Faculty

Faculty

Visiting Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, room 2071
Fall 2021 Office Hours:

 

Research and teaching interests: Dr. Bilkić’s research focuses on how the moving image, specifically film essays and digital-based installations, engage with constructed notions of migration.  She is currently working on a manuscript that explores hyper-visuality, refugee camps, and networks of migrant communities as the new logic in contemporary globalization. Dr. Bilkić also loves being in the classroom, not only to teach the intricacies of German language, literature, and film, but especially to engage interdisciplinary as well as interchronological connections which allow students to view their current times in the context of a larger global narrative. She particularly enjoys teaching literary analysis, German cinema, and German for the professions.

Associate Professor
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Wescoe Hall, 2076
Fall 2021 Office Hours:

By appointment

Via Zoom or Skype

 

 Research and Teaching interests: Dr. Linden's research focuses on modern German-Jewish literature and thought, Austrian and German modernism, and the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. His first book, Karl Kraus and the Discourse of Modernity (NUP 2020), assesses the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus's literary production as well as Kraus's relationship to other important theorists of European modernity (Kierkegaard, Benjamin, Adorno). Dr. Linden has taught all levels of German language and culture, including courses on German film and on the German-language literature of 20th-century exiles and contemporary refugees.

Andrea Meyertholen
Assistant Professor
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Wescoe Hall, 2088
Fall 2021 Office Hours:

F: 3:00 – 4:00 & by appointment

Both In-Person and Via Zoom or Skype

Research and teaching interests: Dr. Meyertholen received her Ph.D. in Modern German Literature and Culture from Indiana University in 2014. Her interests connect post-1750 German literature and culture with art history and museum studies, and focus on painting in German-speaking Europe as represented through and in relation to different media. Bringing this fascination with modes of representation into the classroom, she engages art, film, and other visual media as a means to energize and enhance language learning.

Dr. Meyertholen has taught language and literature courses at all undergraduate levels, including for overseas study programs in both Germany and Austria. She has also studied at universities in Berlin and Würzburg, and worked in Munich. Her publications have explored interrelationships between Heinrich von Kleist and Caspar David Friedrich, Goethe's morphological thought and Wassily Kandinsky, and fairy tales in the foreign-language classroom. Past presentation topics have included Goethe’s poetry, the depiction of animals and zoos in art, Socialist aesthetics and political resistance, and fairy tales in literature, film, and pedagogy. 

 

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, 2078
Fall 2021 Office Hours:

 

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.

 Nina Vyatkina
Professor, Chair, Department of German Studies
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Wescoe Hall, Room 2082
Fall 2021 Office Hours:

By appointment

Both In-Person and Via Zoom or Skype

Research and teaching interests: Dr. Vyatkina’s research and teaching interests include German language, applied linguistics, instructed second language acquisition, and corpus-based language teaching. Her articles on these topics have appeared in leading Applied Linguistics journals. Her current project that intertwines community-engaged research and teaching is Incorporating Corpora. She serves as an Associate Editor of Language Learning & Technology, Executive Board member of CALICO (Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium), and Editorial Board member of International Journal of Learner Corpus Research.  


 


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