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Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences


Welcome at the IASH

The Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences is a research institute of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Bern. Its major aims are to offer PhD students general support and professional training as well as to have them benefit from an extensive scholarly network. Concerning its long-term goals, the IASH envisions to support and promote a decidedly international orientation of academic research – both with regard to the doctoral theses of young scholars as well as research projects in the humanities and the social sciences as a whole.   

For more detailed information about all our activities, please visit the German pages of our website (click DE above).

Special Closing Event Celebrating Joanna Bator’s Stay in Bern at the Polish Embassy, Bern

Where: Embassy of Poland in Berne, Elfenstrasse 20a
When: 17.12.2014, 14.15 - 16.00

Further Information: flyer

Joanna Bator was born in Wałbrzych, Poland, in 1968. She graduated in cultural studies and philosophy. Her debut novel was Kobieta (in English: A Woman), written in 2002. Until 2011 she was a university lecturer and lived for several years in Japan, where she wrote Piaskowa Góra (2009; in English: Sandy Mountain; the German translation, Sandberg, was published by Suhrkamp in 2011). The story of three generations and its sequel Chmurdalia (in English: Cloudalia; German translation, again with Suhrkamp: Wolkenfern) of 2013 was highly acclaimed and established her as one of the most important voices of ontemporary Eastern European literature. In 2013, her most recent novel, Ciemno, prawie noc (2012), won the Nike Literary Award (Nagroda Literacka Nike), the most prestigious award for Polish literature. In 2014 she won the Spycher Literaturpreis Leuk (CH).

Friedrich Dürrenmatt Guest Professorship for World Literature

Guest Author Fall 2014
Our next guest is Joanna Bator from Poland.
Further information: link

Guest author Spring 2014
Author David Wagner from Berlin was Friedrich Dürrenmatt Guest Professor for World Literature Spring 2014.
Further information: link

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Graduate Meeting
22.12.2014, 17.30 - 18.30

Graduate Christmas Party
22.12.2014, 18.30 -

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International Conference

5-8 March 2014