Welcome

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 field.

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.

Recent News

 

Sonia Gollance has received a Spring 2015 doctoral fellowship from the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

 

Sonia Gollance has received The Vladimir and Pearl Heifetz Memorial Fellowship and Vivian Lefsky Hort Memorial Fellowship in East European Jewish Literature at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for 2015-16.
The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures in cooperation with the Digital Humanities Forum and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, cordially invites you to an interactive, interdisciplinary and international (un)conference on Digital Humanities.

CHAVA ROSENFARB: THAT BUBBLE OF BEING IS COMING TO PENN!

THURSDAY APRIL 16TH

6:00PM-8:00PM

Q & A WITH DIRECTOR JOSH WALETZKY

 

Graduate Student/Faculty Colloquium

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures 

Monday, April 20th at 9am

Max Kade German Culture and Media Center

3401 Walnut St., Wing A, Rm. 329, 3rd Floor

This talk by Dr. Damian Valdez of the University of Cambridge examines how notions of struggle in politics and social life were articulated in different political and ideological constituencies in early twentieth-century Germany. It examines how they framed the confrontation with mass democracy; how they underlay some strategic considerations on the advent of mass politics and the social question and what they meant for the philosophy of history.

The Penn Libraries’ historic collection of research material on German immigrants to Pennsylvania recently grew to include a set of nine German-language newspapers published in Philadelphia at the turn of the twentieth century. A generous gift of the German Society of Pennsylvania, this collection features some of the most notable German-language newspapers in the country.