Titleimage: Walter Benjamin Kolleg

The Walter Benjamin Kolleg brings together research activities of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Bern. In inter- and transdisciplinary projects, doctoral students, junior fellows and other young researchers examine key questions of the Humanities, Social and Cultural Sciences. In all of this, the Kolleg’s role is to provide the framework for innovative solutions when approaching problems which concern all of us. 

Further information about the Kolleg can be gathered from the About us website.

Walter Benjamin died at Portbou in 1940. Danni Karavan’s memorial “Passagen” [Passages] takes up a figure of thought not only central to Benjamin’s work, but also to the work done at the Walter Benjamin Kolleg.

News and events

Mathias ÉnardThe French writer Mathias Énard returns to Bern after the Corona pandemic in autumn 2020. As the 13th "Friedrich Dürrenmatt Visiting Professor of World Literature" he will give a lecture on the literature of multilingualism.

FS/HS 2020: Mathias Énard

Closing event "Farewell from Bern"

Mathias Énard, Author, France

Time: 06:30 – 08:00 pm
Location: Berner Generationenhaus, Bahnhofplatz 2, 3011 Bern

Poster Berner Generationenhaus


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we have decided to postpone our summer school “Materialities & Subjectivities.

Accounting for Complicated and Complicating Entanglements in the Humanities” to 2021.

We will host our “Materialities & Subjectivities” summer school next year from Monday, September 6 – Friday, September 10, 2021 on the same topic and with the same guest lecturers!

Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities

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