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Gizem Arslan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Languages (German)

General Interests
"My interests include 20th Century literature that evidences a sensitivity to translation, multilingualism, intermediality, and a multisensory experience of the text. Among my broader interests are topography and space in literature, theories of language, and literary-mathematical experiments."

Years at Knox: 2012 to present

Education
Ph.D., German Studies, 2013, Cornell University.
M.A., German Studies, 2009, Cornell University.
B.A., English, 2003, Franklin and Marshall College.

Teaching Interests
German language and literature, Post World War II literatures in French, Japanese and Turkish, translation in theory and practice, literatures of migration, theories of language and writing systems, intermedial approaches to print literature, mathematical and geometric tropes in literature, literary-mathematical experiments and literary constraint, theories of space.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Honors/Grants
Sage Fellowships, Graduate School, Cornell University, 2005-2006 and 2011-2012.
DAAD/Max Kade Center Summer Research Grant, Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 2011.
Cornell University Graduate School Research Travel Grant for archival research, L 'Association Georges Perec (Library of the Arsenal), Paris, France, 2010.
DAAD Doctoral Research Fellowship, Institute for Aesthetics and Media, The University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, 2009-2010.
International Research Travel Grant for archival research, L 'Association Georges Perec (Library of the Arsenal), Paris, France, 2009.

Publications
(Peer-reviewed) "Animated Exchange: Translational Strategies in Emine Sevgi Özdamar's Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde." The Global South (Special issue on The Aesthetics of Dislocation) 7.1. Forthcoming Spring 2014.

"Orientation, Encounter and Synesthesia in Yoko Tawada and Paul Celan," The Future of Text and Image, ed. Ofra Amihay and Lauren Walsh, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.

Presentations
"Exile Equations: Equivalence and Displacement in Emine Sevgi Özdamar's Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde" (Paper circulated in absentia). The Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Toronto, Canada, 2013.

Presenter, "Scattered Strokes: Yōko Tawada's Letters in Visual Transformation." The 128th Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association, Boston, Massachusetts, 2013.

Co-organizer and Respondent, "Wittgenstein among the Disciplines: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation." Interdisciplinary Symposium at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 2012.

"Re-membering the Letter: Georges Perec's Memories of Childhood." The 127th Annual Convention of the Modem Language Association, Seattle, Washington, 2012.

"Metamorphoses of Berlin and Linguistic Orientation in Yoko Tawada's Sprachpolizei und Spielpolyglotte." Roundtable Conference at the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2011.

"The Orthography of Absence in Georges Perec's La Disparition." The Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver, Canada, 2011.

'"Wo kein Name mehr wachst': Null Points of Orientation in Yoko Tawada's Sprachpolizei und Spielpolyglotte." Colloquium Presentation, Department of German Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 2011.

"lch bin in Europa, ich weiß nicht, wo ich bin: Orientierungsversuche in Yoko Tawadas Sprachpolizei und Spielpolyglotte." "Figurationen der Heimkehr:" Conference at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) Justus-Liebig-Universitlit GieBen, GieBen, Germany, 2010.

Professional Service
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Ambassador. Selected to inform students and colleagues about varied research and funding opportunities, and to launch collaborative initiatives with colleagues in Germany.

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