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Veronica Rose Curran

Ph.D. Candidate Contact veronica.curran@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Mon & Wed 1-2 (virtual appointment) Classes 2020-21 Ger 100 MW 11am- 1pm 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 “Obedience and Freedom in the Plays of J.M.R. Lenz.” Oxford German Studies. Special Edition. September 2021. “‘Ohne Freiheit geht das Leben bergab rückwärts’: On Freedom, Society, and Morality in J.M.R. Lenz’s Der Hofmeister.” Canadian Association of University Teachers of German Conference at the Congress ... Read More »

Vardit Lightstone

Ph.D. Candidate Contact vardit.lightstone@mail.utoronto.ca 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 »

Tobias René Wilczek

Ph.D. Student Contact tobi.wilczek@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours tbd Current Courses Spring 2022: GER300 & GER400 Background I joined the Ph.D. Program in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures after obtaining an Hon. Bachelor of Arts in German Studies and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where I am currently researching about the visual and literary representation of ecology in the works of Bertolt Brecht, Werner Herzog, and Ilja Trojanow, with a focus on the legal intersections of ecocide in their works. My interests remain widespread, having previously researched in archives in Germany and presented on Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Paul Celan, and Herta Müller, with a particular focus on philology, critical legal theory, and cultural studies. Aside from academic research, I have also written for the The Conversation. My most recent article "How youth influenced the EU election — and could do the same in Canada" has also been re-published by U of T News, the Vancouver Sun, and was featured on the Global News Vancouver radio. Peer-reviewed Publications “Corporate Cannabis at Home and Abroad: International Regulation and Neoliberal Legalization.” Co-authored by Benjamin Bandosz. Journal of Canadian Studies, Volume 55, Issue 2, Summer 2021, pp. 244-278 Lectures and Presentations 03/2018: “Elementary Media: Philology ... Read More »