Author Archives: Department of German

Erol M. Boran

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of German, Teaching Stream On leave Spring 2018 Contact info erol.boran@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 309 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone 416-926-2317 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Monday 10am - 12pm Classes 2018-2019 GER 305H-F German Literature II - Tuesday 1-3, Thursday 1-2 GER 330H-S Introduction to Poetry - Monday 1-3 GER 340 H-S German Theatre Production - Tuesday, Thursday 6-9 GER6000H F Reading German for Graduate Students - Monday 2-4 CCR 199H F Our Vampires, Ourselves - Thursday 10-12 Background Ph.D. Ohio State University 2004 Erol Boran teaches courses on German literature, language and theater, and directs the German student theater, Theater DU. He received his PhD from the Ohio State University with a dissertation on the history of Turkish-German theater and political cabaret. He is about to complete his first German fantasy novel. Signature Courses GER 150H "How German Is It? - An Intro to German Culture" [E] Students assume the role of culture detectives by exploring various period of German history, following clues, collecting evidence and drawing daring conclusions. CCR 199H "Our Vampires, Ourselves" [E] This course explores the cultural significance of the ... Read More »

Josh Dittrich

Sessional Lecturer Contact info josh.dittrich@utoronto.ca Office Odette Hall 312 St. Michael’s College University of Toronto 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone 416-926-2319 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Fall 2016: Tue 1:00 - 3:00 Classes 2016-17 GER6000HF Reading German for Graduate Students     Read More »

Angelica Fenner

Associate Chair, Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of German and Cinema Studies Contact info angelica.fenner@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 325 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Innis College, Room 325 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 1J5 Phone 416-926-2326 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Mon 3–4 pm, Innis College 325 Thu 3–4pm, Odette Hall 325 or by appointment Classes 2018-2019 GER1000H S German Studies Seminar: Culture, Theory, Text - Thursday 2-4 GER 1780H S Topics in German Visual Culture: Affect and Material Culture in German and European Cinemas - Wednesday 4-8 *includes screening time Background Ph.D. University of Minnesota Teaching Interests German Film Cultures Transnational and Diasporic Cultural Production History & Theory of Documentary/Non-Fiction Film Weimar Culture Race & Representation World Cinema Film Music/Film Sound Film Theory Globalization Theory Current Research Interests The thematics of migration in European cinemas, with particular attention to how spatial, social, and psychical displacement assume narrative form. Autobiographical Non-Fiction Film in Contemporary Germany Women's Authorship in Contemporary German Cinema Monographs Race Under Reconstruction in German Cinema: Robert Stemmle's Toxi. University of Toronto Press, 2011. 284 pp. Finalist, Theatre Library Association Award 2012 Author Footnotes at University of Toronto Press Website The ... Read More »

PhD Fellowship in German Jewish thought and literature

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The PhD program in German Literature, Culture and Theory at the University of Toronto invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a Ph.D. fellowship dedicated to exploring the emergence of critical notions of difference and alterity in the context of modern German Jewish thought and literature. Applicants apply directly to the PhD program to be considered for this award, which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and complements the University of Toronto’s highly attractive funding package. Please visit our graduate studies page for information on how to apply to our program. If you have any questions about the research project, please contact Professor Willi Goetschel. Application deadline: January 15, 2015. Starting date: August 1, 2015. Read More »

PhD Fellowship in the literature / culture of the Goethezeit

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The PhD program in German Literature, Culture and Theory at the University of Toronto invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a PhD fellowship with a focus on any aspect of the literature or culture of the Goethezeit. Applicants apply directly to the Ph.D. program to be considered for this award, which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and complements the University of Toronto’s generous funding package. Please visit our graduate studies page for information on how to apply to our program. If you have any questions about the research project, please contact Professor John Noyes. Application deadline: January 15, 2015. Starting date: August 1, 2015. Read More »

Alexandra Gerstner

Director of DAAD Information Centre Toronto and Visiting Assistant Professor of German and History Contact info alexandra.gerstner@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 303 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone: 416-946-8116 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours by appointment Classes 2017-18 GER 336H S Focus on Berlin, Tue 6-8 pm HIS496H S European Identity and the Politics of Remembrance, Wed 11 am – 1 pm Background Dr. phil. Freie Universität Berlin, 2007 I studied history, philosophy and German literature at the Freie Universität Berlin, and obtained a PhD in history in 2007 with a thesis on ‘New Adel’ and the use of aristocratic concepts by intellectuals in the early 20th century. In my research, I focus on interdisciplinary approaches to German intellectual history in the 19th and 20th century, such as the history of concepts and the investigation of lieux de mémoire. My work also includes the study of intellectual networks and the history of racism and antisemitism. My teaching interests extend to contemporary German culture and literature as well as teaching German as foreign language. I taught German Language and Literature at Wroclaw University (Poland, 2001-2002), and from 2007-2010 in Yerevan (Armenia) at the State Linguistic ... Read More »

Willi Goetschel

Professor of German and Philosophy Contact info w.goetschel@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 313 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone 416-926-2320 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Tue 5-6pm, Thu 2-3pm and by appointment Classes 2018-2019 GER 410H-F Intellectual History - Tuesday 3-5 JGC1855H F Critical Theory, The French-German Connection - Wednesday 2-4 GER 275 H-S Marx, Nietzsche, Freud - Tuesday 3-5 GER 1880H S Gottfried Keller: Poetic Realism in a Minor Key - Monday 3-5 Background Ph.D. 1989 in German, Harvard University Lic.phil I[=M.Phil] 1982 in Philosophy, Universität Zürich President, Foundation Stiftung Dialogik www.dialogik.org General Editor, Bamidbar: Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy www.bamidbar-journal.org Executive Editor, The Germanic Review Editorial Board, Weimarer Beiträge Editorial Board, Lessing Year Book Teaching Interests 18th to 20th century German Literature and Thought, Enlightenment, German Jewish Culture, Critical Theory. Current Research Interests I am currently working on a project that examines the emergence of how modern philosophy theorizes difference, otherness, and alterity. The project called "Difference and Alterity in Modern Jewish Philosophy" is supported by a grant of the Social Sciences and Human Research Council. Insight Grant 2012-2020 My previous research project "The Question of Modernity" was supported by another ... Read More »

Michael Hager

Associate Professor of German Contact info michael.hager@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 324 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone 416-926-2325 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Tue 12-1 and by appointment Classes 2016-17 GER 200 Y Introduction to German II (L0201) Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 10-11 am GER 200 Y Introduction to German II (L0301) Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 11-12 noon GER 272H S Business German, Mon/Wed/Fri 12-1 pm Background Dr. Phil. Freie Universität Berlin 1988 Michael Hager is uniquely qualified because of his professional background in Second Language Acquisition and because of his work experience in the German business world. He lived and worked in Berlin for 20 years and completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Applied German Linguistics at the Free University of Berlin. He also worked 14 years at Siemens AG in Berlin teaching English and German as a Second Language. Currently he is responsible for Business German in the German Department at the University of Toronto. Books Hager, Michael and Ulrike Brisson. 2006. Deutsch im Alltag. Toronto: Thomson. Hager, Michael. 2003. Deutsch im Berufsalltag, Boston: Thomson. Hager, Michael. 1994. Target Fluency. Portland, OR: Metamorphous Press. Articles Hager, Michael. 2007. "Teaching Intercultural Competence in Beginning German." Forum Deutsch, 18-23. ... Read More »