Graduate Student, Ph.D. in Germanic Studies (Dept. of CENES)
Sept. 2014 – present
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Graduate Student, M.A. in Germanic Studies (Dept. of CENES)
Sept. 2013 – transfer to Ph.D.
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Bachelor of Arts in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (Faculty of Philosophy, equivalent to B.A. Hons.)
Sept. 2008 – July 2012
Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Graduated in the top 5% of the class.

Additional qualification, German language translator in the area of professional communication (Faculty of Philology)
Oct. 2008 – June 2010
Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Bio

My name is Stephanie Dreier. I’m a second year PhD student. I have a BA in Conflict Studies from Saint Petersburg State University. Last year I transferred from the MA program in Germanic Studies to a Doctoral program in the same field. My interests focus on alterity images in fiction, comparative literature (German, Russian and English) and fantasy studies.

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Fellowships, Grants and Awards

  • 2016 Winner of the Canadian Association of Slavists Annual Graduate Student Essay Contest (“The Problem of Literary History”)
  • 2016 Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies Travel Grant
  • 2016 UBC Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies Graduate Conference Organization Grant
  • 2016 UBC Green College Conference Organization Grant  
  • 2015 Canadian Association of Slavists Travel Grant
  • 2015 Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies Travel Grant
  • 2015 Dr. Joyce Hallamore Scholarship
  • 2015 UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Award
  • 2014 Goethe-Institut “Fortbildung für Nachwuchslehrer im Fach DaF” Travel Grant
  • 2014 UBC Four-Year Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2014 Tina and Morris Wagner Foundation Fellowship (declined)
  • 2013 UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Award

Professional Development
DaF (German as a foreign language) Seminar Nov. 2014
Training seminar for young teachers at Canadian Universities
Goethe-Institut, University of Toronto, Toronto

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Dec. 2013
Professional Development session for graduate students
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Language Skills
•    German (native)
•    Russian (native)
•    English (near native)

Teaching Experience
2016 Literature Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia
Gender and Nation: Women’s State in Modern Central, Eastern and Northern European Literatures and Cultures [CENS 404]
45 students

2016 Language Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia
Beginner’s German II [GERM 110]
15 students

2014 Literature Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia
Great Works of Literature from Central, Eastern and Northern Europe [CENS 202]
83 students

2014 Language Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia
Beginner’s German I [GERM 100]
23 students

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Article and Book Chapter:

2016 “Magical Objects in Fantasy: A Multicultural Examination,” in Mark A. Fabrizi, ed., Fantasy Literature: Challenging Genres (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers), 179-192.

2016 “Beyond Light and Darkness: The Perception of Alterity in Urban Fantasy,” forthcoming in Fantasy Art and Studies, 1

Book Reviews:

2016 Gillespie, Susan H., ed., The Challenge of Surrealism: The Correspondence of Theodor W. Adorno and Elisabeth Lenk (Minneapolis: Minnesota UP, 2015), forthcoming in Focus on German Studies, 23

2016 Günter Bischof, Jason Dawsey, and Bernhard Fetz, eds., The Life and Work of Günther Anders (Innsbruck: Studienverlag, 2014), forthcoming in Journal of Austrian Studies, 49.2

Other Publication:

2016 “Two German and a Russian Translation of Pirandello’s Questa sera si recita a soggetto in Questa sera si recita a soggetto (Tonight We Improvise): A Case Study on Translations and Reception of Pirandello’s Theatrical Works (March 10, 2016), http://blogs.ubc.ca/questaserasirecitaasoggetto/two-german-and-a-russian-translations-of-pirandellos-questa-sera-si-recita-a-soggetto-tonight-we-improvise/

PUBLIC LECTURE

2015    “Why Take Fantasy Fiction Seriously?” Green College Resident Members’ Series, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, February 16

 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2016 “The Supernatural is Born Out of Language: A Linguistic Approach to Comparative Fantastic Literature,” 21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, July 21-27, Vienna, Austria.

2016 “Shameless Fantasy: Discovering the Self in the Literature of the Fantastic,” Graduate Student Colloquium, April 1, University of British Columbia.

2016 “Magical Objects and Their Influence on Self-Identification: A Comparative Study through Fantasy Fiction,” Popular Culture Association National Conference, March 22-25, Seattle, WA.

2016 “Magical Objects: The Transformative Power of Fantasy,” Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference “The Fantasy of Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Fantastic Literature,” March 11-12, University of British Columbia.

2015 “Märchen und Fantasy-Literatur: Grundlegende Unterschiede,” Graduate Student Colloquium, June 19-20, University of Vienna, Austria.

2015 “Omnipotent Outsiders: Rethinking Alterity in Labyrinths of Echo,” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Association of Slavists Annual Conference, May 30-June 4, University of Ottawa, Ontario.

2015 “Fighting Intolerance: Xenophobia in Fantasy Fiction,” 7th Annual Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference and Workshop, April 3-4, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA.

2015 “A Different Other: The Fantastic Approach,” Graduate Student Colloquium, March 6, University of British Columbia.

2014 “Existential Transactional Analysis: Game Theory applied to Sartre’s No Exit,” Graduate Student Conference “None of a Kind: Solutions to Dissolutions,” October 17-18, University of British Columbia.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY

2016 Main organizer of the interdisciplinary graduate student conference “The Fantasy of Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Fantastic Literature” at the Dept. of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies, UBC

2015 Co-organized the Dept. of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies graduate student colloquium, UBC

2014–2015 Mentor in the University of British Columbia Research Experience Program

2014 Co-organized the graduate student conference “None of a Kind: Solutions to Dissolutions” at the Dept. of of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies, UBC

2014 Co-organized the undergraduate conference “Warum das Lesen?” at the Dept. of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies, UBC

2016 Literature Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia

Gender and Nation: Women’s State in Modern Central, Eastern and Northern European Literatures and Cultures [CENS 404]

45 students

2016 Language Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia

Beginner’s German II [GERM 110]

15 students

2014 Literature Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia

Great Works of Literature from Central, Eastern and Northern Europe [CENS 202]

83 students

 

2014 Language Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia

Beginner’s German I [GERM 100]

23 students

 

Courses currently teaching

Research interests

The working title of my dissertation is “Artifacts and (Self-) Identification: A Comparative Study through Fantastic Literature”. My thesis draws attention to the literary genre of fantastic literature, in particular to fantasy fiction and fairy tales, and their role in understanding processes of identification and self-identification. In this project, I argue that reading fantastic literature is an act of play that helps when analyzing and reimagining how people identify themselves. I will be looking at how characters in fantasy and fairy tales use magical objects, or artifacts, around them to help construct their identity and then compare these experiences with the ways objects in everyday life affect people’s identity formation in a similar fashion.  My point is that fantasy literature is more than mere fantasy: it provides real insight into psychological processes of self-creation.

Research Experience
Graduate Research Assistant Sept. 2014 – present
Research supervisor: Dr. Elisa Segnini
Project entitled “Translating Culture for the Stage: the Case of Luigi Pirandello”
Dept. of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia

MEDIA AND PUBLIC OUTREACH

2016 University of British Columbia’s student newspaper The Ubyssey, an interview on the interdisciplinary graduate student conference “The Fantasy of Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Fantastic Literature,” published on March 9, available at: http://ubyssey.ca/culture/fantasy-of-social-justice-conference-294/?fb_action_ids=612627868889061&fb_action_types=og.likes.