Visiting Faculty


Moritz Wedell
Moritz WedellMoritz Wedell holds a PhD from the Humboldt University Berlin in medieval German language and literature. He came to Berkeley as a Visiting Scholar in Fall Semester 2012 (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation) and has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the German Department since Fall 2014. His current book project focuses on creativity and authorship in the Middle Ages. Methodologically, his work draws largely on historical semantics and recent historical narratology. More generally, he is interested in the history of literary forms of production in light of the intellectual history of the time and in relation to contemporary rhetorical, religious, and social practices. Other research areas include anthropological perspectives, particularly concepts and practices of space, image, and the gift, as well as the interference of numerical and narrative knowledge in the Middle Ages. Recent publications include journal articles on medieval and baroque adaptations of biblical creation narratives (“Poetische Willekuer,” ZfdA 2013) and the poetics of the divine word (“Radikal-evangelische Poetik,” Archiv 2013), three (co-)edited volumes on poetics of the love gift (Liebesgaben, 2012), medieval concepts of marginality (Marginalität, 2011), and on the status and poetics of number in medieval manuscript culture (Was zählt, 2012). The topic of the latter emerged from his monographic study on the medieval number between orality and literacy (Zählen, 2011). Currently he organizes a series of workshops focusing on the phenomenology of praise in medieval culture in co-operation with Niklaus Largier (UC Berkeley) and Claire Jones (University of Notre Dame). His teaching portfolio includes Arthurian novel, medieval religious literature, medieval, and baroque poetry, literary theory, and the history of cultural techniques (word—image—number). Currently he is teaching an introduction to Middle High German language and literature and a course on “Creativity, Authorship, and the Roots of ‘Intellectual Property,’” (German 123). His German 123 course focuses on the prehistory of “intellectual property” and connects it with questions of authorship in the digital age.
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Arnhilt Johanna Hoefle
Arnhilt Johanna Hoefle joined the Department as a postdoctoral scholar (Erwin Schrödinger Fellow) in fall 2014. Her postdoctoral project is a comparative study focusing on the negotiation of masculinities in German-language and Chinese-language literatures. After studies in Vienna and Beijing, she received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of London earlier in 2014. In her doctoral project she investigated the fascinating reception history of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) in the Chinese-speaking world. She has published on Zweig as well as on the reception of the controversial Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek in China. Her research interests include gender studies, postcolonial theory, sociological approaches to literature and translation, theories of cultural transfer, film and seriality studies, Taiwan and Cross-Strait relations. Her most recent publication is: Arnhilt Johanna Hoefle. “Habsburg Nostalgia and the Occidental Other: Chinese Perspectives on Stefan Zweig’s Novellas”. Journal of Austrian Studies 47/2 (Summer 2014): 105-130.
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Andrea Sinn
Andrea Sinn is the DAAD-Professor for German History at the University of California at Berkeley. She received her Master and her PhD from Munich University, Germany. Her research and teaching focus is on modern European history with specialties in German, Jewish, and migration history. Her current project “Joining the German Home Front: Jewish Women and the First World War” is inspired by the apparent absence of female and minority perspectives in studies addressing World War I.  She has been a fellow of the German National Merit Foundation and was awarded a Ph.D. Scholarship of the German Historical Institute – London, before teaching as Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department for Jewish History and Culture, Munich University, and curating two exhibitions for the Jewish Cultural Museum Augsburg-Swabia, Germany.  She is the author of “Und ich lebe wieder an der Isar”. Exil und Rückkehr des Münchner Juden Hans Lamm (Munich: Oldenbourg, 2008) and Jüdische Politik und Presse in der frühen Bundesrepublik (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht, forthcoming 2013). She has published articles on German-Jewish experiences during the Nazi-Dictatorship, personal and collective challenges of exile and return, as well as the rebuilding of Jewish life in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Erica Weitzman – Visiting Assistant Professor in German and Comparative Literature

Erica Weitzman Erica Weitzman received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University in the spring of 2012. She was additionally a doctoral fellow at the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Graduiertenkolleg “Lebensformen und Lebenswissen” at the Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) and the Universität Potsdam from 2008-2011, and from 2012-2014 a Volkswagen/Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg “Das Reale in der Kultur der Moderne” at the Universität Konstanz. She also holds masters degrees in creative writing and critical theory, respectively, from Boston University and the New School for Social Research. Her forthcoming book, Irony’s Antics: Walser, Kafka, Roth and the German Comic Tradition (Northwestern University Press, 2014), explores the ways in which Romantic irony is reactivated in the early twentieth century to create a new form of the comic with broad implications. Articles of hers have appeared or are forthcoming in MLN, German Quarterly, Law and Literature, JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, Theory and Event, and Journal of Austrian Studies. Her most current project focuses on the notion of the obscene as a problem of representation in German realism and naturalism, particularly in terms of the crossing of the “reality effect” with the waning of anthropological framing devices. Research interests include: ethics and aesthetics; nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German-language literature; theories of the comic, irony, wit, humor, and jokes; thing studies; rhetoric; European culture around World War I.

Previous Visiting Professors since 2000

  • Ethel Matala de Mazza (HU Berlin), Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2012: “Political Philosophy”
  • Gertrud Koch (FU Berlin), Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2011: “Space and Time in Cinema”
  • Hans-Thies Lehmann (FU Berlin), Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, Spring 2011: “German Theatre since 1968”
  • Michael Schuering, DAAD Guest Professor, 2007-2011, History of Science and Culture
  • Jan-Dirk Müller (Munich), Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2009: “Nibelungenlied”
  • Claudia Benthien (Hamburg), Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2008: “The Body in Literature”
  • Joseph Vogl (HU Berlin), Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2007: “Kafka”
  • Wilhelm Vosskamp (Cologne), Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2006: “Faust”
  • Kurt Mueller-Vollmer (Stanford University), Visiting Professor (Fall 2005): “German Idealism”
  • Jeffrey Grossman (University of Virginia) Visiting Professor (Spring 2004): Yiddish Literature”
  • Zafer Senocak (Berlin), Max Kade Visiting Professor, Spring 2003: “Rethinking Diversity”
  • Werner Abraham (Vienna), Visiting Professor, 2000/2001: Germanic Linguistics
  • Thomas Elsaesser (Amsterdam), Max Kade Distinguished Visting Professor, Spring 2000: “Weimar Cinema”