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Andrew Himel

M.A. Student Contact andrew.himel@mail.utoronto.ca  Background I am returning to school to pursue graduate studies after a long hiatus and a gratifying career in business. My academic area of interest, as reflected in my proposed MA thesis, is the intersection of Jewish culture and German life in Weimar Germany. I will be examining this through the lens of the (German-language) Encyclopaedia Judaica, which was begun in 1928 and abruptly halted before completion (they made it to the letter “L”). As such, I am pursuing the MA in Yiddish Studies. I graduated with a B.Sc. from University of Toronto in 1983 (Hons 1984), majoring in microbiology and human biology. In 1989, I graduated with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University. I lived in Germany for nearly fifteen years in both Hamburg and Berlin and was there during Reunification. After the fall of the Wall, I worked on the redevelopment of the historic Potsdamer Platz. I am currently a board member of Heritage Toronto. Read More »

Walker Horsfall

Course Instructor Contact info walker.horsfall@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours: Thu 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Kelly Library Cafe       Read More »

Rita Katalin Laszlo

Ph.D. Student Contact rita.laszlo@mail.utoronto.ca Courses GER 100Y/102Y L0501 (Fall) MTWF 1-2 TF102 Office Hours Tue 10:00 – Noon @ 312 Odette Hall Background M.A. (2017) Germanic Studies, University of British Columbia (“Understanding the Aesthetics and Materiality of Ver Sacrum, the Seminal Magazine of the Vienna Secession”); B.A. (2014) Hispanic Studies and Honours in Germanic Studies, University of British Columbia (“Pseudoscience, Gullibility and Language”); (2007–2010) Germanic and Hispanic Studies and International Relations, University of Manitoba; (2009-2010) German Literature and Social Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. Publications / Published Translations Laszlo, Rita K. “Introducing Ágnes Heller's “Reflections on Gullibility,”” Telos, Issue 179, 2017:33-35; doi:10.3817/0617179033 Heller, Ágnes. Trans. Laszlo, Rita K. “Reflections on Gullibility,” Telos, Issue 179 , 2017:36-47; doi:10.3817/0617179036 Research and Interests Some of my research interests are 19th and 20th century German Literature and Thought, Enlightenment, Critical Theory, The Frankfurt and the Budapest Schools. I wish to extend my area of specialization to the German intellectual history and the inter-cultural dialogue between the Frankfurt School, the Sunday Circle (1915-18) and the Budapest School (from the 1960s). The intention is an inter-textual and inter-cultural study and analysis (1) of the different conceptualizations of modernity and (2) critiques of culture and society. Beyond these, ... Read More »

Vardit Lightstone

Ph.D. Student Contact vardit.lightstone@mail.utoronto.ca  Background M.A. Folklore and Folk Culture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2015 B.A. (Hons.) Celtic Studies and Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, 2010 Research My research focuses on the personal narratives, performed in Yiddish, of immigrants from Eastern Europe to Canada, most of whom immigrated in the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. I am also interested in questions of genre, authority, heritage, and nostalgia as they arise in personal narratives. In addition to my work on verbal performances, I have worked with visual and folk art, as well as theatre, and the interface between all these different types of cultural expression; language(s) as a tool for creating, expressing, and contesting identity; and the politics of the folklore and heritage discourses. I will participating in the Collaborative Program with Jewish Studies and will be working under the guidance of Prof. Anna Shternshis. Select Awards/Distinctions Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2018-17 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2016-17 (declined) Israel and Golda Koschitzky Graduate Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, 2015-16 Raphael Patai Award for exceptional M.A. work in Folklore at The Hebrew University ... Read More »

Elisabeth Lange

Ph.D. Student Contact elisabeth.lange@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Thu 3:30-5:30 pm Background I received my Bachelor of Arts in German Literature and Language from the University of Leipzig in summer of 2016. During my studies, I took a semester abroad at Carleton University in Ottawa and did an internship as a creative writer and editor at the media company UFA in Berlin. Aside from my passion for the written word, I enjoy street photography, nature, concerts and flying. Research My research focuses on contemporary German short stories and prose dealing with outsiderdom and social deviance. Read More »

Diana Mezini

M.A. Student Contact diana.mezini@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Mon 1-3pm    Read More »