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Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis
M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A. University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Malakaj specializes in late-18th- to 21st-century German media and cultural history. His research focuses on 19th-century literary cultures, film history, narrative theory, queer theory, critical pedagogy, and humanities as well as language study advocacy.
Dr. Malakaj is currently writing a book examining the influence of fluctuating literary markets on authorial agency and narrative form provisionally titled Fragile Literary Cultures in Early Imperial Germany. Part this research is a volume titled Market Strategies and German Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century (2020, de Gruyter), which he co-edited with Vance Byrd (University of Pennsylvania).
His scholarship in film studies includes research on melodrama, slapstick, queer aesthetics, and periodical culture with a recurring focus Weimar Germany and New German Cinema. Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion (2021, de Gruyter), which he co-edited with Alena Lyons (University of Hamburg), features his work on Ernst Lubitsch’s queer slapstick aesthetics.
In 2016, Dr. Malakaj co-founded the international scholarly collective “Diversity, Decolonialization, and the German Curriculum” (DDGC) and is member of its steering committee. Together with Regine Criser (University of North Carolina, Asheville) he co-edited the volume Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies (2020, Palgrave). Dr. Malakaj also serves as the co-editor of DDGC’s official blog.
In his capacity as Director of Undergraduate Studies in German at UBC, Dr. Malakaj collaborates with students on initiatives to enhance UBC’s intellectual cultures for undergraduate German studies. In this regard, he helped develop Augenblick: A Journal for Undergraduate German Studies and the annual German Studies Undergraduate Research Showcase.
T1 Winter 2021 he will teach an undergraduate course titled “Bad Feelings.” T2 he will teach an undergraduate course titled “The Sexual Politics of Weimar Cinema” and a seminar titled “Putting German Studies into Action.”
In 2020, Dr. Malakaj completed his tenure as a Leading Scholar in UBC’s Green College. He is also the recipient of the UBC Hampton Research Award for New Faculty as well as a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Connection Grant (collaboratively with Kyle Frackman). Dr. Malakaj serves on the editorial boards of Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, Feminist German Studies, and the Women, Gender and Sexuality in German Literature and Culture series.
Edited Volumes & Special Issues of Scholarly Journals
Special Issue of Monatshefte 114.3 on “Rupture, Slowness, Untimeliness: Queer Time and History in German Studies,” co-ed. with Kyle Frackman (forthcoming)
Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion, co-ed. with Alena E. Lyons (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2021).
Market Strategies and German Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century, co-edited with Vance Byrd, Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies Series, ed. Irene Kacandes (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2020).
Diversity & Decolonization in German Studies, co-edited with Regine Criser (New York: Palgrave, 2020)
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
“Queer Time and the Cinematic Pleasures of the locus amoenus in Free Fall” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 29.2 (2023). (forthcoming)
“Courasche and the Queer Life of Objects,” Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik (forthcoming)
“Approaches to Queer Temporalities in German Studies,” with Kyle Frackman, Monatshefte 114.3 (2022). (forthcoming)
“DDGC and Misfit Archives,” with Regine Criser, Seminar 57.3 (2021): 295-302.
“A Comparative Analysis of Cultural Representations in Collegiate World Language Textbooks,” with Baburhan Uzum, Bedrettin Yazan, Samar Zahrawi, and Siham Bouamer, Linguistics and Education 61 (2021).
“Announced but Not Enacted: Anti-Racist German Studies as Process,” with Andrea Dawn Bryant, Nichole M. Neuman, and David Gramling, Applied Linguistics (2019): 1–9.
“Advocating for Queer of Color Studies in German Graduate Programs,” with Priscilla Layne. Unterrichtspraxis/ Teaching German 52.2 (2019): 194-202.
“Queer Derailment and Pederast Adoration in Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Michael (1924),” German Quarterly 92.3 (2019): 311-327.
“The Emotive Textualities of Wilhelm Jensen’s Karin von Schweden,” Neophilologus 102.1 (2018): 59-74.
“Richard Oswald, Magnus Hirschfeld, and the Possible Impossibility of Hygienic Melodrama,” Studies in European Cinema 14.3 (2017): 216-230.
“Teaching an Honors Seminar on #BlackLivesMatter in East Texas,” with Jeffery L. Littlejohn, Kimberly Bell, Patrick Lewis, and Julia May, Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 18.2 (2017): 3-15.
Peer Reviewed Chapters
“Resisting the Traps of Hegemony: Variation in Contemporary German Queer of Color Cinema,” with Priscilla Layne, Routledge Companion to European Cinema, ed. Gábor Gergely & Susan Hayward (New York: Routledge, 2022), 374-384.
“Introduction: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Slapstick,” “Introduction: History of Slapstick,” “Introduction: Instruments of Slapstick,” “Introduction: Narrative Structures of Slapstick,” “Introduction: Bodies of Slapstick,” “Introduction: Politics of Slapstick,” with Alena Lyons. Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion, ed. Ervin Malakaj and Alena E. Lyons (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021).
“Lubitsch’s Queer Slapstick Aesthetics,” Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion, ed. Ervin Malakaj and Alena E. Lyons (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021): 333-50.
“Diversity Programming, Student Outreach, and the Politics of Visible Inclusivity for Small German Programs,” Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching for Small German Programs, ed. Gabi Eichmanns and Melissa Etzler (New York: Routledge, 2020), 64-74.
“Alfred Rosenthal’s Rhetoric of Collaboration and Weimar Film Print Culture,” Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Film, ed. Barbara Hales and Valerie Weinstein (New York: Berghahn Books, 2020): 111–31.
“The State of Diversity and Decolonization in North American German Studies,” Transnational Education and German Studies, ed. Ben Nickl, Deane Blackler, and Stefan Popenici (New York: Springer, 2020): 85-101.
“Introduction: Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies,” with Regine Criser, Diversity & Decolonization in German Studies, ed. Regine Criser and Ervin Malakaj (New York: Palgrave, 2020): 1–22.
“Introduction: Market Strategies and German Literature in the Nineteenth Century,” with Vance Byrd, Market Strategies and German Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. Vance Byrd and Ervin Malakaj (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020): 1-22.
“Carl Emil Franzos’s Deutsche Dichtung and the Politics of Painstaking Editorial Labor,” Market Strategies and German Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. Vance Byrd and Ervin Malakaj (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020): 171-193.
“Senescence and Der Stechlin,” Fontane in the Twenty-First Century, ed. John Lyon and Brian Tucker (Rochester: Camden House, 2019): 232-247.
“Cruel Optimism and Post-68 Nostalgia in Helma Sanders-Brahms’ Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand,” Celluloid Revolt: German Screen Cultures and the Long 1968, ed. Christina Gerhardt and Marco Abel (Rochester: Camden House, 2019): 237-253.
“It’s Hard to Love Your Literary Studies,” Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach | blog. April 28, 2022.
“What Can We Learn from Slapstick Comedy?,” with Alena E. Lyons, de Gruyter Conversations. April 26, 2022.
“Historical Injury and Multidirectional Solidarity in Times of Crisis,” The New Fascism Syllabus. March 6, 2022.
“The Long Century’s Long Shadow: Weimar Cinema and the Romantic Modern by Kenneth S. Calhoon,” EuropeNow Journal. Issue 45, 9 November, 2021.
“Glacial Innovation,” Re-Imagining the Discipline: German Studies, the Humanities, and the University. Proceedings for conference held at Cornell University’s Institute for German Cultural Studies, 2020.
“Peter Handke Nobel Prize controversy: Literature Can’t be Judged on Esthetics Alone,” The Conversation. 27 January, 2020.