Congratulations to Professor Richard Langston and Grad Students Leonie Wilms and Nicholas Jones

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures congratulates professor Richard Langston and graduate students Leonie Wilms and Nicholas Jones along with Leslie A. Adelson on the recent publication of their book: The Poetic Power of Theory.

»Die poetische Kraft der Theorie« bezieht sich für Alexander Kluge weniger auf reine »Philosophie« oder die abgesonderte»Lust am Denken« als vielmehr auf die altgriechische Praxis der »Theoria«. Wie der antike Theoretiker namens Theoros, der als Gesandter aus fremden Ländern heimkehrte, um von anderen Völkern und Kulturen zu erzählen, strebt Kluges Interesse an der poetischen Kraft der Theorie nach der Anreicherung der menschlichen Wesenskräfte, die subjektive Erfahrung von Differenz in einer Krisenzeit auszudrücken, in der die Werkzeuge des Erzählens verarmt sind. Diese Ausgabe des Jahrbuchs erkundet Kluges Theorie dieses narrativen Potenzials im stürmischen Zeitalter der Digitalität, das von Algorithmen regiert, mit Informationen überflutet und von sozialen Unruhen zerrüttet ist.

English Version:
“The poetic power of theory” has for Alexander Kluge less to do with pure “philosophy” or the solitary “pleasures in thinking” than with the ancient Greek practice of “theoria”. Like the ancient theoretician called theoros, who returned home from foreign lands to tell of other peoples and cultures, Kluge’s interest in the poetic force of theory seeks to fortify humankind’s essential powers for expressing the subjective experience of difference at a time of crisis when the necessary tools for narration have become impoverished. The sixth volume of the yearbook queries Kluge’s theory of narrative’s potential in the stormy age of digitality governed by algorithms, flooded with information, and disrupted by social conflict.

By |December 3rd, 2019|Categories: News||0 Comments

Dr. Priscilla Layne and her Students Win National AATG Teach German Day Student Video Contest

Congratulations to Dr. Priscilla Layne and her students Cameren Lofton, Tracy Ridley, and Nina Moll, for winning in the College/University category of the national AATG Teach German Day Student Video Contest! This success includes a trophy that will be featured at UNC to celebrate.
Click here to view their entry and others.

By |October 8th, 2019|Categories: News||0 Comments

GSLL Minor, Cameren Lofton, receives Class of 1938 Summer Project Abroad Fellowship

GSLL Student, Cameren Lofton, and seven others received the Class of 1938 Summer Project Abroad Fellowships for research abroad in summer 2019.

Cameren will travel to Hannover, Germany, to intern with a project that facilitates migrant and refugee integration through storytelling and theater. Additionally, she will research interactions between migrants and the German government.

To learn more about the Class of 1938 Fellowship Program, visit their website.

To learn more about the 2019 recipients, view the UNC Global article on the recipients.

By |May 7th, 2019|Categories: News||0 Comments

CSEEES awarded the US Russia Foundation Grant

The Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Russia Foundation to launch a two-year pilot program at UNC-Chapel Hill. The program will be called “Expanding Disciplinary Horizons: New Directions in Russian Studies”.

The goal of the project is to advance Russian Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill by supporting global partnerships and graduate education, mentorship, and instruction. Its principal investigators are Graeme Robertson, center director and professor of political science, and Adnan Džumhur, associate director of the center.

To learn more about the department, visit the CSEES website.

To learn more about award and program, read the UNC Global article on the initiative.

Congratulations, CSEES!

By |May 7th, 2019|Categories: News||0 Comments

Spektakl 2019 Celebration Photos

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: News||0 Comments

10 Year Carolina-Duke German Graduate Program Celebration

In conjunction with the symposium in memory of the former chair of UNC-GSLL, Jonathan Hess, current and former students and faculty of the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies gathered on Saturday, April 13, 2019 to commemorate ten years of Carolina-Duke German at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. On this somber occasion, members of the Carolina-Duke community met in classic German fashion for conversation, coffee, cake, cookies and other confections in the afternoon. The community looked back on the foundation of the cutting-edge German-Studies program, the first public-private academic initiative of its kind, and looked forward to many more years in a thriving and rigorous academic program. Attendees heard from the current chair of Duke German, Stefani Engelstein, the current chair of UNC-GSLL, Eric Downing, as well as Dr. Claire Scott (a graduate of the program) and Jeffrey Hertel (currently in his fifth year). “It was really nice seeing people I hadn’t seen in a long time,” said Patrick Lang, who shortly expected to graduate as the 16th Carolina-Duke PhD.

By |April 24th, 2019|Categories: News||0 Comments

2019 German Day at UNC

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at UNC at Chapel Hill, in collaboration with the American Association of Teachers of German of North Carolina (NC-AATG), hosted the 19th annual North Carolina German Day! The event took place in the Student Union from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

This year’s German Day theme was “#wunderbarzusammen” inspired by the motto of the Year of German-US Friendship. (You can find more info about the Year of German-US Friendship here: We welcomed about 500 high school students from 14 schools across North Carolina together with their German teachers on campus. The students participated in different German competitions, such as skits, karaoke, song and dance, poetry recitation, art designs, extemporaneous speaking, and more. In addition to these competitions, the high school students also went on a scavenger hunt (“Schnitzeljagd”) in order to explore the

For more information about the 2019 German Day at UNC, please see the event’s website: It was a great honor and a lot of fun to welcome our guests to UNC!

By |April 23rd, 2019|Categories: News||0 Comments

“Die Physiker” performed by Professor Weiler’s German Theater Class

This past week, on April 16th at 6 p.m. and 18th at 5 p.m. in the Toy Lounge, students taking Christina Weiler’s German Theater class (GERM 374) performed the play “Die Physiker”. The play was written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt in the year 1962. The play is about three mentally ill patients who believe themselves to be world famous scientists and worry over the discoveries they have made. The event was mentioned by the Daily Tar Heel recently for the great performances by the students and message the play presented to the audience about the creation and advancement of nuclear technology and how it’s still relevant in today’s world.

Read the DTH article here.

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: News||0 Comments

Jonathan M. Hess Moments of Enlightenment Symposium

This past weekend, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, together with numerous cosponsors, hosted the Jonathan M. Hess Moments of Enlightenment Symposium.  The conference was held in memory of the late Jonathan M. Hess, former chair of GSLL and founding director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.  It brought together many of Hess’s former students and colleagues, including preeminent scholars in German and German Jewish Studies, in order to commemorate Hess’s legacy by discussing German Jewish interactions from the eighteenth century to the present day.

The conference began on April 13th with a keynote by Martha Helfer of Rutgers University entitled “Maurice Sendak’s Dear Milli: A Contrapuntal Elegy.”  During the conference, Terry Rhodes, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, announced the successful completion of a campaign to endow the Jonathan M. Hess Development Term Assistant Professorship.  A full program is available here, and video recordings of conference presentations will be made available in the coming days.

By |April 18th, 2019|Categories: News||0 Comments

Professor Radislav Lapushin receives Chapman Family Teaching Award

One of the GSLL faculty members, Dr. Radislav Lapushin, has received the 2019 Chapman Family Teaching Award. The Chapman Teaching Awards were established in 1993 through a generous gift by Max Carrol Chapman, Jr, to honor UNC faculty members with a distinguished record of teaching undergraduate students over an extended period of time. Nominees for this award must have taught at UNC-Chapel Hill for at least five years.  Dr. Lapushin has taught at UNC as an Associate Professor since Fall of 2012. He has taught many classes pertaining to Russian Literature in the GSLL Department and more information about the classes he teaches and his recent publications can be viewed on his faculty member page.

Congrats to Professor Lapushin!



By |March 29th, 2019|Categories: News||0 Comments