Current Semester

Conferences & Workshops
Feb. 3-4, 2017, A.D. White House Theorizing the Lyric: The World Novel Conference organized by Elizabeth Anker and Grant Farred
April 21-22, 2017, A.D. White House Foucault to the Second Power: the Posthumous in the Present Conference organized by Tim Campbell, Paul Fleming, Amanda Goldstein, and Tom McEnaney
April 27-29, 2017, room details — see description
Listening to Trauma Theory Reading Group Conference

Unless otherwise indicated, colloquia take place at 3pm in 181 Goldwin Smith Hall. An advance copy of each paper can be obtained in the Department of German Studies, 183 Goldwin Smith Hall. See Poster for the Spring 2017 Colloquium Series

Feb. 24, 2017 Literarische Unschärfe. Zu ihrer Poetik und ihrem frühneuzeitlichen Debüt Christian Metz, Institut für deutsche Literatur, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
March 17, 2017 The Idea of Prose: Benjamin Reading Romanticism Jörg Kreienbrock, German & Comparative Literature, Northwestern University
April 14, 2017 Kulturwissenschaftliche Gedächtnisforschung im Dialog mit den Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften. Aktuelle Ansätze und Untersuchungsfelder Carsten Gansel, Germanistisches Institut, International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
May 5, 2017 “The Tone Must Endure and Ring Out Eternity!”: Sounding Culture from the Pulpit Tanvi Solanki, German Studies, Cornell University
Lectures and Literary Readings
Feb. 8, 2017, 6pm, 186 Myron Taylor Hall Islamophobia in the US Moustafa Bayoumi, English, Brooklyn College Organized by Mostafa Minawi (History and Ottoman & Turkish Studies Initiative)
Feb. 24, 2017, 4:30pm, Klarman Auditorium Romance Studies Graduate Student Association Spring 2017 Speaker Series
Beginning with a period: Literary Theory and Early Modern Literature Hassan Melehy, French, UNC Chapel Hill
Feb. 23, 2:30pm, Romance Studies lounge, Graduate Student Workshop with Prof. Melehy. Please write for the reading.
Feb. 23, 4:30pm, Romance Studies lounge, Poetry Reading from Prof. Melehy’s recently published collection, A Modest Apocalypse
March 14, 2017, 4:30pm, Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall CANCELLED Imagining Migration in Contemporary Europe / University Lecture Zafer Şenocak (in English)
March 15, 2017, 4:30pm, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall CANCELLED Literary Reading of Original Works Zafer Şenocak (in German)
March 20, 2017, 6:30pm, 401 Physical Sciences Building Thinking the Global: A conversation with Susan Buck-Morss & Naoki Sakai Write to Nasrin Olla ( for the suggested readings
March 23, 2017, 4:30pm, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall In Praise of Depth: or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Hidden Joshua Landy, Comparative Literature, Stanford University Organized by Comparative Cultures and Literature Forum
March 24, 12pm, 311 Klarman Hall Seminar with Prof. Landy. Please RSVP to if you are planning to attend.
March 30, 2017, 5pm, A.D. White House Romance Studies Graduate Student Association Spring 2017 Speaker Series
Vital Subjects: Race and Biopolitics in Italy Rhiannon Noel Welch, Italian, Rutgers University
March 31, 2pm, 155 Klarman Hall Seminar Visual Culture In and Out of Crisis
Other IGCS and Recommended Events
Feb. 15, 2017, 4:30pm, Olin Library Chats in the Stacks Patrizia McBride (German Studies, Cornell) discusses her most recent book, The Chatter of the Visible: Montage and Narrative in Weimar Germany (2016)
March 17, 2017, 8pm, Barnes Hall Yield Troubled Shadows: Bach and Modern Society Presented by the Cornell Early Music Lab and the Cornell Chamber Singers
March 29, 2017, 4:30pm, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall Germany Before the Election 2017: What to Watch (lecture), Jens Alberts (Head of the Press Department, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany)
April 19, 2017, 7pm, Willard Straight Theatre Cornell Cinema film screening of “Lampedusa in Winter” (with audience discussion with director Jakob Brossmann and interpreter Stefania Schenk Vitale)
April 24, 2017, 4:30pm, 181 Goldwin Smith Hall The Curse of Desire (lecture), Frauke Berndt (Deutsches Seminar, Universität Zürich)
May 10, 2017, TBA TBA (lecture), Jürgen Brokoff (Institut für deutsche und niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin)
June 19-July 15, 2017, University of Chicago Rethinking Performance in Theory and Practice DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar. Application deadline March 1, 2017. Forms and instructions at