Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies
The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Willson Center at the University of Georgia, and the College of Arts and Letters and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame will host the first Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies in May and June 2018. Seminar participants will be 20 faculty members and Ph.D. students from a wide range of disciplines, including Political Science, International Affairs, Philosophy, Psychology, Creative Writing, English, History, German, Russian, French, Journalism, Architecture, and Business. The seminar is a joint initiative between the University of Notre Dame and University of Georgia, made possible through generous support by the Max Kade Foundation.
It is directed by Martin Kagel, A.G. Steer Professor of German and associate dean of the Franklin College; William Donahue, Cavanaugh Professor of the Humanities and director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame; and Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English and director of the Willson Center.
The one-week seminar will take place in Berlin and feature distinguished speakers with expertise in German and European politics, history, literature or the arts as well as those who oversee programs that work directly with refugees in Germany and Europe. Speakers will give short lectures followed by extensive discussion with seminar participants, based in part on pre-assigned readings. The seminar will also use the city of Berlin as a location exemplifying transnational Europe through a walking tour of Kreuzberg, and visits to the Künstlerhaus Bethanien and Berlin’s first post-migrant theatre, the Maxim Gorki Theater.
The goal of the seminar is to expand knowledge and understanding of transnational Europe among U.S. based scholars, advancing the discourse on campus on issues related to Europe, the EU, and Germany’s role in the European Union. Within this larger context, the seminar hopes to initiate new research projects and curricular innovation, including collaboration between faculty from the two participating institutions, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Georgia.
A complete schedule of events is available at the seminar website.