Tobias René Wilczek

Ph.D. Student

Office Hours

Mon 10-12

Current Courses

Fall 2019 GER200Y (L0101)


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 philological implications in the works of Franz Kafka and Paul Celan. My interests remain widespread, having previously researched in archives in Germany and presented on Bertolt Brecht, Herta Müller, and more recently, Walter Benjamin.

From April to August 2017, I researched at the Humboldt University under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Vogl, while also participating in the PhD-Net “Das Wissen der Literatur” in cooperation with Harvard University, Princeton University, and University of California, Berkeley. Since September 2017, I also work as Editorial Assistant for the CAUTG’s Seminar: A Journal of Germanic 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.

Lectures and Presentations

03/2018: “Elementary Media: Philology in the Anthropocene.” 26th Annual Interdisciplinary Studies Conference. Department of German, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, USA.

02/2018: “Material Ecology of Language from Kafka to Celan; or, Carbon Nations: Toward an Inter-Planetary Humanities.” 2018 Lecture Series. Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Toronto. Toronto, ON, Canada.

10/2017: “The Gravity of Language: Paul Celan’s other Mother Tongue.” Frankfurt/Toronto Graduate Workshop. Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto. Toronto, ON, Canada.

04/2017: "Das 'Verfahren' der 'Verwandlung': Language as Body in the works of Franz Kafka." 28th Annual Graduate Student Conference, German Department, Yale University. New Haven, CT, USA.

02/2017: “’Writing as Destiny’”: Benjamin’s and Kafka’s Tasks of Mapping Language. 5th Biennial German Jewish Studies Workshop, University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN, USA.

07/2016: “Abbildung des Exils: Demontierender Exildiskurs bei Herta Müller und Bertolt Brecht.” 21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA 2016), University of Vienna. Programme: