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Miriam Borden

PhD Student Contact miriam.borden@mail.utoronto.ca Background I hold a B.A. in Jewish Studies (Hons., 2014) and an M.A. in Yiddish (2018) from the University of Toronto. My research interests are in the development and evolution of Yiddish as an ethnolinguistic identity of the organized institutional Jewish life in the Jewish community of Toronto in the postwar period. I am a researcher at the Ontario Jewish Archives Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, where I have worked as an Assistant Archivist, Yiddish translator, and tour guide for public tours of the historically Jewish (and Yiddish) Kensington Market neighbourhood. I have also written for the Canadian Jewish News on 20th century Jewish Torontonian culture in the Canadian Yiddish press. In the summer of 2017, I participated in the Naomi Prawer Kadar Yiddish Summer Program at Tel-Aviv University, and curated the exhibition “Discovering the Mame-loshn: The Hidden World of Yiddish at Robarts,” at Robarts Library (August 1-September 1, 2017). In May-July 2018 I curated a second Yiddish exhibition at Robarts, titled “Komets-alef: o! Back to School at the Yiddish Kheyder.” In 2019 this exhibition will be on view at the Canadian Language Museum. Awards / Distinctions Dean’s List, University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Sciences, ... Read More »

Laurence Côté-Pitre

Ph.D. Student Contact laurence.cote.pitre@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Wed 3-5 pm Background Originally from Québec City, I studied languages (English, German and Spanish) in my hometown at Cégep Limoilou from 2010 to 2012. I received my H.BA. from the University of Toronto in German Studies and European Studies in June 2016, after spending a year at the Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria as an exchange student in 2013-14. I graduated from my M.A. in German from the University of Toronto in November 2017. My research paper focused on the underground poetry of the Prenzlauer Berg Szene in the 1980s. My current research interest involves ecocriticism and environmental discourses in GDR literature, with a special focus on works by Christa Wolf and Monika Maron. Aside from academics, you can find me exploring the quaint, hidden corners of our world. I enjoy practicing my four languages when I travel and meet new people from across the world! Conference Papers “From Humboldt to Hessel, from Science to Literature, from the Nature to the City: The Vast Terrain of the Flâneur.” Canadian Association of University Teachers of German Conference. Ryerson University. May 2018. “Christa Wolf: A Writer-Activist in the GDR.” “Pulver möcht’ ich schreiben”: Engagement in ... Read More »

Veronica Rose Curran

Ph.D. Student Contact veronica.curran@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Spring 2018: Mon 12-2 in OH312 Background I hold a B.A. Honours (2012) in German and Early Modern Studies from the University of King's College, Halifax and an M.A. (2015) in German from Dalhousie University. I spent the 2012-2013 academic year in Hessen, Germany with the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst as an English teaching assistant in a German-speaking Gymnasium. I also spent two summers (2013 and 2014) studying as an exchange student at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. My research interest involves the development of German theater. I am particularly interested in the Sturm und Drang period writers in the 1770s and the developments leading up to Georg Büchner's career in the 1830s. Within the area of theater studies and German literature, I am interested in the development of discussions of morality and questions of genre, such as the classic distinctions of "comedy" and "tragedy". Publications and Conferences “Aestheticism and Ethics, Friends or Foes? A discussion of the role of morality in Robert Musil’s Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß” · Canadian Association of University Teachers of German Conference. Ryerson University. May 30, 2017 “Novalis and the Jena Romantics” Early Modern Studies Conference. University of King’s College 2014 “Neoclassicism and ... Read More »

Vardit Lightstone

Ph.D. Candidate 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 am participating in a Joint Educational Placement PhD program with the Folklore and Folk Culture Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as the Collaborative Program in Jewish Studies at UofT. I am completing my PhD under the guidance of Anna Shternshis (UofT) and Dani Schrire (HebrewU). Select Awards/Distinctions Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2020-17 Peter Lougheed Graduate Fellowship ... 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 like doing volunteer work, connecting with nature and people, going to concerts and listening to music, words and other sounds, taking pictures and drifting through the urban space. Research My research focuses on social deviance, exclusion, and isolation within contemporary German-language prose in the context of neoliberal times. In particular, I am interested in the works of Sibylle Berg, Judith Hermann, and Marlen Haushofer. Through their works and the lenses of psychoanalyses and affect studies, I explore topics like ‘collective meaning making’, connection and belonging, disobedience and queerness/ambiguity, the meaning of sanity/ normativity, and the psychic costs of culture. Ultimately, my research investigates the effects of the neoliberal promise (which includes, for instance, cultural and political practices of conformity and administration) on an authentic sense of self, the forming of interpersonal ... Read More »

Tobias René Wilczek

Ph.D. Student Contact tobi.wilczek@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Tue 1-2 pm, Thu 1:30-2:30 pm Current Courses Fal 2017: GER100Y (L0701) Spring 2018: GER100Y/GER102H (L0401) Background I joined the Ph.D. Program in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures after obtaining an Hon. Bachelor of Arts in German Studies and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where I am currently researching about philological implications in the works of Franz Kafka and Paul Celan. My interests remain widespread, having previously researched in archives in Germany and presented on Bertolt Brecht, Herta Müller, and more recently, Walter Benjamin. From April to August 2017, I researched at the Humboldt University under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Vogl, while also participating in the PhD-Net “Das Wissen der Literatur” in cooperation with Harvard University, Princeton University, and University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, I have joined the CAUTG's Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies as Editorial Assistant. Constantly trying to look beyond my own 'discipline' of study, I have been dealing with questions concerning the inter- (or trans-) relations of disciplines, philologies, and cultures in general, most recently having begun studying Anishinaabemowin and delving into Theoretical Physics. Lectures and Presentations 03/2018: “Elementary Media: Philology in the Anthropocene.” 26th ... Read More »