Author Archives: Department of German

Erol M. Boran

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies Associate Professor of German, Teaching Stream Contact info erol.boran@utoronto.ca For undergraduate matters: german.undergrad@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 309 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone 416-926-2317 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Fall 2021:Tue 10-12 Winter 2022: Tue 1-3 Classes 2021-2022 GER400HF Advanced German I GER194HS Our Vampires, Ourselves GER334HF Transnational Literatures GER340HS German Theatre Production Background Ph.D. Ohio State University 2004 Erol Boran received his PhD from the Ohio State University with a dissertation on the history of Turkish-German theater and political cabaret. He joined UofT in 2006 and teaches courses on German literature, language and theater, and directs the German student theater, Theater DU. He is a recent recipient of the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award and the Innovate German Award by the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German. Two of his most popular courses are the Theatre Production Course, which was featured in the SoGerman Blog in 2018, and his first-year seminar entitled Our Vampires, Ourselves, featured in the UofT Bulletin in 2012. He recently completed a German fantasy novel. Signature Courses GER 150 “How German Is It?” Students assume the role of culture detectives by exploring ... Read More »

Josh Dittrich

Sessional Lecturer Contact info josh.dittrich@utoronto.ca Office Odette Hall 312 St. Michael’s College University of Toronto 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone 416-926-2319 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Fall 2016: Tue 1:00 - 3:00 Classes 2016-17 GER6000HF Reading German for Graduate Students Read More »

Angelica Fenner

Associate Professor of German and Cinema Studies Contact info angelica.fenner@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 325 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Innis College, Room 325 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 1J5 Secretary: 416-926-2321 Office Hours On leave 2021-22 Classes 2021-22 On leave 2021-22 Background Ph.D. University of Minnesota Teaching Interests German Film Cultures Transnational and Diasporic Cultural Production History & Theory of Documentary/Non-Fiction Film Weimar Culture Race & Representation World Cinema Film Music/Film Sound Film Theory Globalization Theory Theories of Affect, Material Culture, and the Posthuman Current Research Interests The thematics of migration in European cinemas, with particular attention to how spatial, social, and psychical displacement assume narrative form. Autobiographical Non-Fiction Film in Contemporary Germany Women's Authorship in Contemporary German Cinema Monographs Race Under Reconstruction in German Cinema: Robert Stemmle's Toxi. University of Toronto Press, 2011. 284 pp. Finalist, Theatre Library Association Award 2012 Author Footnotes at University of Toronto Press Website The DVD, Robert Stemmle's Toxi (1952) is now available for purchase from the DEFA Film Library at the University of Masschusetts in Amherst. 'Extras' include an audio-commentary read by Angelica Fenner and Tobias Nagl. Co-Edited Anthologies The Autobiographical Turn in German Documentary and Experimental Film. Co-edited ... Read More »

PhD Fellowship in German Jewish thought and literature

The PhD program in German Literature, Culture and Theory at the University of Toronto invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a Ph.D. fellowship dedicated to exploring the emergence of critical notions of difference and alterity in the context of modern German Jewish thought and literature. Applicants apply directly to the PhD program to be considered for this award, which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and complements the University of Toronto’s highly attractive funding package. Please visit our graduate studies page for information on how to apply to our program. If you have any questions about the research project, please contact Professor Willi Goetschel. Application deadline: January 15, 2015. Starting date: August 1, 2015. Read More »

PhD Fellowship in the literature / culture of the Goethezeit

The PhD program in German Literature, Culture and Theory at the University of Toronto invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a PhD fellowship with a focus on any aspect of the literature or culture of the Goethezeit. Applicants apply directly to the Ph.D. program to be considered for this award, which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and complements the University of Toronto’s generous funding package. Please visit our graduate studies page for information on how to apply to our program. If you have any questions about the research project, please contact Professor John Noyes. Application deadline: January 15, 2015. Starting date: August 1, 2015. Read More »

Alexandra Gerstner

Director of DAAD Information Centre Toronto and Visiting Assistant Professor of German and History Contact info alexandra.gerstner@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 303 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone: 416-946-8116 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours by appointment Classes 2017-18 GER 336H S Focus on Berlin, Tue 6-8 pm HIS496H S European Identity and the Politics of Remembrance, Wed 11 am – 1 pm Background Dr. phil. Freie Universität Berlin, 2007 I studied history, philosophy and German literature at the Freie Universität Berlin, and obtained a PhD in history in 2007 with a thesis on ‘New Adel’ and the use of aristocratic concepts by intellectuals in the early 20th century. In my research, I focus on interdisciplinary approaches to German intellectual history in the 19th and 20th century, such as the history of concepts and the investigation of lieux de mémoire. My work also includes the study of intellectual networks and the history of racism and antisemitism. My teaching interests extend to contemporary German culture and literature as well as teaching German as foreign language. I taught German Language and Literature at Wroclaw University (Poland, 2001-2002), and from 2007-2010 in Yerevan (Armenia) at the State Linguistic ... Read More »

Willi Goetschel

Professor of German and Philosophy Contact info w.goetschel@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 313 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone 416-926-2320 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours On leave fall 2021 Classes 2021-2022 GER205HS German Literature I JGC1855HS Critical Theory – The French-German Connection PHL323H1S Social and Cultural Theory Background Ph.D. 1989 in German, Harvard University Lic.phil I[=M.Phil] 1982 in Philosophy, Universität Zürich President, Foundation Stiftung Dialogik President, North American Heine Society General Editor, Bamidbar: Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy Editor, The Germanic Review Editorial Board, Weimarer Beiträge Editorial Board, Lessing Year Book 2020 Recipient of the Moses Mendelssohn Prize of the City of Dessau 2012 Fellow in Residence at the Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Göttingen 2009 Charlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor in German Studies, Rutgers University Teaching Interests 18th to 20th century German Literature and Thought, Enlightenment, German Jewish Culture, Critical Theory. Current Research Interests I am currently working on a project that examines the emergence of how modern philosophy theorizes difference, otherness, and alterity. The project called "Difference and Alterity in Modern Jewish Philosophy" is supported by a grant of the Social Sciences and Human Research Council. Insight Grant 2012-2020 My previous research project ... Read More »