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Departmental Committees 2014-2015

Executive Committee Markus Stock (Chair) John Noyes (Acting Associate Chair, Undergrad. Studies, ex officio) Stefan Soldovieri (Associate Chair, Grad. Studies, ex officio) Policy Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) John Noyes (ex officio) Stefan Soldovieri (ex officio) Angelica Fenner (elected member) Anna Shternshis (elected member) Faculty Representative on the Arts & Science Council Mike Hager Graduate Program Committee Stefan Soldovieri (Chair, ex officio) Angelica Fenner Willi Goetschel (Spring) Anna Shternshis (Fall) Student Representative: Christin Bohnke Undergraduate Curriculum Committee John Noyes (Chair, ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) Erol Boran Student Representative: TBA Grants & Fellowship Subcommittee Stefan Soldovieri (Chair, ex officio) Angelica Fenner Willi Goetschel (Spring) Anna Shternshis (Fall) Placement Subcommittee Hang-Sun Kim (Chair, ex officio) Erol Boran (Fall) Willi Goetschel (Spring) John Noyes Departmental Study Abroad Officer Erol Boran Departmental Liaison to Goethe-Institut Erol Boran Liaison and PR Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair) Erol Boran PTR Committee Markus Stock (Chair, ex officio) Stefan Soldovieri (ex officio) John Noyes (ex officio) Willi Goetschel (elected member) Promotions Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Rebecca Comay Neil ten Kortenaar John Noyes Stefan Soldovieri Library Liaison Erol Boran CERES/JIGES Representative Markus Stock GSSU German Studies Students Union Christine Pitson GYGSA (German/Yiddish Graduate Students Association) ... Read More »

Departmental Committees 2015-2016

Executive Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Angelica Fenner (Associate Chair, Grad. Studies, ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (Acting Associate Chair, Undergrad. Studies, ex officio) Policy Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (ex officio) Willi Goetschel (elected member) Stefan Soldovieri (elected member) Faculty Representative on the Arts & Science Council Christine Lehleiter Graduate Program Committee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Willi Goetschel Stefan Soldovieri Student Representative: Anna Stainton Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Christine Lehleiter (Chair, ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) John Zilcosky Student Representative: Tobias-Rene Wilczek Grants & Fellowship Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Anna Shternshis Stefan Soldovieri Placement Subcommittee Hang-Sun Kim (Chair, ex officio) Erol Boran John Zilcosky Departmental Study Abroad Officer Erol Boran Departmental Liaison to Goethe-Institut Stefan Soldovieri Liaison and PR Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair) Erol Boran PTR Committee Markus Stock (Chair, ex officio) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (ex officio) Anna Shternshis (elected member) Workload Committee Markus Stock (Chair, ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (ex officio) Erol Boran (elected member) John Zilcosky (elected member) Library Liaison Willi Goetschel CERES/JIGES Representative Markus Stock GSSU German Studies Students Union Co-President: Norman Chung Co-President: Emily Tsui Vice-President and Journal Editor-in-Chief: Tobias-Rene Wilczek 1st ... Read More »

Departmental Committees 2016-2017

Executive Committee Stefan Soldovieri (Acting Chair) Angelica Fenner (Associate Chair, Grad. Studies, ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (Acting Associate Chair, Undergrad. Studies, ex officio) Policy Committee Stefan Soldovieri (Chair) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (ex officio) Willi Goetschel (elected member) Faculty Representative on the Arts & Science Council Christine Lehleiter Graduate Program Committee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Willi Goetschel Mike Hager Student Representative: Teresa Sudenis Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Christine Lehleiter (Chair, ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) John Zilcosky Student Representative: Jonah Gadsby Grants & Fellowship Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Willi Goetschel Mike Hager Placement Subcommittee Hang-Sun Kim (Chair, ex officio) Erol Boran Mike Hager International Liaison Willi Goetschel Departmental Liaison to Goethe-Institut Stefan Soldovieri Liaison and PR Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair) Erol Boran (Fall), Hang-Sun Kim (Spring) PTR Committee Stefan Soldovieri (Chair) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (ex officio) Willi Goetschel (elected member) Library Liaison John Zilcosky CERES/JIGES Representative Stefan Soldovieri Oral Defense Chairs Committee Mike Hager John Zilcosky GSSU German Studies Students Union Co-President: Jonah Gadsby Co-President: Joshua Rossetti 1st year representative: Alexander Young Secretary: Merlin Beier Treasurer: Abbie Liu Director of Communication: Livia Rrokaj GYGSA (German/Yiddish Graduate Students Association) ... Read More »

Departmental Committees 2017-2018

Executive Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Angelica Fenner (Associate Chair, Grad. Studies, ex officio) Erol Boran (Acting Associate Chair, Undergrad. Studies, ex officio – Fall) Stefan Soldovieri (Acting Associate Chair, Undergrad. Studies, ex officio – Spring) Policy Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) Erol Boran (ex officio – Fall) Stefan Soldovieri (ex officio – Spring) Willi Goetschel (elected member – Fall) John Noyes (elected member – Spring) Christine Lehleiter (elected member) Faculty Representative on the Arts & Science Council Christine Lehleiter Graduate Program Committee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Christine Lehleiter Willi Goetschel (Fall) Mike Hager (Spring) Student Representative: TBA Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Erol Boran (Chair, ex officio – Fall) Stefan Soldovieri (Chair, ex officio – Spring) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) Stefan Soldovieri (Fall) John Noyes (Spring) Student Representative: TBA Grants & Fellowship Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Willi Goetschel (Fall) Christine Lehleiter (Spring) Mike Hager Placement Subcommittee Hang-Sun Kim (Chair, ex officio) John Zilcosky (Fall) Stefan Soldovieri (Spring) Mike Hager International Liaison Stefan Soldovieri Departmental Liaison to Goethe-Institut John Noyes Liaison and PR Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair) Erol Boran (Fall), Hang-Sun Kim (Spring) PTR Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) Stefan ... Read More »

Erol M. Boran

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of German, Teaching Stream 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 Mon 10 am-12pm Classes 2017-2018 GER 423H F Transnational Literatures/Turkish- German Intersections “Art Between Integration & Resistance” , Mon 4-6 pm CCR 199H F Our Vampires, Ourselves, Thu 10-12 noon GER 6000H F Reading German for Graduate Students, Tue 3-5 pm 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 vampire. The first part focuses on the Stoker-paradigm, the second part allows students to present contemporary ... Read More »

Joan Andersen

MA, C.H.R.P., C.H.R.L. (retired) Alumni Ambassador and Executive in Residence (volunteer position) My role is to create and implement programs/initiatives to connect with alumni, work with students on job search skills and initiate contact with German companies in the GTA. Contact info j.andersen.ma@gmail.com Phone 705-534-1243  Background I am an Alumna of the University of Toronto. I graduated in 1976 with my Honours BA from Victoria College, with a German major and French minor. Thereafter, I completed my Masters Degree at the University of Toronto in 1977 in German and accepted a position as a Teaching Assistant with the Department. I have been working in the human resources and human resource development field for over 25 years. I have extensive background in automotive, general merchandise and food retail and wholesale sectors. During my business career, I obtained my Certified Human Resources Professional (C.H.R.P.) designation at the Human Resources Leader level. I also held advanced certification from the Canadian Society for Training and Development. I have a certificate in Labour Relations from Queen’s University. My specific area of expertise is in designing programs and processes aimed at developing high performance and resilient corporations, business teams and individual employees. I joined Honda Canada ... 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 2017-18 GER 250H F Topics in German Film History , Tue 4-8 pm GER 1775H S Topics in German Film History, Mon 3-7 pm 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 ... 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 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 joined the German Academic Exchange Service ... 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 Mon 4-5 pm Thu 2-3 pm Classes 2017-18 GER 300 Y Intermediate German (L0201), Tue & Thu 12-2 pm 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 2012-2018 My previous research project "The Question of Modernity" was supported by another grant of the Social Sciences and Human Research Council 2004-2009 and resulted in various essays and the book The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought. Books The ... Read More »