Author Archives: Department of German

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 »

Erol M. Boran

Associate Professor of German, Teaching Stream Departmental Study Abroad Officer 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 On leave Spring 2017 Classes 2016-2017 GER 150HF German Culture & Civilization GER 340HF German Theatre Production CCR 199HF Our Vampires, Ourselves 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 currently writing 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 vampire. The first part focuses on the Stoker-paradigm, the second part allows students to present contemporary images. CCR 199Y "Turks, Jews and Other Foreigners in German Culture" [E] This course provides an overview of German-Jewish-Turkish relations from ... 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 230 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 1J5 Phone 416-926-2326 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Spring 2017: Odette Hall 325: Mon 9:30-10:30 & Thur 3:00 - 4:00 Classes 2016-17 JGF1773HS Autobiographical Documentary: History, Memory, and Performativity Background Ph.D. University of Minnesota 1999 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 Conceptual affinities between Buddhist philosophy and documentary epistephilia Remediations of Race & Ethnicity in Contemporary German Visual Culture 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 DVD, Robert Stemmle's Toxi (1952) is now available for purchase from the DEFA Film Library at the University ... 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 2016-17 GER336HS Focus on Berlin HIS496H1S Topics in History: European Identity and the Politics of Remembrance 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 University and at the French University. In 2007, I ... Read More »