Donatella Germanese

Research Scholar
Research Scholars are early career scholars who have ordinarily already had at least one postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent academic experience. This is the equivalent of an entry-level academic position (e.g. assistant professor in North America, Lecturer in the United Kingdom, Maître de conférences in France). These scholars carry considerable responsibilities (no more than 30% of their time) within their research unit.
Department II
since 1. September 2012

Donatella Germanese studies the interface between literature and science. In her current project, she examines how technology and scientific topics influenced literary theories, debates, and works. At present, Italian cultural journals after World War II constitute the project's primary source.

Donatella studied philology, foreign languages, and literature at the University of Florence. She completed her doctoral degree in 1998 in German Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin with a monograph on the literary journal Pan (1910–1915). Her general research interests include modern and contemporary German, French, and Italian literatures, the medieval and renaissance history of her hometown Siena, and the treatment of Swiss history in textbooks and literary works. Donatella Germanese was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2009–2010, and a member of the study group led by Mazzino Montinari at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin in 1985–1986.

Selected publications

Germanese, D. (2017). 'We will make Europe there': italian intellectuals in search of Europe and America in Hitler's Germany. Modern Intellectual History, 14(2), 451-476. doi:10.1017/S1479244315000074. View


Germanese, D. (2014). 'Civiltà delle macchine' (1953-1979). Parolechiave, 51, 145-152. View


Germanese, D. (Ed.). (2011). Siena. Eine literarische Einladung. Berlin: Klaus Wagenbach Verlag.


Germanese, D. (2005). Antihelden auf Goethes Spuren: Italien als Schauplatz bei Hans-­Ulrich Treichel.


Germanese, D. (2000). Pan (1910-­1915). Schriftsteller im Kontext einer Zeitschrift. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.


Germanese, D. (1992). L’angelo e il poeta. Alcune considerazioni sul motivo dell’angelo in Rilke e George. In C. Graziadei (Ed.), Tra simbolismo e avanguardie. Studi dedicati a Ferruccio Masini (pp. 83-­95). Roma: Editori Riuniti.

Conference "Beyond Nature in Science and Literature," The International Commission on Science and Literature, Syros, Hermoupolis
“Industrial Literature” in Post-War Italy
7th ESHS Conference, Prague
Modernization and militarization of Italian classrooms during Fascism
Under Control. Childhood and Twentieth Century Dictatorships (1917-1991), University of Warwick
Fascist “Talking Blackboards”: Italian educational film and radio broadcast under Fascism and beyond
Educational Film from a Historical Perspective, Georg Eckert Institute, Braunschweig
The Fascist “Talking Blackboard”: Italian Educational Film under Fascism and Beyond
6th ESHS Conference, Lisbon
Civiltà delle Macchine (1953-1979)—An Italian journal connects art, science, and technology


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