Klaus Mladek

Professor Klaus Mladek on The German Elections

Professor Klaus Mladek interprets the German elections results on WBUR's Cognoscenti: "Even though Angela Merkel was reelected on Sunday, Germany doesn’t feel very celebratory. As a German, I’ve never seen such a worried, agitated and sullen public in my country.​ After Brexit, Donald Trump and the ascension of other nativist populists in Europe, many Americans cherished the idea of Merkel as the last leader of the free world. But for many Germans, she embodies a kind of stagnation and lack of vision reminiscent of the years of Helmut Kohl. The few weeks that Merkel’s challenger from the SPD party, Martin Schulz, created genuine excitement among the electorate demonstrated for a fleeting instant how much the people, millennials, in particular, yearn for a real political alternative. The life in beer gardens and cafes, the big BMWs and many carbon-frame bikes might project an image of a wealthy and content society.

ACLS Honors Dartmouth Professors’ Joint Work

Dartmouth’s George Edmondson, an associate professor of English, and Klaus Mladek, an associate professor of German studies and comparative literature, make up one of eight teams chosen by the American Council of Learned Societies for 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowships. Edmondson and Mladek plan to write a book together; it is to be titled “A Politics of Melancholia.”

“Long-lasting collaborations between scholars from different fields are unusual in the humanities,” Mladek says. “When George and I began working on our co-authored book, we had to get out of our customary writing habits as soon as we began developing our thoughts together—by writing and discussing at the same desk and on the same computer.”

This process, he says, “forced me to break out of my own mode of solitary thinking in reaction to the voice and ideas of my collaborator.”

The ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship Program, launched in 2007 and made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate the creative potential of collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences.