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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Loss of Functional Motivation in Language Change

Workshop | April 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Department of Linguistics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich


Our goal is to address cases of language change where formerly transparent functional motivations for a structural pattern become obsolete, while the pattern itself survives. We identify this class of phenomena as loss of functional motivation. LoFuM seems to be prevalent in all subsystems of the linguistic system: phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.


Faculty, Students - Graduate

Faculty, Students - Graduate

Attendees must RSVP to hyman@berkeley.edu



Eastern Prussia 2.0: Persistent Regions, Rising Nations

Lecture | April 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Maria Polugodina, Freie Universitaet Berlin

Institute of European Studies


There is much literature stressing border persistence. Especially research focusing on economic, political and social legacies of the pre-WWI empires in their successor states has gained momentum in the past decade, and there is numerous evidence for persistence of differences once a border is removed. What influence, however, will imposition of a border and, respectively, different cultural and...   More >

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Loss of Functional Motivation in Language Change

Workshop | April 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Department of Linguistics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich


Our goal is to address cases of language change where formerly transparent functional motivations for a structural pattern become obsolete, while the pattern itself survives. We identify this class of phenomena as loss of functional motivation. LoFuM seems to be prevalent in all subsystems of the linguistic system: phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.


Faculty, Students - Graduate

Faculty, Students - Graduate

Attendees must RSVP to hyman@berkeley.edu



Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City

Lecture | April 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Nora Fisher-Onar; E. Fuat Keyman

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Panelists will discuss their new volume Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City (Rutgers University Press, 2018) which asks: What does Istanbul teach us, for better or for worse, about living with the Other? The interdisciplinary group of contributors hail from politics, international studies, area studies, urban studies, sociology, anthropology, and geography. Chapters examine...   More >

Friday, April 6, 2018

Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable

Conference/Symposium: Upcoming | April 6 – 7, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, SEABORG ROOM


Department of German


BERKELEY GERMANIC LINGUISTICS ROUNDTABLE
FACULTY CLUB, SEABORG ROOM
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Friday, April 6, 2018

8:30 am Registration

Morning Session: Thomas Shannon, Chair

9:00 am Ann-Marie Svensson & Jürgen Hering (Gothenburg University, Sweden)
From ‘enclosure’ to ‘urban settlement’: On the uses of Middle English town

9:20 am Karen Roesch, PhD (Indiana...   More >

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable

Conference/Symposium: Upcoming | April 6 – 7, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, SEABORG ROOM


Department of German


BERKELEY GERMANIC LINGUISTICS ROUNDTABLE
FACULTY CLUB, SEABORG ROOM
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Friday, April 6, 2018

8:30 am Registration

Morning Session: Thomas Shannon, Chair

9:00 am Ann-Marie Svensson & Jürgen Hering (Gothenburg University, Sweden)
From ‘enclosure’ to ‘urban settlement’: On the uses of Middle English town

9:20 am Karen Roesch, PhD (Indiana...   More >

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Analyzing European Foreign Policy in a Post-Western World: Operationalizing the Decentring Agenda

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Stephan Keukeleire, University of Leuven, Belgium

Institute of European Studies


Building on Chakrabarty’s “Provincializing Europe” (2000) and Fisher Onar and Nicolaïdis’ “Decentring Agenda” (2013), Stephan Keukeleire presents an analytical framework to operationalize the decentring agenda and support scholars in analysing European foreign policy in an increasingly non-European and post-Western World. The framework consists of six partially overlapping decentring categories...   More >



Managing Marginalization: Poverty Politics in Post-Unification Germany

Lecture | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Alexander Graser, University of Regensburg.

Institute of European Studies


Poverty has become an issue in Germany. Whereas the phenomenon has been present for quite a while, public attention has grown only recently. The talk will review and contextualize poverty-related legislation since the early nineties, highlight trends, identify seeming paradoxies, and discuss potential explanations: Among the candidates are exogenous ones like the fashions of policy diffusion or...   More >

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Telling Time by the Stars in Mesopotamia: Between Observational and Schematic Astronomy

Lecture | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Gil Breger, PhD Candidate (Cuneiform Studies), Department of Near Eastern Studies, UCB

Near Eastern Studies


Astronomers in Mesopotamia used a group of stars, called ziqpu, in order to indicate and measure time at night. How exactly this was accomplished is unknown. Were they directly observed in the night sky as part of this time-telling practice, or did they belong to some kind of theoretical scheme that allowed astronomers to describe time? The talk will explore the evidence for both these...   More >

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Czechoslovak Exile After 1948: Activities, Problems, and International Cooperation

Lecture | April 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Martin Nekola, Research Director, Democracy 21

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


The exile after the coup in 1948 and the fate of Czechs abroad, who sought the return of freedom and democracy to their homeland, enslaved by the Communists, are an integral part of our modern history. However, this phenomenon is still neglected and the general public has only fragmentary information about it. Researchers are still unable to agree on the intensities of individual waves of...   More >



Post-Nazi Germany and the Myth of American Influence

Lecture | April 17 | 5-7 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Noah B. Strote, North Carolina State University

Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC


Drawing on the author's recent book, Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany (2017), this talk will challenge older explanations of postwar German liberal democratic reconstruction and offer a new interpretation rooted in under-explored sources from the Hitler era.

Noah B. Strote is an Associate Professor of European History at North Carolina State University....   More >

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Authoritarianism and Democracy: Austria, Germany and Europe, 1918-2018

Conference/Symposium | April 18 | 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | International House, Golub Home Room


Institute of European Studies, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, Institute of Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Stefan Zweig Centre, Salzburg


Sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf wrote in 1997 that "a century of authoritarianism is by no means the least likely prognosis for the 21st century". Due to economic globalization and digitalization, changes in the realms of life and work are vast and far-reaching, with profound consequences for democracy. This development, however, is not new---a look at globalization from the end of World War I to...   More >

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Authoritarianism and Democracy: Austria, Germany and Europe, 1918-2018

Conference/Symposium | April 19 | 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | International House, Golub Home Room


Institute of European Studies, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, Institute of Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Stefan Zweig Centre, Salzburg


Sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf wrote in 1997 that "a century of authoritarianism is by no means the least likely prognosis for the 21st century". Due to economic globalization and digitalization, changes in the realms of life and work are vast and far-reaching, with profound consequences for democracy. This development, however, is not new---a look at globalization from the end of World War I to...   More >



The Question of Judeo-Arabic: Nation, Partition, and the Linguistic Imaginary: CMES Distinguished Visitor Lecture

Lecture | April 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Ella Shohat, New York University

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Professor Ella Shohat, 2018 CMES Distinguished Visitor, teaches at the departments of Art & Public Policy and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at New York University. She has lectured and written extensively on issues having to do with post/colonial and transnational approaches to Cultural studies. Her writing has been translated into diverse languages, including: French, Hebrew, Arabic,...   More >

Friday, April 20, 2018

Authoritarianism and Democracy: Austria, Germany and Europe, 1918-2018

Conference/Symposium | April 20 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix (8th floor)


Institute of European Studies, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, Institute of Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Stefan Zweig Centre, Salzburg


Sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf wrote in 1997 that "a century of authoritarianism is by no means the least likely prognosis for the 21st century". Due to economic globalization and digitalization, changes in the realms of life and work are vast and far-reaching, with profound consequences for democracy. This development, however, is not new---a look at globalization from the end of World War I to...   More >



Making Immigrant Knowledge from Collective Memories: Watching the Process Unfold in Spain

Lecture | April 20 | 5-8 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room)


Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Brown University

Institute of European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC., Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Latin American Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Volkswagen Stiftung


The voices and spaces of immigrants come together to form collective memories. This, in turn, constitutes an important basis of community knowledge. Evelyn Hu-DeHart reflects on this process with the example ofBarcelona, where she currently teaches about new Chinese immigrants. Her research examines the distant history of Chinese in the Spanish Empire, first in Manila in the 16th century, then in...   More >


RSVP by April 19 online, or by calling Heike Friedman at 510-643-4558, or by emailing Heike Friedman at heike@berkeley.edu.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Versvergnügen: A German Cabaret

Performing Arts - Theater | April 24 – 25, 2018 every day | 7-8:15 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall


Students in Ger 102A, Department of German

Department of German


UC Berkeley's students of German present poetry, skits, and music in their annual Cabaret Program

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

Lecture | April 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Alexander Bevilacqua, Associate Professor of History, Williams College

Department of History, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a pioneering community of Christian scholars laid the groundwork for the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization. These men produced the first accurate translation of the Qur’an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote Muslim history using Arabic sources. The Republic of Arabic Letters...   More >



Versvergnügen: A German Cabaret

Performing Arts - Theater | April 24 – 25, 2018 every day | 7-8:15 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall


Students in Ger 102A, Department of German

Department of German


UC Berkeley's students of German present poetry, skits, and music in their annual Cabaret Program

Friday, April 27, 2018

Professionalization Workshop: Job Application

Workshop | April 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 282 Dwinelle Hall


Prof. Amanda Goldstein, UC Berkeley

Department of German


Workshop for PhD students in German who are interested in applying for academic positions