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Verena Kick

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M.A., German, University of Oregon, 2009
Staatsexamen (La Gym.), Germanistik, Kath. Theologie, Universität Regensburg, 2010
Certificate: "Cinema and Media Studies," 2012
Certificate: "Localization – Language and Technology for the Global Market," 2015

Verena Kick is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Germanics. Her current research focuses on the intersection of German literature and visual culture, specifically on the combination of texts and images as an approach to examine the changing public sphere in Weimar Germany. In her dissertation, she examines how photobooks reuse previously published images and texts to specifically address workers, soldiers, and women, casting these three social groups as counter-publics. Her research has been supported by the American Friends of Marbach, the Kurt Tucholsky Stiftung and the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.

In Summer 2018, she was a Digital Humanities Summer Fellow at the University of Washington, developing a digital addendum for her dissertation. Kurt Tucholsky’s and John Heartfield’s photobook Deutschland, Deutschland über Alles is at the center of her digital project (developed with Scalar), entitled “Revolutionizing the Public Sphere in the Weimar Republic – The ‘Invasion’ of the Working Class.” The project both complements her dissertation and serves as a textbook for a course she is developing on Weimar Germany and visual culture. 

She has presented her research at conferences organized by the GSA (2018; 2015), the MLA (2016; 2014), the NeMLA and the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. Recently, she also gave a talk at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, where she spent Spring 2018 to work on her dissertation, supported by the Kurt Tucholsky Stiftung. 

In Fall 2018, she is looking forward to working again as a Teaching Assistant with Professor Ellwood Wiggins for GER 385: Rhetoric and Social Justice - "Sympathy for the Devil.” In Winter 2019, she will finalize her dissertation, supported by the UW Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship. 

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