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Images and Objects in Modern Europe’s Second Workshop with Alice Goff

Speaker: Alice Goff
Location: Julis Romo Rabinowitz, Room 201
Date: Friday, November 16, from 12–1:20 pm (light lunch served)

Speaker Bio
Alice Goff is Assistant Professor of German History and the College at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching center on the history of art in political life within German states and on the relationship between Germany and the world. She is currently at work on a book project, The God Behind the Marble: Transcendence and the Object in the German Aesthetic State, about the French looting of German art collections during the Napoleonic Wars and its aftermath in Prussian cultural politics during the Post-Napoleonic period. She received her PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015.

To facilitate active discussion, the workshop will be capped at 25 people. Please email Hannah Stamler,, by November 13 if you would like to attend.

Co-Sponsored by the Department of German

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“An Evening of Paper-Cutting”

Being Human 2018: A Festival of the Humanities
November 26, 2018
Time: 6:15 pm
Collaboration with the Humanities Council

Sonja Andersen, a graduate student in the Department of German at Princeton, has collaborated with the Humanities Council and “Being Human 2018: A Festival of the Humanities” to offer the community a free workshop on paper-cutting. Learn about the evolution of this ancient art form, as well as how to cut paper into artworks with artist, Dan Landau, on November 26, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. in a free class at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, N.J. Participants will receive paper-cutting tools, templates and hands-on instruction in this intimately sized class.

The event is free and open to all community members aged 16+ but space is limited, and participants must register online with Everbrite.

The evening’s program will feature a brief conversation about the history of paper-cutting by Andersen, followed by a paper-cutting demonstration and tutorial by Landau.

“The research that I do about the seventeenth century has implications today,” says Andersen. “Paper was precious then, and even little scraps were saved for use in paper-cutting art. The simplicity and elegant economy of paper-cutting has attracted artists defiant of the mainstream; one thinks of Lotte Reiniger’s Scherenschnitte animation and Kara Walker’s striking silhouettes. It’s an unexpectedly powerful medium.” Andersen is currently writing a dissertation on seventeenth-century literature and media.

“Papercutting is a zen-like experience that requires patience and focus,” says Landau. “It’s very relaxing and provides the perfect antidote to our current atmosphere of buzzing screens.”

Combining the art disciplines of drawing and papercutting, Landau creates detailed artworks by drawing on paper roadmaps and then cutting out the empty spaces around the drawing and the roads with a craft knife. Focusing primarily on portraits, his work is characterized by intricate paper-cut details and bold ink drawings. Landau lives in Bridgewater, N.J. See Landau’s art and creation process at

For more information, email Sonja Andersen at Labyrinth Books is located at 122 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. Labyrinth is an acclaimed independent bookstore for engaged readers.

Berlin in Film – Sonnen Allee

Department of German Film Series “Berlin in Film” presents:
October 18, 2018 @ 7:30 – 9:30pm
East Pyne 010

Michael is a teenager coming of age in 1970s East Berlin. He and his friends daily traverse Sonnenallee, a street bisected by the West Berlin border, an ever-present reminder of a free world just beyond the wall. The teens rebel against their insular communist surroundings by immersing themselves in contraband rock records and other forms of pop art. What is at first a fad becomes a lifesaver as each kid comes to face the crushing realities of impending adulthood.

Snacks and soft drinks provided.

Gendered Objects: Literarische Ding- und Geschlechtercodierungen im 19. Jahrhundert

Monday Oct 22 @ 4:30pm
Ulrike Vedder
Institut für deutsche Literatur, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Gendered Objects: Literarische Ding- und Geschlechtercodierungen im 19. Jahrhundert

Masculine or feminine, sexual or asexual, normative or queer – gender-codes condense themselves in objects, just as gendered objects in turn affect the subjects who interact with them. From the fetish to the interior to the souvenir to the accessoire, the things of literary history are systematically gendered; the literary history of objects is thus also the history of the renegotiation of gender. The lecture draws out this connection with reference to the texts of Adalbert Stifter, Theodor Storm, and Herman Melville, and others.
The lecture will be held in German.

Victorian Human Hair Mourning Ring


Princeton University
German Department
Fall 2018 Lecture Series
Curated by Thomas Y. Levin & Johannes Wankhammer

All lectures will take place in East Pyne 205, followed by a reception in East Pyne 207.
Unless otherwise noted they will be given in English and are free and open to the public.

What is Psychoanalysis? A Philological Speculation

Speaker(s): Marcus Coelen, Visiting Professor, Psychoanalytic Studies Program, Columbia University
Wed, Nov 7, 2018
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: East Pyne 127

This Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and co-sponsored by the Council of the Humanities, the Department of French & Italian, and the Department of German

Berlin in Film – Goodbye Lenin

Department of German Film Series “Berlin in Film” presents:
Goodbye Lenin

Sept 27, 2018 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm
East Pyne 010

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Cancelled: Speaking With Arendt: TV and the Theatricality of Interviewing on “Zur Person”

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled.

On October 28th, 1964, Hannah Arendt appeared on Günter Gaus’ TV Show “Zur Person” to be interviewed about her work and publications, her experiences as a student and scholar in pre-war Germany and as an exile during the Third Reich, her post-war political engagement and her concept of self and biography. The interview, more than one hour long, is a fascinating document, (available for viewing in its entirety and with English subtitles here) not only of Arendt as a philosopher and conversationalist, but of the underlying attempt to re-establish (or rather, to invent) a conversational tradition that had been all but destroyed under the Nazi regime. In “Zur Person,” the most famous of West German talk shows well into the 1970’s, this happens not just by way of dialogical interaction but also on the level of mise en scène, decor, camera work and montage.
Co-Sponsored by the Committee on Film Studies

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Stefanie Diekmann
Institut für Medien, Theater und Populäre Kultur,
Universität Hildesheim


Princeton University
German Department
Fall 2018 Lecture Series
Curated by Thomas Y. Levin & Johannes Wankhammer

All lectures will take place in East Pyne 205, followed by a reception in East Pyne 207.
Unless otherwise noted they will be given in English and are free and open to the public.

Domestic Violence: The Limits and Possibilities of a Concept

Betts Auditorium
October 4th – 5th, 2018

Introduction: Barbara N. Nagel (German, Princeton)
Artist remarks: Ran Ortner

Zeynep Direk (Philosophy, Koç University, Istanbul)
Martin Harries (English, University of California, Irvine)
Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz (Comp.Lit./German, Princeton)
Ekédi Mpondo-Dika (Sociology, Princeton)
Regina Kunzel (Gender and Sexuality/ History, Princeton)
Eunice Lee (Co-Legal Director, Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, University of California)
Michael Snediker (English, University of Houston)
Shatema Threadcraft (Government, Dartmouth College)
Silke-Maria Weineck (Comparative Literature/German, University of Michigan)

This one and a half-day conference seeks to start an interdisciplinary conversation on domestic violence, as a legal, political, anthropological, and psychoanalytic concept but also as an aesthetic and representational problem.
Domestic violence will be addressed both as an object of historical inquiry and as an urgent contemporary question (e.g., in relation to new legislation in Turkey and in Russia as well as in regard to a U.S. president who was accused of rape in the divorce depositions of his wife).
Speakers will analyze domestic violence as a blind spot, a present absence, or an unsaid in certain discourses and representations and pay particular attention to the structural interrelation of domestic violence with other forms of violence (state violence, racial violence, heteronormativity, mass shootings, etc.). We hope to bring together different communities and disciplines on campus to think through an incredibly difficult topic, which not only takes an emotional toll, but which also is conceptually demanding; whereas most conversations err on the side of the concrete and thus study domestic violence only empirically, our conference insists upon a critical, speculative perspective.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018(Betts Auditorium)
Introduction: Barbara N. Nagel (German, Princeton)
Artist remarks: Ran Ortner
Zeynep Direk (Philosophy, Koç University, Istanbul), “Confronting Domestic Violence in Turkey: Feminism and the Public Space”


Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 (Betts Auditorium)
Moderation: Regina Kunzel (Gender and Sexuality/ History, Princeton)
Shatema Threadcraft (Government, Dartmouth College), “Making All Black Deaths Matter: On Intersectional Power and Lethal Intimate Partner Violence”
Michael Snediker (English, University of Houston), “Tender Epicenter: Figuration and the Substance of Duress”

11:30-1pm Lunch Break

Moderation: Ekédi Mpondo-Dika (Sociology, Princeton)
Martin Harries (English, University of California, Irvine), “Learning Sexual Violence with Tennessee Williams”
Eunice Lee (Co-Legal Director, Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, University of California), “Domestic Violence, Asylum, and the Law”

3-3:30pm Coffee Break

Moderation: Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz (Comparative Literature, Princeton)
Silke-Maria Weineck (Comparative Literature/German, University of Michigan), “’Emergency God’: Stockholm Syndrome and the Family”

See Calendar Event

Open to the Public
Sponsored by: Center for Health and Wellbeing, Center for Human Values, Dept of Anthropology, Dept of Classics, Dept of Comparative Literature, Dept of English, Dept of French & Italian, Dept of German, Humanities Council, PIIRS, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Program in Law and Public Affairs

2018 Summer School for Media Studies

Scaling. What happens when we scale things up or down?
Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies

June 16–22, 2018

The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies -a collaboration between Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, IKKM) and Princeton University (German Department)-returns to Princeton in 2018 for its eighth installment. The 2018 session will be devoted to the investigation of scale and scaling as operative concepts for the analysis of media. What happens when we scale? Does anything really change? Can scaling ever impact the inner blueprint of an object? Are there laws of scaling? Or does scaling resist any attempt at calculability, such that, to investigate it, we can only ever look at individual events of scaling? As a media practice, scaling is widely used. But, in contrast to the ubiquity of operations, scaling is hardly ever viewed on its own terms as a basic concept of media analysis. The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies 2018 will attempt to map out approaches to scaling as a basic media-analytical tool.

The summer school will be directed by Bernhard Siegert (Weimar) and Nikolaus Wegmann (Princeton). The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies invites applications from outstanding doctoral students throughout the world in media studies and related fields such as film studies, literary studies, philosophy, art history, architecture, sociology, politics, the history of science and visual culture.

Hanne Darboven’s Address – Place and Time

The opening of the exhibition Hanne Darboven’s Address — Place and Time on April 27, 2018, will be accompanied by a series of readings, lectures, and performances featuring presentations by composer and artist Seth Cluett and artists Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi, as well as readings by students from Art & Archaeology, Comparative Literature, European Cultural Studies, German, and Classics.

Sponsored by the Department of Art & Archaeology, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Department of German, and the Program in European Cultural Studies.

Event Poster and Schedule:

Exhibition Information:

The works in the Department of German (207 East Pyne Building) can be viewed 9 AM – 12 PM and 2 PM – 4 PM, Monday through Friday, Through June 12th.
More information at European Cultural Studies