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.