Max Kade Professorship

The Max Kade Professorship


Max Kade (1882-1967) was born in Steinbach/Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and emigrated to New York in 1907, where he founded the successful pharmaceutical company, Seeck and Kade, Inc. Mr. Kade obtained the rights for the manufacture and distribution of the cough medicine “Pertussin” and became very successful as an entrepreneur and distributor of pharmaceuticals.

In 1944, Mr. Kade and his wife, Annette, established the Max Kade Foundation, initially to help Germany recover from the effects of World War II as well as to improve international understanding and promote cultural exchange between the United States and German-speaking countries in Central Europe. His objective was “to sow the seeds of friendship where there had been enmity.” In 1956, Mr. Kade left his business and turned his full attention to philanthropy, for which he received many honors. He considered the exchange of knowledge among scholars and scientists to be of great importance.

Max Kade Visiting Professors

Since 1999, the University of Notre Dame has both benefited from, and sought to advance, the ideals articulated by Max Kade on behalf of a scholarly and cultural exchange between the German-speaking countries and the United States.

With the generosity of the Max Kade Foundation, we have had (or will have) on our campus the following scholars, each of whom taught (or will teach) an advanced seminar:


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Academic Year 2017-18:
Julia Faisst, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt

Spring 2018: The Holocaust in German and American Cultural Memory

Julia Faisst is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany. After receiving her MA and PhD from Harvard University’s Comparative Literature Department, she spent a year as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Wake Forest University before she accepted a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture at Justus Liebig University Giessen.


Her research and teaching fields include American and African American literatures and visual cultures (esp. photography and film), space and environmental studies, and class and poverty studies. She is the author of Cultures of Emancipation: Photography, Race, and Modern American Literature and co-editor (with Werner Sollors and Alan Rosen) of David P. Boder’s I Did Not Interview the Dead, one of the earliest collections of multilingual interviews with concentration camp survivors. The Place of Photography, a collection of critical essays edited with Kerstin Schmidt, is forthcoming with Brill. Faisst is currently at work on her second book project, the habilitation, Precarious Belongings: The Unmaking of the American Home, 1980-Now, on literary and visual representations of real estate inequality and the segregated home in light of recent housing crises.


She has received numerous fellowships, grants, and awards, including a Whiting Dissertation Completion Fellowship, an Archie Fund for Faculty Excellence Research Grant, a Japan-U.S. Educational Commission Scholarship, and three Harvard teaching awards. She has co-organized and participated in numerous national and international conferences, including the MLA, the ASA, the ALA, the German Association for American Studies, and the Nagoya American Studies Summer Seminar. As an invited speaker, she has presented her work at, amongst others, Duke University, Loyola University New Orleans, Utrecht University, and the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt/Main.


Past Max Kade Visiting Professors

Frank Wolff, Universität Osnabrück
Fall 2017: "A Nation Divided Against Itself? Block Confrontation and Social Life in Divided Germany,1945-1989

Tim Lörke, Freie Universität Berlin
Spring 2016: "Refugees and German Identity

Daniel Fulda , Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Fall 2014: "Resonances. Literature as a Medium of World Experience"

Sabine Doering, Universität Oldenburg
Spring 2013: “Hölderlin: Werke und Briefe”

Susanne Kaul, Universität Bielefeld
Spring 2012: “Poetische Gerechtigkeit bei Kleist und Kafka”

Michael Jeager, Freie Universität Berlin
Spring 2011: “Faust and Religion”

Dirk Oschmann, Universität Jena
Spring 2010: “Images of America in German Literature; from Goethe to W.G. Sebald”

Carsten Dutt, Universität Heidelberg
Spring 2009: “Hermeneutics and Literary Theory”

Hartmut Zelinsky, Independent Scholar – Munich, Germany
Fall 2006: “Siegfried: How Richard Wagner’s Opera Became A Code Word of Anti-Semitism”                              

Helga Finter, Universität Giessen
Spring 2006: “Voice in Text and Theater”

Joachim Dyck, Universität Oldenburg
Fall 2004: “19th - Century German Literature”

Wolfgang Braungart, Universität Bielefeld
Spring 2003: “Literature and Religion”

Monika Schmitz-Emans, Universität Bochum
Spring 2002: “Kaspar Hauser”

Friedhelm Marx, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Fall 2000: “The Young Goethe”

Hermann Pottmeyer, Universität Bochum
Fall 1999: “Ecclesiology”

Walter Haug, Universität Tübingen
Spring 1999: “The Faust Theme Before Goethe”