Skip Navigation
UMass Amherst Back to LLC Site

German & Scandinavian Studies, Deparment of Languages and Literatures

Donate to
German and Scandinavian

News and Events

Check out our class offerings for Fall 2014! Click here.

GSS is proud to host a Five Colleges Mini-Residency by Filmmaker Branwen Okpako: April 4-5, 2014

Branwen Kiemute Okpako, born in 1969 in Lagos, Nigeria, studied political science in England and directing at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb). She has made films, video installations, and theatrical productions. Her films and videos have received numerous awards. Other films: The Pilot and the Passanger (2007), Tal der Ahnungslosen (2003), LoveLoveLiebe (1999), Searching for Tahid (1998), Market Forces (1998), Landing (1997), Vorspiel (1995). Video installations (selected): Christa/Christopher (2013), Theater: Schwarz Tragen (2013), Maggie Burns (2009), Scramble Quiz Video (2008), Das Singende Kamel (2007), Bloodknot (2007), Seh ich was, was Du nicht siehst (2002).

For further details on the event (and screenings) visit our event calendar!

Join our events e-mail list

German & Scandinavian Studies
Dept. of Langs., Lits., and Cultures
513 Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9312
Phone: (413) 545-2350
Fax: (413) 545-6995


German & Scandinavian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is proud of our tradition as a distinguished center of research and teaching at the graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) and undergraduate levels.  Our strengths are in literary and cultural studies, including feminist, film, Black German, German-Jewish, and minority studies.  We have also maintained our historic and linguistic depth in medieval studies and Germanic philology. We are home to the DEFA Film Library, a research center focusing on film related to East Germany.  Our resources are enhanced by the Five Colleges, the Yiddish Book Center, and exchange programs with the universities in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Austria.  We offer instruction in German, Swedish, Yiddish, Middle High German, and Old Norse. 

Our graduates include many prominent scholars and teachers worldwide (click here for a list of recent placements and here for recent dissertations).