International Press Releases

Through press releases, Freie Universität Berlin informs journalists about current events within the university. This could include new courses of study, international cooperation, the conferral of an honorary doctorate, newly approved collaborative research centers, or outstanding research results. The list of international press releases comprises a subset of those published in German.

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From the Nibelungenlied to Poems by Ingeborg Bachmann

Continuation of Joint Lecture Series on German Literature by Freie Universität Berlin and Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct 28, 2014

The two-semester lecture series on German literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that is being held in Jerusalem in cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin is being continued during the 2014/15 fall/winter semester. The topics of the lectures will cover literature during the period from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The lectures will be given by prominent experts on each author and period. With this series, the two universities aim to give a new impetus to German studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The lecture series is being funded by the Axel Springer Foundation.

More than Just a Financial Crisis

Concluding Conference of Einstein Visiting Fellow Nancy Fraser on November 4 and 5 in Berlin to Deal with Concept of Crisis / Interview Opportunity on November 4 at 7 p.m.

Oct 21, 2014

How has the financial crisis promoted economic, ecological, and political developments? How can we achieve a comprehensive, multidimensional understanding of the current crisis? These issues will be addressed at a conference concluding the term of Einstein Visiting Fellow Nancy Fraser on November 4 and 5 in Berlin. The conference participants will be a distinguished group of international scholars. The meeting marks the end of four years of research by the American political scientist at Freie Universität. Nancy Fraser of the New School for Social Research in New York has been an Einstein Visiting Fellow since 2011. In this capacity she heads a four-member working group at the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. The conference is being held in the Supermarkt conference center in Berlin-Mitte. There is no charge to participate, but advance registration is requested; see details here:

Stefan Müller Elected New Member of Academia Europaea

Linguist from Freie Universität Berlin Elected to Section for Linguistic Studies

Oct 21, 2014

Stefan Müller, a professor of German grammar and general linguistics at the Institute of German and Dutch Languages and Literatures at Freie Universität Berlin, was elected a member of the Academia Europaea. The Academia Europaea is a nongovernmental academic society with members from all parts of Europe. New members are nominated by a committee.

Carla Del Ponte Calls for Greater Involvement of International Community in Syria Conflict

Appeal by Syria Envoy to United Nations as Part of Award Ceremony for Freedom Award of Freie Universität Berlin

Oct 20, 2014

The former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, Carla Del Ponte, has called on the international community to become more involved in the Syria conflict. The Swiss lawyer who, on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has been investigating crimes in the Syrian civil war since 2011, recalled on Monday in Berlin on the occasion of the conferral of the Freedom Award of Freie Universität, the many victims who have already been called for in this war and whose number increases daily. Del Ponto dedicated her award to the people of the Syrian refugee camps and hospitals and to all the victims of these crimes against humanity.

Political Scientist Lucio R. Rennó Junior from Brazil to Be Visiting Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin

Rennó Will Be DAAD Visiting Researcher during 2014/2015 Fall/Winter Semester

Oct 20, 2014

Lucio R. Rennó Junior from the highly regarded Universidade de Brasília will be a Visiting Professor at Freie Universität Berlin during the 2014/2015 fall/winter semester. The professorship will be funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Rennó, who is from Brazil and an expert on comparative politics and research institutions, will do research and teach for a semester at the Brazil Research Center at the Institute for Latin American Studies. This position will strengthen the university's cooperation with Universidade de Brasília that has been in place since 2010.

Recognition for Outstanding Achievements in Life Sciences

Honorary Doctorate for Chemist Carolyn Bertozzi – Award Ceremony on October 22, 2014

Oct 20, 2014

One of the most respected chemists of the present day, Professor Carolyn R. Bertozzi from the University of California at Berkeley, will be granted an honorary doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. With this degree, the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy of Freie Universität is recognizing Bertozzi's achievements in the life sciences. She introduced highly selective, so-called bio-orthogonal reactions, for marking and manipulating biomolecules in living cells and organisms. Using these revolutionary methods, her research group studies essential disease-related mechanisms that enable the analysis of glycosylation patterns in cancer, inflammation and bacterial infections, and new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Both the ceremony and Bertozzi's lecture, to be given in English, are public. The lecture title is "Bringing Chemistry to Life." There is no charge for admission.

Students in the Role of Diplomats

New Round of National Model United Nations (NMUN) / Applications Being Accepted through October 26

Oct 20, 2014

The National Model United Nations (NMUN) gives students enrolled in any discipline an opportunity to try being an ambassador by participating in various committees. The students are able to gain first-hand impressions about multinational diplomacy. The next conference will be held in the Sheraton and Hilton hotels in New York City in March/April 2015. The voting procedures and closing ceremony will be held in the headquarters of the United Nations. The application deadline is Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Literature and History in the Work of Octavio Paz

Public Conference on November 27 and 28, 2014, at Freie Universität Berlin

Oct 16, 2014

Marking the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Octavio Paz (1914-1998), a conference on literature and history in the work of Octavio Paz will be held at Freie Universität Berlin on November 27 and 28, 2014. Literary scholars based at European, Mexican, and North American universities will discuss the work of the Mexican Nobel laureate. Beginning with a historical approach to his texts, they will then address the timeliness of his works. They will also consider the extent to which Paz's writings offer opportunities for better understanding the history of the twentieth century. The lectures and discussions are public, and there is no charge for admission. The conference language is Spanish. If you wish to attend, please sign up by sending an email to Catarina von Wedemeyer at the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures:

Children Out-of-Place and Human Rights

International Symposium on Children's Rights in Memory of Judith Ennew to Be Held October 27 and 28 at Freie Universität Berlin

Oct 16, 2014

A symposium to be held on October 27 and 28, 2014, at Freie Universität will be devoted to the importance of human rights for children in living in vulnerable and marginalized situations. Experts from Germany and abroad will give lectures and participate in discussions. Graduates of the Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights (MACR) degree program at Freie Universität Berlin will present their research. The symposium is public. The registration fee is 40 euros and for students 15 euros. To participate, please sign up by sending an email to

Inaugural Lecture by Translator from Hebrew to German on October 27, 2014

Anne Birkenhauer Is August Wilhelm von Schlegel Visiting Professor of Poetics of Translation at Freie Universität

Oct 16, 2014

On Monday, October 27, 2014, Anne Birkenhauer will give her inaugural lecture as the August Wilhelm von Schlegel Visiting Professor of the Poetics of Translation. Birkenhauer, who lives in Jerusalem, will speak about the presence of ancient texts in modern Ivrit, the Modern Hebrew spoken today in Israel. The lecture will be held in the Academy of the Jewish Museum. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. RSVP by Monday, 20 October 2014:

Last Update: Feb 04, 2014