M.A., Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 2008;
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2012

Florian Gassner is a Fellow of the New Europe College in Bucharest and he has represented the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the Donetsk National University. He has also taught at Mount Allison University, and he joined the University of Kassel as a guest professor in 2016/17. His areas of specialisation include the cultural history of Central and Eastern Europe, germanophone literatures from Eastern Europe and the interplay between music, religion and literature.

At the University of British Columbia, Dr. Gassner serves as German Undergraduate Advisor. To set up an appointment, please click here.

For more information about German at UBC, including events as well as scholarship and study abroad opportunities, please visit our German Corner.

Contact Florian about

  • The ‘Offene Treff’ – an opportunity to meet up and chat in German
  • The German Choir – a great way to perfect your overall feel for the German language
  • German Language Certificate OnDaF
  • Study Abroad Opportunities

Publications and Research Contributions

Monographs & Journal Issues

Zensur in der Vormoderne: Praktiken und Ereignisse. Edited with Nikola Roßbach. Sonderband des Jahrbuchs für Internationale Germanistik (2019, in print)
Nikolaus Lenau. Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2012.
Germany versus Russia. A Social History of the Divide between East and West. Diss. The University of British Columbia, 2012.

Journal Articles

“Robert Schumanns religiöser Nationalismus.” The German Quarterly 91.4 (2018): 400–414.
“Giacomo Casanova und die Sexuelle Geographie Europas.” Lessing Yearbook XLIV (2017): 167–185.
Der geköpfte Hahn und Das Klavier im Nebel von Eginald Schlattner: Ein elegischer Blick auf die rumänien-deutsche Vergangenheit.” Jahrbuch des Bundesinstituts für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen Europa 24 (2016): 243–262.
“Filme für den interkulturellen DaF-Unterricht: Andrea Štakas Das Fräulein und Feo Aladags Die Fremde.” Gfl-Journal 2016.3 (2016): 91–112.
“Giacomo Casanova: Love in the Time of Individuality.” New Europe College Yearbook 14 (2014): 120–142.
“‘Unserer Mütter, unsere Väter’ – Kein neuer Blick auf das Dritte Reich.” DaF in der Ukraine 26 (2013): 75–80.
“Erinnern und Vergessen: Die Rezeption von Friedrich Schillers Wilhelm Tell und Walter Scotts Waverley.” Kritische Ausgabe 20 (2011): 49–63.
“Imagining Russia: A Scottish Perspective.” Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies 5.1 (2011): 29–48.
“Theodor Fontanes Vor dem Sturm: Der Entwurf einer deutschen Identität im europäischen Kontext.” Transcarpathica 9 (2010): 207–226.
“Erzählstrategien in Dorothea Schlegels Florentin.” Lenz Jahrbuch 17 (2010): 75–105.

Articles in Edited Volume

“Eginald Schlattners Rote Handschuhe: Der rumänische Überwachungsstaat für deutsche Leser.” Literatur und Überwachung. Hrsg. von Liane Schüller und Werner Jung. Bielefeld: Aisthesis (in print, 2019).
“Lenka Reinerovás Lebensgeschichten.” Störungen des ‘Selbst’ Trauma-Erfahrungen und Möglichkeiten ihrer künstlerischen Konfiguration. Hrsg. von Carsten Gansel (in print, 2019).
“Johannes Bobrowskis Litauische Claviere: Der Entwurf eines postmodernen Nationalismus.” Sarmatien und Mitteleuropa. Grenzräume in deutscher Literatur und (ästhetischen) Medien des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts. Ed. Sabine Egger, Stefan Hajduk und Britta C. Jung. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht (in print, 2019).
“Das Melodrama August von Kotzebues: Eine Gefahr für die Gesellschaft.” Melodrama – zwischen Populärkultur und ‘Moralisch-Okkultem.’ Ed. Marion Schmaus. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2015. 93-113.
“Die Erinnerung an Wilhelm Tell und Waverley: Eine Vergleichende Rezeptionsanalyse.“ „Musst nur wagen, wagen, wagen!“ Ein Rückblick auf 25 Kritische Ausgaben. Eds. Fabian Beer, Marcel Diel and Benedikt Viertelhaus. Bonn: Weidle Verlag, 2015. 181–188.
“Kulturgeschichtliche Überlegungen zur Bedeutung des Literaturverstehens.” Literatur verstehen – wozu eigentlich? 55 Antworten. Ed. Nikola Roßbach. Oldenburg: Igel Verlag, 2015. 85–89.
“Немецкий образ России: Предыстория ХХ века..” In: Россия и Германия в пространстве европейских коммуникаций. Eds. Andrey Devyatkov and Andrey Makarychev. Moscow, 2013. 133–152. .”
“Becoming a Western Nation: The Quest for German National Identity and the Image of Russia.” The East-West Discourse: Symbolic Geography and its Consequences. Ed. Alexander Maxwell. Oxford: Lang, 2010. 51–72. Nationalisms Across the Globe 8.

Encyclopedia Entries

“König, Heinrich” and “Bodenstedt, Friedrich.“ Kleines Kasseler Literatur-Lexikon. Ed. Nikola Roßbach (2016, in press).
“Die Russen und Engländer in Neapel,” “Erlinde, die Ilm-Nixe,” “Gallerie der unterhaltendsten Geister- und Zaubergeschichten,” and “Kurze Lebens- und Kriegs-Geschichte des Grafen Alexander Suworow Rimnikski.” Andere Klassik – Das Werk von Christian August Vulpius (1762-1827). Ed. Alexander Košenina. Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2012.
“Bayard,” “Belas Flucht,” “Das Kind der Liebe,” “Der Brief aus Cadix,” “Die Kreuzfahrer,” “Die silberne Hochzeit,” “Sorgen ohne Noth und Noth ohne Sorgen,” and “Ungerns erster Wohlthäter.” Werklexikon Dramen August von Kotzebues. Eds. Johannes Birgfeld, Julia Bohnengel and Alexander Košenina. Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2011.

Book Reviews
“Hochholdinger-Reiterer, Beate: Kostümierung der Geschlechter: Schauspielkunst als Erfindung der Aufklärung. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2014.“ Lessing Yearbook XLIII (2016 forthcoming).
“Carley, Michael Jabara. Silent Conflict: A Hidden History of Early Soviet-Western Relations. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.” The Historian 78.1 (2016): 141-142.
“Korte, Hermann, Hans-Joachim Jakob and Bastian Dewenter, eds. Das böse Tier Theaterpublikum.” Zuschauerinnen und Zuschauer in Theater- und Literaturjournalen des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014.” Lessing Yearbook XLII (2015): 234-236.
“Korte, Hermann, and Hans-Joachim Jakob, eds. “Das Theater glich einem Irrenhause.” Das Publikum im Theater des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012.” Lessing Yearbook XLI (2014): 345-347.
“Peteri, Gyorgy, ed. Imagining the West in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.” Canadian American Slavic Studies 48.1 (2014, in press).
“Potter, Edward T. Marriage, Gender, and Desire in Early Enlightenment German Comedy. Rochester: Camden House, 2012. ” Lessing Yearkbook XL (2013, in press).
“Kreuder, Friedemann. Spielräume der Identität in Theaterformen des 18. Jahrhunderts. Tübingen: Narr/Francke, 2010.” Lessing Yearbook XXXIX (2012): 281–284.
“Liulevicius, Vejas G. The German Myth of the East: 1800 to the Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.” Transcarpathica 10 (2012): 243–246.
“Lærke, Mogens, ed. The Use of Censorship in the Enlightenment. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009.” Lenz Jahrbuch 17 (2010): 167–172.

Research Interests

Cultural History of Central & Eastern Europe
Germanophone literature from Eastern Europe
Literary Theory
Music and Literature
Religion and Literature

“Eginald Schlattners Rote Hanschuhe: Der rumänischse  Überwachungsstaat  für  deutsche Leser.” Literatur und Überwachung. Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen. 5.-6.07.2018.
“Lenka Reinerovás Lebensgeschichten.” Störungen des ‘Selbst‘ – Trauma-Erfahrungen und Möglichkeiten ihrer künstleris Üchen Konfiguration. Internationale Wissenschaftliche Tagung. Schloss Rauischholzhausen, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. 28.-30.06.2018.
“Revisiting the Disaster Zone: Lenka Reinerová’s Autobiographical Prose.” Jahrestreffen der Canadian Association of University Teachers of German. University of Regina. 28.05.2017.
“Antisemitism for the Modern Era: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.” Öffentliche Vortragsreihe “Six Theories that Shaped the Modern World“ für UBC Extended Learning. The University of British Columbia. 6.03.2018.
“Do Genders Exist? Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble.” Öffentliche Vortragsreihe “Six Theories that Shaped the Modern World“ für UBC Extended Learning. The University of British Columbia. 27.02.2018.
“About the Noble Savage…: Edward Said’s Orientalism.” Öffentliche Vortragsreihe “Six Theories that Shaped the Modern World“ für UBC Extended Learning. The University of British Columbia. 20.02.2018.
“How Do We Generate and Manage Knowledge? Michel Foucault’s The Will to Knowledge.” Öffentliche Vortragsreihe “Six Theories that Shaped the Modern World“ für UBC Extended Learning. The University of British Columbia. 13.02.2018.
“Historiography, Fact & Fiction: Hayden White’s Metahistory.” Öffentliche Vortragsreihe “Six Theories that Shaped the Modern World“ für UBC Extended Learning. The University of British Columbia. 6.02.2018.
“The Search for the Foundation of Culture: Sigmund Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents.” Öffentliche Vortragsreihe “Six Theories that Shaped the Modern World“ für UBC Extended Learning. The University of British Columbia. 30.01.2018.
“Musik als Religion: Beethoven, Nietzsche & Wagner.” Lecture Series of the German-Canadian Benevolent Society of Vancouver. 27.01.2017.
“Giacomo Casanova and the Birth of the Modern Individual.” Public Lecture for UBC Extended Learning. The University of British Columbia. 18.11.2017.
“The Image of Atatürk in Germany and Austria: Reflections on its Origins and Evolutions.” Keynote Lecture für die Feierlichkeiten zum Gedenken an Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, gefördert vom türkischen Generalkonsulat in Vancouver. 10.11.2017.
“The 2017 Federal Election in Germany and the Rise of the European Right.” Public Lecture Series on the Black Sea Region at the University of British Columbia. Hosted by UBC Continuing Studies. 18.10.2017.
“Matias Martínez Auseinandersetzung mit Roland Barthes Intertextualitätsbegriff.” Autor und Werk: Wechselwirkungen und Perspektiven zweier (immer noch) umstrittener Begriffe. Workshops an der Friedrich-Schlegel-Graduiertenschule der Freien Universität Berlin. 6.-7.07.2017.
“Johannes Bobrowskis Litauische Claviere: Der Entwurf eines postmodernen Nationalismus.” From Sarmatia to Mare Nostrum: Borderland Spaces in German-Language Literature and other Media. Conference to Mark the Centenary of Johannes Bobrowski’s Birth. University of London, Institute of Modern Languages Research. 27.-28.04.2017.
“German Studies ohne Deutsch. Zur Zukunft der Germanistik in Nordamerika.” DAAD-Conference: Germanistik im Dialog.: Perspektiven Deutscher Sprache und Kultur in der Wissenschaft: Kanada, USA, Deutschland. Munk School of Global Affairs, Toronto. 8.04.2017.
“The Caucasus – Europe’s Bleeding Wound.” Lecture Series on the Black Sea Region at the University of British Columbia. Hosted by UBC Continuing Studies. 10.06.2016.
“Romanticism and the Maidan Revolution in 2014.” Lecture Series on the Black Sea Region at the University of British Columbia. Hosted by UBC Continuing Studies. 9.06.2016.
“Conflict and Co-Existence in the Balkan Region.” Lecture Series on the Black Sea Region at the University of British Columbia. Hosted by UBC Continuing Studies. 8.06.2016.
“Turks, Ottomans, Byzantines – On the European Frontier.” Lecture Series on the Black Sea Region at the University of British Columbia. Hosted by UBC Continuing Studies. 7.06.2016.
“The Black Sea – A Cultural History.” Lecture Series on the Black Sea Region at the University of British Columbia. Hosted by UBC Continuing Studies. 6.06.2016.
“Faust – Die Kulturgeschichte einer Sagenfigur.” German-Canadian Benevolent Society of Vancouver. 23.03.2016.
“Contested Territories and Contested Histories in Eastern Ukraine.” Continuing Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. 18.02.2016.
“The Exodus of 2015 – Europe’s Sins Coming Home.” The University of British Columbia (International Scene), Vancouver, B.C. 28.01.2016.
“Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice and the Musical Theology of the Orpheus Myth.” Humanities 101 at the University of British Columbia. 19.01.2016.
“The Crisis in Ukraine: A Cultural History.” The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. 3.10.2015.
“Die Geliebten Schwestern: Über die Möglichkeit, die Welt Schillers erfahrbar zu machen.“ Schillerhaus Rudolstadt, 24.06.2015.
“Dominik Graf’s ‘Beloved Sisters’ and the Challenges of Representing the World of Schiller.” Conference to Celebrate Research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 27.03.2015.
“Teaching the Biblical Heritage in German Literature.” Panel on Teaching the Bible with and as Literature at the 2015 MLA Convention, Vancouver, BC, 8.01.2015.
“Drums in the Night by Bertolt Brecht: Romanticism and Revolution.” Humanities 101 at the University of British Columbia. 14.10.2014.
“Ukraine in Crisis.” Panel Discussion hosted by the Terry Project at the University of British Columbia (www.terry.ubc.ca). 13.03.2014.
”Reframing Heimat: The Films of Marcus H. Rosenmüller.” Jahrestagung der CAUTG, St. Catharine’s ON. 27.05.2014.
“‘German Conversation:’ Das Tagesgeschehen im Klassenzimmer.” Jahrestagung der CATG, Montréal, QC. 15.02.2014.
“Giacomo Casanova: Love in the Time of Individuality.” New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania. 30.05.2012.
“When Germans discovered Russia: Literary Explorations of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century.” New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania. 4.04.2012.
“Politische Aspekte des Melodramas bei August von Kotzebue.” Melodrama – zwischen Populärkultur und ‘moralisch Okkultem’? Wissenschaftliche Tagung an der Universität Augsburg, 11.04.2011.
“The Early Reception of Pushkin in Germany.” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Vancouver, BC. 1.04.2011.
“Don Juan and Casanova in Russia.” Green College Speaker Series, Vancouver, BC. 28.06.2010.
“Imagining Russia: A Scottish Perspective.” Migrating Minds: Imagined Journeys – Imagined Homecomings. Conference held at the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. 14.05.2009.
“Greč versus König: The Fight over the Literarische Bilder aus Rußland.” Colloquium Series of the Department of CENES at the University of British Columbia. 12.11.2008.
Performativität und Erinnerung auf dem deutschen Gegenwartstheater.” Theatertagung der Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Berlin, Deutschland. 23.11.2007.

 

 

“Geburtstag des Dichters Nikolaus Lenau.“ WDR Zeitzeichen vom 13.08.2017. URL: http://www1.wdr.de/radio/wdr5/sendungen/zeitzeichen/nikolaus-lenau-100.html

“Eine Installation erzählt von der Zensur.” Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Sondersendung zum Parthenon of Books der documenta 14. Ausgestrahlt am 9.06.2017. URL: http://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/documenta-14-der-parthenon-der-buecher-eine-installation.976.de.html?dram:article_id=388045.

“Geschichte der Zensur: Die List of Banned Books.” Interview auf WDR 5 am 22.06.2017.

“Buchgeflüster: The Parthenon of Books.“ Podiumsdiskussion im Offenen Kanal Kassel. Ausgestrahlt am 7.02.2017. URL: http://www.mediathek-hessen.de/medienview_15290_Sophia-Neitzel-MOK-Kassel-Buchgeflster–Der-Parthenon-der-Bcher.html

“Ukraine after the Referendum in Crimea: Future Perspectives.” Interview mit Alisdair Melling auf CiTR 101.9 FM. Broadcast on 26.03.2014.

“The Crisis in Ukraine: Historical Background and Current Developments.” Interview mit Alisdair Melling auf CiTR 101.9 FM. Broadcast on 19.03.2014.Arjun Chowdhury, Florian Gassner, Kurt Hübner and Anastasiya Salnykova (in Kyiv): “Ukraine in Crisis” BARtalk- Terry Project (Gallery Lounge, UBC. March 13, 2014)

Arjun Chowdhury, Florian Gassner, Kurt Hübner and Anastasiya Salnykova (in Kyiv): “Ukraine in Crisis” BARtalk- Terry Project (Gallery Lounge, UBC. March 13, 2014)

Currently Teaching

Winter 2018

CENS201 Contrasts and Conflicts: The Cultures of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in English) Sections

An introduction to the cultural history of the peoples of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe as reflected in their literature, art and music.

Winter 2018

GERM304 German Cinema (in English) Sections

Screening, discussion, and critical analysis of German cinema from the silent era to the 21st century.

Winter 2018

GERM313 Conversational German II Sections

Emphasis on the study of oral communication skills and strategies. Fluency in many situations, communicative competence in important areas of cultural life, ability to participate in discussions of current as well as controversial issues to express ideas clearly in spoken word.

Winter 2018

GERM408A Selected Issues in German Culture - ISSU IN GERM CUL Sections

In depth study of one topic from German cultural history, varying from year to year. Possible topics: Germany of the New Europe; Gender and nation in German culture; topics from theory, such as the Frankfurt School.

Winter 2018

GERM402 Words and Music in German Literature (in English) Sections

Study of individual works and genres in which words and music together form a whole. Possible topics include the Lutheran Hymn, the Volkslied, the Romantic Lied and Brecht songs, operas by Mozart, Wagner and Strauss, and music and the musician as a subject in literature. No musical training is necessary to take this course.