GSLL’s Ph.D. program – the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies – is a crown jewel among the many existing inter-institutional collaborations between UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. It is, however, not the only link between both institutions that enriches GSLL.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University are world-renowned research institutions with libraries that have long collaborated together closely in order to create one of the top five German collections in the United States. Librarians at Carolina and Duke with expertise in German Studies regularly monitor and augment already substantial approval plans in order to ensure that both institutions have up-to-date core collections in German Studies and the maximum number of unique titles relevant for interdisciplinary research with a German-language focus. Both Libraries frequently customize their collection development in order to accommodate for new courses and specialized research needs among faculty and graduate students.
More generally, the European Studies resources in the humanities and social sciences held at Carolina and Duke provide a rich context for German Studies research. The Carolina and Duke Libraries subscribe to thousands of periodicals, annuals, and irregular series from and about Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia, as well as Great Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Portugal. In addition, the Libraries hold many complete runs of historic serial titles. The combined collections include films and videos from and about Europe, and several large microform sets covering European topics, especially on Great Britain and Germany, as well as large biographical archives and US government archival collections on European countries. New collection development efforts important for German Studies include disciplines like Linguistics, Film and Visual Studies, Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies, Minority Literatures in Europe, and expanded coverage of contemporary authors. The Duke Libraries are a depository for documents published by the European Union, and Duke and UNC Libraries collect government documents and statistics from individual European countries, as well as publications by many international organizations. The composite European collections are also integral for Carolina’s Center for European Studies (a Title VI Center) and Duke’s Council for European Studies, as well as Carolina’s Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Duke’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
IAH & FHI
The Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University is the sister institution of the Institute for the Arts & Humanities at UNC. From 2007-2011, the IAH and the FHI collaborated on the UNC-Duke Exchange Fellowships. In this program, a UNC-Chapel Hill humanities scholar joined the FHI’s year-long seminar, while up to two Duke faculty members joined the complement of Fellows in the IAH fellows program. All fellows were expected to participate actively in weekly meetings and programs, to provide input and suggestions on visiting speakers, readings, and topics, and to contribute as needed in the coordination of seminar programs and projects. The seminar was provided with funding to support visiting speakers, small conferences and symposia, and other programs. FHI staff members provided logistical and technical support, website assistance and other forms of program support, as well as general administrative support.