Christin Bohnke

Ph.D. Candidate

Office Hours

Fall 2016: Mon 12-2


I hold a B.A. in English, German and Education and a M.A. in European Literatures from the Humboldt University in Berlin. During my time at the Humboldt I was able to take part in exchanges to King’s College in London and to the Waseda University in Tokyo.

I entered the PhD program in 2012 to continue my research on German-Japanese literature and cultural exchange. I am especially interested in German post-colonial studies and transnational gender studies. Through generous support of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and the Coalition of Women in German I was able to conduct research at Rikkyo University, Tokyo in 2015.

I was involved in the German Drama Club production "Seifenblasen" and I enjoy working as a German Language Instructor for all levels of German.


  • 2016 Women in German, Banff
    Presentation: The perfect Women? Gender and Imperialism in two German-Japanese films
  • 2015 IVG, Shanghai
    Presentation: Space and the Colonial Question in Arnold Franck's Die Tochter des Samurai
  • 2015 Sokendai University, Hayama, Japan
    Presentation: German and Japanese Imperialism in Arnold Franck and Itami Mansaku's Die Tochter des Samurai
  • 2015 NeMLA, Toronto
    Presentation: Between migrant flâneuse and tourist: the Japanese traveller in Yoko Tawada's Brother-in-law in Bordeaux
  • 2015 Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
    Europe in Flux: Transnational Challenges for a Globalized World
    Presentation: “Beyond ‘East’ and ‘West’ – communism and colonialism in Yoko Tawada’s The naked Eye
  • 2015 Campus Talk, Post-Colonial Working Group
    Presentation: “Hybridity revisited – the case of Japan and Germany”
  • 2013 German Studies Association conference, Denver
    Presentation: “Other Voices: The Foreign Woman in the Writing of Yoko Tawada and Milena Michiko Flašar”

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award (SSHRC)
  • 2016 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) (delined)
  • 2015 Zantop Travel Award, Coalition of Women in German
  • 2015 SGS Travel Award, University of Toronto
  • 2015 Joint Initiative in German and European Studies Grant
  • 2012 Katie Keeler Entrance Award
  • 2010 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) - Scholarship
  • 2007 Socrates-Scholarship


  • 2015: Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science at Rikkyo University, Tokyo
  • 2014-2016: DAAD-fellow of the interdisciplinary working group 'Kolleg Europa'