Teresa Sudenis

Ph.D. Candidate


I studied German Philology in Wrocław (Poland) where I received my MA. Afterwards, I worked as teacher for German methodology and language at a Teachers College (in Poland), and gave numerous workshops for language teachers in my capacity as Teacher Trainer.

Despite my present engagement in literature, I still enjoy teaching German. Currently, I teach German for beginners, intermediate, and advance learner at UofT, and at the Goethe Institute of Toronto.

My research interest is influenced by my origins and heritage. My doctoral project focuses on the triad: memory – family – identity, and examines the identity-defining power of memories. I examine the interconnectedness of memories, identity, and intergenerational memory transfer on the example of novels representing the genre of the contemporary German ‘grandchildren literature’.

Presented/ Approved Conference Papers and Workshops

  • Academic Conference „Deutschland und Polenbilder in der Literatur nach 1989“. Wrocław (Poland), October 3-5, 2013. Attended.
  • Cities of Past and Present. The Motif of the Trip to Poland in Tanja Dückers’s Himmelskörper. Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), University of New York, New York, March 20-23, 2014
  • Rejection and Embracement – the Generational Conflict in Tanja Dückers’s Himmelskörper. The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference (KLFC), University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 10-12, 2014
  • The Past in a Dialog between Generations: Tanja Dückers’s Himmelskörper and Olaf Müller’s Schlesisches Wetter. The Modern Languages Association (MLA), Vancouver, January 2015. Approved; not attended.
  • Where Memories Can Take Us: The Grandchildren’s Trip to the Lost Homeland in Olaf Müller’s Schlesisches Wetter. “Transnational Challenges for Europe in a Globalized World,” Graduate Student Conference, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES). March 12-14, 2015, Toronto.
  • “Zu erfahren, wer ich bin”: The travel to Poland in Olaf Müller’s Schlesisches Wetter as a search for identity. “Capital Ideas” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, CAUTG/APAUC Conference. May 29-31, 2015, Ottawa.
  • German Language Teaching and Learning Workshop, Dec. 10-11, 2015; Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures University of Toronto; Workshop Organizing Committee

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2013-2014: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), University of Toronto
  • 2014: School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant
  • 2014: Departmental Travel Grant, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • 2014: JIGES Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2015-2016: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), University of Toronto
  • 2015: JIGES Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2015: SGS Travel Grant
  • 2015: Departmental Travel Grant, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures