Mr Moritz W Meutzner

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Germanic Studies in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, currently based in Bologna and Berlin, where I am conducting research for my dissertation. My dissertation focuses on the reception and intellectual legacy of the literary critic Erich Auerbach (1892-1957) and his relationship to Turkish intellectual history during the 1930s/40s. My teaching and research interests are modern European literary and intellectual history, German-Jewish transnational studies, modern Ottoman/Turkish history (post-Tanzimât), and theater studies. I received my M.A in Germanic Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2015. Before moving to the United States, I worked in theater, stage lighting, and intercultural communication and studied Cultural Studies (with a major in cultural history and a minor in linguistics) at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), where I received my B.A. in 2012. I have been supported by the University of Minnesota and external fellowships, among them graduate stipends from the German Literature Archive in Marbach for research within the Global Archives Istanbul project and from the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota. 

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

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

Curriculum Vitae


  • 18th to 20th-century literary history and philosophy
  • German-Jewish history & transnational intellectual history
  • Turkish history and language / Turkish studies
  • Drama, theater and media theory
Courses Taught
  • 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
  • For non-UMN courses: please see CV attached
Research & Professional Activities


  • 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 and the Istanbul émigré circle), June 2015 - August 2016


  • Please see CV attached:
  • Please see CV attached