The 150th issue of New German Critique arrives almost exactly fifty years after the journal’s first publication in the early months of 1974.1 For this commemorative number, the editorial board invited diverse reflections on new directions in critical thought, centered around the broadly defined field of interdisciplinary German studies. Our aim was to open a space for contributors to reflect on the keywords that have defined the journal from its inception—new, German, and critique. The essayists were encouraged to contemplate how they would envision the journal’s contributing most effectively to the challenges of critical thinking in and across their disciplines and shaping future scholarly formations throughout the humanities and beyond.

Much as New German Critique’s founding editors, we worked collectively, debating and discussing contributions so that our editorial perspectives might complement each other and those of our contributors, with no single viewpoint holding sway....

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