Ian DeMedeiros (2017), Dr. Jeep, and Travis Collins (2016) Ian DeMedeiros (2017), Dr. John Jeep, and Travis Collins (2016) grab a coffee before a  German meeting in King Café.

Dr. Sascha Gerhards

Dr. Sascha Gerhards

Dr. Sascha Gerhards
Visiting Assistant Professor

EDUCATION HISTORY

  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis (2013). Department of German & Russian.
    Dissertation: “Zeitgeist of Murder – the Krimi and Social Transformation in post-1945 Germany.”
    Dissertation Committee: Jaimey Fisher (Chair), Elisabeth Krimmer, Carlee Arnett.
    Designated Emphasis (Graduate Minor) in Critical Theory.
  • M.A., University of Rochester, NY (2005)
    Three written theses: author: Karl Marx; period: the 19th-Century Gothic Novel; genre: 20th-Century Modern Film; oral defense
  • B.A. equivalent, University of Cologne, Germany (2001)
    German equivalent of B.A. degree, majors in English and Social Sciences, minor in Pedagogy

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of German: Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, Miami University, Oxford, OH (2013-present)
  • Consultant & Teacher (part time): German language, culture, and business etiquette, GLL Real Estate Partners, San Francisco, CA (2009-2010)

FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

  • Research Grant, awarded by the Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures at Miami University, Summer 2015
  • Max Kade Distinguished Fellowship in German Studies, 2012/13 academic year
  • Dissertation Quarter Fellowship, awarded by the Department of German and Russian at the University of California, Davis, Spring Quarter 2012
  • Summer Travel Grant, Davis Humanities Institute, Summer 2011
  • Summer Research Stipend, Davis Humanities Institute, Summer 2010
  • Summer Travel Grant, Davis Humanities Institute, Summer 2010
  • UC Davis & Humanities Graduate Research Award, 2009/2010 academic year
  • Max Kade Distinguished Fellowship in German Studies, 2007/08 academic year

TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • German crime fiction and film with a particular focus on the crime television series Tatort (West Germany) and Polizeiruf 110 (East Germany)
  • The implicit depiction of social change in literary and audiovisual genres; aspects of German social, cultural, and economic realms
  • Post-1945 German literature; focus on the modern coming-of-age story (especially the Krimi as Bildungsroman)
  • The applicability of Critical Theory to contemporary media; focus on television and the World Wide Web; satire as a means of civil disobedience
  • Comparative literary and film studies; focus on German, English, and Italian media, particularly social criticism in film and television; the wave of New German Cinema
  • Music in dialect and the unique musical admiration for the city of Cologne

PUBLICATIONS (PEER-REVIEWED)

  • “Krimi: Quo Vadis.” Tatort Germany: The Curious Case of German-Language Crime Fiction. Ed. Todd Herzog & Lynn Kutch. (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014), 41-60
  •  “Krimi und Klamauk: Trivializing Murder in the Kluftinger and Erbhofer Series.” Themenheft: German-Language Crime Fiction, special issue of Colloquia Germanica – Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik, vol. 46, 2013, no. 2, 174-186
  •  “Ironizing Identity: The German Crime Genre and the Edgar Wallace Wave of the 1960s.” Generic Histories of German Cinema: Genre and its Deviations. Ed. Jaimey Fisher (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2013), 133-55
  • “Im Gespräch: An Interview with Claire Kramsch on the ‘Multilingual Subject’.” Die Unterrichtspraxis 45.1 (2012), 74-82

FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS (PEER-REVIEWED)

  •  “Tracing the Stasi: The Television Series Tatort and Polizeiruf 110 as Precursors to the Stasi Debate” (German Studies Review; 27 pages, forthcoming Fall 2017)

WORK IN PROGRESS

  • “The European Refugee Crisis in the Tatort and Polizeiruf 110 Crime Television Series,” journal article based on current research, to be submitted to German Quarterly
  • “Ekelig Zeitlos: Ekel Alfred and the Timelessness of Political Satire in Wolfgang Menge’s Television Series Ein Herz und eine Seele.” (Journal article)
  • Tatort Television: 45 Years of German Social, Political, and Economic Reality, Condensed for the Television Screen (working title). Book project focusing on the sociocultural function of the world’s longest-running crime television series Tatort

TRANSLATIONS

  • Mayor’s Guide: Mother of God Church, Covington Kentucky, edited by Paul A Tenkotte, Victor J. Canfield, John Morrison (Cincinnati, Stevie Publishing, 2016); German translation of first chapter.

WORKSHOPS

  • NFTEP - New Faculty Teaching Enhancement Program, Miami University, Fall 2016

PRESENTATIONS & GUEST LECTURES

  • “The Televised German Krimi as a Precursor to the Post-Reunification Stasi Debate,” Invited Talk at Georgia Tech University, March 9, 2017
  • “The European Refugee Crisis in the Tatort and Polizeiruf 110 Crime Television Series,” Panel: Ethnic Minorities, Refugees, PEGIDA in Germany: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow at the Ohio State German Workshop, Columbus, Ohio, October 22, 2016
  • “From Competitors to Collaborators: Negotiating Migration in the Polizeiruf 110 and Tatort Crime Television Series,” German Studies Association in San Diego, California, September 29 – October 2, 2016
  • “Dissected Families: The War, The Sectors, and the Wall,” We are the People: Berlin, Tiananmen, and the Legacy of 1989, interdepartmental panel & roundtable at Miami University, November 12, 2014
  • “Krimi & Klamauk: Trivializing Murder in the Kluftinger and Eberhofer series,” German Studies Association in Kansas City, Missouri, September 18-21, 2014
  • “Coming-to-terms: Weimar and Nazi Germany in the German Krimi,” German Studies Association in Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, 2013
  • “Observing the Presidential Elections in the United States as a Foreigner,” guest lecture and round table discussion in a “Leistungskurs Englisch” at Städtische Dieter-Forte-Gesamtschule in Düsseldorf, Germany, November 9, 2012
  • “Die sind ja doch ganz nett – Collaborations of East and West German Tatort Detectives,” German Studies Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 4-7, 2012
  • “The Aftermath of the Oberhausen Manifesto,” guest lecture on New German Cinema, R.W. Fassbinder and the television series Tatort at Berkeley City College, Berkeley, California, March 8, 2012
  • “Re-defining Krimi: Regionalism, the Intersection of Literature and Audiovisual Media and the Boom in New German Crime Fiction,” German Studies Association in Louisville, Kentucky, September 22-25, 2011
  • “The Aftermath of the Oberhausen Manifesto,” guest lecture on New German Cinema, R.W. Fassbinder and the television series Tatort at Berkeley City College, Berkeley, California, March 10, 2011
  • “The Detective as an Unwilling Witness to Demographic Change: The transformation of the Ruhrgebiet and its Underlying Implications in Recent Crime Fiction,” German Studies Association in Oakland, California, October 7-10, 2010
  • “Teaching German Crime Fiction and Film at the Intermediate Level,” University of California Language Consortium’s Biennial Conference, San Diego, California, April 23-25, 2010
  • “Papas Kino ist tot,” guest lecture on New German Cinema, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his film Ali, Fear Eats the Soul at the Berkeley City College, Berkeley, California, March 4, 2010

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Miami University

  • German 410: Der deutsche Krimi in Buch und Film (30 students, Spring 2014)
  • German/American Studies 399: Americans in Berlin (15 students, Winter 2017)
  • German 311: Passionate Friendships (25 students, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017)
  • German 301: German Language Through the Media (28 students, Fall 2013)
  • German 231: Folklore and Fairy Tales (taught in English, 3-30 students, Summer 2015, Summer 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017)
  • German 202: Second-Year German (25 students, Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017)
  • German 201: Second-Year German (2 sections, ~20 students each, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017)
  • German 102: First-Year German (2 sections, ~20 students each, Spring 2015)
  • German 101: First-Year German (2 sections, ~20 students each, Fall 2014)

University of California, Davis

  • German 122: Wanted for Terrorism: Terror in post-1945 Germany (Instructor of record; upper division course, 12 students, Summer 2012)
  • German 22: Historische und zeitgenössische Kriminalgeschichten im Vergleich  (Instructor of record; 13 students, Winter 2011)
  • German 22: Lenin kam nur bis Lüdenscheid - Kapitalismus, Sozialismus und die 68er-Generation in Deutschland (Instructor of record; 12 students, Winter 2012)
  • German 21: Second-Year German (Associate Instructor; ~15 students, Fall 2010, Winter 2010, Fall 2011)
  • German 20: Second-Year German (Associate Instructor; 16 students, Fall 2009)
  • German 2: First-Year German (Associate Instructor; 25 students, Winter 2009)
  • German 1: First-Year German (Associate Instructor; 25 students, Fall 2008)
  • FMS 1: Introduction to Film Studies (Teaching Assistant; 2 sections, 25 students each, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011)

University of Cologne, Germany

  • Introduction to English Literary Studies (Tutor; Department of English, Fall 2005)

University of Rochester, NY

  • German 211: Gewissen und Verantwortung des Wissenschaftlers im deutschen Drama (Instructor of Record; 12 students, Spring 2005)
  • German 101: First-year German (Teaching Assistant; 25 students, Fall 2004)

Other

  • German Instructor (freelance; Cartus Intercultural & Language Solutions, February 2013-present)
  • Substitute Teacher of German (Oak Hills School District, Cincinnati, OH, August 2012-May 2013)
  • German Tutor (discussing Sigmund Freud’s work with Dr. Naomi Janowitz, Program in Religious Studies, University of California, Davis, November 2009-August 2012)
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) in Adult Education, GLL Properties Inc., Walnut Creek, CA, January 2008-April 2009
  • Teacher of German, English, History, and Social Sciences, Private Tutoring School Studienkreis GmbH, Franz Symes, Cologne, Germany, December 2005-July 2007
  • Reader & Grading Assistant, Professor Susan Gustafson, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Rochester, New York, January 2005-May 2005, German Fairy Tales

RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS

  • Research Assistant, Professor Jaimey Fisher, Department of German, UC Davis, July 2011-July 2012. Research for Professor Fisher’s book on director Christian Petzold
  • Research Assistant, Professor Winder McConnell, Department of German, UC Davis, January 2010-April 2010. Researching references to Schastel Marveile, Lit Marveile, Clinschor, the concept of Wundersäulen or Weltsäulen and the knight Gawan/Gawain in German bibliographies as well as national and international library catalogues

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

  • Book Review, Sandra Beck and Katrin Schneider-Özbek, Gewissheit und Zweifel – Interkulturelle Studien zum kriminalliterarischen Erzählen, for Jahrbuch Gegenwartsliteratur, submitted July 2017, forthcoming
  • Book Review, Hendrik Buhl, Gesellschaftspolitische Themen in der Krimireihe, for German Quarterly, April 1, 2017
  • Commentator, “Krimi and Memory: German Detective Fiction and the Memory of the German Past;” Panel at the 2016 German Studies Association in San Diego, California, September 29 – October 2, 2016
  • Book Review, Detectives, Dystopias, and Poplit – Studies in Modern German Genre Fiction, ed. Bruce B. Campbell, Alison Guenther-Pal, and Vibeke Rützou Petersen, German Studies Review, Volume 39, No. 1, February 2016
  • Reader Report, review of submitted manuscript, Die Unterrichtspraxis, November 2014
  • Reader Report, review of submitted manuscript, German Quarterly, August 2014
  • Organizer and Chair, “The Crime Genre and its Societal Implications: Variations of the Neuer Deutscher Krimi;” Panel at the 2010 German Studies Association in Oakland, California, October 7-10, 2010

DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

  • German 477: Independent Study (administered parallel to teaching German 231 at Miami University), Summer 2015
  • Graduate Representative, German Department, UC Davis, 2009/10 academic year

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/OUTREACH

  • Member & Volunteer, CinciDeutsch, Non-profit German Club, Cincinnati, OH, August 2013-present
  • Volunteer Tutor, English Department, University of Cologne, Germany, January 2006-March 2006

RESEARCH LANGUAGES

  • German (native)
  • English (near-native)
  • Italian (reading)
  • Latin (reading)
  • French (basic)
  • Dutch (basic)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • German Studies Association (GSA)
  • Modern Languages Association (MLA)