Rita Katalin Laszlo

Ph.D. Student


GER 100Y/102Y L0501 (Fall) MTWF 1-2 TF102

Office Hours

Tue 10:00 – Noon @ 312 Odette Hall


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, I am interested in the critical investigation of gullibility in relation to language, types of knowledge, reason, the will to believe and judgement.

Conferences / Presentations

The Proximity of Cultures, (organizer). Graduate Student Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. April 7, 2017. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Asma Sayed (MacEwan University).

“On the Relevance of Proximity” (paper presentation). The Proximity of Cultures Graduate Student Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. April 7, 2017.

“Literature in Action: Atmospheres of the Kafkaesque – Vor den anderen,” (short film presentation). 41st Annual Women in German Conference, Coalition of Women in German, Banff, October 13–16, 2016.

“The Tin Drum,” (moderator). European Book Club, Consulate General of Germany in Vancouver and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, in partnership with the Alliance Française, Vancouver, September 24, 2016.

“On Metaphors and Estrangement at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century,” (paper presentation). 21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, University of Vienna, Vienna, July 21–27, 2016.

“Is There Another Acceptable Interpretation of Kafka’s Fiction?” (paper presentation). On Souls Selves and Literary Techniques CENES Graduate Student Colloquium, March 21, 2016.

The Fantasy of Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Fantastic Literature, (panel moderator). Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. March 11-12, 2016.

“Metaphors of Alienation: Wallpaper, Bugs and Madness,” (paper presentation).Warum das Lesen?–‘Must-Reads’ in German Literature Undergraduate Research Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, April 12, 2014.