Mr Moritz W Meutzner

Moritz Meutzner is a Ph.D. Candidate in Germanic Studies in the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch at the University of Minnesota, currently based in Bologna, Italy and Berlin, Germany. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the work and reception of the literary critic Erich Auerbach (1892-1957), focusing on Auerbach’s legacy to cultural criticism. Moritz’s research and teaching interests include modern European literary history and philosophy, intellectual history of the interwar period, German-Jewish and exile studies, as well as drama and theater. Moritz has learned Turkish as a foreign language and developed modern Turkish studies (post-Tanzimât and republican era) a second academic specialty besides European and German studies. He received his M.A in Germanic Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2015. Before moving to the United States in 2013, he studied Cultural Studies in the Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany where he received his B.A. in 2012. Moritz has a vocational background in theater and stage lighting, as well as professional experience in intercultural communication.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. (projected: summer 2019): Germanic Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
  • M.A.: Germanic Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, July 2015.
  • B.A.: Cultural Studies, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), 2012.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Modern German & European literary history and philosophy
  • Intellectual history (focus: interwar period), German-Jewish history, exile studies
  • Drama, theater, and media theory
  • Turkish history and language / Turkish studies
Courses Taught
  • For non-UMN courses: please see CV attached
  • GER/JWST 3633: The Holocaust: Memory, History, Narrative: Teaching Assistant and Grader. Spring 2017
  • GER 1003: Intermediate German: Graduate Instructor. Spring 2017.
  • GER 1002: Beginning German: Graduate Instructor. Fall 2016.
  • GSD 3512W: Imagined Communities–German and European, Culture and Controversies, 1700 to Present: Grader and Interim Instructor. Spring 2016.
  • Hella Mears Outreach Program: Visiting Teacher for “College in the Schools” in Minnesota high schools. AY 2015/16
  • GER 1001: Beginning German, Graduate Instructor. Spring 2015.
  • GER 4040: "German Play" / Oral Interpretation and Performance of German ('Play Brecht, Play Money'), Teaching Assistant. Fall 2014
Research & Professional Activities


  • Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach: C.H. Beck Stipendium (Erich Auerbach Bibliothek), August 2018 - December 2018
  • Traugott Fuchs Culture and Heritage Archive Istanbul, Turkey (Bosphorus University): Global Archives Istanbul (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach), July 2016 - July 2016
  • Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach: DLA Graduiertenstipendium (Erich Auerbach Bestand), June 2015 - August 2016


  • Please see CV attached:
  • Please see CV attached