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.
The Junior Fellows of the fall term 2022 present their projects
at 5:15 pm in the Forschungspool
The US-American writer Nell Zink will be teaching at the University of Bern in the autumn semester of 2022 as the "Friedrich Dürrenmatt Visiting Professor of World Literature". In her weekly seminar, she explores the question of how the literary market is manipulated and how a bestseller can be artificially manufactured.
Since 2020, the WBKolleg has awarded the annual "Young Scholars" prize to excellent young researchers from Switzerland and abroad who successfully work across disciplines and communicate their research to a broad public in a lively, comprehensible and vivid manner.
For 2022, members of the Fakultätskollegium at the Faculty of Humanities may send a proposal to email@example.com by September 15, 2022. Read more.
Taking the Humanities on the Road (THoR) is an Ideas-and-Actions-Lab at the Walter Benjamin Kolleg Bern to crowdsource ideas and actions that showcase the vitality and innovative potential of the humanities at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and beyond. The initiative aims at establishing a discussion of concrete ways to build bridges between academia and the public, individual research and participation, analytical and engaged scholarship. THoR is a bottom up working group. We invite scholars (from all disciplines, at all levels), as well as artists, teachers, activists, bloggers, para-academics, and community organizers etc., who are passionate about engaged scholarship to participate. VISIT OUR ONLINE PLATFORM AND JOIN!
There is a well-equipped meeting room at the WBKolleg.
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The WBKolleg has a small reference library in the research pool.
The library stock can now be viewed online.
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