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MemberErvin Malakaj

I am Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of British Columbia. Prior to my appointment at UBC, I served as Assistant Professor of German and Coordinator of the German Program at Sam Houston State University. I received my Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures and Film & Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis (2015) and hold a B.A. (2007) and M.A. (2009) in German Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

I specialize in late-18th to 21st-century German media and cultural history. In particular, my research focuses on 19th-century literary cultures, film history (Imperial Germany, Weimar Germany, cinema of the 60s and 70s), narrative theory, queer theory, and critical pedagogy.

Currently, I am writing a book examining the influence of fluctuating literary markets on authorial agency and narrative form provisionally titled Fragile Literary Cultures in Early Imperial Germany. Part and parcel of this research is my work on a volume titled The Becoming and Afterlife of Literature: Agents in the German Literary Field (co-edited with Vance Byrd).

My scholarship in film studies includes a book project examining the primacy of melodramatic form in the articulation of queer experiences in popular culture and the intellectual sphere of Weimar Germany. In addition, I am completing an article, which examines the queer potential of slapstick in Ernst Lubitsch’s early comedies. This article is part of my work on an edited volume titled An Interdisciplinary Companion to Slapstick Cultures (co-edited with Alena Lyons and under advanced contract with de Gruyter).

In 2016, I co-founded the international scholarly collective “Diversity, Decolonialization, and the German Curriculum” (DDGC). Following DDGC’s inaugural conference March 2017 at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, DDGC has been institutionalized into a biannual conference (the next conference will take place Spring 2019 at St. Olaf College). I also serve as the co-editor of DDGC’s official blog.

MemberJulie Shoults

Julie Shoults is currently a Lecturer in German at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She received her PhD in German Studies in 2015 from the University of Connecticut, where she also earned her M.A. in German Studies (2009) and her Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies (2011). She was an instructor in the Department of Literatures, Cultures, & Languages and in the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program while at UConn. Before attending the University of Connecticut, Julie earned her B.A. in German and English at Moravian College (2005) and spent a year as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Berlin, Germany (2005-2006). Her research interests include life writing and autobiographical genres, women and socialism, and German Expressionism, and her dissertation, “Narrating a Tradition: Socialist Women with a Feminist Consciousness in the German Bildungsroman” was awarded the 2016 Dissertation Prize by the Coalition of Women in German. Her current projects focus on the intersections of gender and violence in the contexts of WWI, WWII, and the GDR.