Welcome to one of the nation's top centers for innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research on Germany and Europe. The Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) promotes knowledge about Germany and Europe among established and emerging scholars, students, K–12 teachers, policymakers, business leaders and other professionals, and the general public.
First established in 1998 as a consortium of the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the two universities, the Minnesota site became a stand-alone center in 2008. It is one of only six "Centers of Excellence" the DAAD helped create in the United States. The other five centers are at Harvard, Brandeis, Georgetown, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin. Each center has a unique profile.
In politics, diplomacy, economics, and culture, Germany and Europe remain America's key allies. Yet t he signposts guiding American thinking about Germany and Europe have undergone dramatic change in the past several decades. CGES research, training, and educational programs improve knowledge among teachers and students, strengthen innovative research, and yield significant economic and policy advantages.
2015 Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute on
The Center for German & European Studies is pleased to announce a new Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute for advanced graduate students from North American and European universities. This years topic is "Emotions in Late Modern Societies: Persons, Politics, and Social Practices." The Institute will be held at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. The faculty leaders are Timm Beichelt (European Studies Viadrina) and Thomas Wolfe (History, University of Minnesota). For more details about the course, the applications procedures and support available for participants, see the TASI web page.
Application deadline is Friday, May 15, 2015.