Dr. Malakaj specializes in late-18th- to 21st-century German media and cultural history. His research focuses on 19th-century literary cultures and German film and media studies (with a focus on Weimar cinema and queer German cinema). This work variously engages scholarship in affect, narrative, and queer theory. He is also interested in critical approaches to German studies as vital modes of humanities and language study advocacy.
Dr. Malakaj is currently writing a book examining the influence of literary markets on authorial agency and narrative form provisionally titled Fragile Poetics: Precarity, and Literary Form in Early Wilhelmine 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 (Grinnell College).
His scholarship in film studies includes research on melodrama, slapstick, queer aesthetics, and periodical culture. Dr. Malakaj recently completed work on a volume, Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion (2021, de Gruyter), which is co-edited with Alena Lyons (University of Hamburg).
Dr. Malakaj is invested in scholarly collectives and has co-founded several research and advocacy networks as part of this investment. 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 the DDGC Blog. Since the 2020 conference “The Pasts and Futures of Queer German Studies,” which he co-organized with Kyle Frackman (UBC), he has been part of an unofficial network devised to advance queer and trans German studies. Finally, in 2021, Dr. Malakaj co-founded the CES Cinema Studies Network, which seeks to highlight the work of scholars and students with interest in Central, Eastern, and Southern European cinema cultures.
T1 Winter 2021, he will teach an undergraduate course titled “Bad Feelings” (CENS 202 001) and a graduate seminar titled “Biopolitics” (GERM 501B).
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). In 2020, Dr. Malakaj was appointed to the editorial board of Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature.
Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion, co-edited with Alena Lyons (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2021). (forthcoming)
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
“DDGC and Misfit Archives,” with Regine Criser, Seminar 57.3 (2021): 295-302. (forthcoming)
“A Comparative Analysis of Cultural Representations in Collegiate World Language Textbooks,” with Baburhan Uzum, Bedretting 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
“Introduction: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Slapstick,” “Introduction: History of Slapstick Section,” “Introduction: Instruments of Slapstick Section,” “Introduction: Narrative Structures of Slapstick Section,” “Introduction: Bodies of Slapstick Section,” “Introduction: Politics of Slapstick Section,” Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion, ed. Alena E. Lyons and Ervin Malakaj (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2021). (forthcoming)
“Lubitsch’s Queer Slapstick Aesthetics,” Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion, ed. Ervin Malakaj and Alena E. Lyons (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2021): 333-350. (forthcoming)
“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 & 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 & Valerie Weinstein (New York: Berghahn Books, 2020): 111–131.
“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.
“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.
“A New Language-Teaching Narrative for a 21st-Century Democracy,” Academe Blog: The Blog of Academe Magazine. September 23, 2019. With Yuliya Komska, David Gramling, Roberto Rey Agudo, and Alberto Bruzos Moro.