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The Center for German and European Studies (CGES) invites proposals from University faculty members for interdisciplinary research projects in the humanities, social sciences, law, public policy, and business. Research collaboratives are designed to connect interdisciplinary groups of scholars from Minnesota with their counterparts at another academic institution. Typical collaborations are two years in duration and are designed to create research opportunities that would not otherwise develop at a single institution. Recent collaboratives have analyzed transnational Jewish culture, the media and immigration, environmental humanities, and the challenges of performing Bach in the 21st century.

Collaboratives for the 2016-2017 academic year and for the 2017-2018 academic year will be announced in late fall 2016.

Fall 2015 Research Collaborative

Transatlantic Environmental Humanities

ENGL 8090/GER 8300
Dan Philippon (English) and Charlotte Melin (German, Scandinavian & Dutch)

How do the humanities help interpret and address environmental problems?

This team-taught course explored this question in a transatlantic context, in partnership with the Rachel Carson Center at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich.


  • examined current methodological, conceptual, and disciplinary debates in the Environmental Humanities, particularly in a transatlantic context
  • explored the idea of the Anthropocene from the perspectives of environmental literature, history, philosophy, and culture
  • investigated the effects of globalization on German and European food cultures through case studies of sustainable food producers
  • practiced skills in the public humanities and digital humanities through partnerships with institutional archives, such as the Deutsches Museum in Munich, whose exhibition “Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Earth in Our Hands” is now on view
  • engaged leading figures in German and European studies, through guest lectures, oncampus visits, and workshops

Supported by the Center for German and European Studies in CLA and by a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), this course also allowed students to be in regular contact with students and faculty at LMU through common texts, invited speakers, and video chats.