Carolina Franzen is a PhD candidate at the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia. In her research project she approaches affect theory through the narratives of the Holocaust.

Carolina has participated in the research program Witnessing Auschwitz, she has conducted archival research at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum’s archives, and she has been a teaching assistant for several courses, including Representations of the Holocaust.

Carolina received a degree in Newer German Literature and Art History (Magister Artium) from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She taught, studied and lived in Munich, Leipzig, Berlin (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), Izmir (Turkey), Vancouver (Canada), and on a boat.

Franzen, Carolina. “Holocaust Survivors’ Memoirs – Difficult Questions”. Bożena Karwowska and Anja Nowak. The More I Know, the Less I Understand. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Oświęcim 2017, pp. 130 – 133. Print.

Franzen, Carolina. “Gefühlte Geschichte unterm Skalpell. Die Familienromane Nach Den Kriegen Von Dagmar Leupold und Am Beispiel Meines Bruders Von Uwe Timm” Ege Forschungen zur deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft 10 (2008), Ege Üniversitesi Matbaası, Izmir 2012, pp. 81 – 97. Print.

Currently Teaching / Teaching Assistant for
CENS 303 B Representations of the Holocaust. Instructor: Dr. Bozena Karwowska. Objectives: Analytic Thinking and Writing in Relation to Literary, Historical and Theoretical Representations of the Holocaust.

Previous Education
Degree: Magister in Kunstgeschichte (History of Art) und Neuere Deutsche Literatur (German Literature after 1600).
Institutions: Freie Universität Berlin (graduation 2012), University College Dublin, Universität Leipzig.

Carolina Franzen, “Gefühlte Geschichte unterm Skalpell. Die Familienromane Nach den Kriegen von Dagmar Leupold und Am Beispiel meines Bruders von Uwe Timm,” in Ege Forschungen zur deutschen Sprach-und Literaturwissenschaft 10 (2008), pp. 81-97. [Published 2010]


Research Interests

  • Theory
  • Aesthetics
  • Politics
  • Transnationalism in Visual Arts and Literature

2013, May, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey: “Contemporary Ways of Thinking Power Relations in Socio-Philosophy and Video Art – A Juxtaposition of Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble and Franci Alÿs’ Sympolic Actions.”

2012, October, University of British Columbia, Canada: “Wie Herzog Ernst im Land der Kranichschnäbler “flaniert”: Die Grippia-aventiure des Herzog Ernst und Anknüpfungspunkte an einen literaturwissenschaftlichen Moderne-Diskurs.”

  • 2011/12 Ege University, Izmir (Turkey) for the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Undergraduate classes, Introduction to German Literature.
  • 2008: Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Undergraduate History of Art classes, introduction to the Architecture of Berlin.

Currently Teaching