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JUAN-JACQUES AUPIAIS Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan-Jacques Aupiais hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his bachelor's degree in the German department at Princeton University, where his focus was on German Intellectual history and his independent research approached the work of Kant, Heidegger, and Hölderlin. JJ comes to Cornell to further develop his interests in German intellectual history, especially with a view to investigating the global reception and place within comparative intellectual history of German philosophy and literature, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries.
ALEXANDER BROWN Email: email@example.com
DAVID DUNHAM Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DANIEL BINSWANGER FRIEDMAN Email: email@example.com
Daniel studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Oregon before completing an M.F.A. in poetry at CUNY Brooklyn College. Through the support of the Fulbright and DAAD Foundations he then spent the next three years studying and writing in Vienna and Berlin. He is a member of the translation collective VERSATORIUM and continues to actively work on new poetry and prose projects. Daniel's chief interests center around 20th century German-language philosophy and literature, in particular Austrian literature, the origins of analytic and non-analytic philosophies of language, and the 20th century novel. He also has a fascination with pronouns, Russian syntax, and the question of whether words and numbers are objects.
MARIAENRICA GIANNUZZI Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mariaenrica Giannuzzi received her MA degree in philosophy from the University La Sapienza in Rome. Her MA-thesis probes the intellectual history of German geology as it is mined in the works of Paul Celan. Mariaenrica is co-curator of IAPhItalia, the Italian web site of The International Association of Women Philosophers (Iaphitalia.org<http://iaphitalia.org/>). She also helps to moderate effimera.org<http://effimera.org/>, an online resource for the philosophy of social criticism.
FLORENZ GILLY Email: email@example.com
Florenz minored in German Literature and Philosophy at Humboldt University of Berlin. He will be joining Cornell’s German Department for the academic year 2018/19. His research interests include Austrian literature, genre theory with special focus on the theory and pragmatics of small forms, Berlin theater history of the 19th century, history of literary studies in Nazi Germany, and the cultural history of sexuality.
JETTE GINDNER Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jette Gindner works on literature and cinema from the 19th to the 21st century, literary and cinematic realisms and theories of realism (in particular, rereading Lukács against Lukács), as well as the relationship of Marxian value-form theory and the politics of aesthetic form. Her dissertation project analyzes contemporary German-language literature and cinema as mediations of capitalist crisis, especially the still unfolding 2008 financial and economic crisis and the elimination of human labor from industrial production, against the historical-political backdrop of postsocialism. Her scholarship is also informed by her Master’s degree in Economics and Philosophy (London School of Economics).
WILLIAM KRIEGER Email: email@example.com
SOEREN LARSEN Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Soeren Larsen received an MA in comparative Literature from University of Copenhagen and an MA in English Literature from University of Virginia. He focuses on German Idealism, Lacanian psychoanalysis and post-enlightenment literature, literary theory, political-theology, Heidegger,Marxism, German philosophy in France.
SOPHIA LÉONARD Email: email@example.com
Prior to coming to Cornell, Sophia studied German Philology and Literature as well as Romance Studies in Bamberg, Aix-en-Provence and Tübingen (B.A., 2014). She received her M.A. (2017) in Comparative Literature from the University of Vienna, writing a master's thesis “Variation and Re-scoring” that focused on Michael Hamburger's translations of Paul Celan's poem “Blume”. At Cornell, she plans to investigate, in particular, questions of philology, narratology, translation and dramatic theory, probing the relationships between them. Sophia is a member of VERSATORIUM: Verein für Gedichte und Übersetzung and has worked as a dramaturgical and directorial assistant for productions at the Grillo-Theater Essen and Zimmertheater Tübingen.
MARK MANDYCH Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MATTHIAS MÜLLER Email: email@example.com
Further areas of interest include German literature since 1600, the history and afterlife of the Baroque, aesthetics, travel writing, and reportage.
SANDER OOSTEROM Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRISTINE SCHOTT Email: email@example.com
Christine is currently writing her dissertation on Paul Celan and the philosophical, philological and public reception of the poet in postwar Germany and Europe, and asks how this reception responds to the plagiarism charges Celan faced in the 1960s. Christine's interest include: hermeneutic theory and philology, theories of text and reading, postwar and contemporary poetry that challenges notions of intelligibility and practices of reading (including performance and sound poetry), German-Jewish Studies, esp. Jewish intellectual life in Germany and Europe after 45, law and literature, contemporaneity and friendship in criticism. In addition, Christine has a passion for contemporary visual art, and publishes reviews of emerging artists.
ANNEKATRIN SOMMER Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before arriving at Cornell in 2014, Annekatrin Sommer studied German literature, rhetoric, and literary and cultural theory in Tübingen and St. Louis. She works on Post-Oedipal Kinship Narratives and the Poetics of Sisterhood in German Literature and Queer Theory Since 1977.
MATTHEW STOLTZ Email: email@example.com
Matthew’s research investigates the interplay between theology, aesthetics, and literature from the Enlightenment to Early German Romanticism. His dissertation traces a constellation of literary figures (Klopstock, Lessing, Novalis) attempting to restore a sense of wholeness to religious subjectivity, which had suffered from the effects of modern skepticism. The project compares the different methodological approaches developed by each author, and explores how literature not only became fully conversant in the dialogue between faith and reason, but also helped shape modern conceptions of faith. Related areas of interest include: philosophies of history; questions of theodicy; secularization debates; politics and theology; rhetoric and hermeneutics.
JACY TACKETT Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EMIR YIGIT Email: email@example.com
Emir hails from Istanbul, Turkey and has studied German Literature, Philosophy and Psychology at McGill University in Montreal and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is currently interested in 19th century depictions of community, public life and familial relations. He works on the metaphysical background to Hegel’s social and political thought, and examines literary descriptions of familial ties, private desires, public commitments and lawful practices in late-romantic to realist texts. His other interests include Naturphilosophie and various Romantic appropriations of Spinoza.
LEIGH YORK Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NICHOLAS ZYZDA Email: email@example.com
Nicholas studied German and Classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder before beginning graduate studies at Cornell. His interests include German literature, philosophy, theology, and the relationship between antiquity and modernity, especially through the German reception of ancient Greek culture.