Humboldt-Universität Ph.D. Net: Das Wissen der Literatur

Princeton’s German Department is a founding member of the Ph.D. Net established at the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin with the support of the German Academic Exchange Service.

The PhD-Net »Das Wissen der Literatur« is a binational doctoral program and part of the Humboldt Graduate School. Beginning with the winter semester 2008 / 2009, the network will offer graduate students a common research and work environment as well as the possibility of a thematically-centered teaching and advising program. The network includes the Departments of German at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Graduate students in the Ph.D. Net study for one or two semesters at a partner university and are co-advised by faculty members at the Humboldt and the home university. The thematic focus on the question of the relationship between knowledge and literature engages recent theoretical discussions in the literary disciplines and serves as the basis for the exchange of graduate students as well as the supervision of dissertation projects by internationally acclaimed scholars. The intensive cooperation between the partner institutions serves the consolidation of transatlantic cooperation.

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Princeton-Oxford Research Collaboration: Benjaminian Encounters

With the support of the Princeton-Oxford Research Collaboration, faculty and graduate students from a number of departments at Oxford and Princeton have established Benjaminian Encounters as a forum for the exchange of ideas and research on Walter Benjamin. The program includes research visits, student exchange, and jointly hosted symposia.

Directors: Michael Jennings, Princeton, and Anthony Phelan, Oxford.

Princeton Steering Committee: Eduardo Cadava (English), Brigid Doherty (German), and Anson Rabinbach (History).

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IKKM, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar: Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies

Since the summer of 2011, Princeton’s German Department has organized an international summer school for media studies in cooperation with Bauhaus Universität Weimar (Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, IKKM). The annual week-long program takes place in early summer, alternating between Princeton and Weimar.

The IKKM is an institute of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. It is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research’s Käte Hamburger Program. The IKKM works on the basis of invited fellows and a permanent academic staff. The field of research is centered around the question how the relation between humans and things can and maybe must be approached in an age of highly technicised media societies. The Free State of Thuringia is supporting the IKKM’s Junior Fellow and Research Fellow Programs from the state fund ProExzellenz.

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IKKM Weimar