„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."
-Professor Steve Dowden, Brandeis University
"...The NDBS programming is truly unparalleled in that it connects North American scholars with world-renowned local experts in Germany to provide them with cultural knowledge that just could not be acquired in the U.S. or elsewhere."
-Dr. Steffen Kaupp, University of Notre Dame
"...This program gives a multifaceted and most inspiring introduction to the contemporary German Literaturbetrieb."
-Wenyan Gu, Fudan University
The Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame invites faculty and advanced graduate students to participate in this distinctive seminar series. Under the direction of William Donahue (University of Notre Dame), Martin Kagel (University of Georgia), and Steffen Richter (University of Braunschweig), 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.
2016 speakers included authors Barbara Honigmann, Felicitas Hoppe, and Judith Schalansky; literary critics Sieglinde Geisel (NZZ), Edo Reents (FAZ), and Gregor Dotzauer (Tagesspiegel); theatre critic Dirk Pilz (Nachtkritik); publishers Thedel von Wallmoden (Wallstein Verlag), Andreas Rötzer (Matthes & Seitz), and Amadeus Gerlach (Deutscher Audio Verlag), translators Nathalie Melzer and Frank Heibert; Ulrich von Bülow (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach), Dorothee Risse (Master-Studiengang Angewandte Literaturwissenschaft), bookseller Christian Koch (Krimibuchhandlung Hammet), and radio host Frank Meyer (Deutschlandradio Kultur).