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Germanic Studies

Max Kade Fellows

Max Kade Fellows 2016-2017

Tyler Kniess A native of Indiana, Tyler Kniess received a BA in Germanic Studies and Political Science from Indiana University and decided to join our program as a graduate student. His academic interests span from historical linguistics to political and economic theory, as well as philosophy. He has spent time abroad in Krefeld and has also studied at the University of Freiburg. His undergraduate honor thesis focused on sound change in Rhenish German, and he is interested in further research of the phonology of modern German dialects, while he also looks forward to studying diachronic linguistics. Other than German, he has studied Norwegian, Dutch, and Arabic.

Sarah Lawson Sarah Lawson has completed an MA in English at the University of Rochester. Her interests focus on fairy tales, which are in her view "excellent tools for communicating cultural values, but often they also carry on cultural biases." A significant part of her work is on the Grimm Brothers' Kinder- und Hausmärchen and the role they play in shaping our cultural imaginary of gender. Since her first encounter with fairy tales, Sarah Lawson has been also working on fiction writing, and she hopes to publish the first volume of fairy tale retellings soon. Prior to her MA studies, she obtained a BA in English as well as an AS in Education from two SUNY institutions with a GPA of 3.97

Silja Weber Silja Weber joined our program after having completed the Erstes Staatsexamen at the University of Bonn. She obtained her MA at Indiana University in 2012. Her publication record includes two review articles in the internationally recognized journals Scenario and Informationen Deutsch als Fremdsprache, a research article which has been accepted byGerman as a Foreign Language, and a number of short literary translations. She has also presented several conference papers at national and international conferences, among them in Toronto, Canada and Cork, Ireland. Her dissertation project is based at the intersection of performance theory, critical pedagogy, and language learning research. It makes the case that the use of drama in the foreign language classroom creates contexts that encourage using language in a pragmatically and symbolically rich way and consciously appropriating it for oneself. The empirical study will focus on speech act distribution as well as topic management patterns to investigate how and to what extent rich contexts are created in regular classroom discourse and in explicitly framed performance activities. Data will be collected in advanced language courses in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 and will be examined through discourse analysis

Arne Willee Arne Willée joined our program in 2013. He had obtained an MA in German and Philosophy at the University of Bonn, Germany, where he was also a research member in a synthetic biology research group, charged with assisting in work on risk assessment. He is a founding member of ARGO, a venture for practical philosophy. He is currently writing a dissertation on the thought experiment as a narrative genre under the direction of Fritz Breithaupt. It traces the history and the function of thought experiments, a genre that emerges at the point where the sciences and literature meet. The thought experiment is, on the one hand, a narrative or visual aid in thinking about exemplary philosophical problems; on the other hand, it is an important part of the way the sciences define problems. It is therefore crucial to the understanding of the empiricism characterizing modernity.

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