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Verena Kick

Graduate Student, Germanics
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Spring Quarter 2018: Abroad in Germany


M.A., German, University of Oregon, 2009
Staatsexamen, German, Cath. Theology, University of Regensburg, 2010

Verena Kick is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Germanics and a candidate for the Cinema and Media Studies Certificate, offered by the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media. 

Her academic interests include the genre of the essay, literature of the Weimar Republic, critical theory, structures of the public sphere, and digital culture. Her dissertation focuses on the evolution of the essay in various media (print, photo, film, online) in the 20th and 21st century, addressing the relationship of the essay to the public sphere.

She is also interested in Digital Humanities, focusing on digital pedagogy and digital publishing. She has participated in various courses at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in Victoria, Canada, including “Online Collaborative Scholarship”, “Creating Digital Humanities Projects for the Mobile Environment” and “Text Mapping as Modelling”. She has also held workshops on DH in the Department of Germanics at UW. Supported by the DH Commons Summer Fellowship, intitated by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, she is also working on publishing one chapter of her dissertation with the online platform Scalar

In Spring 2015, she was the instructor of GER 304 German Play, directing an adaptation of Ulrich Plenzdorf’s “Die Neuen Leiden des jungen W.” In Summer 2015, she completed the certificate “Localization: Language and Technology for the Global Market”, offered by UW Professional & Continuing Education.

In Summer 2017, she was able to conduct research for her dissertation at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, which was made possible by a stipend awarded by the "American Friends of Marbach."

This academic school year, she will be serving in Fall quarter as a TA for GER 385: Rhetoric and Social Justice - "Sympathy for the Devil" (Prof. Ellwood Wiggins) and she is looking forward to returning to the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach in Spring quarter to continue her research for her dissertation.


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