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. Wesley B. Lim

Dr. Wesley Lim

Dr. Wesley B. Lim
Visiting Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (2012). German Literature and Culture.
    Dissertation: “Dancing in the City: Scenes from the Works of Endell, Rilke, Döblin and Lasker-Schüler.“
    Dissertation Committee: Meike Werner (Chair), Christoph Zeller, James McFarland, Helmut Walser Smith.
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University, German Literature and Culture (2009)
  • B.B.A, Emory University, Finance and IT. Minor in Dance and Movement Studies (2003)


  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
  • Modern Languages Association (MLA)
  • German Studies Association (GSA)
  • Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS)


  • Colorado College Curricular Development Grant, 2015 – Sex and the Modern City
  • Colorado College Curricular Development Grant, 2014 – German Fairy Tales & Language
  • Colorado College HEC R&D Summer Award, 2014 - Tanz im August in Berlin
  • Vanderbilt University Max Kade Graduate Summer Research Award, Languages of Emotion Cluster of Excellence at the Free University Berlin, 2011
  • Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Research Fellowship, Free University Berlin, 2009-2010
  • DAAD Graduate Research Scholarship, 2009-2010 (offer declined)
  • Stipendium von der Studienstiftung des Abgeordenetenhauses von Berlin, 2009-2010 (offer declined)
  • Gisela Mosig Graduate Research Fellowship, Vanderbilt University 2006-2007
  • EMGIP - German State Parliaments Fellowship, CDS International, Summer 2006
  • Sally A. Radell Friends of Dance Summer Scholarship Award, Emory University, 2003


  • Fin de Siècle & Weimar Literature and Culture
  • Literary and Filmic Representations of Urban Centers (Berlin, Vienna)
  • German Film
  • Screendance
  • Aesthetics
  • Dance History and Dance Theory
  • Business German or German for the Profession


  • “Spiritual Selfishness: The Limitations of Dance in Klaus Mann’s Der fromme Tanz and “Die zerbrochenen Spiegel” (Forthcoming in Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies in 2017)
  • “Bridging Gesture and Gesticulation into Modern Dance: Rilke’s Veitstänzer in The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge” (Forthcoming in Dance Chronicle in 2016)
  • “From Ritual Dance to Flight?: Glimmers of the Fantastic in Robert Müller’s Tropen: Der Mythos der Reise.Journal of Austrian Studies 48.2 (2015): 101-120.
  • “From Spectator to Practitioner. Transforming Harry Graf Kessler’s Dance Aesthetic.” KulturPoetik.Zeitschrift zur kulturgeschichtlichen Literaturwissenschaft 13.2 (2013): 197-217.


  • “The Specter of Pina Bausch: Enhancing the Possibilities of Tanztheater through Film in Wenders’s Pina” (Submitted to Studies in European Cinema)
  • “An Enhanced Otherworldliness: Thierry De Mey’s Screendance Based on William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced” (Submitted to Dance Research Journal)
  • Book Project: “Dance | Literature | City: Scenes from the Works of Rilke, Endell, Lasker-Schüler and Döblin”


  • English (native)
  • German (near-native)
  • French (reading)
  • Hokkien dialect (conversational)