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Learning German can be more than studying grammar and memorising vocabulary. It can also mean discovering the culture of German-speaking countries, spending the summer in the tri-border region of Germany's biggest lake in the heart of Europe, making international friends and gaining ECTS credits for it! Read More »

Current Research: Teresa Sudenis


Teresa Sudenis is a PhD Student in our Department. She studied German Philology in Wrocław (Poland) and wrote her Master’s thesis on Günter Grass’ Der Butt. Her family is of German origin and lives in Silesia, a province now located in the part of South Poland which belonged to East German territories until the end of the Second World War. Read More »

Rachel Seelig

Sessional Lecturer Contact info Office Hours Mon 1-3 pm, OH309 Classes 2018-19 GER150HS: Introduction to German Culture, Monday 3-5 pm Background Since receiving her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2011, Rachel Seelig has held the Ray D. Wolfe Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto, the Mandel Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and appointments at the University of Michigan and Columbia University. She is the author of Strangers in Berlin: Modern Jewish Literature between East and West, 1919-1933 (University of Michigan Press, 2016) and the co-editor, with Amir Eshel, of The German-Hebrew Dialogue: Studies of Encounter and Exchange (De Gruyter, 2017). Rachel has also published essays that explore intersections among German-Jewish, Hebrew and Yiddish literatures in various journals, including Prooftexts, The Jewish Quarterly Review and Modern Language Notes. Read More »

Pia Selmayr

Visiting Professor from the University of Zurich Contact info     Read More »

Miriam Borden

PhD Student Contact Office Hours Thu 1-2pm and by appointment, Centre for Jewish Studies (2nd floor, Jackman Humanities Building) Courses 2018-2019 GER260H FALL Elementary Yiddish, Monday, Wednesday, 2-4 Friday - 2pm-3pm Wednesday 2:00-4:00 in Jackman Humanities Building 235 Friday 2:00-3:00 in Jackman Humanities Building 100B 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 ... Read More »

Laurence Côté-Pitre

Ph.D. Student Contact Office Hours Tue 10:15-11:15 am and Fri 10:30-11:30 am, OH312 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 ... Read More »

Veronica Rose Curran

Ph.D. Candidate Contact 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 »

Walker Horsfall

Course Instructor Contact info Office Hours: Thu 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Kelly Library Cafe       Read More »