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 2018-19:
Gertrud Roesch, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg

Spring 2019: Fact and Fiction in German Literature of the 20th/21st Century

Gertrud Maria Roesch is Professor of German at Heidelberg University and Co-Director of Heidelberg’s Institute for German as a Foreign Language. After receiving her PhD from Regensburg University, she spent three years as Lecturer in the Department of German at Otago University in Dunedin (New Zealand). In 1991, she accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Regensburg University and wrote her second book (Habilitation) on the genre of ‘roman a clef’ in German literature from the 17th century to today: Clavis Scientiae. Studien zum Verhältnis von Faktizität und Fiktionalität am Fall der Schlüsselliteratur (Studien zur deutschen Literatur Bd. 170), Tübingen: Niemeyer 2004.

Based on that study, she edited a two-volume encyclopedia: Fakten und Fiktionen. Werklexikon der deutschsprachigen Schlüsselliteratur 1900-2010. Stuttgart: Anton Hiersemann 2011, 2013.

She is the co-editor of Women Against Napoleon. Historical and Fictional Responses to his Rise and Legacy (with Waltraud Maierhofer and Caroline Bland; Frankfurt: Campus 2007) and Schwestern. Zur Dynamik einer lebenslangen Beziehung (with Corinna Onnen-Isemann; Frankfurt: Campus 2005).

She has co-organized and participated in numerous national and international conferences, including the IVG (Internationale Vereinigung für Germanistik) in 2005 (Paris), 2015 (Shanghai). She was appointed Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor both in 2005 (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and in 2010 (University of Washington at Seattle) and is Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University (Halifax/Canada).

Her research focuses on literature of the 20th century as well as gender studies and literary theory, esp. the importance of facts in fictional texts.



Past Max Kade Visiting Professors

Gertrud Roesch, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg
Spring 2019:  Fact and Fiction in German Literature of the 20th/21st Century

Julia Faisst, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt
Spring 2018: The Holocaust in German and American Cultural Memory

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”