German Studies Guest Speakers


Jonathan Hess

Joanthan Hess (2013)

Jonathan Hess,  Professor of German Studies and the Moses M. and Hannah L. Malkin Professor of Jewish History, Director, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented his most recent research on the construction of Jewish identities in 19th century Germany. Professor Hess is the author of three monographs:  Reconstituting the Body Politic: Enlightenment, Public Culture and the Invention of Aesthetic Autonomy (Wayne State University Press, 1999); Germans, Jews and the Claims of Modernity (Yale University Press, 2002); and, most recently, Middlebrow Literature and the Making of German-Jewish Identity (Stanford University Press, 2010), as well as numerous articles on aesthetics, Jewish cultural history, politics and modernity. His pathbreaking research has opened up new ways of thinking about Jewish cultural identity in the 19th century, particularly what we can learn from "middlebrow" literature and culture.

Sander Gilman

Sander Gilman (2010)

By invitation of the German Studies Section of Modern Languages and Literatures, Professor Sander Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, was a guest at the College of William & Mary Wednesday, November 17th, 2010.

Professor Gilman gave a more informal talk with the title "Whose Body Is It Anyway? Sexual Transformation in Germany (1890-1933)" and a more formal lecture: "From the Nose Job to the Face Transplant: A History of the Authentic Face." Both events took place in Washington Hall, and were attended by students and faculty from numerous disciplines and programs. Sander Gilman's visit was made possible by generous contributions from Arts and Sciences, The Charles Center, The Programs in Literary and Cultural Studies and Jewish Studies, the Departments of Modern Languages and Literatures, Religious Studies, English, History, and Psychology.

Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner (2008)

Michael Brenner is Chair of Jewish History and Culture at the Universität München and 2008-2009 Ina Levine Fellow at the US Holocaust Museum's Center for Advanced Studies, spoke on "The Politics of Jewish Historiography: How to Construct a Usable Past" in the fall of 2008.

Andy Markovits

Andrei Markovits (2008)

Andrei Markovits is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author and editor of many books, scholarly articles, conference papers, book reviews and newspaper contributions in English and many foreign languages on topics as varied as German and Austrian politics, anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism, social democracy, social movements, the European right and the European left.Professor of German, Political Science, and History, University of Michigan.

Geoff Eley

Geoff Eley (2008)

Professor Geoff Eley, Chair of the German Studies Department at the University of Michigan, Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of History, gave a seminar on Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 "Rethinking German Modernities: What Comes After the Sonderweg?" and a lecture "Empire by Land or Sea? Germany's Imperial Imaginary, 1871-1945." Professor Eley has published widely in German history of the 19th and 20th centuries, including books on the German Right between Bismarck and the 1920s, and the idea of the Sonderweg in German history, as well as essays on a wide range of subjects. His recent books include: A Crooked Line: From Cultural History to the History of Society (University of Michigan Press, 2005) and Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000 (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Jerome J. McGann

Jerry McGann (2007)

Jerome J. McGann, John Stewart Bryan University Professor of English at the University of Virginia, Co-Founder of UVA's Institute of Advanced Technology in the Humanities and the Speculative Computing Laboratory.

Sasha Mueller-Krenner

Sascha Mueller-Krenner (2004, 2006)

Sascha Müller-Kraenner is one of the founders and a Partner of Ecologic Institute, Berlin. In April 2008, he became Vice-Chairman of the Ecologic Institute in Washington DC - Ecologic’s newly incorporated presence. Sascha Müller-Kraenner is Senior Policy Adviser and the European representative to The Nature Conservancy, a leading international conservation organisation with over one million members and supporters as well as programmes in 30 countries. From 2003-2006, Sascha Müller-Kraenner served as the Heinrich Böll Foundation's Director for Europe and North America, as well as head of the Foundation's program on foreign and security policy. From 1998 - 2002 he served as Director of the Foundation's office in Washington DC. Sascha Müller-Kraenner serves on the Advisory Board of the Humboldt Institution on Transatlantic Issues, he is a Member of the Working Group on Global Issues of the German Council on Foreign Relations, the German Society for the United Nations, Birdlife Germany, as well as of the Indo-German Forum on International Environmental Governance.