Comments from participants & speakers
„Ihre Gegenwart und Ihre freundlich neugierige, zugewandte Gruppe hat uns Herz und Mund geöffnet." - Thomas Sparr, Editor at large, Suhrkamp Verlag
"A superbly well-organized and thought-provoking adventure." - Steve Dowden, Brandeis University
"I felt part of an intellectual community where all just cared about deeper understanding – the kind of community that all too often is lost in everyday university life." - Esther Bauer, Virginia Tech
"The Berlin Seminar was an extremely productive two weeks: ambitiously paced, covering a lot of different branches of literary production, but intelligently selected so that each unit built upon the next." - Anna Guillemin, U of Illinois, Chicago
The Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame in partnership with the University of Georgia invites faculty and advanced graduate students to participate in this distinctive seminar series, now in its third summer. Under the direction of William Donahue (University of Notre Dame) and Martin Kagel (University of Georgia), the Notre Dame Berlin Seminar brings American scholars of German literary and cultural studies together with experts and leading figures of Germany’s literary scene.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage personally with representatives from different areas of Germany’s vibrant literary field. The seminar also includes a number of site visits, such as to the national broadcast studios of the Deutschland Radio, the successful Berlin publishing house Matthes & Seitz, the editorial offices of the Tagesspiegel, a model neighborhood book store focused entirely on crime fiction, the offices of Germany’s top audio book publisher, and the Literarische Colloquium, a large villa on the outskirts of Berlin, that once was a private residence and now serves as a residential center for writers and translators.
2017 speakers included Ulrich Woelk (Autor); Karin Graf (Literaturagentin); Andreas Rötzer (Verleger Matthes & Seitz Berlin); Judith Schalansky (Autorin); Lothar Müller (Literaturkritiker, Süddeutsche Zeitung); Christian Koch (Krimibuchhandlung Hammett); Maike Albath (Freischaffende Literaturkritikerin); Ludwig Haugk, Dramaturg, Gorki Theater); Dirk Pilz und Nikolaus Merck (Herausgeber, Nachtkritik.de); Frank Meyer (Radiomoderator Deutschlandfunk Kultur); Michael Lentz (Direktor Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig); Marcel Beyer (Autor); Thomas Sparr (Geschäftsführer Suhrkamp Verlag); Christiane Munsberg (Blaues Sofa); Gregor Dotzauer, (Literaturredakteur, Der Tagesspiegel); Nathalie Mälzer und Frank Heibert (Übersetzer); and Katja Petrowskaja (Autorin)