JYM Resident Director in Munich

Prof. Hans-Peter Söder (Ph.D. Cornell University)

A native of Karlsruhe, Germany, Prof. Hans-Peter Söder is Resident Director of the Junior Year in Munich and Adjunct Professor within the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Wayne State University.

Prof. Söder studied at St. John's College in Maryland before receiving his M.A. in German Studies and Ph.D. in German Intellectual History from Cornell University. As a graduate student he studied at the University of Oslo, the Universität Bielefeld, the University of Tel Aviv, and served as Director of Cornell's International Language House. Before becoming JYM Resident Director in 1994, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he held a joint appointment in the departments of Foreign Languages and History.

Prof. Söder's 20+ scholarly publications and 35+ conference papers range from Nietzsche, Heidegger and Postmodernity, to Cultural History, Globalism and National Literatures, Technology and the Humanities, and the state of the German university. He is also a published poet whose work (Helena at War. Munich–Berlin: 1882–1945) has been featured on Bavarian television!

Prof. Söder is Member of the Board of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, the James Loeb Society, the German American Exchange, and a Member of the Bayerische Amerika-Akademie.

A lover of jokes, strange idioms, and anything old – from books to bicycles (preferably all in large quantities!), Prof. Söder lives year-round in Munich where he continues to refine his cross-cultural skills with his American wife Elizabeth and family.


Tel. (089) 52 35 08 33
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Prof. Söder's 20 years with JYM are celebrated in the 2014 Fall JYM Alumni Newsletter.



Söder, Hans-Peter. Metalogicon: Eine Liebeserklärung an die Philosophie. München: Verlag Christoph Dürr, 2016. (108 pages)

Söder, Hans-Peter. Helena at War. Munich–Berlin: 1882–1945. München: Verlag Christoph Dürr, 2010. (109 pages)

Söder, Hans-Peter. That Way Madness Lies: Max Nordau on Fin-de-Siècle Genius. High Wycombe: Riverdale Press, 2009. (257 pages)

Books Edited

Söder, Hans-Peter, ed. Jürgen Hardtke: Farbige Bilder. München: Verlag Christoph Dürr, 2017.


Söder, Hans-Peter. “Between Authenticity and Reduplication: Cultural Memory in the Information Age.” In: M. Irimia, D. Manea, A. Paris, eds., Literature and Cultural Memory (Leiden/Boston: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2017): 72–83.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "The Globe is Not Enough: In Defense of National Literature(s)." In: Michaela Irimia and Andreea Paris, eds., Literature and the Long Modernity (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2014): 262-273.

Söder, Hans-Peter, "The Frame of Frames. Is Virtual Reality a New Form of Dissent?" In: Karima Zerouali, ed., À Rebours: Une Autre Mondialisation (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2014): 81-90.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "Philosophical Nihilism: A New Logic For Technological Modernity?" SATS: Northern European Journal of Philosophy 14.2 (2013): 187-198.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "Writing in the Electronic Age." In: Sascha Pöhlmann, ed., Revolutionary Leaves: The Fiction of Mark Z. Danielewski (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012): 33-41.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "The Politics of Memory: History, Biography, and the (Re)-Emergence of Generational Literature in Germany." The European Legacy 14.1 (2009): 177-185.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "Marginalizing the Canon: National Literature in the Age of Globalization." In: José Ramón Prado-Pérez and Dídac Llorens-Cubedo, eds., New Literatures of Old: Dialogues of Tradition and Innovation in Anglophone Literature (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008): 22-38.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "How European is Globalization? Historiography in the Age of Transnational History." Thomas Schauer, Melitta Becker & Endre Kiss, Eds., Teile eines Ganzen. Zur Diskussion über die Globalisierung (Protext-Verlag: Bonn, 2008): 1-23.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "From Universal History to Globalism. What Are and For What Purposes do We Study European Ideas?" History of European Ideas 33.1. (2007): 72-86.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "The Return of Cultural History? 'Literary' Historiography from Nietzsche to Hayden White." History of European Ideas 29 (2003): 73-84.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "Zwischen Nihilismus und (Post)Moderne: Mit Heidegger und Jünger über die 'Linie'." Nietzsche, Postmoderne - und danach? Ed. Endre Kiss and Uschi Nussbaumer-Benz. Spec. issue of NIETZSCHEANA 14 (2000): 109-123.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "Wie modern ist die deutsche Universität?" UNIVERSITAS: Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre Wissenschaft 54.633 (1999): 269-281.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "Le juif sous le Kaiser: Dr. Kohn, un drame de la bourgeoisie de Max Nordau." Max Nordau: Philosophe, Penseur, Sioniste. Ed. Jacques LeRider, Dominique Bourel. Paris: Les Editions Du Cerf, 1996. 245-259.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "The Voice of his Master? Popular Culture, Elitism and the Meaningful Logocentrism of Postmodernity." Prima Philosophia 8 (Fall, 1995): 379-384.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "How German is the German Mind? Genius as a Problem in Nietzsche's Fin de Siècle." Beiträge zur Nietzsche-Forschung anlässlich des Jubiläumjahre, 2. erweiterte Auflage (Summer, 1995): 133-142.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "Captain Dreyfus in Germany? Max Nordau's Dr. Kohn as a Bourgeois Tragedy." Modern Judaism 15 (Spring, 1995): 35-47.

Söder, Hans-Peter, ed. Nietzsche on the Plains: Modernity, Postmodernity and the Problem of Reception. Special issue of Platte Valley Review 22.1 (Spring, 1994).

Söder, Hans-Peter. "Schuld und Sühne: Existentielle Elemente als Bausteine des Anti-Modernismus in Wolfgang Koeppens Roman Das Treibhaus." Germanic Notes and Review (Summer 1994): 34-45.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "Modernity, Postmodernity and the Problem of Reception." Prima Philosophia: Beiträge zur Nietzsche-Forschung anlässlich des Jubiläumjahres (Spring, 1994): 57-62.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "Degenerates All: Degeneration Theory and Postmodernism." Proceedings, College Art Association (Spring, 1994).

Söder, Hans-Peter, Noel Ring and Don Stansberry. "World Civilization: An Introduction to our Globe via Nobel Laureate Literature." Improving University Teaching: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, July 1993.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "Disease and Health as Context of Fin-de-Siècle Modernity. Max Nordau as a Critic of Fin-de-Siècle Modernism." German Studies Review (Fall, 1991): 473-487.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "A Tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Max Nordau and the Problem of Degeneracy." Disease and Medicine in Modern German Cultures. Ed. R. Käser, V. Pohland. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1990. 56-69.

Söder, Hans-Peter. "National Socialism in the History of Being? A Discussion on Some Aspects of the Recent L'Affaire Heidegger." Philosophy Today (Winter, 1989): 109-120.

Book Reviews

Söder, Hans-Peter. Rev. of Heidegger's Polemos: From Being to Politics, by Gregory Fried and Heidegger's Concept of Truth, by Daniel O. Dahlstrom. German Studies Review 26.2 (2003): 129-130.

Söder, Hans-Peter. Rev. of Prophet of Decline: Spengler on World History and Politics, by John Farrenkopf. German Studies Review 26.2 (2003): 131-132.

Söder, Hans-Peter. Rev. of Nietzsche and the Philology of the Future, by James I. Porter. Monatshefte 94.4 (2002): 554-555.

Söder, Hans-Peter. Rev. of Voice and Void: The Poetry of Gerhard Falkner, by Neil H. Donahue. German Studies Review 22.3 (1999): 533-534.

Söder, Hans-Peter. Rev. of The Violent Eye: Ernst Jünger's Vision and Revisions on the European Right, by Marcus Paul Bullock. German Studies Review (Spring, 1994).

Söder, Hans-Peter. Rev. of Reading Wagner: A Study in the History of Ideas, by L. J. Rather. Germanic Notes and Review 24.2 (1993): 92.

Söder, Hans-Peter. Rev. of In Defense of the Accidental, by Odo Marquard. Germanic Notes and Review 25.2 (1993): 63.