- Adelson, Leslie Allen Cornell Faculty Member
Established in 1992 under the aegis of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for German Cultural Studies is a research-oriented initiative designed both to recognize extraordinary cross-disciplinary strengths in the study of German culture at Cornell University and to foster cutting-edge scholarly exchange pertaining to the interdisciplinary study of German culture from the medieval era to the present. Events ranging from large conferences, bi-weekly colloquia, focal workshops, special lectures, a faculty summer seminar co-sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and an artist-in-residence program create a vibrant intellectual forum for deepening our understanding of German culture in its own right and in its broad significance for critical inquiry throughout the humanities and social sciences. Participants include scholars, students, teachers, and community members engaged in diverse fields such as German Studies, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, History, Music, Theatre, Film & Dance, Anthropology, Sociology, Government, Science & Technology Studies, City and Regional Planning, Jewish Studies, European Studies, Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies, Architecture, and the Society for the Humanities, and they additionally reflect international partnerships with selected universities in Germany. Such partnerships have involved the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, and the University of Bremen in particular. Transnational influences on German culture in earlier historical periods and our current age of globalization increasingly inform our discussions as well.