News & Events

The department is committed to contributing actively to the intellectual life on campus and in the community.


News and Announcements:

2019 Germanic & Slavic Studies Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all of the recipients of Certificates of Excellence and our highest awards and distinctions!

Some of the Award Recipients in German     Some of awardees in Slavic   


Focus on Faculty: Dr. Susan Derwin on her writing workshop for veterans

"The Healing Power of Storytelling: from the Holocaust to recent American military deployments" by Maya Chiodo (November 2018)

Read the interview with Dr. Susan Derwin (a specialist on trauma studies and a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Comparative Literature and Germanic and Slavic Studies departments)



Upcoming Events:



Recent Past Events:

Heidegger and Kabbalah. Exploring Elliot Wolfson’s Work on Martin Heidegger and Jewish Mysticism

Thursday, March 5, 2020, Annenberg Conference Room, SSMS  4315, 10-5 pm
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A conference on Elliot Wolfson’s book, Heidegger and Kabbalah. Hidden Gnosis and the Path of Poiēsis (Indiana University Press, 2019).
Convened by Elisabeth Weber (Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Comparative Literature)


"Radio and Environments. From Hörspiel to Radio Art"

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 5pm, Phelps 6206: A Lecture by Ute Holl (Basel University)

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Film Screening and Discussion: "Images of the World and Inscription of War"

Monday, March 4, 2019, 7pm, HSSB 1173. The film will be introduced by Visiting Kade Professor, Dr. Ute Holl, who will also moderate the post-screening discussion.

This event is presented by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and the UC Santa Barbara Memory Studies Reading Group.

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A Day Commemorating the Life and Work of Professor Ursula Mahlendorf

Friday, April 12, 10:30am-5:00pm, Mosher Alumni House and Geiringer Hall (Music Department).

This event is presented by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and co-sponsered by the College of Letters and Science, the Departments of Sociology and Feminist Studies, and the Comparative Literature Program.

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Film Screening and Discussion: "The Milan Protocol" ("Das Milan Protokoll")

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7:00-9:45pm, Pollock Theater: Following the film, director Peter Ott will join moderator Dr. Elisabeth Weber for a post-screening discussion.

The event is free, but a reservation is recommended to guarantee a seat.

More information is available here.


"Beyond Praries and Skyscrapers? Austrian travelogues of the inter-war era on the U.S."

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 4pm: a talk by Rebecca Unterberger (Visiting Fulbright Scholar)

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"Persons of Interest"

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 5-6:30 pm: a talk by Andreas Bernard (Leuphana University Lüneburg / Germany)

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 "Germany's Musical Ruins"

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5 pm: a talk by Professor Martha Sprigge

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"Jackals and Arabs (Once More: The German-Jewish Dialogue)"

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6pm: a lecture by Gil Anidjar (Columbia University)

"Rebranding Sovereignty in the Age of Trump"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 4-6 pm: a talk by Professor Eric Santner (University of Chicago)

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"A Child Hero: Heroic Biographies in Children's Literature"

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 2-3:15 pm: a talk by Svetlana Maslinskaya (Institute of Russian Literature, Pushkin House, St. Petersburg, Russia)

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"School discipline inside and out: the limits of Soviet school's disciplinary authorities"

Thursday, April 27, 4-5:30 pm: a talk by Kirill Maslinsky (National Research University of Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia)

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"Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other"

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 4-6 pm: a seminar with Professor Elliot Wolfson

The link to the preface and two chapters of Elliot Wolfson's book is here

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"Hannah Arendt, On truth and lying in politics"

Monday, April 17, 2017, 4-6 pm: a workshop with Professor Susanne Lüdemann

The seminar began with a short presentation by Dr. Lüdemann, after which the following texts by Hannah Arendt were discussed:

-- “Lying in Politics,” from: Crises of the Republic, pp. 1-47
-- “Truth and Politics,” The New Yorker, February 25, 1967

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"Translating the Russian Classics in the Twenty-First Century"

February 16, 2017, 12:30 pm: a talk by Marian Schwartz (Russian translator)

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"What is "Modern Technics"?

Monday, October 11, 2016, 4 pm: a talk by Bernard Stiegler (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris)

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For the video of Bernard Stiegler's talk, click here:

Bernard Stiegler Talk

(Please note: The audio of the introduction is poor, but Stiegler's talk is loud and clear.)


 "Dialectics of a Constellation: Heinrich Heine in Critical Theory"

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 4 pm: a talk by Willi Goetschel (University of Toronto)

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Past Conferences and Symposia:

Nabokov Symposium 2016

"Nabokov's Idioms: Translating Foreigness," a one-day symposium in honor of Don Barton Johnson, emeritus professor, took place on Friday, February 19, 2016.

You can see the symposium poster here.


Metamorphosis Conference 2015

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Franz Kafka’s famous text “The metamorphosis,” an interdisciplinary conference at UCSB brought together a wide array of scholars and artists to discuss Kafka’s text in its literary-historical context, and to read it as an exploration of metamorphoses that problematize borders between species and between living organisms and machines.