People

Erol M. Boran

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 Tuesday 1-3pm (fall) Monday 1-3pm (winter) Classes 2022-2023 GER194HF Our Vampires, Ourselves GER322HF Kafka in Context GER334HF Turkish-German Intersections GER220HS Monsters, Murderers, Magic GER401HS Advanced German 2 GER431HS The Power of Poetry Background M.A. Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg 1996 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 recipient of the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Awa​rd (2019) and the Innovate German Award by the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (2020). Two of his most popular courses are the Theatre Production Course, which was included in the SoGerman Blog of the German Embassy Ottawa in 2018, and his first-year seminar entitled Our Vampires, Ourselves, featured in the UofT Bulletin in 2012. He recently completed the manuscript of a 1000-page German fantasy ... 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 Mondays 130-3:30pm, Thursdays 2-4pm Classes 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 Animal Studies and Posthumanism in the Environmental Humanities 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 Massachusetts in Amherst. 'Extras' include an audio-commentary read by Angelica Fenner and Tobias Nagl. Co-Edited Anthologies The Autobiographical Turn in ... Read More »

Stefana Gargova

Assistant Professor of German, Teaching Stream Language Coordinator 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 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-3pm, Odette Hall 324, and by appointment. Classes 2022-2023 GER100Y1 Introduction to German (fall and spring) GER370HF Business German I (fall) GER372HS Introduction to Business German (spring) Background Ph.D. University of Toronto 2017 Stefana Gargova moved from Cologne to Toronto in 2007, after graduating with a B.A. and M.A. in Nordic and German Studies from Universität zu Köln, Germany. After receiving her PhD in Germanic Languages & Literatures from the University of Toronto, she went on to obtain her Master of Teaching from OISE in 2019. Prof. Gargova’s primary research interests are Second Language Acquisition and German as a Foreign Language – pedagogy, didactics and methodology, culture and identity in SLA, multiculturalism and the third space, SLA and adult learners, as well as online learning and digital pedagogies. Her interdisciplinary dissertation entitled “Culture, Identity and Attitudes of Immigrant Learners of German in the Context of the German Integration Course” was generously funded by JIGES, SGS and the Germany/Europe Fund. Teaching has always been at the core of ... 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 Wednesday 4-5pm or by appointment Classes 2022-2023 GER275H1F – Marx, Nietzsche, Freud JGC1855HS Critical Theory – The French-German Connection 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 "The Question of ... Read More »

Hang-Sun Kim

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies Associate Professor of German, Teaching Stream Contact info hangsun.kim@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 305 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone 416-926-2301 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Monday & Wednesday, 1-2pm Classes 2022-23 GER100Y Introduction to German GER150HS Introduction to German Culture GER195HF Cities, Real and Imagined Background Ph.D. Harvard University 2012 I received my MA in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Toronto and completed my doctoral work at Harvard in 2012. My dissertation examines Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s literary representation of the crisis of authorship at the turn of the 20th century. Focusing on Hofmannsthal’s fictional letters and poetological reflections, it explores the slippery relationship between the author and the medium of his art, the origin of the symbol, and the status of literature in an age of ever-growing media competition. My current research interests include foreign language pedagogy, turn-of-the-century Vienna, philosophy of language, philosophy of aesthetics, and contemporary translingual literature by transcultural German-language authors. Before joining the German Department at the University of Toronto, I taught at Harvard and the Goethe-Institut Toronto. Read More »

Christine Lehleiter

Associate Professor of German Contact info christine.lehleiter@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 318 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone 416-926-2322 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours tba Classes 2021 – 2022 GER1540HS Revolutions GER270HS Money & Economy Background Ph.D. Indiana University 2007 Selected Publications Books: Romanticism, Origins, and the History of Heredity. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2014. 323 pages. Finalist, Novalis-Preis 2016 Reviews: Jocelyn Holland in Monatshefte 108.2 (2016): 304-305 Leif Weatherby in German Studies Review 40.1 (2017): 190-192 Stefani Engelstein in Goethe Yearbook 24 (2017): 313-315 Gabriel Trop in Eighteenth-Century Studies 51.3 (2018): 385-386 Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain (ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. 368 pages. The volume is available on Knowledge Unlatched Reviews: Steven Howe in European Romantic Review 28.4 (2017): 495-500 Christopher R. Clason in Goethe Yearbook 25 (2018): 305-306 Yevgenya Strakowsky in Monatshefte 110.1 (Spring 2018): 122-124 Joseph O’Neil in University of Toronto Quarterly 87.3 (Summer 2018): 339-341 Special Journal Issues: Reading Minds: German Studies and the Neurohumanities. Special issue of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 58.1 (February 2022). Articles and Book Chapters: “Reading Minds.“ Introduction to Reading Minds: German Studies and the Neurohumanities. ... Read More »

Viktoriya Melnykevych

Sessional Lecturer Contact info v.melnykevych@utoronto.ca Office Hours Friday 1- 3 or by appointment, OH307 Classes 2019-2020 GER 6000HF Reading German for Graduate Students Read More »

John Kenneth Noyes

Acting Associate Chair, Graduate Studies Professor of German Extraordinary Professor, Modern Foreign Languages, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa Contact info john.noyes@utoronto.ca For graduate matters: german.grad@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 304 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone 416-926-2344 Office Hours tba Classes 2021 – 2022 JGC1740H F Humans and Things GER220HS German Literature in Translation GER305HF German Literature II Background Ph.D. Cape Town 1989 Recent Fellowships and Awards Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Project: Global Humanities (2020 and 2021) Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Insight Grant for the project "Goethe's World" (2018) John K. Noyes, Herder: Aesthetics Against Imperialism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2015. Winner of Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures, best book 2014-2015. Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Project: Global Citizenship and the Practice of Being Human. South African Visions and the legacy of Enlightenment (2016 and 2017) National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for project The Legacy of Herder’s Theory of Cultural Difference and Universal Reason (2014) Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Project: Global Citizenship and the Practice of Being Human. South ... Read More »

Rachel Seelig

Sessional Lecturer Contact info rachel.seelig@utoronto.ca Office Hours tba Classes 2021-22 GER367HF Topics in Modern Yiddish/German Literature and Culture Background Rachel Seelig’s research focuses on migration, multilingualism, and cross-cultural exchange in German-Jewish, Yiddish and Hebrew literatures. 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 Press, 2017).  Rachel received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago. She has held research and teaching appointments at Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of Michigan, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Toronto. Read More »