Alma Botcharova

Sessional Lecturer Contact Office Hours Mon & Wed 1-2 and by appointment Read More »

Corinn Gerber

Course Instructor Contact Office Hours Tue and Thu 11-12 and by appointment Read More »

Walker Horsfall

Course Instructor Contact info Office Hours Tue &Thu 4-5 in Kelly Library Café      Read More »

Maria Harutyunyan

PhD student Contact info Office Hours tba Classes 2020-2021 tba Background I completed my hon. Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto with a major in Sociology and a minor in German and French. In 2020, I completed my MA in Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto. As a current PhD student in Germanic Literature, Culture and Theory, my main focus is on environmental humanities. Aside from literature, my interests also lie in the field of visual arts and acquiring languages. My spoken languages include: German, English, French and Armenian. Teaching Positions Course Instructor, Introduction to German, University of Toronto, 2019 Awards & Scholarships Angela Hildyard Award for Academic Excellence, 2016-2018 Thomas & Beverley Simpson Graduate Achievement Award For Single Parents, 2019 Institutional Services Advisor, U of T Family Care Office Advisory Committee, 2018- 2019    Read More »

Eli Jany

PhD Student I received my MA in Yiddish Studies from the University of Toronto in 2020 and am excited to be returning to complete my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Anna Shternshis. My current research focuses on the work of Soviet Yiddish playwright Moyshe Pintshevski during the Second World War. I have a strong interest in translation, and work as a Yiddish-to-English translator of literary texts as well as personal documents. Outside of academia, I am passionate about fibre arts and cats. Contact  Academic BackgroundMA in Yiddish, University of Toronto, 2020 MSW, University of Toronto, 2019 Honours BSc in Biology, McMaster University, 2015 PublicationsSarah Reisen. “Three Poems.” In geveb, May 2020: Trans. Eli Jany. ConferencesPanel Chair, “Self-Making, World-Making,” 2020 Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Student Conference in Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Awards SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral, 2020 University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science Top (FAST) Doctoral Fellowship, 2020 Granovsky-Gluskin Graduate Scholarship in Jewish Studies, 2019 Read More »

Dena Khamseh

Ph.D. Candidate Contact Office Hours Tue 4-5 in Odette Hall, Room 312, and by appointment Courses 2018-2019 GER100Y L0401 SPRING Introduction to German, Monday, Wednesday - 2-4pm GER100Y L0501 SPRING Introduction to German,Tuesday, Thursday - 2-4pm  Background MA German Literature, Culture and Theory, University of Toronto, 2013 BA Anthropology, University of Western Ontario, 2005 My dissertation studies the development of Nietzsche’s views on aesthetics in relation to Greek antiquity with particular attention to the “will to power”. Read More »

Iouri Koniouchine

MA student Contact info Classes 2018-2019 GER100Y L5202 (FALL) Introduction to German Tuesday, Thursday - 6-8pm Background I hold an Honours Bachelor of Arts in German Studies and Literature and Critical Theory from the University of Toronto, and Bachelor of Engineering from the State Maritime University in Nikolayev, Ukraine. I was named to the Dean’s List in 2105 and received Department Of German Student Award in 2015. My research interests include studying the interaction and mutual influence of the Slavic and Germanic cultures, especially their ability to enrich each other while preserving their distinct qualities, as well as the application of digital humanities to the field of languages and literature. In Fall 2018 I am teaching GER100Y. I am an avid camper and love to explore lakes and rivers with a canoe or kayak. Read More »

Elisabeth Lange

Ph.D. Candidate Contact Office Hours Mon 4-6 Courses 2019-2020 GER300 L5101 MW 6-8 Background I received my Bachelor of Arts in German Literature and Language from the University of Leipzig in summer of 2016. During my studies, I took a semester abroad at Carleton University in Ottawa and did an internship as a creative writer and editor at UFA in Berlin. Research My research focuses on the works of Marlen Haushofer and Sibylle Berg. In particular, I am investigating what it is precisely about the quality of their literature that inclines readers to frequently label it as pessimistic. Read More »

Rita Katalin Laszlo

Ph.D. Candidate Contact Courses GER 100-L5101/MW 6-8 Office Hours Tue 2-4 Background M.A. (2017) in Germanic Studies, University of British Columbia (Master’s thesis: “Understanding the Aesthetics and Materiality of Ver Sacrum, the Seminal Magazine of the Vienna Secession”) B.A. (2014) Hispanic Studies and Honours in Germanic Studies, University of British Columbia (Honours thesis: “Pseudoscience, Gullibility and Language”) OTHER: (2007–2010) Germanic and Hispanic Studies, International Relations, University of Manitoba (2009-2010) German Literature and Social Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany Publications / Published Translations Laszlo, Rita K. “Introducing Ágnes Heller's “Reflections on Gullibility,”” Telos, Issue 179, 2017:33-35; doi:10.3817/0617179033 Heller, Ágnes. Trans. Laszlo, Rita K. “Reflections on Gullibility,” Telos, Issue 179 , 2017:36-47; doi:10.3817/0617179036 Research and Interests 19th and 20th century German Literature and Thought, Enlightenment, Critical Theory, The Frankfurt and The Budapest Schools gullibility and its relation to language, types of knowledge, reason, the will to believe and judgement PhD dissertation focus a genealogy of gullibility in German literature and thought Conferences / Presentations “Vortrag zum Thema Leichtgläubigkeit,” (guest lecture, GER 430: Stories of the Mind with Dr. Christine Lehleiter), University of Toronto, Toronto, Nov. 27, 2018. “Between Gullibility and Thoughtlessness: From Ágnes Heller to Hannah Arendt,” (guest lecture, PHIL 385: Existentialism ... Read More »

Vardit Lightstone

Ph.D. Candidate Contact  Background M.A. Folklore and Folk Culture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2015 B.A. (Hons.) Celtic Studies and Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, 2010 Research My research focuses on the personal narratives, performed in Yiddish, of immigrants from Eastern Europe to Canada, most of whom immigrated in the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. I am also interested in questions of genre, authority, heritage, and nostalgia as they arise in personal narratives. In addition to my work on verbal performances, I have worked with visual and folk art, as well as theatre, and the interface between all these different types of cultural expression; language(s) as a tool for creating, expressing, and contesting identity; and the politics of the folklore and heritage discourses. I am participating in a Joint Educational Placement PhD program with the Folklore and Folk Culture Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as the Collaborative Program in Jewish Studies at UofT. I am completing my PhD under the guidance of Anna Shternshis (UofT) and Dani Schrire (HebrewU). Select Awards/Distinctions Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2020-17 Peter Lougheed Graduate Fellowship ... Read More »