German Studies Resources

Students in Colgate’s German Department have not only been able to achieve fluency in the language and acquire academic expertise in the field of German Studies. They have also built on their knowledge and pursued independent research in the form of honors project in close consultation with one or more faculty members.

Opportunities for enhancing one’s familiarity with and grasp of German Studies abound in the digital age. We compile some useful links to portals and resources of the field below.

American Institute of Contemporary German Studies (AICGS): Research, policy and programs on contemporary Germany and on the US-German transatlantic relationships. Includes podcasts, publications, news, webinars and further materials and information as well as ongoing projects.

Center for German and European Studies (CGES), Brandeis University: Supports interdisciplinary teaching and research on contemporary Germany and Europe and outreach to broader communities on social, political and cultural issues facing Germany and Europe today. Includes robust events schedule including many recorded webinars on anti-racism since this summer. 

Goethe-Institut, NYC 

Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC

Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota

Multicultural Germany Project, University of California-Berkeley

The German Studies Collaboratory: An Interdisciplinary Experiment to Transform German Studies: A new site navigating the thickets of German Studies.

Deutsche Welle: A news organization, also spotlighting a great list of Top Must Reads of German-language Literature, with introductions, videos, and more

Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (BPB): German government site on political education with rich resources on contemporary and historical social, cultural and political topics. Many resources are also available in English.

Lebendiges Online Museum (LEM), Deutsches Historisches Museum. Full of documents, images, and information

German Historical Institute

Dokumentationszentrum und Museum über die Migration in Deutschland

Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland: Activist organization for racial justice in migration society and support of the Black community and projects in Germany 

Kulturpolitisches Forum von und für Schwarze Frauen (ADEFRA e.V.)

Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ): A non-profit organisation founded in 2017 and based in Berlin. Engages in advocacy and policy-oriented research to make anti-discrimination and equality policy more inclusive and address structural inequalities more effectively in Europe.

International Women* Space: A feminist, anti-racist political group in Berlin with migrant and refugee women and non-migrant women as members. Fights patriarchy and documents everyday violence, racism, sexism and all kinds of discrimination. 

“Reading Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks with Max Weber: Family Ties and Artistic Autonomy in North European Capitalism”
“Lyric in the GDR: The Role of Ambiguity in Multimedial Poetic Communication”
“The Influence of Maxim Biller and Ruth Klüger on Contemporary German-Jewish Discourse”
“Wittgenstein and Hofmannsthal: An Investigation into the Limits of Language”

More information on honors in German