Each issue of the Berlin Journal includes a selected listing of recent alumni publications. Below are several new and noteworthy books that have appeared over the last half year. The list is not exhaustive, of course, so if you are alumni with a recent book or edited volume, please let us know by writing to the Berlin Journal’s managing editor, Johana Gallup, at...read more >>
The below excerpt is from anthropologist Jason Pine's article "Methlabs and Indutrial Alchemy," in the fall 2015 issue of the Berlin Journal.
Meth cooking is at once sacred and sorcerous because of its alchemical promise. The base matter of chemical-industrial, mass-consumer everyday life—Wal-phed Nasal Decongestant, Coleman...read more >>
The fall 2015 issue of the Berlin Journal, published on November 16, features a suite of articles about the ups and downs of the German-American relationship since WWII, with contributions from Josef Joffe, Karsten Voigt, William Hitchcock, and Philipp Gassert. In-depth articles by the Academy's resident fellows range from topics on Yugoslav architecture during the Cold War to taking...read more >>
Shame and shaming have been powerful tools since the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, notes Andrea Köhler, the New York correspondent for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. At her November 12 Fritz Stern Lecture, Köhler discussed how the rise of social media has dramatically impacted the brutality of shaming, leading to what Köhler characterized as "a cultural boiling point....read more >>
The American Academy in Berlin mourns the death of Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (1974-1982), who passed away on November 10, 2015, at age 96.
Schmidt, a great friend and supporter of the American Academy, was awarded the Academy's inaugural Henry A. Kissinger Prize, in 2007.
We have selected a number of photos of his recent visits...read more >>
On the evening of November 9, Jared Cohen, the founder and director of Google Ideas, drew a crowd of over five hundred guests to Berlin's Rotes Rathaus for his lecture, "Shifting Power Dynamics in the New Digital Age." After a warm introduction by Academy president Gerhard Casper--president of Stanford when Cohen was...read more >>
Scholars have long been interested in architecture and urban planning as a cultural battleground during the Cold War. What is less known, however, is how such ideological conflicts played out abroad, beyond the frontlines of Europe. On the evening of November 3, architectural historian Christina Schwenkel, a Bosch...read more >>
In his Daimler Lecture of October 29, philosopher Philip Kitcher, of Columbia University, examined the concept of social progress by proposing that we should think of progress pragmatically, in terms of overcoming problems rather than as directed towards some ideal state. Following the lead of the great American pragmatist...read more >>
On October 26 historian Robert Beachy presented the broad argument from his most recent book, Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity. He argues that German legal reformers and medical doctors invented a new language to describe an “essentialist” sexual identity that helped to shape Berlin’s community of sexual minorities, both before and after the First World...read more >>
In her October 15 lecture, economic historian Robin Einhorn, of the University of California, Berkeley, recounted the two questions about American tax politics she sees most commentators focused upon: how high or low, and how progressive or regressive. But because the US political system is designed to emphasize geography more strongly than class-interest or political ideology, Einhorn...read more >>