Past Events



Forum: October 20, 2018
Ohio German Studies Workshop, an annual forum for Ohio German Studies and an opportunity for colleagues across the state to become better acquainted with each other, with the research that is being conducted in German Studies, and with the issues that we all face as German scholars in higher education institutions in the twenty-first century.

Lecture: September 12, 2018
Sebastian Rödl (Universität Leipzig)
Nature and The Good 




11th Annual Midwest Symposium in German Studies: April 13-14, 2018
2018 Program


Talk: March 26, 2018
Christian Meierhofer (Bonn)
Das Verlachen der Gegenwart. Zeitordnungen in der Komödie der frühen Aufklärung
[The Comedy of the Early Enlightenment and its Temporal Order

Workshop: March 23, 2018
Christian Meierhofer (Bonn)
Workshop is in preparation for the upcoming talk, "The Comedy of the Early Enlightenment and its Temporal Order"

Lecture: March 19, 2018
Ezé Wendtoin (musician and foreign language educator)
Music in Foreign Language Education: Learning German through Music in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso

2nd Migration Studies Symposium
Walls and Passages

March 2, 2018

10th Annual GGSA Conference
The Gatekeepers of Memory

February 23-24, 2018

2017 Carolyn Engel Luebeck Lecture: November 6, 2017
Dagmar Herzog (CUNY) Distinguished Professor of History and Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar
On Aggression: Psychoanalysis as Moral Politics in Post-Nazi Germany

Lecture: October 23, 2017
Shelley Frisch (Princeton)
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Translator: A Kafka Biography Marathon

Graduate School Experience in German: October 20-21, 2017

The two-day workshop, funded by the DAAD, was hosted at The Ohio State University this autumn. Juniors and seniors from across the United States were nominated by their home institution faculty. They explored the rich diversity of perspectives on the field of German Studies through interdisciplinary sessions on literature, film, culture, linguistics, and pedagogy led by Ohio State faculty.
GSE Program 2017

Forum: October 14, 2017
Ohio German Studies Workshop, an annual forum for Ohio German Studies and an opportunity for colleagues across the state to become better acquainted with each other, with the research that is being conducted in German Studies, and with the issues that we all face as German scholars in higher education institutions in the twenty-first century.
OGSW  Program_2017

Second Language Research Forum 2017
Growing Connections in Second Language Research
SLRF Program 2017

German Career Day
On October 4th, the Goethe-Institut Chicago sponsored a career day for high school students and undergraduates at Ohio State. Representatives of the German business community, universities, and foundations provided information on study and career opportunities with German and in Germany.  .German Career Day 2017 Schedule



2017 Carolyn Engel Luebeck Lecture: April 7, 2017
Ian Buruma (Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College)
Lessons Learned, or Not: Germany, Japan, and the Age of Trump

April 7-8, 2017
10th Annual Midwest Symposium in German Studies
Midwest Symposium Program

9th Annual GGSA Conference
At the Fringes of Humanity: The Cyborg and the Undead

March 24-25, 2017
PDF icon GGSA-2017-conf-program.pdf

Lecture: March 20, 2017
Elisabeth Krimmer (UC-Davis)
Cropped Vision: German Nurses, the Second World War, and the Holocaust

Lecture: January 20, 2017
Robert Pippin (Chicago)
Hegel on Life as a Logical Category

Lecture: January 19, 2017
Robert Pippin (Chicago)
Hegel on the Political Significance of Collective Self-Deceit

Forum: October 22, 2016
Ohio German Studies Workshop, an annual forum for Ohio German Studies and an opportunity for colleagues across the state to become better acquainted with each other, with the research that is being conducted in German Studies, and with the issues that we all face as German scholars in higher education institutions in the twenty-first century.
PDF icon OGSW 2016 Program


Lecture: April 7, 2016
David Blackbourn (Vanderbilt)
Nature and Environment in Modern Germany: A Difficult History

Faculty Lecture: April 4, 2016
Katra Byram (Ohio State)
Why remembering mothers changes the landscape of German cultural memory

8th Annual GGSA Conference
Between Utopia and Dystopia: Visions of Germany
April 1-2, 2016 at the Mershon Center
PDF icon PDF icon 2016 GGSA Poster

Faculty Lecture: March 23, 2016
Bernhard Malkmus (Ohio State)
What is, and to What End Should We Study the Anthropocene?

2016 Carolyn Engel Luebeck Lecture: February 1, 2016
Timothy Snyder (Yale University)
Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Lecture: November 30, 2015
William C. Donahue (Notre Dame)
Religion in Realism: Contra Downing

Forum: November 14, 2015
Ohio German Studies Workshop, an annual forum for Ohio German Studies and an opportunity for colleagues across the state to become better acquainted with each other, with the research that is being conducted in German Studies, and with the issues that we all face as German scholars in higher education institutions in the twenty-first century.OGSW 2015 Program

Faculty Lecture: October 26, 2015
Paul Reitter (Ohio State)
Nietzsche and Crisis of the Humanities in Wilhelmine Germany

Lecture: October 13, 2015
James E. Young (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
The Arc of Memorial Vernacular: New York's 9/11 Memorial

Lecture: September 17, 2015
Maria Tatar (Harvard University)
The Wolftrap: Into the Woods with Fairy Tales

Multimedia Performance: September 16, 2015
John Matthias (Poet, critic, and novelist)
Automystifistical Plaice: A Ballet Mecanique Spread-Spectrum Ecstasy, with voices



SASS 2015 - Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study Conference

First Nations and Indigenous Discourses, Methodologies, and Histories
May 7-9, 2015 at the Ohio Union

Lecture: April 23, 2015
Andrew Zimmerman (Professor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University)
The American Civil War as an International Revolution: A radical trip down the Mississippi River

2015 Carolyn Engel Luebeck Lecture: March 26, 2015
Mark L. Louden (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Pennsylvania Dutch in the 21st Century

Lecture: March 12, 2015
Sabine Doering (University of Oldenburg, currently Residential Fellow at Notre Dame)
Herausforderungen beim Schreiben einer Hölderlin-Biographie

Lecture: March 3, 2015
Stefan Horlacher (TU-Dresden) Distinguished Max Kade Visiting Professor
What Makes a Man a Man? Masculinity Studies in Germany: A Critical Survey

7th Annual GGSA Conference

Configurations of Human Bodies
Feb 27-28, 2015 at the Ohio Union
GGSA 2015 Conference Schedule.pdf

Inaugural Lecture: February 18, 2015
John Davidson (Ohio State)
Ecological Visions in Post-WWII Germany

Lecture: February 12, 2015
Louis Rose (Otterbein University)
The Role of the Psychoanalyst in Times of Historical Crisis: The Example of Ernst Kris

Inaugural Lecture: January 21, 2015
Paul Reitter (Ohio State)
Bambi's Jewish Roots

Lecture: December 1, 2014

Benjamin Robinson (Indiana University)
Freedom: Simple or Complex?

Forum: October 11, 2014
Ohio German Studies Workshop, an annual forum for Ohio German Studies and an opportunity for colleagues across the state to become better acquainted with each other, with the research that is being conducted in German Studies, and with the issues that we all face as German scholars in higher education institutions in the twenty-first century.  Program

Reading: October 7, 2014
Ute Kaiser, Independent Actress
Anna Seghers's Das Argonautenschiff


Faculty Lecture: April 17, 2014
Bernhard Malkmus (Ohio State)
welträume: Peter Zumthor's Architecture

Lecture: April 14, 2014
Christian Moser (Bonn University) Distinguished Max Kade Visiting Professor
Barbarism as a Liminal Concept

Workshop: April 3, 2014
The Political Kleist:
Bernd Fischer, Tim Mehigan, David Pan, Christian Moser

Lecture: March 31, 2014
Christian Moser (Bonn University) Distinguished Max Kade Visiting Professor
Ökologien des Gehens

2014 Carolyn Engel Luebeck Lecture: March 27, 2014
Rüdiger Campe (Yale University)
Body and Time. Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain

6th Annual GGSA Conference
Ecologies Reconsidered
Mar 21-22, 2014 at the Ohio Union

Faculty Lecture: February 27, 2014
Robert Holub, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor of German (Ohio State)
Nietzsche's Anti-Semitism

Faculty Lecture: November 7, 2013
Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm (Ohio State)
Kiezdeutsch: A new language variation in Germany


Lecture: April 11, 2013
Dirk von Petersdorff  (University of Jena)
Das romantische Konzept einer 'neuen Mythologie'
(Friedrich Schlegel, Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm, Heinrich Heine)

Lecture: April 4, 2013
Oliver Simons (Columbia University)
The Epistemology of Metaphors. Literature and Knowledge after Paul de Man

Lecture: March 4, 2013
Wolfgang Bunzel  (Freies Deutsches Hochstift, Ffm)
Literarische Denkmalpflege. Bettine von Arnims Arbeit am kulturellen Gedächtnis

5th Annual GGSA Conference
Beyond Borders – Transnationalism & Transculturalism in the Arts
Feb 22-23, 2013 at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Lecture: February 18, 2013
Gaby Pailer (U of British Columbia)
Knight, Templar, and Jewess: A National Myth (Scott's Ivanhoe and Lewald's Jenny)

Lecture: November 5, 2012
Ute Brandes  (Amherst College)
The Writer Anna Seghers's Difficult Journey - from Exile in Mexico City to Postwar Berlin

2012 Carolyn Engel Luebeck Lecture: September 10, 2012
Peter Fenves (Northwestern University)
Aura, Error, and Entanglement around 1935 (Benjamin, Heidegger, and Schrödinger)


Alumna Lunch Lecture: May 1, 2012
Sai Bhatawadekar (U of Hawaii at Manoa)
Claims and Disclaimers: Schopenhauer's Comparative M.O.

Ask Me More About Brecht: Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge
by Sabine Berendse and Paul Clements, A Multimedia Dramatic Reconstruction of Hanns Eisler’s Conversations with Hans Bunge.
April 26, 2012 at the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center

Transformations of the Public Sphere, International and Interdisciplinary Conference
April 12-14, 2012 at the OSU Mershon Center
Conference Program

Symposium: Reference in Interaction from a Cross-Cultural Perspective
April 6-7, 2012
Symposium Program

Lecture: April 5, 2012
Robert C. Holub (U of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Friedrich Nietzsche in Context: His Dialogue with Nineteenth-Century Science

Lecture: April 2, 2012
Thomas Meyer (U of Chicago)
From Kirchhain to Annapolis. Leo Strauss's Intellectual Biography

4th Annual GGSA Conference - Mind and Madness: The Mind and its Languages
Feb 17-18, 2012 at the Ohio Union

2012 Carolyn Engel Luebeck Lecture
Barton Byg (University of Massachusetts - Amherst)
Abstraction in the Cultural Cold War: Film and the Visual Arts in East Germany

Inaugural Lecture: November 15, 2011 Kai Hammermeister 
"Defending Art against its Interpreters"

Poetry Reading: October 17, 2011 Amy Kepple Strawser (Otterbein and Columbus State)
Poetry reading from Voices from the Bitter Core (2010), her translation of Ursula Krechel's Stimmen aus dem harten Kern (2005)

Lecture: October 3, 2011 Stefanie Arend (Universität Rostock and Max Kade Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia)
"Mache doch mein Inneres so gut und fein, dass er mich lieben kann" - Liebe und Bildung in Irmgard Keuns Roman "Das kunstseidene Mädchen" (1932)

Lecture: September 27, 2011 Tim Mehigen (U of Otago)
"Robert Musil and the Question of Science"

Workshop: September 22, 2011 at the Humanities Institute, George Wells Knight House
Literature and the Public Sphere: The Case of Heinrich von Kleist

Summer 2011

Seminar: July 31-August 6, 2011
The Graduate School Experience: Fellowships for Advanced Undergraduates Majoring in German.
A unique opportunity to explore recent trends in German Studies, to find out about some of the dynamic and cutting edge research in the field, and to get a taste of graduate school.

The project was jointly funded by the DAAD, the Max Kade Foundation, and Ohio State.


Lecture:  May 26, 2011 Edgar Landgraf  (Bowling Green State U)
Unpredictability and the Public Sphere.Heinrich von Kleist’s Politicization of the Public in the Context of Niklas Luhmann’s Theory of Modernity

Reading: May 16, 2011 Marica Bodrožić  (Max Kade Visiting Professor at Dartmouth)

International Conference / Humboldt Kolleg: Migration, Religion, and Germany 
April 8 – 9, 2011 Overview and Program

GGSA 3rd Annual Conference: " Sports and Athletics in Germanic Literatures and Cultures”
February 18-19, 2011
Keynote speaker: Andrei Markovits (U of Michigan)

Conference Program

2011 Carolyn Engel Luebeck Lecture: February 7, 2011
Ursula K. Heise (Stanford University)
Biomemories: Narrative, Database, and Species Extinction

Lecture: December 2, 2010 John L. Brooke
“Into the American Civil War:Thoughts on the Character of the Nation-Building Event”

Lecture: November 18, 2010 Nancy Fraser
“Marketization, Social Protection, Emancipation:Toward a Neo-Polanyian Conception of Capitalist Crisis”

Wende Flicks: An East/Central European Context
Wende Flicks showcases films made by East German filmmakers around the Wende (the Change), the period of drastic upheaval marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Covering the years 1988–1994, this series brings to light essentially forgotten films, many of which were never subtitled or screened outside of Germany.
Oct. 13 - whisper & SHOUT / The Architects; Oct. 20 - Burning Life / Herzsprung; Oct. 27 - The Mistake / The Land beyond the Rainbow; Oct. 29 - Panel Discussion. "East German Film of the 80s & 90s in the East European Context"

Lecture: October 21, 2010 Craig Calhoun (New York University)
“The Public Sphere and the Populist Imaginary”
Craig Calhoun is the president of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University and founding director of its Institute for Public Knowledge.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Second Language Studies Annual Lecture Series:
October 15, 2010 Nick C. Ellis (University of Michigan, Dept. of Psychology)
“Usage-based SLA: Insights from Corpus and Cognitive Linguistics” 

Reading: October 11, 2010 Robert Cohen (New York University)
"Exile of the Defiant Women

Lecture: October 6, 2010 Henrik Williams (University of Uppsala)
: From 17th Century Antiquarians to Queer Studies"

Lecture: October 4, 2010 Christoph Menke (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Distinguished Max Kade Visiting Professor
"The Possibility of the Work of Art"

Writer's Reading: October 3, 2010 Annie Cohen-Solal
on Leo Castelli and His Circle


Talk: May 18, 2010 Jacqueline Vansant (U of Michigan)
Jewish Youths exiled from Vienna encountering the US in the 1930s
Lecture: May 14, 2010 Mike Neblo (Political Science)
"Chumps and Change: Power, Agonism, and Deliberative Democracy"
Lecture: May 7, 2010 Kam Shapiro (Illinois State University)
"Critical Feelings and Pleasurable Association"
Lecture: April 30, 2010 Edgar Landgraf (Bowling Green State University)
"Systems Theory and Early German Romanticism. Conceptual Challenges, Historical Perspectives."
Lecture: April 22, 2010 Chris Lukinbeal (Arizona State U)
"Geographic Theories of Landscape and Their Role in the Public Sphere and Modern Social Imaginaries"
Lecture: April 12, 2010 Alexander Košenina (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Distinguished Max Kade Visiting Professor
Who done it? Fornication and Fatherhood in Hogarth and Goethe
Workshop - Presentation and Discussion: April 12, 2010 Alex Holznienkemper (Ohio State)
Locating transculturality—the missionary writings of German Jesuit Johann Jakob Baegert
Lecture: April 9, 2010 Susanne Luedemann (U of Chicago)
"Brotherhood as a Social Metaphor"
Workshop ~ Presentation and Discussion: April 7, 2010 Jennifer Magro Algarotti (Ohio State)
"Nature, Culture, and Art in Ransmayr's 'Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis'"
Lecture: March 30, 2010 Hans-Gert Roloff (Berlin)
"Komödie und sozialpolitische Kritik: Zu Carl Sternheims 'bürgerlichem Heldenleben'"

2nd Annual Germanic Graduate Student Conference ~ Journeys: March 6, 2010
With Keynote Speaker Elke Frederiksen, Ph.D., University of Maryland
"Journeys across Continents — Writing across Borders: From Europe to Africa — from Africa to Europe"
Lecture: February 22, 2010 Jeremy Glazier
Towards Utopia: Music in the Wake of the Wall
Lecture: February 11, 2010 Shlomo Berger, Professor of Yiddish Culture (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
The Early Modern Yiddish Book and its Function in Ashkenazi Society
Memorial Symposium: Friday, February 5, 2010 Tribute to Alexander Stephan
This symposium reflects Stephan's scholarly interests through tributes and presentations by fellow scholars, colleagues, and friends.
Symposium Schedule
1:30 p.m. Welcome
1:45 p.m. Jost Hermand, University of Wisconsin and Humboldt Universität-Berlin. "Forced out of Hitler's Reich: Five Cases of Intellectual Culture Shock in the Prairies of the Midwest."
2:50 p.m. Richard Ned Lebow, Dartmouth College, Cambridge University, and the London School of Economics. "The Old World Meets the New: German Refugee Social Scientists in America."
4:15-5:15 p.m. A Tribute to Alexander Stephan
Dissertation Colloquium: Friday, January 29, 2010
Charlie Vannette ~ Narrative Observation and Hyperreflexivity in the Works of Robert Walser
A Roundtable on Early Modern Narrative: January 28, 2010 "Monstrous Crossings in Narrative Fiction/Nonfiction and the Shaping of Early Modern Culture"
Frederick Aldama, English
Jennifer Higginbothom, English
Elizabeth Davis, Spanish and Portuguese
Barbara Becker-Cantarino, Germanic Languages and Literatures
Lecture: Monday, January 25, 2010 Fritz Breithaupt (Indiana University - Bloomington)
Cultures of Empathy
Lecture: Friday, November 13, 2009 Catharina Manchanda (Wexner Center Exhibition Curator)
Capitalist Realism. The ironic investigation of media images by Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.

Professional Training Workshop: Friday, November 6, 2009.
"Professional Organizations and Presenting Papers," with Barbara Becker-Cantarino, Kevin Richards, and Sara Luly
Lecture: Friday, October 2, 2009 Stefan Horlacher (TU-Dresden)
Violence in Macbeth

Icons of a Border Installation: Photographic Search for Traces in Today's Berlin
was on display on the Columbus campus from August 10th to September 18th 2009.
Courtesy of the Goethe Institute