In 2015, André Schütze came to Seattle from Berlin via Los Angeles. He joined the Department of Germanics at the University of Washington after receiving degrees from Humboldt Universität and UCLA.
As lecturer at the University of Washington, André taught a range of interesting courses and worked with a diverse and talented group of students. He taught an Urban Humanities course on diversity in Berlin, a topic he will explore further at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria in June 2016. In winter quarter he taught German 322, one of the core courses for German majors and minors, which focused on the representation of East German culture and identity. This course sought to provide a more nuanced account of East German culture and identity through literary and historical texts, film and other visual arts, and to provide students with insights into the social, historical and political context of Germany behind the Mauer. Students collaborated on fascinating group projects on topics ranging from East German food culture to the environment to the Namibian refugees.
Before moving to his new appointment at Tulane University in the fall of 2016, André will offer his newly developed senior seminar for graduates and undergraduates, entitled The Longing for Authenticity: Constructing Reality in Film and New Media. For a full course description see https://germanics.washington.edu/courses/2016/summer/german/497/a