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Didem Uca

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Lawrence Hall


Ph.D., 2019, University of Pennsylvania, Germanic Languages & Literatures; Dissertation: "Coming of Age on the Move: Young Travelers, Migrants, and Refugees in 20th- and 21st- Century Literature in German"

M.A., 2014, University of Pennsylvania, Germanic Languages & Literatures

Graduate Certificates: Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies; Instructional Technology for Foreign Language Pedagogy; College & University Teaching

B.A., 2011, Bryn Mawr College, Comparative Literature and German

  • German-language literature and culture
  • Transnationalism, migration, exile
  • Cultural production of minorities in German-speaking countries
  • Translation & multilingualism
  • German travel narratives, medieval era to today
  • Heimat discourses in literature and film
  • Childhood and education discourses
  • Gender, sexuality, and women’s studies

Double-Blind Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

with Maria Stehle and Kate Zambon. “Hip-Hop Pedagogies, Social Justice, and Transnational Area Studies: Eko Fresh’s ‘Aber’ and Joyner Lucas’ ‘I’m not Racist’ in Dialogue.” (under review for edited volume)

“‘Grissgott’ meets ‘Kung Fu’: Multilingualism, Humor, and Trauma in Saša Stanišić’s Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert (2006).” Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures (2019)

with Kate Zambon. “Patriots and Pedagogues: Cultural Institutions and the Performative Politics of Minority German Hip-Hop.” International Journal of Communication, Vol. 10, pp. 726-747 (2016)

Reviews, Reports, and Public Scholarship

Passagen des Exils/Passages of Exile ed. by Burcu Dogramaci and Elisabeth Otto (review). Feminist German Studies, Vol. 34, pp. 159-161. (2018)

“All the world’s a stage: Theater as Community Engagement.” Fulbright Student Program Blog. (2018) https://tinyurl.com/yc25227d

“When Your Faves are Problematic: Interrupting Harmful Narratives as Feminist Practice.” Digital Feminist Collective, University of Alberta. (2018) https://tinyurl.com/y7nwccky

“Shoptalk: Overheard at GSA.” Public Books. (2017) https://tinyurl.com/y8fmjlmw

“‘Ich habe mich völlig zuhause gefühlt’: Kulturbuddys Improtheater.” Caritas Deutschland. (2017) https://tinyurl.com/y77uollt 

“Suddenly, I felt right at home.” (English version of above, trans. mine). Young Caritas in Europe. (2017) https://tinyurl.com/ybeflmtr

“Staying Alive and Finding the Balance—An Interview with Scholar-Translator Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein.” TranscUlturAl: A Journal of Translation and Cultural Studies, Vol. 7.1, pp. 63-70. (2015)

“Conference Report: Intersections: Cross-Cultural Theater in Germany and the U.S. Türkisch-Deutsche Studien Jahrbuch, Vol. 5, pp. 161-167. (2014)

“Review: Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens. Edited by Sabine Hake and Barbara Mennel.” EDGE – A Graduate Journal for German and Scandinavian Studies, Vol. 4. (2014) https://tinyurl.com/y76kosly 

Assistant Editor, Jahrbuch Türkisch-Deutsche Studien (since 2016)

Steering Committee, Coalition of Women in German (2019–2021)

Member (Appointed by the Executive Council), Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Humanities, Modern Language Association (2019–2022)

Social Media Coordinator, Coalition of Women in German (since 2014)