Tobias René Wilczek

Ph.D. Student


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 will be performing research 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.

Conference Papers

04/2017: "Das 'Verfahren' der 'Verwandlung': Language as Body in the works of Franz Kafka." 28th Annual Graduate Student Conference, German Department, Yale University. New Haven, CT, USA.

02/2017: “’Writing as Destiny’”: Benjamin’s and Kafka’s Tasks of Mapping Language. 5th Biennial German Jewish Studies Workshop, University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN, USA.

10/2016: “Abbildung des Exils: Demontierender Exildiskurs bei Herta Müller und Bertolt Brecht.” 18th German and Dutch Graduate Student Association Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Programme:

07/2016: “Abbildung des Exils: Demontierender Exildiskurs bei Herta Müller und Bertolt Brecht.” 21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA 2016), University of Vienna. Programme:

Select Awards/Distinctions

  • CGS-Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, 2017
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s Program Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2016-2017
  • Jackman Junior Fellowship, 2016-2021
  • University of Toronto Excellence Award, 2015
  • DAAD German Studies Research, 2015