Researcher in Residence: Henk de Berg

Henk de Berg

The Chair for English Cultural and Literary Studies is pleased to announce Henk de Berg as this semester’s Researcher in Residence. The Researcher in Residence is a format designed as an opportunity for students and staff alike to form connections with internationally renowned researchers. The idea is to go beyond the usual types of classes and to be able to get up close and personal with the researcher both on the topic(s) of their research but also their experience in academia in their field and their country.

This semester, Henk de Berg is visiting us from the University of Sheffield, where he has been a professor at the School of Languages and Cultures for nearly two decades. De Berg is director of the Prokhorov Center, which focusses on the intellectual and cultural history of Central and Eastern Europe. His research, which draws both on classical thinkers such as Hegel and Freud and on contemporary thinkers and debates, represents a cross-over between German studies, literary and cultural theory, and the history of ideas. Aside from co-editing seven works on critical theory, he has also written several books: Kontext und Kontingenz. Kommunikationstheoretische Überlegungen zur Literaturhistoriographie. Mit einer Fallstudie zur Goethe-Rezeption des Jungen Deutschland (Westdeutscher Verlag, 1995), Freud’s Theory and Its Use in Literary and Cultural Studies: An Introduction (Camden House, 2003), Das Ende der Geschichte und der bürgerliche Rechtsstaat. Hegel – Kojève – Fukuyama (Francke, 2007) and, most recently Trump and Hitler: A Comparative Study in Lying (Palgrave Macmillan, 2024), which will be at the core of our events during his residence at FAU.

Henk de Berg will spend the week of July 8th through July 12th at FAU and host or participate in various teaching and discussion formats: He will give an open lecture on “What Can Cultural Studies Tell Us about the Lure of Populism? Reflections on Trump and Hitler” on Tuesday, July 9th from 18-20, in KH 1.012 and host an ExpertLAB on his newest research, which will transition into an International Coffee, open to all students. The International Coffee is an opportunity for students to ask de Berg any and all questions they might have about his work, in terms of both content and context. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 10th from 10-12, in C 301 (Bismarckstraße 1). He will also give a presentation on how academia works abroad, followed by a Q&A, hosted by IZGDD’s Early Career Researchers on Thursday, July 11th from 15.30-17, in C 201. You do not need to register for the events, you are welcome to just come around.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Claudia Lillge.


Open Lecture: “What Can Cultural Studies Tell Us about the Lure of Populism? Reflections on Trump and Hitler”

Tuesday, 09.07.2024, 18.15-19.45, KH 1.012

ExpertLAB and International Coffee

Wednesday, 10.07.2024, 10.15-11.45, C 301

Early Career Researchers Senior Service: Academia Abroad

Thursday, 11.07.2024, 15.30-17.00, C 201