Jonas is a graduate student in the Department of German with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory. His dissertation project, tentatively entitled “Fugitive Forms,” investigates the interrelation between precarious mobility and poetic forms of reflection in 19th century German literature and philosophy. In this project, he argues that historically specific practices of writing translate movements of flight into textual forms allowing for a critique of nationalist modes of belonging. Jonas studied German and English at Humboldt-University Berlin from 2010 to 2016 and was an awardee of the German National Academic Foundation. His research has covered the form of the novel and the experience of time (Theodor Fontane), small forms and their mediality (Heinrich von Kleist), the interrelation of epics and migration, as well as critical reflections on media from photography (Siegfried Kracauer) to Instagram and Facebook (Senthuran Varatharajah).
- “Dressieren – Führen – Erziehen. Zur Kritik der Gewalt in zwei Fabeln von Kleist”. In: Unarten. Kleist und das Gesetz der Gattung, ed. by Andrea Allerkamp, Sebastian Schönbeck, and Matthias Preuss. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2018 (forthcoming).
- “Sharing Fugitive Lives. Digital Encounters in Senthuran Varatharajah’s Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen”. In: Transit 11(2) (2018). http://transit.berkeley.edu/2018/teupert/