Klaus L. Berghahn

Curriculum Vitae

German Department
University of Wisconsin
860 Van Hise Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: (608) 262-2192
Fax: (608) 262-7949
E-mail: klbergha@wisc.edu

Center for German and European Studies
University of Wisconsin
213 Ingraham Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: (608) 265-8032
Fax: (608) 265-2919

Personal

Date of Birth: August 5, 1937
Place of Birth: Düsseldorf, Germany (US Citizen)
Married to Doris E. Berghahn, nee Beyer (Aug. 10, 1966)
One Child, Marcus Jens Berghahn (Feb 19, 1969)

Education

1948-1957

Lessing-Gymnasium, Düsseldorf (Abitur)

1957-1959

University of Cologne (History, Philosophy, German Literature)

1959-1967

University of Münster

1960

Philosophicum (Examination in Philosophy and Pedagogy)

1963

Staatsexamen (German Literature, History)

1967

Dr. phil., University of Münster

Employment

1963-1967

Tutor/Assistant, University of Münster

1967-1971

Assistant Professor of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

1971-1973

Associate Professor, UW-Madison

1973 --

Full Professor, UW-Madison

1986 --

Affiliated with the History Department, UW-Madison

1989-1993

Steering Committee of the Jewish Studies Program

1993 - 2007

Executive Committee of the Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison

1994-1997

Chair of German Department , UW-Madison

1998-2005

Director, Center for German and European Studies

2007

Emeritus Professor

Visiting Professor at the following Universities:

Free University of Berlin (1978), Bielefeld (1980-81), Gießen (1983, 1992), Michigan (1984), University of California-Davis (1989), Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1993), London (2005), University of Peking (Baida, 2011)

Offers from the following Universities

Bryn Mawr College (1970), Ohio State University (1972), Washington University (1978), Cornell University (1985), University of California-Davis (1989)

Numerous invited lectures in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Israel, New Zealand, China.

Fellowships, Grants, Awards, Honors

1964

Dissertation Fellowship, University of Münster

1965-1967

Stiftung Volkswagen: Dissertation Fellowship

1969

American Philosophical Society Fellowship (summer)

1972-1973

Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities

1973

American Philosophical Society Fellowship (summer)

1975-1980

Romnes Research Fellowship, UW-Madison

1980-1981

Fellowship at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld

1983

Zinn-Fellowship, University of Gießen

1984

Schiller Medal (University of Jena)

1985

ACLS (summer)

1985

Mid-Career Award, UW-Madison

1988-1989

Vilas Associate, UW-Madison

1989-1994

Senior Member of Institute for Research in the Humanitites

1990

DAAD Study Visit (Marbach, summer)

1993

Fellowship at the Franz Rosenzweig Research Center for German-Jewish Culture, Hebrew Univerity, Jerusalem

1996-1997

DAAD/ACLS Cooperation Project with University of Bonn (PI with Juergen Fohrmann)

1997

Faculty Development Grant

1998-2002

DAAD Grant: Center for German and European Studies (PI with Jack Zipes)

1999

DAAD Study Visit (Weimar, summer)

1999-2004

Weinstein-Bascom Professorship, UW-Madison

2003-2007

Renewal of DAAD Grant: Center for German and European Studies (PI with Eric Weitz)

2004 - 2008

DAAD Professorship, DAAD/UW-Madison

2007

ILS Excellence in Teaching and Service Award (UW-Madison)

2007

Hilldale Life-time Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching in the Humanities (UW-Madison)

2007

Bundesverdientskreuz am Band (Federal Republic of Germany)

 

And 12 Summer Research Grants from the UW-Graduate School and 3 Course Development Grants (Jewish Studies Program, ILS)

Professional Activities

Member of the MLA, AATG, IVG, GSA, Lessing-, Herder-, Schiller-, Goethe Societies.

Editorial Board of    

Monatshefte (since 1970),
Michigan Germanic Studies (1985-2001),
Goethe Yearbook (since 1988),
German Politics and Society (since 2000)

Review Editor of Monatshefte, 1984-1985 and 1991-1992.

Editorial Consultant for PMLA, German Quarterly, Modern Drama, New German Critique, and for the University Presses of California, Harvard, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

MLA Executive Committee of the Division: 19th and Early 20th Century German Literature (1974-1978, Chair 1977)

MLA Executive Committee of the Division: 18th and Early 19th Century German Literature (1983-1988, Chair 1987)

DAAD Selection Committee (1985, 1994-1997)

Review Committee: German Department, University of Minnesota (1987)

AATG Program Committee (1990-1991)

Advisory Committee for the German Department of Harvard University, 1994/95 and 1996/97

IVG Program Committee, World Congress Vancouver 1995

Fulbright Commission (German Section), 1995-1998

German American Arts Foundation (Chicago), Advisory Board, 1995-1998

Advisory Board of MLA's Profession, 1996-1998

Advisor for a European Studies Center at the University of Cincinnati, 2001

Advisor for a German Studies Center at Beijing University, 2003/4.

IVG Program Committee, World Congress Paris 2005

Review Committee for International Studies: Freiburg Program 2005

Organizer of Special Sessions, Conferences and Symposia:

Special Sessions for MLA:
Peter Weiss (1983), Friedrich Schiller (1984), Ernst Bloch (1985), Perpetual Peace (1988)

Special Session for AATG:
Hugo Friedrich's Struktur der modernen Lyrik - Revisited and Revised. (1991)

Special Session for GSA: Interdisciplinarity (1992)

10th Burdick-Vary Symposium on "Utopian Visions", Institute for Research in the Humanities (1987)

International Symposium, "The Hidden Side of Weimar Classicism", University of California-Davis (with Karl Menges, 1990)

15th Burdick-Vary Symposium, "New Historicism", Institute for Research in the Humanities (with Paul Boyer, 1991)

18th Burdick-Vary Symposium, "The German Jewish Dialogue ‑ Reconsidered", Institute for Research in the Humanities (1993)

26th Wisconsin Workshop: "Responsibility and Committment - The Ethics of Cultural Mediation" (1995)

DAAD/ACLS Cooperation Project between the German Departments of the Universities of Bonn and UW-Madison on

"Representation and Reception of the Holocaust in Germany and the United States":
August 29/30, 1996: Workshop in Madison on Holocaust Films
March 24/25, 1997: Workshop in Bonn on the American Reception of the Holocaust
October 5/6, 1997: Symposium in Madison on Recent Debates about the Holocaust and Teaching the Holocaust

31st Wisconsin Workshop: "Goethe in German-Jewish Culture." International Symposium on the Occasion of Goethe's 250th Birthday. (Organized by the Center for German and European Studies in cooperation with the Department of German and the Center for Jewish Studies, Oct. 28-30, 1999)

Special Session of the GSA: "The DAAD in the United States: Past, Present, Future". (October 5, 2001)

35th Wisconsin Workshop: "Unmasking Hitler. Cultural Representations of Adolf Hitler from the Weimar Republic to the Present." (Organized by the Center for German and European Studies in cooperation with the German Department and the Mosse Center for Jewish Studies, September 19-21, 2002)

Internationale Sommerschule Literaturwissenschaft Marbach (SOLIMA, July 10 – August 1, 2003, co-organizer with Christoph Koenig)

Second Mosse Workshop: “The Roots of Antisemitism.” (Organized by the Center for German and European Studies in cooperation with the Mosse Center for Jewish Studies, September 12-13, 2003)

CGES Workshop: “Moral Choices in the Age of Terrorism. Kant on Religion, Ethics, and Politics.” (Organized by the Center for German and European Studies in cooperation with the Center for the Humanities and the departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and German, November 11-13, 2004)

CGES Workshop: Ansichten Schillers. Zum zweihundersten Jahrestag seines Todes. (Organized by the Center for German and European Studies in cooperation with the Department of German, April 8/9, 2005)

Zweite Internationale Sommerschule Literaturwissenschaft Marbach (SOLIMA, July 15 – August 3, 2005, co-organizer with Christoph Koenig and Horst Thome)

Special Session for the GSA: On Friendship. Pittsburg, September 30, 2006.

Dritte Internationale Sommerschule Literaturwissenschaft Marbach July 15 - August 3, 2007. (Co-organizer with Marcel Lepper andHorst Thome)

Academic Services

All departmental committees, esp. Graduate-, Fellowship-, Budget-, and Awards- Committees,
Graduate Advisor (1973-1988)
UW-Senate (1974-1978, 1985-1987)

Review Committee for the Philosophy Department (1986)
Humanities Executive Committee (1987-1990, and 1991/92)
Graduate School Executive Committee (1991/92)
Jewish Studies Program: Steering Committee (1989-1993)
Jewish Studies Executive Committee (1993-)
Search Committees for German, History and Jewish Studies

Chair of the German Department (1994-1997)
DAAD Campus Selection Committee (Chair, 1994-1997)
Karl Schurz Professorship Committee (Chair, 1994-1997)
Markham Memorial Scholarship Committee (1994-1997)

Chancellor's Ad Hoc Committee for a DAAD Center (1997, Chair)
Founding Director, DAAD Center for German and European Studies (1998-2005)

Dean’s Committee for the Institute for Research in the Humanities (2001-2003)
Mosse Foundation: Program Oversight Committee (2001-2007)
Advisory Committee of the Center for the Humanities, (2004 -2007)

Advisor of thirty dissertations.

Biographical entries in:

Who's Who in America
Who's Who in the World
American Scholars
Kurschners Deutscher Gelehrten-Kalender

Positive Dialektik. Festschrift für Klaus Berghahn zum 70. Geburtstag. Hrsg. Jost Hermand. Oxford 2007.

Areas of Research and Teaching

History of German Literature and Culture since the 18th Century
History of Literary Theory and Criticism since the 18th Century
Theory of genres, esp. drama, poetry, and documentary literature
Utopian literature and Utopian thinking
History and Methods of Germanistik
History of German-Jewish Culture since the 18th Century
History of Modern Anti-Semitism

Professional Experience | Publications