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Daniel Carranza

Daniel Carranza Joins Department as Fellow, then Assistant Professor

September 2, 2020

This Fall, the Germanic Languages and Literatures Department welcomes Dr. Daniel Carranza as a Fellow in Germanic Languages and Literatures. Dr. Carranza, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, will join the department’s faculty in July 2022 as Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Dr. Carranza’s scholarship encompasses eighteenth- to twentieth-century German literature; poetics and the history of the lyric; the German philosophical tradition from Kant to Heidegger; moments of cross-pollination between the history of science and the history...

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A Message from the Harvard Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

June 25, 2020

“Die Arbeit in weißer Haut kann sich nicht dort emanzipieren, wo sie in schwarzer Haut gebrandmarkt wird.” – Karl Marx, Das Kapital

The Harvard Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures joins millions of Americans and people across the world in condemning the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the countless murders of Black men and women that preceded them. We support the protests that were catalyzed by Floyd’s murder. We remember that Floyd was only the most recent in a long list of Black lives lost to police...

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In Memoriam: Eckehard P. Simon, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Emeritus

May 6, 2020

Eckehard P. Simon, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Emeritus, died on May 2, 2020. Despite his modest demeanor, he was a brilliant speaker and a distinguished scholar who published six books and numerous essays, and did extensive work identifying

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Spring 2020 Events Canceled

March 16, 2020

The Germanic Languages and Literatures department has canceled the remainder of its Spring 2020 events  due to restrictions on travel and gatherings imposed by the university in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Gernot Waldner

Congratulations to Gernot Waldner

October 29, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Gernot Waldner (PhD Harvard, 2018) has accepted a multi-year postdoc position as Universitätsassistent at the prestigious Robert-Musil-Institut für LIteraturforschung at the Universität Klagenfurt. 

Congratulations to Alexander Lambrow and Anton Chaevitch

September 18, 2019

Warmest congratulations to Alex Lambrow (PhD 2019), who has received a multi-year post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University, and to Anton Chaevitch (PhD 2019), who has just begun a new position as an international arbitration attorney in Washington, DC. 

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New Book by John Hamilton - Philology of the Flesh

August 10, 2018

In Philology of the Flesh Hamilton investigates a range of poetic enterprises and theoretical reflections that engage in incarnational metaphors of language, from the fifteenth-century humanism of Lorenzo Valla to the poetry of Emily Dickinson, from Immanuel Kant and Johann Georg Hamann to Friedrich Nietzsche, Franz Kafka, and Paul Celan, tracing an insistence that invites us to rethink our relation to the concrete languages in which we think and live. ...

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