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Berlin Program Fellows at the Bundeskanzleramt with architect Charlotte Frank
Berlin Program Fellows at the Bundeskanzleramt with architect Charlotte Frank Image Credit: Berlin Program

The Berlin Program is a residential program which offers a stimulating academic environment at one of Germany’s leading research universities. Our biweekly research colloquium serves as a central meeting point for Fellows to share, discuss and support each other’s work. Through our multidisciplinary advisory committee of professors from all universities in Berlin and Potsdam, the Berlin Program has strong ties to many academic institutions. All Berlin Program Fellows are enrolled, are granted library privileges and have access to all university services.

Established in 1986 at the Freie Universität Berlin, the program has helped educate some of the most eminent scholars in the field who now teach at major research universities in North America. Essential to the program’s mission is our close cooperation with our North American partner, the German Studies Association ( Each year, our Summer Workshop, the GSA Distinguished Lecture as well as our Alumni Panel at the GSA Conference provide a forum for scholarly exchange between fellows, alumni and the academic community in Berlin and beyond.

Berlin Program events in recent years have been:

  • GSA Distinguished Lecture 2016: Memory Work for/in the 21st Century
  • Summer Workshop 2016: Becoming TransGerman: Transnational, Transdisciplinary, Transgender, Transhuman
  • Alumni Panel 2015: Writing Histories of Germans Abroad: Approaches and Methodologies to German Sources on Africa and the Middle East
  • GSA Distinguished Lecture 2015: Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe: Musical Remigration and Holocaust Commemoration in the Germanys
  • Summer Workshop 2015: Violence, Oppression and Civil Disobedience: From the Cold War Past to the Neoliberal Present
  • Alumni Panel 2014: Integration in Theory and Practice, 1960-2010
  • Summer Workshop 2014: Virtual Germans
  • GSA Distinguished Lecture 2014: Orientalism and the Classical Tradition in Germany