“Weimar Modernities: Conflict in the Art and Thought of the Weimar Republic.” Wed 11/17/21 & Thurs 11/18/21

On 17 and 18. November (Wednesday and Thursday), the German Program at CSULB is proud to present this year’s conference, “Weimar Modernities: Conflict in the Art and Thought of the Weimar Republic.” There will be many thought-provoking papers, student film screenings, a performance of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, a musical performance, and an interview/discussion with world-renowned co-director and screenwriter, Achim von Borries. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL PROGRAM)


German Conference: “A Republican Tragedy”

Event Program

Music of the Republic

Global Ferrante: The Reception and Translation of Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’

German Studies Conference “Writing Revolution: German Paradigms and Legacies of Resistance”


The Nineteenth-Century in 2019: Mapping Women’s Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century Conference

Join us in Long Beach, California U.S.A., for The Nineteenth-Century in 2019: Mapping Women’s Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century Conference.

The conference will take place at the California State University, Long Beach campus, Friday April 26 – Saturday April 27, 2019.

Read more about the conference theme and topics, The Nineteenth-Century in 2019: Mapping Women’s Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century.

We invite you to submit a proposal, and we look forward to your participation in the symposium next spring!


German Art in SoCal in German Art: Artists and Thinkers from Germany and Austria in and on California


500th Anniversary of the Reformation Conference: Campus Weeks at CSULB (German Embassy)

campus-weeks-poster-24-octThe Cambridge Reformation Quartet

Marx-Nietzsche-Freud-And? Conference



Drive-By Theatre Double Feature: Brecht+60/Kleist+205



Sept. 28-29, 2016 CSULB German will host a conference on Brecht and Kleist reception since the two authors’ deaths in 1956 and 1811 respectively. The conference commemorates the afterlives and influences of Brecht and Kleist in the US, is intended for both students and scholars, and will be open to the general public. The influences of these two authors span far more than only the field of German Literature, including a diverse range of disciplines, such as Theater, Film, Music, and Comparative Literature. The conference will be accompanied by musical and theatrical performances and two film screenings.

All papers will be presented in English; films will be shown with subtitles.

Federico García Lorca: 80 Years After his Death



1936-2016: Homage to Federico García Lorca 80 Years After his Death

 California State University, Long Beach

November 17th, 2016

 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anthony Geist (Washington University)

It is a pleasure to invite you to our “1936-2016: Homage to Federico García Lorca 80 Years After his Death”. The conference is organized by the Department of Romance, German, and Russian Languages and Literatures from the California State University, Long Beach and will take place in the Anatol Center on November 17th, 2016.

Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) is, together with Cervantes, the most studied and internationally recognized and influential Spanish author. Lorca is very well known as a poet and dramatist, but he was also a musician, a draughtsman, an actor, and also authored a film script. Lorca traveled to New York in 1929-1930 getting in touch with Harlem Renaissance authors such as Nella Larsen. He was also influenced by jazz, by the poetry of Walt Whitman, as well as by Mexican Avant-Garde artists such as Emilio Amero, among others. After his stay in New York, he travelled also to Cuba, and in the 30’s he became a celebrity in Argentina and Uruguay. His art combines the most atavistic and traditional influences from Andalusian folklore with the most daring avant-garde techniques; freedom of expression and social commitment fuse in his works in an unprecedented way.

Lorca’s assassination by Francoist fascist authorities took place at the very beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 and set the note of brutality that, sadly, would be held in Spain in the following years. The history of Lorca’s assassination has still today many gaps that remain unexplained. His remains are still lost in one of the more than 2000 common graves that hold nearly 150000 unidentified bodies of victims of one of the most terrible fratricidal wars in History.

Lorca has become more than an author. He is a symbol of freedom of expression and a very important figure for the gay rights, and anti-war movements in the 20th Century. Many cities and institutions worldwide are commemorating this sad anniversary with cultural and literary events.

For any inquiries regarding the conference, please contact: Daniel.HerreraCepero@csulb.edu

We look forward to seeing you at Long Beach.




Dr. Daniel Herrera Cepero

Chair of the Organizing Committee