Archive: Nadia Samadi
August 28, 2023
September 1, 2023: 3rd year PhD student Elise Thora Volkmann recently performed the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Figaros Hochzeit. The production premiered in Middlebury, Vermont as part of the Middlebury German for Singer’s program and then travelled to Scharbeutz, Germany where Elise performed several additional shows. Photos taken by Bettina Matthias featuring other members of the cast.
August 4, 2023
4th year PhD student Sean Lambert has published a review of Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World in the journal Post45 Contemporaries. The essay appears as part of a cluster of writings on “heteropessimism.” Click here for article.
Former Graduate student Jon Cho-Polizzi, now Assistant Professor of German (LSA Collegiate Fellow 2022) in the Dept of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, has two new publications:
April 15, 2023
— an English translation of the best-selling German nonfiction book, Desintegriert euch! by Max Czollek, published in English by Restless Books as De-Integrate: A Jewish Survival Guide for the 21st Century. — an English translation of the novel Adas Raum by Sharon Dodua Otoo. The translation was picked up by two different publishers and published in two different editions. Penguin’s Riverhead Books in the US published it as Ada’s Room and MacLehose Press in the UK and Commonwealth published it as Ada’s Realm Congratulations, Jon!
Graduate Student Lou Silhol-Macher receives a Townsend Dissertation Fellowship for 2023-24 at the Townsend Center for the Humanities.
February 21, 2023
Lou is finishing her dissertation titled “Of Goo and Dust: Aesthetic Theories of Formlessness.” Congratulations!
Graduate Student Qingyang Freya Zhou receives the German Studies Association Prize for the Best Essay in German Studies by a Graduate Student
November 12, 2022
2022 Winner of the GSA Prize for the Best Essay in German Studies by a Graduate Student: Qingyang Freya Zhou (University of California-Berkeley): “‘A Temporality of Imminent, Never-Consummated Arrival’: Contemporary German Documentaries on North Korea” Laudatio: Zhou’s essay uses close readings of contemporary documentaries to re-assess socialist experiments in the 20th century, as well as to illuminate the status of political documentary in the 21st. The stakes of the argument and the importance of Zhou’s intervention into scholarship on contemporary documentary are immediately clear and Zhou’s transnational analysis (two Germanies/two Koreas) is especially noteworthy given that it is very…
November 1, 2022
Yael Almog, “Politics and Literary Capital in Tomer Gardi’s Broken German,” German Studies Review, Volume 45, Number 3, October 2022, pp. 557-576. Yael is an Associate Professor of German at Durham University, UK, and the author of Secularism and Hermeneutics (2019).
November 1, 2022
Paul Dobryden, “Marked Man: Fantasies of the Able Body in Fritz Lang’s M,” German Studies Review, Volume 45, Number 3, October 2022, pp. 407-428. Paul is an Assistant Professor of German at the University of Virginia and the author of The Hygienic Apparatus: Weimar Cinema and Environmental Disorder (2022).
Graduate Student Qingyang Freya Zhou presents a paper and Participates in a Roundtable Discussion at the German Studies Association Conference
October 3, 2022
She presented a paper titled “Redefining Media Literacy” at a three-day seminar on “German Studies Approaches to Media Literacy,” co-organized by Thomas Küpper, Tanja Nusser, and Rolf Parr. This paper grew out of Prof. Lilla Balint’s seminar on “Digital Literatures, Critical Practices” last semester. She was one of five discussants at the “Asian German Studies Roundtable: East Asian-German Cinema.” There she promoted the “Asian German Filmography: A Teaching Guide,” which she co-authored with Zach Ramon Fitzpatrick (Wesleyan University) and Qinna Shen (Bryn Mawr College) and published on the Multicultural Germany Project website. She also promoted the chapter line-ups of…
October 1, 2022
Co-edited with Cynthia Walk from the Sunrise Foundation for the Study of German Cinema and Media, WeimarCinema.org represents a central online archive and research hub for the exploration of Weimar film culture. The project would not have been possible without the collaboration of former and current graduate students in the German department.
Graduate Student Qingyang Freya Zhou publishes an article and becomes the new assistant of the German Studies Review book review section
September 27, 2022
Freya’s article “Queering the Screen: Spectral Figures and German-Taiwanese Encounters in Monika Treut’s Ghosted” was published in Seminar (University of Toronto Press) vol 58 Issue 3 September 2022, pp. 251-270.