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German & Scandinavian Studies, Deparment of Languages and Literatures

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Ela Gezen

Assistant Professor of German & Scandinavian Studies

Contact Information

Location: Herter Hall 517
Phone: (413) 545-6678
Email: egezen[at]german.umass.edu
http://elagezen.weebly.com

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

Education

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 Universität Berlin

Recent Courses

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

Selected Publications

  • “Heimisches Berlin: Turkish-German Longing and Belonging,” Jahrbuch für Türkisch-deutsche Studien 2. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2011. 143-164.
  • The Soundtrack of Migration: Tahsin Incirci and the Türkischer Arbeiterchor West Berlin,” Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur 24.2 (2010). 119-131.

Selected Presentations

  • “Brecht alla Turca: The Impact of Brecht on Turkish-German Texts,” American Comparative Literature Association, Toronto, April 2013 
  • Traces That Won't Go Away: Turkish-German Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Turkish Immigration to Germany,” German Studies Association, Milwaukee, September 2012.
  • “Orienting Berlin: Turkish-German Music in the Capital,” German Studies Association, Louisville, September 2011
  • “East meets West: Connecting Istanbul and Berlin in Turkish-German Literature and Music,” German Studies Association, Oakland, October 2010
  • “‘Gastarbeiter’ in Berlin: Writing and Singing Solidarity,” Graduiertenkolleg Interkulturelle Konstellationen im deutsch-türkischen Kontext, Universität Paderborn, December 2009
  • “Heimisches Berlin: Longing and Belonging in Turkish-German Literature,” German Studies Association, Washington D.C., October 2009
  • “East and West, Twain Shall Meet - An Investigation of Cross-Cultural Topographies in Turkish-German Literature,” American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, March 2009
  • “Sounding Belonging: Representations of Place in Turkish-German Rap,” German Studies Association, Minnesota, October 2008
  • “Poetics of Diaspora: Negotiating Belonging in the Afro-German Context,” co-presented with Joshua Hawkins at the Midwestern Modern Language Association, Cleveland, November 2007 
  • “Turkish-German Rap: A ‘Changing Same?’,” Michigan Academy Annual Meeting, Big Rapids, March 2007
  • “Aziza-A: Oriental Rap Made in Germany,” Pacific Sociological Association, Oakland, March 2007
  • “Kanack Attack: Voices of Opposition,” Popular Culture Association, Atlanta, April 2006