Braden is a PhD student in Germanic Studies. He completed his last master’s degree at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Dr. Helga Thorson, and his M.A. project focused on memorialization of queer victims of National Socialism in Vienna, Austria. Prior to his studies in Canada, Braden received his M.A. at Texas Tech University in Language and Culture with a focus in German and his B.A. in Global Studies.
His current research interests are in memory studies, geocriticism, Holocaust studies, material culture, and queer theory.
“Pink Archives and Pink Memorials: Agents of Memory Concerning Homosexual Victims of National Socialism in Vienna, Austria”, The Pasts and Future of Queer German Studies Symposium, Vancouver, BC. 2020.
“Breaking Down the Other in Konrad Wulf’s Sterne (1959)”, Canadian Association of University Teachers of German Conference, Vancouver, BC. 2019.
“Layered Memories and the Growth of Memorials: The Dialogic Memories of the ‘Memorial Against War and Fascism’”, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on Memory, Identity and Nation, Victoria, BC. 2019.
“Hidden Mythology: The Pervasiveness of Austria’s First Victim Myth within Current Holocaust Memorialization Discourse”, University of Washington Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Seattle, WA. 2019.
“Historical Objects as Tools for Social Justice: How Holocaust Artifacts Can Bridge Social Justice and Human Rights Pedagogies.” In Katherine Sark (Eds.), Social Justice Pedagogies. (forthcoming)