchen.de/download/publications/perspectives/2013_perspectives/1303_anthro_web.pdf
- Art + Science = Environmental Humanities. Video, 2013.
- Sabine Wilke. Think Transatlantic Campus Weeks 2012.
- Sabine Wilke. "New Directions in German Studies." From Kafka to Sebald: Modernism and Narrative Form. Continuum: 2012.
- Sabine Wilke, Herbert Uerlings, Iulia-Karin Patrut (Hgg.). "Von der Kolonialfotografie zu Google Earth. Die Rolle des Erhabenen in der postkolonialen Ästhetik." Postkolonialismus und Kanon. Aisthesis Verlag: 2012.
- Sabine Wilke. "How German Is the American West? The Legacy of Caspar David Friedrich’s Visual Poetics in American Landscape Painting." Observation Points: The Visual Poetics of National Parks. Ed. by Thomas Patin. University of Minnesota Press: 2012.
- Sabine Wilke, "The Scientific Image in the Anthropocene: Models of Interconnectivity from Alexander von Humboldt to the Gridded Cartogram." Virtual Reality. Edited by Ulrich Gehmann and Martin Reiche. Bielefeld: transcript, 2014.
- Sabine Wilke, Sabine Lang. Germany in Europe Campus Weeks 2013-14.
- Diversity in the Anthropocene :: Project Five :: Designing an Exhibit about the Anthropocene
- Diversity in the Anthropocene :: Project 4 - Future :: Field Guides for Living with Climate Change
- Advocacy Spot: Inform about Environmental Problem and Give Ideas on its Solution
- Diversity in the Anthropocene :: Project Two
- Diversity in the Anthropocene :: Project One
- German 298: Literature, Culture, and the Environment: Diversity in the Anthropocene Download PDF (945.58 KB)
- Strata: Newsletter of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (winter 2019): 4-5. Download PDF (3.23 MB)
- Food, Animals, Waste, and Climate
- Sabine Wilke: Literature, Culture, and the Environment: Food, Animals, Waste, and Climate in the Anthropocene.
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Sabine Noellgen. “Veränderte Umwelt: Neue Leseweisen im Anthropozän” (“Altered Environments: New Readings in in the Anthropocene”). Diss.
- Verena Kick. "Confronting the German Public Sphere – Workers, Soldiers and Women as Counter Publics in Photobooks of Weimar Germany", Diss., in progress
- Justin Mohler, "Animals in German Romanticism" (dissertation project)Vanessa Hester, "Invisible Environmental Threats" (dissertation project)
- News from our alums: Solidarity and Its Limits by Anke Biendarra (PhD 2003) - June 10, 2020
- GSA Initiative for Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion - June 4, 2020
- Congratulations to the Class of 2019-2020! - May 23, 2020
- Hanauer Seminar Projects 2019-20: Environments in the Anthropocene: Migration, Climate, Non-Humans and Beyond - May 21, 2020
- Achtung Freshmen: Grant from The Mellon Foundation for your First Year Experience - May 12, 2020
- Call for Papers: Special Issue "Environmental Imagination and German Culture" - April 29, 2020
- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Featured Scholar: Professor Sabine Wilke - December 10, 2019
- Debunking Spider Myths - December 2, 2019
- Wunderbar Together: Zeitzeugen Panel & Discussion - November 19, 2019
- First Encounters -Exhibit at Denny 359 - October 8, 2019
- Congratulations to Vanessa Hester: Hanauer Fellow 2018-19 and Bansleben Summer Dissertation Stipend - June 14, 2019
- Newly Minted PhD and Dean’s Graduate Medalist: Verena Kick - June 14, 2019
- Departmental Convocation: Congratulations to the Class of 2018 - 2019! - June 14, 2019
- Congratulations to Matthew Childs: Hanauer Fellow 2019-2020 - June 11, 2019
- Verena Kick accepts Tenure-Track Position at Georgetown University! - March 5, 2019
- Greetings from Berlin: Meet our Alumna Nicole Calian (PhD 2008) - February 27, 2019
- Hanauer Seminar 2018-2019 - Project Descriptions - February 20, 2019
- German Campus Weeks 2018 - December 11, 2018
- New Faculty Publication by Sabine Wilke: Human-Nature Relations in German Literature: A Curated Stroll through a History of Entanglement - December 10, 2018
- News from Our Alums: Cora Wilke-Gray (BA 2014) - November 20, 2018
- Sabine Wilke named Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor for Western Civilization - May 22, 2018
- News from our Graduate Students: PhD Candidate Vanessa Schmolke - March 6, 2018
- New Faculty Publication: Readings in the Anthropocene - June 20, 2017
- Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2016-2017! - June 8, 2017
- News from our Graduate Students: PhD candidate Verena Kick - March 6, 2017
- News from our Graduate Students: PhD Candidate Justin Mohler - March 6, 2017
- Prof. Sabine Wilke was awarded a residency as Research Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin - February 28, 2017
- German Campus Weeks at the UW - December 19, 2016
- Building an Environmental Humanities Community across Disciplines: Explore our New Digital Platform: www.ehcommons.org - November 29, 2016
- Spring in Vienna 2016 - June 20, 2016
- Congratulations to the class of 2015-2016! - June 16, 2016
- Viennese Street Food - June 8, 2016
- News from our alums: Anecdotes of Heinrich von Kleist by Matthew Spencer (BA 2012) - July 28, 2020
- Convocation in a Time of Pandemic: Video Link - June 15, 2020
- Congratulations to Aaron Carpenter: Hanauer Fellow 2020-2021 - June 9, 2020
- Madeline Bonner Selected for Dean’s Medal in the Humanities! - May 25, 2020
- “Virtual” Convocation of the Class of 2020 - May 25, 2020
- Emergency Resources and Scholarships for Students in Need - April 9, 2020
- Emergency Resources and Scholarships for Students in Need - April 9, 2020
- Ecocriticism, Community Engagement and the Future of Germany Studies - November 20, 2019
- Spring in Vienna 2020 Info Session and Pizza Lunch - October 30, 2019
- Autumn Courses in Germanics - June 13, 2018
- Gary Handwerk on Rick Gray - June 28, 2017
- German Rocks - April 14, 2017
- German 298: Literature, Culture, and the Environment: Diversity in the Anthropocene - March 14, 2017
- Undergraduate Research: Lydia Castro on the German Bassoon - December 15, 2016
- Wildfire Stories: article by Sabine Wilke explores the complicated relationship between nature and culture - June 10, 2016
- New Faculty Publication by Sabine Wilke: German Culture and the Modern Environmental Imagination - April 14, 2015
- UW Germanics Professors awarded prestigious Hood Fellowships at the University of Auckland - October 13, 2014
- Students Share Projects on "Literature, Culture, and the Environment" - March 15, 2014
- Art + Science = Environmental Humanities - November 26, 2013
- The Environment, the Holocaust in Film, and the Devil: Winter 2014 Undergraduate Course Offerings - October 10, 2013
- Germanics Chair, Sabine Wilke, Shares her Experiences with Team-Based Learning in a Pedagogy Journal - August 2, 2013
- Faculty News - Spring 2012 - June 15, 2012
- Chair's Letter - Spring 2012 - June 13, 2012