People

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 »

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 »

Dr. Marlo Burks

Contact info marlo.burks@utoronto.ca Course Instructor Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 312 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Office Hours Monday and Wednesday 9am-10am, Odette Hall room 312 Classes 2018-2019 Advanced German GER400HF Monday and Wednesday at 10-12 Background Dr. Marlo Alexandra Burks recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. She defended her PhD in German Literature, Culture, & Theory at the University of Toronto in September 2016 and is currently working on revisions to her first monograph, Troubling Art: The Aesthetic Encounter in Hofmannsthal and European Modernism. Her work has also appeared in Monatshefte, Comparative Literature Studies, The Germanic Review, and Seminar. As a translator, she has published Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Writings On Art. Schriften zur Kunst for the series German Texts in English Translation (München: Iudicium Verlag, 2017) and “On Right and Left in Pictures” by Heinrich Wölfflin (in Grey Room). She enjoys teaching in the fields of literature, theory, and language.    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 »

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 »

Alexandra Hoffman

Lecturer Contact info sasha.hoffman@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 326 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone 416-926-2327 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Wed 1-2 pm, Fri 12-1pm & 2-3pm and by appointment Classes 2018-2019 GER 361H-F Yiddish Literature in Translation - Thursday 2-4 GER 462 H-S Advanced Yiddish - Wednesday 12-1, Friday 10-12 GER1051Y Yiddish for German Speakers - Friday 12-2 (FALL) GER1051Y Yiddish for German Speakers -Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2-3 (WINTER) Background Sasha received a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan in 2012, with a dissertation focused on humorous representations of oppression within the writing of four classical Yiddish and Harlem Renaissance writers: Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, Sholem Aleykhem, and Modkhe Spector. Among other things, Sasha is a student and a teacher of Yiddish language and culture, with a particular interest in leftist and women's writing.   Read More »

Hang-Sun Kim

Language Coordinator and Assistant Professor of German, Teaching Stream Contact info hangsun.kim@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 307 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone 416-926-2301 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Tuesday 2-4 Classes 2018-2019 GER 100Y Introduction to German I - course coordinator GER 200Y Introduction to German II - course coordinator GER 300Y Introduction to German III - course coordinator GER 326H-S Writing Memory - Friday 2-4 GER1820H F The Teaching and Learning of German -Thursday 2-4 Background Ph.D. Harvard University 2012 I received my MA in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Toronto and completed my doctoral work at Harvard in 2012. My dissertation examines Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s literary representation of the crisis of authorship at the turn of the 20th century. Focusing on Hofmannsthal’s fictional letters and poetological reflections, it explores the slippery relationship between the author and the medium of his art, the origin of the symbol, and the status of literature in an age of ever-growing media competition. My current research interests include foreign language pedagogy, turn-of-the-century Vienna, philosophy of language, philosophy of aesthetics, and contemporary translingual literature by transcultural German-language authors. Before joining the German Department at ... Read More »