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Ulrike Wagner

PhD in German and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Ulrike Wagner received her Ph.D. in German and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2012. She holds an M.A. degree in North American Studies and German literature from the Free University of Berlin (2005) and was a visiting Fulbright scholar in the Department of Comparative Thought and Literature at Johns Hopkins University. Between 2009 and 2012 she was a member of the bi-national PhD-Net “Das Wissen der Literatur” at the Humboldt University and an associated member of the university’s collaborative research center “Transformationen der Antike.” Her research and teaching have been awarded with a Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Berlin State Library, an Elsa-Neumann Dissertation Fellowship, and a Trinity College Graduate Fellowship. At Bard College Berlin she is the director of the German Studies Program, has taught in the “Language and Thinking” program and developed courses on European and American Romanticism, Germany’s Jewish Enlightenment, literature and culture of the Weimar period in Berlin, the history of German literature through the lens of human-animal relationships, and current debates in the German public sphere.

Her current research interests concern two interrelated areas: The relation between religious criticism, education and culture in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century history of philology; and the relation between German Romanticism and American Transcendentalism in the context of religious debates, historicism, aesthetics, and the rise of the liberal arts model of education.

German Studies courses offered at Bard College Berlin
Comparative Perspectives on the Romantic Revolution (Fall 2013)
Poetry and Poetics (Spring 2014)
Enlightenment Media and the Rise of Berlin's Haskalah (Fall 2014)
Menschen-Tiere and Tier-Menschen: Creaturely Perspectives in German Literature and Culture (Fall 2016, in German)
Goldene Zwanziger/Roaring Twenties: Art and Culture in Weimar Berlin (Spring 2017, in German)
Jewish Berlin from the Enlightenment to the Present (Fall 2017, in German)
The German Public Sphere (Spring 2018, in German)
Social Change and the German Public Sphere (Fall 2018, in German) 
German for Reading Knowledge (Spring 2019)

Selected Publications

Book Manuscript (in progress)

  • Practicing Philology as Wissenschaft, Bildung, and Culture: Emerson, Germaine de Staël, and Herder

Edited Volume

  • Herder and Religion. Contributions from the 2010 Conference of the International Herder Society at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, eds. Staffan Bengtsson, Heinrich Clairmont, Robert E. Norton, Schmidt, Ulrike Wagner (Heidelberg: Synchron Publishers, 2016)

Articles/Book Chapters

  • “Fanny Lewald (1811 – 1889).” The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Women Philosophers in the
    German Tradition, eds. Kristin Gjesdal and Dalia Nassar, forthcoming with Oxford University Press (in progress)
  • “Baukunst und Satzbaukunst als Wissens- und Lebensdisziplin: Herder und Goethe im Dialog.” Herder und die Künste, ed. Stefan Greif (Heidelberg: Synchron Publishers), scheduled for 2020 (submitted)
  • “Everyday Aesthetics and the Practice of Historical Re-enactment: Revisiting Cavell’s Emerson.” Over and Over and Over Again: Re-Enactment Strategies in Contemporary Arts and Theory, ed. Cristina Baldacci et al., Cultural Inquiry (Berlin: ICI Berlin), scheduled for 2020 (submitted)
  • “Schleiermacher’s Geselligkeit, Henriette Herz, and the ‘Convivial Turn.’” Conviviality at the Crossroads: Poetics and Politics of Everyday Encounters, eds. Oscar Hemer, Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Per-Markku Ristilammi, 65-87 (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Open Access: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-28979-9
  • “Utopias of Purposelessness: Sacred and Secular Sociability around 1800.” Groups, Coteries, Circles and Guilds: Modernist Aesthetics and the Utopian Lure of Community, ed. Laura Scuriatti, 17-40 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019).
  • "Herder und die Philologie. Fünf Thesen zu einer produktiven Beziehung. Am Beispiel des Volksliedprojekts," co-authored with Kaspar Renner, Herder Jahrbuch / Herder Yearbook 13 (2016): 13-41.
  • "Origin as Fiction and Contest: Herder's Reinvention of Religious Experience in Vom Geist der Ebräischen Poesie." Herder and Religion, Contributions from the 2010 Conference of the International Herder Society at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. ed. Staffan Bengtsson et al., 57-71 (Heidelberg: Synchron Publishers, 2016).
  • "Transcendentalism and the Power of Philology: Herder, Schleiermacher and the Transformation of Biblical Scholarship in New England." Amerikastudien / American Studies 57.3 (2012): 419-445.
  • "Herders Anthropologie und die Funktion einer Sprache der Liebe und Freundschaft." Liebe als Metapher. Übertragungskonzepte eines interpersonalen Verhältnisses, ed. Walter Delabar and Helga Meise, 121-150 (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2012).
  • "Der Mensch siehet nur, wie ein Mensch siehet: Modern Functions of Ancient Greek Literature in Light of Herder's Anthropological Thinking." Herder Jahrbuch / Herder Yearbook 11 (2012): 107-129.
  • "From Words to Worlds: De l'Allemagne and the Transnational Recasting of the Ancient Past." Germaine de Staël: Forging a Politics of Mediation, ed. Karyna Szmurlo, 247-262 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011).
  • "The Aesthetics of bildende Nachahmung: A Transatlantic Dialogue between Karl Philipp Moritz and Ralph Waldo Emerson." Yearbook of German-American Studies 45 (2010), 33-59.
Dr. Ulrike Wagner
Director, German Studies Program
Phone: +49 30 43733 209
Email: u.wagner[at]berlin.bard.edu