Founded in 1969, the Institute of Germanic Studies facilitates and promotes interdisciplinary research and study of German literature and culture at Indiana University Bloomington. With affiliated faculty from several departments, it is a vital place for the study and research of the German speaking world. It also sponsors and coordinates a number of outreach programs and scholarships for the study of German language and culture overseas.
Institute of German Studies
Words from the director
In 2019, the Institute of German Studies celebrates its 50th anniversary. The institute pioneered new forms of research: When it was founded, the study of cultural phenomena was an innovation still in its early stages. Students flocked to the courses offered under the institute’s umbrella because they promised new interdisciplinary approaches. Today, the first generation of students who earned their Ph.D. in German Studies have retired from successful careers.