Each year, the graduate students of the German Department organize a conference on a topic relevant to German Studies. 

Utopia and Play

March 21st and 22nd, 2024

Call for Papers 2024


Recent Conferences

Die ewige Wiederkehr des Vampyrs / The Eternal Return of the Vampire

March 3rd and 4th, 2023

Organized by Artun Ak and Chaitrali Kulkarni.

Keynote speakers: Elisabeth Bronfen, Professor of English and American Literature at the Universität Zurich, and Laurence A. Rickels, Professor of German Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

pdf 2023 Call for Papers: Die ewige Wiederkehr des Vampyrs The Eternal Recurrence of the Vampire (54 KB)


Stimmen: Voices

March 3rd and 4th, 2022

This hybrid conference was held both in person and via Zoom.

 Organized by Elisabeth Oberlerchner and Nicole Uberreich

Keynote speaker: Anna Baar

pdf Click here for the 2022 Call for Papers. (119 KB)


Ecstasy – Ekstase – Rausch

March 4th and 5th, 2021

Conference held virtually via Zoom.

Organized by Christiane Fischer and Arielle Friend.

Keynote address: Wayne Koestenbaum, Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and French at CUNY Graduate Center.



September 21st, 2018

Organized by Eva Erber

Keynote speaker: Uwe Wirth, Professor of German Literature at the Justus-Liebig Universität Wien.

For the full program, please click here.


Apocalyptic Narratives

April 15th, 2017

 Organized by Anna Mayer and Janine Wahrendorf

Keynote speaker: Eva Horn, Professor of German Literature, Universität Wien

Click here for a full event program: Apocalyptic Narratives


Economic Hi$tories

April 24th and 25th, 2015

Organized by Stefanie Populorum and Carlos Gasperi

Keynote speaker: Fritz Breithaupt, Professor of German, University of Bloomington, Indiana


Intermediality and Intermedial Narratives in the German-Speaking World

April 18th, 2014

Organized by Damianos Grammatikopoulos and Sascha Hosters

Keynote speaker: Henry Sussman, Professor of German at Yale University

pdf 2014 Conference (1.67 MB)


Representing Women in the Cinema of Josef von Sternberg

May 3rd, 2013

Organized by Christina Mandt and Susan Doose

Keynote speaker: Barbara Kosta, Professor of German Studies, University of Tuscon, Arizona

2013 Conference


A Quiet Powerful Presence: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Role of Silence

March 30th, 2012

Organized by Sascha Hosters and Veronika Jeltsch

Keynote speaker: Rainer Nägele, Professor of German at Yale University

pdf 2012 Conference (347 KB)


Die Stadt: The Writing of Urban Spaces in the German Speaking Context

April 10th, 2011

Organized by Katrin Polak- Springer and Simona Sivkoff

Keynote speaker: Gabriele Schwab, Professor of German at the University of California, Irvine

2011 Conference


 2009 Conference, Minority – Identity: Selfhood and Nationhood in the Hapsburg Empire and Beyond. Held February 27, 2009. Organized by Devin O'Neal and Rebecca Steele.

2008 Forum, (Un)ruly Pleasures in German Culture. Held March 28, 2008. Organized by Christophe Kone, Mareen Fuchs and Shambhavi Prakash.

2007 Conference, Violence: A Necessary Evil? Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Means and Ends of Violence in German Film, Literature, and Fine Arts. Organized by Juljana Gjata and Katrin Polak-Springer.

2006 ConferenceHeimat: Utopia or Reality? Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Search for Heimat and National Identity. Held March 3, 2006. Organized by Rebecca Steele and Julia Feldhaus.

  document 2005 Conference (50 KB)   Ostalgie: Commemorating the Past or Evading the Present? Cultural Representations of Post-Communist Europe and The Politics of Remembering the Good Old East. Organized by Federica Franze. Keynote speaker: Laurence McFalls, Professor of Political Science at the University of Montreal.

image 2004 Conference (81 KB) Beyond Oedipus: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Father. Organized by Kai Diers.