People

Joan Andersen

MA, C.H.R.P., C.H.R.L. (retired) Alumni Ambassador and Executive in Residence (volunteer position) My role is to create and implement programs/initiatives to connect with alumni, work with students on job search skills and initiate contact with German companies in the GTA. Contact info j.andersen.ma@gmail.com Phone 705-534-1243  Background I am an Alumna of the University of Toronto. I graduated in 1976 with my Honours BA from Victoria College, with a German major and French minor. Thereafter, I completed my Masters Degree at the University of Toronto in 1977 in German and accepted a position as a Teaching Assistant with the Department. I have been working in the human resources and human resource development field for over 25 years. I have extensive background in automotive, general merchandise and food retail and wholesale sectors. During my business career, I obtained my Certified Human Resources Professional (C.H.R.P.) designation at the Human Resources Leader level. I also held advanced certification from the Canadian Society for Training and Development. I have a certificate in Labour Relations from Queen’s University. My specific area of expertise is in designing programs and processes aimed at developing high performance and resilient corporations, business teams and individual employees. I joined Honda Canada ... Read More »

Erol M. Boran

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of German, Teaching Stream On leave Spring 2018 Contact info erol.boran@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 Mon 10:30am - 12pm Wed 2-3 Classes 2019-2020 GER196HF German with Fairy Tales GER220HS German Literature in Translation GER305HF German Literature 2 Background Ph.D. Ohio State University 2004 Erol Boran teaches courses on German literature, language and theater, and directs the German student theater, Theater DU. He received his PhD from the Ohio State University with a dissertation on the history of Turkish-German theater and political cabaret. In 2019, he was awarded the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award. He is about to complete his first German fantasy novel. Signature Courses GER 150H "How German Is It? - An Intro to German Culture" [E] Students assume the role of culture detectives by exploring various period of German history, following clues, collecting evidence and drawing daring conclusions. CCR 199H "Our Vampires, Ourselves" [E] This course explores the cultural significance of the vampire. The first part focuses on the Stoker-paradigm, the second part allows students to present contemporary images. CCR 199Y ... Read More »

Dr. Marlo Burks

Contact info marlo.burks@utoronto.ca Course Instructor Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 312 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Office Hours Monday and Wednesday 9am-10am, Odette Hall room 312 Classes 2018-2019 Advanced German GER400HF Monday and Wednesday at 10-12 Background Dr. Marlo Alexandra Burks recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. She defended her PhD in German Literature, Culture, & Theory at the University of Toronto in September 2016 and is currently working on revisions to her first monograph, Troubling Art: The Aesthetic Encounter in Hofmannsthal and European Modernism. Her work has also appeared in Monatshefte, Comparative Literature Studies, The Germanic Review, and Seminar. As a translator, she has published Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Writings On Art. Schriften zur Kunst for the series German Texts in English Translation (München: Iudicium Verlag, 2017) and “On Right and Left in Pictures” by Heinrich Wölfflin (in Grey Room). She enjoys teaching in the fields of literature, theory, and language.    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 Chair, Graduate Studies and 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 Wed 3-4 (Innis 325) Thurs 3-4 (Odette 325) Classes 2018-2019 GER1000H S German Studies Seminar: Culture, Theory, Text - Thursday 2-4 GER 1780H S Topics in German Visual Culture: Affect and Material Culture in German and European Cinemas - Wednesday 4-8 *includes screening time 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 ... Read More »

Stefana Gargova

Assistant Professor of German, Teaching Stream Contact info stefana.gargova@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 324 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Tue and Thu 11-1 and by appointment Classes 2019-2020 GER 100Y Introduction to German I - L0301 (Fall) GER 100Y Introduction to German I - L5101 (Spring) GER 200Y Intermediate German I - L0301 GER 300Y Intermediate German II - L0101 (Spring) GER 300Y Intermediate German II - L0201 (Fall) Background Ph.D. University of Toronto 2017 I moved from Cologne to Toronto in 2007. I hold a PhD in Germanic Languages & Literatures, from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. and M.A. in Nordic and Germanic Studies from University of Cologne (with ERASMUS exchange year at Uppsala University, Sweden). My primary research interests are SLA – pedagogy, didactics and methodology, culture and identity in SLA, multiculturalism and the third space, acculturation and social integration of adult GSL learners. My interdisciplinary dissertation is entitled "Culture, Identity and Attitudes of Immigrant Learners of German in the Context of the German Integration Course" and is generously funded by JIGES, SGS and the Germany/Europe Fund. Since entering the PhD program, I have presented numerous conference ... 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 Tue 4-5pm and by appointment Classes 2018-2019 GER 410H-F Intellectual History - Tuesday 3-5 JGC1855H F Critical Theory, The French-German Connection - Wednesday 2-4 GER 275 H-S Marx, Nietzsche, Freud - Tuesday 3-5 GER 1880H S Gottfried Keller: Poetic Realism in a Minor Key - Monday 3-5 Background Ph.D. 1989 in German, Harvard University Lic.phil I[=M.Phil] 1982 in Philosophy, Universität Zürich President, Foundation Stiftung Dialogik www.dialogik.org General Editor, Bamidbar: Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy www.bamidbar-journal.org Executive Editor, The Germanic Review Editorial Board, Weimarer Beiträge Editorial Board, Lessing Year Book 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 "The Question of Modernity" was supported by another grant of the Social ... Read More »

Michael Hager

Associate Professor of German Contact info michael.hager@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 324 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone 416-926-2325 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Tue 12-1 and by appointment Classes 2016-17 GER 200 Y Introduction to German II (L0201) Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 10-11 am GER 200 Y Introduction to German II (L0301) Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 11-12 noon GER 272H S Business German, Mon/Wed/Fri 12-1 pm Background Dr. Phil. Freie Universität Berlin 1988 Michael Hager is uniquely qualified because of his professional background in Second Language Acquisition and because of his work experience in the German business world. He lived and worked in Berlin for 20 years and completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Applied German Linguistics at the Free University of Berlin. He also worked 14 years at Siemens AG in Berlin teaching English and German as a Second Language. Currently he is responsible for Business German in the German Department at the University of Toronto. Books Hager, Michael and Ulrike Brisson. 2006. Deutsch im Alltag. Toronto: Thomson. Hager, Michael. 2003. Deutsch im Berufsalltag, Boston: Thomson. Hager, Michael. 1994. Target Fluency. Portland, OR: Metamorphous Press. Articles Hager, Michael. 2007. "Teaching Intercultural Competence in Beginning German." Forum Deutsch, 18-23. Hager, Michael. ... Read More »

Sasha Hoffman

Lecturer Contact info sasha.hoffman@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 326 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone 416-926-2327 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Wed 1-3, Thur 11-1 Classes 2019-2020 tba Background Sasha received a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan in 2012, with a dissertation focused on humorous representations of oppression within the writing of four classical Yiddish and Harlem Renaissance writers: Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, Sholem Aleykhem, and Modkhe Spector. Among other things, Sasha is a student and a teacher of Yiddish language and culture, with a particular interest in leftist and women's writing.   Read More »