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Veronica Rose Curran

Ph.D. Candidate Contact veronica.curran@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Spring 2019: Tue 5-6 pm, Wed 5-6 pm 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 "The Character makes the Tragedy: J.M.R. Lenz on redefining the terms of the Theater." Instantiations of Tragedy Workshop. University of Toronto. September 2017. "Tragedy, Morality, and the Sturm und Drang." The Frankfurt-Toronto Collaborative Graduate Workshop. University of Toronto. October 2017. “Aestheticism and Ethics, Friends or Foes? A ... 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 »

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 »