Research

My current project focuses on philological implications in the works of Franz Kafka and Paul Celan, relating particularly to the trans-lingual discourse present within their writings as pertinent to trans-national discourses. I have conducted research for this project at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, from April to August 2017, where I also participated in Prof. Joseph Vogl’s PhD-colloquium “Das Wissen der Literatur” (“Knowledge of Literature”), in cooperation with Harvard University, Princeton University, and University of California, Berkeley.

In my project, I theorize the intersections of literature and science under the umbrella category of philology, which in the works of Franz Kafka and Paul Celan, has been shaped into not just a field of study, but also a disposition towards the practice of writing. The practice of writing which I therefore analyze involves forms, such as poetry, aphorisms, letters, novels, etc. wherein the authors engage in a discourse about language itself, out of which I extrapolate the possibility of an other language. The latter furthermore addresses the relativity of language by which language can be perceived as a space for change with regards to knowledge (Wissensveränderung). Not only is it my objective to demonstrate Franz Kafka’s and Paul Celan’s motivations for such an engagement with language through literature as a form of art (and science), but to formulate a theory of literature as a site of scientific transformations, dominated by language as the means for initiating these transformations.

In addition, I am also interested in (post-)colonial literary theories and the trans-lingual discourse present within literature, which is why I am constantly trying to learn new languages, having recently begun with Anishinaabemowin.

My research has been supported by the Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (April to August 2017), as well as being awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate ScholarshipsDoctoral Scholarship, SSHRC (2017-2020).

News and Presentations:

January 2019: John Noyes publishes new book on Herder’s Essay on Being; in the process of Prof. Noyes’ translation of the German text, I worked with him on the transcription of the original manuscript in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

March 2018: “Elementary Media: Philology in the Anthropocene.” 26th Annual Interdisciplinary Studies Conference. Department of German, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, USA

April 2017: Research visit at the Humboldt University in Berlin, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Joseph Vogl.

February 2017: “’Writing as Destiny’”: Benjamin’s and Kafka’s Tasks of Mapping Language. 5th Biennial German Jewish Studies Workshop, University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN, USA.

July 2016: “Abbildung des Exils: Demontierender Exildiskurs bei Herta Müller und Bertolt Brecht.” 21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA 2016), University of Vienna. Programme: https://icla2016.univie.ac.at/programme/scheduled-talks/