Call for Applications


DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar in German Studies 2018

Cornell University, June 17-July 27, 2018




Seminar director: Patrizia McBride

Professor of German Studies, Cornell University


This six-week seminar for North-American faculty investigates the enlivening relationship that ties literary criticism to media studies within the interdisciplinary field of German Studies. In examining a range of topics from both historical and theoretical perspectives (reading and writing as cultural techniques and as spatialized processing of text/image dynamics; literary practice, materiality, and embodiment; Critical Theory and the digital humanities, among others) we will trace the productive exchange that in recent decades has unfolded among media studies, media theory, and literary studies. This interdisciplinary conversation draws on literature as a heuristic point of reference for appraising the rhetorical performativity, ideological effects, and semiotic excess of communication in both analog and digital media.


The seminar will provide a cross-disciplinary framework for examining the evolving relation between literary practices, technological developments, and conceptions of media within significant historical junctures and by drawing on influential methodological paradigms. Participants will be encouraged to draw upon their own fields of interest and present their work in progress. While the seminar takes its cues from contemporary approaches to media theory and media and literary studies, scholars with backgrounds in proximate disciplines are encouraged to apply.



Dates and Location: The seminar will take place June 17-July 27, 2018 at Cornell University.


Program: Under the auspices of Cornell’s Institute for German Cultural Studies, the program will combine regular seminar meetings and discussions with presentation of participants’ research and occasional guest lectures. Seminar meetings will be conducted in English; advanced reading knowledge of German required. 


Tuition: There is a $50 fee; participants are eligible for a stipend. 


Eligibility: Participation is open to faculty members and postdoctoral fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Applicants who have received their Ph.D.s within the past two years but do not yet hold faculty appointments are encouraged to apply. Graduate students and Ph.D. candidates are not eligible. Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada. 

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018. Application forms are available at:


All application materials and questions to be addressed to:

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Prof. Patrizia McBride
Department of German Studies, Cornell University
183 Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel.: (607) 255-4047

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For other seminar-related questions, please contact Olga Petrova at Cornell University’s Institute for German Cultural Studies. 

Olga Petrova, Assistant to the Director
Institute for German Cultural Studies, Cornell University
726 University Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tel.: (607) 255-8408
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