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6th Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies June 19-26, 2016

Start Making Sense?

The Question of Interpretation under the Condition of Technology’s Ongoing Provocation
6th Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies, Princeton, NJ, June 19 – 26, 2016

Keynote Lecture

Jonathan Sterne, Professor and James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology, McGill University Montreal

Audile Scarification. Notes on Opacity and Audition

Tuesday, June 21, 6.30 pm in 010 East Pyne, free and open to the public

Jonathan Sterne is Professor and James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He is author of MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke 2012), The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003); and numerous articles on media, technologies and the politics of culture. He is also editor of The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012). His new projects consider instruments and instrumentalities; mail by cruise missile; and the intersections of disability, technology and perception. Visit his website .


Event: Re:sources of Literature and Knowledge
Where: Berlin, Germany
When: July 18-20, 2016
Website Link Here

The Princeton University Department of Germanic Languages Graduate Student and Faculty Members to speak at international PhD-Net conference in Berlin July 18-20, 2016.

Click on the image below for Program guide.


A Reconstruction: Gruppe 47 in Princeton, 1966

Gruppe 47
50th Anniversary

When: 4:30PM, Thursday, April 21
Where: 205 East Pyne
Reception will follow.

In April 1966, with support from the Ford Foundation, Gruppe 47 traveled to the United States. They were invited to meet at Princeton University from April 22-24 by the German Department. At the same time, a major gathering was held at Princeton called What’s Happening: The Arts 1966, attended by Tom Wolfe, Susan Sontag, Duke Ellington, and Allen Ginsberg, among others.

Gruppe 47 was the leading group of West German writers and critics from its founding in 1947 until its dissolution in 1967. Members included, alongside its founder and organizer Hans Werner Richter, authors such as Günter Grass, Heinrich Böll (both later Nobel laureates), Uwe Johnson, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Peter Weiss and Ingeborg Bachmann. The German Department at Princeton put the audio recordings of the legendary meeting of 1966 online.

Additional materials found in Princeton´s Mudd Library will be presented by Cornelius Reiber (Berlin and Basel-based literary scholar) and Nikolaus Wegmann (German Deparment, Princeton). Marcel Lepper (Director of Research at Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach) will highlight related materials in the Suhrkamp Archive at Marbach, and Jürgen Kaube (co-editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) will talk about the historical place of Gruppe 47 within the German Nachkriegszeit.

Gruppe 47 Final

Textiles in Medieval German Literature

Kathyrn Starkey


Keynote Lecture
Kathryn Starkey
Professor of German Studies — Stanford University

“Textiles in Medieval German Literature”

Date: Friday, April 15
Time: 5:00-6:30 pm
Where: 216 Aaron Burr Hall

At Princeton University with Universität Köln, Universität Münster, The University of California-Berkeley, The University of Toronto, The University of Waterloo, Stanford University

The event is sponsored by Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and Department of German

The Polyfunctionality of Script in the Medieval Badge Corpus

Ann Marie RasmussenInternational Graduate Colloquium for Medieval German Studies
Keynote lecture
Ann Marie Rasmussen
Professor and Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies-University of Waterloo
“The Polyfunctionality of Script in the Medieval Badge Corpus”

Date:Thursday, April 14
Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Where: 105 Chancellor Green

At Princeton University with
Universität Köln, Universität Münster, The University of California-Berkeley,
The University of Toronto, The University of Waterloo, Stanford University

The event is sponsored by Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS),
Department of German, and the Program in Medieval Studies.

Re-politicizing Walter Benjamin, the Last European

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: Noon
Location: Mathey College Private Dining Room
Must RSVP to
Sponsored by the Departments of German and History

Nitzan Lebovic, Apter Chair of Holocaust studies at Lehigh University, will speak on the topic “Re-politicizing Walter Benjamin, the Last European” at noon on Wednesday, April 27 at a place TBA. Lebovic is a well-known European Intellectual Historian and the author of an important book on Ludwig Klages, The Philosophy of Life and Death: Ludwig Klages and a Nazi Biopolitics
(Palgrave MacMillan 2013).


When: Wednesday, April 6th
Time: 4:30pm
Where: 209 Scheide Caldwell House, Princeton University

A Dialogue with:

Peter Goodrich (Cardozo School of Law, NYC)

Sigrid Weigel (Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin; Permanent Visiting Prof., Princeton University)

Moderator: Niklaus Largier (University of California, Berkeley)

Organized by Daniela Gandorfer
Sponsored by the German Department, Graduate Student Government Events Board, LAPA and the Department of Art and Archeology.

Peter Goodrich’s Legal Emblems and the Art of Law: Obiter Depicta as the Vision of Governance (2014) and Sigrid Weigel’s Grammatologie der Bilder (2015) both examine pictorial practices outside the standard domains of art history. Their research expands questions of image theory into the fields of law, governance, politics, science, and religion.

At this workshop, Goodrich and Weigel will discuss procedures that visualize phenomena and elude the visible: legal authority and justice for the former; emotions, thoughts, and the transcendental, for the latter. They will focus on the role played by images derived from rituals, cults, and religion in providing a site of presence for such ideas and phenomena, effectively enthroning them in the world.


Department of German: OPEN HOUSE

Where: 207 East Pyne
When: Thursday, March 31st
Time: 4:30pm

The Department of German is hosting an Open House.
Come meet Faculty, current majors and graduate students!

Refreshments will be served.

Spring Open House Flyer Spring 2016 Blue

Tragic entrance. Nietzsche’s “Die Geburt der Tragödie” in the light of its predecessors

Princeton University Department of German invites you to a lecture with:

Juliane Vogel
Title: Tragic entrance. Nietzsche’s “Die Geburt der Tragödie” in the light of its predecessors
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – 4:30pm
Where: Room 205 East Pyne


Financial Governance: Joseph Vogl

The Graduate Students of the German Department of NYU present:
Financial Governance: a talk by Joseph Vogl
When: Thursday, March 3rd
Time: 6:00PM
Where: NYU Great Room, 19 University Place, 1st Floor, 10003 NY, NY.

Modernity has given rise not merely to the sovereign states, to international trade companies, to influential financiers, to decentralized markets. It has also witnessed the formation of a particular type of power – finance – that cannot be properly described in terms either of political structures or of economic strategies. This type of power is constituted, instead, by the interpenetration of these poles. From the integration of private creditors into the government of early modern states, to the creation of central banks and public credit, all the way up to today’s capitalism of financial markets, we can trace the emergence of a special type of ‘economic governance’ that ultimately has immunized itself against the democratization of political power.