PhD Student in Germanic Studies as of Sept 2010

Education
Magistra Artium (M.A.): Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin Institute of Technology), 2010

Scholarships
2003/2004 Erasmus Scholarship at Háskóli Íslands, Reykjavik.
2010-2014 Four Year Doctoral Fellowship at UBC, Vancouver.

2004-2009 Instructing German as a Second Language (Beginner to C2 level) at GLS Language School Berlin.

Summer term 2007: Instructing DSH preparation intensive course at INTEC Shah Alam/ Malaysia (in cooperation with the Internationales Studienzentrum Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg).

Summer term 2012: GERM 313: “Academic Discourse in German:” TAship with Gaby Pailer at Freie Universität Berlin/ UBC Berlin program.

Winter term 2013: GERM 403A/ THTR 439A: “Creating Theatre: Staging Melodrama”: TAship with Ilinca Iurascu.

Courses currently teaching

Research Interests

  • Anything Kleist/ Kafka/ Jelinek
  • Applications of Plant Philosophy & Systems Theory
  • Exhaustion & Waste in Modernity
  • Species Performativity & Species Melancholy in Literature

Research Projects

Dissertation Project: “[D]as größte Teater der Welt”: Evolutionary Discourse in the Works of Franz Kafka.
Charlotte Schiller: Literarische Schriften (Ed. with Gaby Pailer and Melanie Kage, forthcoming with WBG Darmstadt)

Presentations
“Aufstand, Empörung, Aufrichtigkeit: Affektuelle Aufladungen von Aufwärtsbewegung bei Heinrich von Kleist am Beispiel von Die Verlobung in St. Domingo.” Kleistian (pre-)Occupations: Graduate Student Conference. Dept. of German, CSULB. Long Beach, CA, October 2011.

“What’s Eating K.? Species Identity and the Violence of Food in the Work of Franz Kafka.” MLA Annual Convention. Seattle, WA, January 2012.

“Per Abfall ad Astra: Complicities of Waste in Kafka’s Idea of the Indestructible.” UBC Graduate Colloquium Series. Vancouver, B.C., March 2012.

“Of Statues, Steps, and Leaps: Kafka’s Covert Evolutionism.” UBC Graduate Colloquium Series. Vancouver, B.C., March 2013.

“[A]us der unerschöpflichen Schachtel von Erikas Schädel: Exhaustion and Immunity in Jelinek’s Die Klavierspielerin and Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Annual CAUTG Conference. Victoria, BC, June 2013