German Studies

German Studies at Brown

The Department of German Studies is a vibrant intellectual community with strong ties to the full range of critical inquiry that characterizes the humanities at Brown.

The Department focuses its research and teaching on German-language literature, culture, and critical thought (from German Idealism and Romanticism to the Frankfurt School and beyond), with a comparative and transdisciplinary orientation.

Academics

It offers both the B.A. and the Ph.D. in German Studies, affording its students – from beginning language learner to advanced doctoral researcher – the opportunity to combine their interests in the literary, cultural, and intellectual production of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with a wide variety of complementary pursuits, including philosophy, aesthetics, history, music, cultural theory, psychoanalysis, and film, among others.

The Department encourages this approach through its flexible yet rigorous curriculum; intense research and teaching collaboration with faculty in related Brown departments and partner institutions in Europe; rich and varied course offerings in both German and English; as well as attractive study abroad opportunities in Berlin and Tübingen.

The Department of German Studies at Brown University opens the doors to students who are interested in the language, literature, and culture of the German speaking areas of Central Europe.
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The Department of German Studies at Brown offers a Ph.D. program which both provides a coherent perspective on major developments in German literature, culture, and critical thought in the modern period (1517 to the present) and provides students with the opportunity to develop their own specialized interests in German Studies.
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The Department of German Studies offers a set of courses that covers the range from beginning language instruction to graduate seminars. Explore Undergraduate and Graduate course listing for Fall 2021.
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Recent News

News from German Studies

Congratulations to Ethan Franzblau ('21)

Congratulations to Ethan Franzblau ('21) who has received a 2021-22 Fulbright Austria Award. The award combines an English teaching assistantship with research and study. Ethan's research will engage with Austrian-Jewish identity in light of the recent change to the Austrian Nationality Act in 2019, which provides for citizenship for descendants of refugees and victims of the Holocaust.
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Our colleague in History, Benjamin Hein, received a 2021 Salomon Faculty Research Award for his project, "The Migrant's Spirit: Industrial Revolution in the German Lands." The Salomon Award is given out annually to support exceptional faculty research projects. You can read more about the project on the 2021 Salomon Awardees page.
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Emma Schneider ('22) Receives Two UTRA awards

Emma Schneider ('22) received two UTRA awards to work with Kristina Mendicino this year: one in Summer 2020 to assist with the research project "Passive Voices (On the Subject of Phenomenology, and Other Figures of Speech)" and one in Fall 2021 to help develop a new class called "Prague Circles." Congratulations to Emma and Kristina on the awards!
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