Welcome to the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at
the University of Pennsylvania. The oldest academic program in
German Studies in North America, we are committed to our strong
tradition in literary studies, while our distinguished faculty also
represent a range of innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in the
We invite you to read more about our current and past
events below, and to explore our website for information about our
graduate and undergraduate programs, including our offerings in
Yiddish, Dutch, and Swedish.
Gunnar Hindrichs is professor of philosophy at
the University of Basel (Switzerland). He has written on metaphysical questions, on
social philosophy, and on aesthetics, especially on the aesthetics of
Boris Gasparov is Bakhmeteff Professor
of Russian and East European Studies, founder of Columbia University Seminar on
Romanticism, a member of the Seminars on Linguistics and Slavic History and
Culture at Columbia University, and the author of numerous book
The German Society of Pennsylvania 250th Anniversary 1764-2014 Joseph Horner Memorial Library Lecture Series Dr. Frank Trommler (Professor Emeritus, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania)
As a summer intern at the museum of the Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin -
Centrum Judaicum, Didem Uca assisted in the editing of, and translated
into English, a new exhibition called, "Bleiben?! Juden im befreiten
Didem Uca, a second-year PhD student in the department, and co-author Kate Zambon won the Top Student Paper Award in the Popular Communication Division at the 2014 conference of the International Communication Association. Their paper, which explores the relationship between non-ethnic German hip hop artists and institutional frameworks, is entitled “Sor bir bana: Hip Hop and Socio-Cultural Institutions in Germany”.
Click here for more details on "Weimar Heteroclassicism: Wilhelm von Humboldt, Caroline von Wolzogen, and the Aesthetics of Gender" and "February 1941: The Devil and Daniel Webster Puts American Politics on Trial."