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Information regarding future TestDAF dates will be posted as information becomes available.
note: the Department does not administer Test AS or any other tests. Only the TestDAF is administered once per year.


Upcoming Talks and Events

Tanvi Solanki. "Listening to Difference: Race, Culture, and Aesthetics in the German Enlightenment" (January 21, 2021 -- time TBD).

Tanvi Solanki is Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Yonsei University. She holds a PhD in German from Princeton University. 

Lill-Ann Köber. "A Conversation about Scandinavian Colonialism" (date/time TBD)

Lill-Ann Köber is Professor of Nordic Literature, Media, and Culture at the University of Aarhus. She completed her doctorate at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Among other titles, she is co-editor of The Postcolonial North Atlantic: Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands (2014) and Arctic Environmental Modernities: From the Age of Polar Exploration to the Era of the Anthropocene (2017).

CJ Jones. "Regional Networks, Competing Authorities, and 'Event Planning' in a Medieval Convent" (date/time TBD)

CJ Jones is the William Payden Associate Professor of German at the University of Notre Dame and author of Ruling the Spirit: Women, Liturgy and Dominican Reform in Late Medieval Germany (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). Jones holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania and an LMS from the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies. 


The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures expresses its full support for President Drake’s statement from 29 May concerning recent events that have unfolded in the wake of the unnecessary death of George Floyd in Minnesota. We acknowledge with our University President that it is our task as educators and citizens to create a different future in which such tragedies are no longer possible. We affirm our support for African-American members of the Ohio State community and our commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the University.

Robert C. Holub, Chair, Germanic Languages and Literatures on behalf of the executive committee


Recent News

December 2, 2020


Sonia Gollance, Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Yiddish and Ashkenazic Studies, is one of three recipients of this year's Cashmere Subvention Award in Jewish Gender,…

October 23, 2020

Associate Professor Matthew Birkhold has secured a grant from the Sustainability Education and Learning Committee to lead a campus-wide effort to create a new Environmental Arts & Humanities…

October 6, 2020

Students in Prof. Gollance's Yiddish 1101 class exchanged beginning of the year greetings in Yiddish with the first semester Yiddish class at the University of Michigan that were inspired by…

September 23, 2020

Katra Byram, Associate Professor, recently appeared on the College of Arts and Sciences Voices of Excellence podcast, speaking with host David Staley about her research and teaching. Byram and…

People Directory

Merrill Kaplan
Associate Professor and Director of Scandinavian Studies
Robert C. Holub
Ohio Eminent Scholar, Professor, and Chair
Andy Spencer
Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm
Professor, Director of Undergraduate German Language Instruction