Marike Janzen

Assistant Professor of Humanities
Coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies Program
Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
Primary office:
205B Bailey Hall

Professor Janzen is trained in comparative literature and focuses on German and Latin American literature. 

Teaching Interests: Literature of Human Rights, World Literature, Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, 20th century German literature, Literary Theory.
Research Interests: Anna Seghers, Literature of Human Rights, Solidarity, World Literature, Authorship.

Calendar of the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
The Graduate Association of German Studies (GAGS) at the University of Kansas announces a Call for Papers for their 19th Annual Conference: "Niemandsland / No Mans Land: Lost in the Homeland and Searching for a Third Space" Keynote Speaker: Dr. Majid Hannoum, KU Department of Anthropology. "Is There a Third Space? On Exile and Returning Home" Friday April 10, 2015 4:30pm - 7:00pm Max Kade Center (Sudler House) Grad Student Presentations - Saturday, April 11th, 9:30am to 2:30pm, MKC #KUSLLC

Stressed and need some puppy love? Loving Paws therapy dogs will be at Lewis Hall at 8pm. (This is no #AprilFools .)
Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (, will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”

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