University Partnerships

Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, and École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Since 2014 the Critical Theory Cluster has organized an annual four-day Tri-University dissertation workshop that rotates between Frankfurt, Paris, and Evanston. The network invites faculty and PhD students from all three institutions and provides an opportunity for collaboration with international peers. Additionally both institutions have co-tutelle agreements with Northwestern that enable graduate students to pursue a dual PhD degree.

Coordinator ENS: Marc Crépon

Coordinator Goethe-Universität: Christoph Menke

Contact at Northwestern: Penelope Deutscher, Michael Loriaux


Graduiertenkolleg Das Dokumentarische/The Documentary, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

The Graduiertenkolleg analyses the theory and history of the documentary from the nineteenth century to our digital present. The cooperation enables exchanges between faculty and graduate students from both universities, and is sponsored by a Max Kade Visiting Professorship in spring 2018.

Coordinator in Bochum: Friedrich Balke

Contact at Northwestern: Jörg Kreienbrock

Graduiertenkolleg information


Humboldt Universität of Berlin

Each year two graduate students affiliated with the German department have the opportunity to teach at Northwestern’s undergraduate summer program in Berlin: Berlin – Global City in the Center of Europe, which is hosted in cooperation with Humboldt Universität. The two-month program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad where they are introduced to contemporary German and European affairs with a particular focus on the city of Berlin, its history, culture, politics, and philosophy. Classes are taught by Northwestern and Humboldt faculty.

Contact: Ingrid Zeller

Program information


Media Studies Department at Ruhr-Universität Bochum

The interdisciplinary dissertation workshop on Queer Temporalities and Media Aesthetics is organized jointly by the Critical Theory Cluster and the Media Studies Department at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The workshop provides a platform for faculty and graduate students from both universities to discuss current dissertation projects.

Coordinator in Bochum: Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky

Contact at Northwestern: Penelope Deutscher

Workshop program 2016