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German & Scandinavian Studies, Deparment of Languages and Literatures


Ela Gezen
Assistant Professor of German & Scandinavian Studies

Contact Information
Location: Herter Hall 517
Phone: (413) 545-6678
Email: egezen[at]

Research Interests
20th and 21st century German and Turkish literature and music, minority studies, cultural studies, transnationalism, Turkish-German studies, Orientalism

Relevant Links
American Comparative Literature Association
American Association of Teachers of German
German Studies Association
International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Coalition of Women in German

Ph.D. 2012, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
M.A. 2005, Central Eurasian Studies (Turkish Studies), Indiana University Bloomington
B.A. 2001, American, French, and Turkish Studies, Freie Universit‰t Berlin

Recent Courses
German 379: Germany Today
German 310: Advanced German
German 425: Advanced Composition and Conversation
German 697MV: Interrogating Germanness

Selected Publications
ìHeimisches Berlin: Turkish-German Longing and Belonging,î Jahrbuch f¸r T¸rkisch-deutsche Studien 2. Gˆttingen: V&R unipress, 2011. 143-164.
ìThe Soundtrack of Migration: Tahsin Incirci and the T¸rkischer Arbeiterchor West Berlin,î Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur 24.2 (2010). 119-131.

Selected Presentations
ìBrecht alla Turca: The Impact of Brecht on Turkish-German Texts,î American Comparative Literature Association, Toronto, April 2013
ìTraces That Won't Go Away: Turkish-German Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Turkish Immigration to Germany,î German Studies Association, Milwaukee, September 2012.
ìOrienting Berlin: Turkish-German Music in the Capital,î German Studies Association, Louisville, September 2011
ìEast meets West: Connecting Istanbul and Berlin in Turkish-German Literature and Music,î German Studies Association, Oakland, October 2010
ìëGastarbeiterí in Berlin: Writing and Singing Solidarity,î Graduiertenkolleg Interkulturelle Konstellationen im deutsch-t¸rkischen Kontext, Universit‰t Paderborn, December 2009
ìHeimisches Berlin: Longing and Belonging in Turkish-German Literature,î German Studies Association, Washington D.C., October 2009
ìEast and West, Twain Shall Meet - An Investigation of Cross-Cultural Topographies in Turkish-German Literature,î American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, March 2009
ìSounding Belonging: Representations of Place in Turkish-German Rap,î German Studies Association, Minnesota, October 2008
ìPoetics of Diaspora: Negotiating Belonging in the Afro-German Context,î co-presented with Joshua Hawkins at the Midwestern Modern Language Association, Cleveland, November 2007
ìTurkish-German Rap: A ëChanging Same?í,î Michigan Academy Annual Meeting, Big Rapids, March 2007
ìAziza-A: Oriental Rap Made in Germany,î Pacific Sociological Association, Oakland, March 2007
ìKanack Attack: Voices of Opposition,î Popular Culture Association, Atlanta, April 2006