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Lorie A. Vanchena, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - German Studies
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall, 2078
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
Second office:
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Max Kade Center for German-American Studies (Sudler House) 1134 W. 11th St. Lawrence, KS 66044



Summary
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Rresearch and teaching interests: Dr. Vanchena's current research focuses on German immigrant culture in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is creating a scholarly digital archive of poems written by German Americans during the First World War. She uses this poetry to examine how German immigrants and their descendants defined their national identity from 1914 to 1918. She also engages with the local history museum to study the Turner movement in Lawrence, KS.  Dr. Vanchena teaches courses on the German-American experience, German-language literature, and contemporary German-speaking Europe. She regularly teaches lower-level and advanced online courses for the BGS degree completion program.

Teaching

Dr. Vanchena teaches courses on the German-American experience, German-language literature, and contemporary German-speaking Europe. She regularly teaches courses for the online BGS Degree-Completion Program.

Teaching Interests

  • German-language literature, German-American experience, contemporary German-speaking Europe, online courses

Research

Dr. Vanchena's current research focuses on German immigrant culture in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is creating a digital scholarly archive of poems written by German Americans during the First World War and uses this poetry to explore how German immigrants and their descendants defined their national identity during the war. She is also engaged with local German American history such as the Lawrence Turnverein.

Research Interests

  • World War I
  • Immigrants
  • Poetry
  • 19th-century German culture in America
  • Cultural transfer
  • Cultural identity
  • Immigrant identity
  • Reinhold Solger
  • 19th-century
  • Political literature
  • Nationalism: national identity

Service

Dr. Vanchena directs the Max Kade Center for German-American Studies and currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Chair.

Memberships

German Studies Association, Modern Languages Association

Selected Publications

Vanchena, Lorie A. “Reading German Culture, 1789-1918: Distant Readings/Descriptive Turns: Topologies of German Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century,  Washington University in St. Louis 21st St. Louis Symposium on German Literature & Culture,.” Web Publishing (article, blog, etc.). JLT - Journal of Literary Theory. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter, July 28, 2012. http://www.JLTonline.de.
Vanchena, Lorie A. “Transatlantische Interpretationen Des Amerikaerlebens: Reinhold Solger’s Anton in Amerika.” Book Chapters. In Amerika Im Europäischen Roman Um 1850. Varianten Transatlantischer Erfahrung, edited by Alexander Ritter, 237–50. Vienna: Praesens Verlag, 2011.
Solger, Reinhold. Anton in America: A Novel from German-American Life. Books. Edited by Werner Sollors. Vol. 3 of New Directions in German-American Studies. Vol. 3. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.
Vanchena, Lorie A. “From Domestic Farce to Abolitionist Satire: Reinhold Solger’s Reframing of the Union (1860).” Book Chapters. In German Culture in Nineteenth-Century America: Reception, Adaptation, Transformation, edited by Lynne Tatlock and Matt Erlin, 289–316. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005.
Vanchena, Lorie A. Political Poetry in Periodicals and the Shaping of German National Consciousness in the Nineteenth Century. Books. Edited by Jeffrey L. Sammons. Vol. 26. New York: Peter Lang, 2000.

Selected Presentations

Vanchena, L., & Crist, A. (11/20/2017). The WWI Immigrant Poetry Digital Humanities Project. Hall Center Digital Humanities Seminar. Lawrence, KS
Vanchena, L. A. (9/30/2011). A Transnational Perspective: Germans Fighting for the Union and German National Identity. German Studies Association Annual Conference. Louisville, KY
Vanchena, L. A. (4/30/2011). Solger, Freiligrath, Schiller: Transatlantic Cultural Transfer. Hall Center for the Humanities, Early Modern Seminar and Modernities Seminar, University of Kansas. Hall Center for the Humanities

Selected Grants

Dean's Award for Exceptional Student Mentoring, Research Excellence Initiative. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. $3500.00. Submitted 11/1/2017 (1/1/2017 - 8/31/2017). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. $1000 in research funds and $2500 in summer salary, in lieu of a course release
Seed Grant. KU Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities. $14928.51. Submitted 12/1/2014 (5/1/2015 - 5/31/2016). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. Awarded for the KU Editorial Branch, American World War I Poetry Digital Archive, a collaborative project with Kansas State University. KU Editorial Branch focuses on immigrant poetry written in response to WWI. Funds three undergraduate research assistants who are identifying, transcribing, encoding (XML), and annotating poetry.
General Research Fund Award. University of Kansas. $5888.00. (12/31/2009). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. Research trips to the Library of Congress and the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin
Revisitation Research Grant for Faculty. German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdiens). (12/31/2007). Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded. One month of archival research in Frankfurt am Main and Karlsruhe, Germany
Franklin Research Grant. American Philosophical Society. $1000.00. (3/31/2005). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded. One week of research at the Library of Congress.

Selected Awards & Honors

K. Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Center for Undergraduate Research
2017
J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2015

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