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Miriam Borden

M.A. Student Contact miriam.borden@mail.utoronto.ca  Background M.A. Yiddish, University of Toronto, expected 2018 B.A. (Hons.) Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, 2014 I am currently working on my M.A. in Yiddish at the University of Toronto. Until now I’ve worked exclusively with rabbinic text, focusing on narratology in rabbinic writing, so this is an exciting and refreshing new direction. I am a researcher at the Ontario Jewish Archive, working as an in-house oral historian, Yiddish translator, and tour guide for walks around the historically Jewish (and Yiddish) Kensington Market neighborhood; recently I collaborated with YidLife Crisis on their Global Shtetl segment on the Market. In addition, I am a fellow with the Wexler Oral History Project at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Professionally I am a baker, and adore working with puff pastry. 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 then received my H.BA. from the University of Toronto in German Studies and European Studies in June 2016. In 2013-2014, I spent a year at the Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria as an exchange student. I will be receiving my MA. 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. I am interested in exploring varied topics such as German language and culture, German literature—especially from the GDR, and European politics among others. 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 “Conflincting Memories: The Role of Christa Wolf and her Literature for Germany’s Collective Memory.” Canadian Association of University Teachers of German Conference. Ryerson University. May 2017 “Conflincting Memories: The Role of Christa Wolf and her Literature for Germany’s Collective Memory.” Memory and Momentum: Culture ... 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. Student 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 will participating in the Collaborative Program with Jewish Studies and will be working under the guidance of Prof. Anna Shternshis. Select Awards/Distinctions Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2018-17 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2016-17 (declined) Israel and Golda Koschitzky Graduate Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, 2015-16 Raphael Patai Award for exceptional M.A. work in Folklore at The Hebrew University ... 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 enjoy street photography, nature, concerts and flying. Research My research focuses on contemporary German short stories and prose dealing with outsiderdom and social deviance. 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. Conference Papers 04/2017: "Das 'Verfahren' der 'Verwandlung': Language as Body in ... Read More »