Verena Kick is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Germanics. Her current research focuses on the intersection of German literature and visual culture, specifically on the combination of texts and images as an approach to examine the changing public sphere in Weimar Germany. In her dissertation, she examines how photobooks reuse previously published images and texts to specifically address workers, soldiers, and women, casting these three social groups as counter-publics. Her research has been supported by the American Friends of Marbach, the Kurt Tucholsky Stiftung and the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.
In Summer 2018, she was a Digital Humanities Summer Fellow at the University of Washington, developing a digital addendum for her dissertation. Kurt Tucholsky’s and John Heartfield’s photobook Deutschland, Deutschland über Alles is at the center of her digital project (developed with Scalar), entitled “Revolutionizing the Public Sphere in the Weimar Republic – The ‘Invasion’ of the Working Class.” The project both complements her dissertation and serves as a textbook for a course she is developing on Weimar Germany and visual culture.
She has presented her research at conferences organized by the GSA (2018; 2015), the MLA (2016; 2014), the NeMLA and the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. Recently, she also gave a talk at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, where she spent Spring 2018 to work on her dissertation, supported by the Kurt Tucholsky Stiftung.
In Fall 2018, she is looking forward to working again as a Teaching Assistant with Professor Ellwood Wiggins for GER 385: Rhetoric and Social Justice - "Sympathy for the Devil.” In Winter 2019, she will finalize her dissertation, supported by the UW Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship.
- Verena Kick. “Allegorien der Geschichte: Werner Herzogs Lektionen in Finsternis” In: Focus on German Studies 24 (2017): 1-18.
Verena Kick. "Confronting the German Public Sphere – Workers, Soldiers and Women as Counter Publics in Photobooks of Weimar Germany", Diss., in progress
Adviser: Sabine Wilke
Summer 2016 A-term
- Newly Minted PhD and Dean’s Graduate Medalist: Verena Kick - June 14, 2019
- Departmental Convocation: Congratulations to the Class of 2018 - 2019! - June 14, 2019
- Verena Kick accepts Tenure-Track Position at Georgetown University! - March 5, 2019
- Sympathy for the Devil (German 385) Team Projects, 2017 - June 13, 2018
- Academic (Gender) Equity: A Performative Roundtable - March 8, 2018
- Languages Matter: Why we learn German - Stephanie Smotherman, Major: Astronomy and Physics - March 8, 2018
- Languages Matter: Why we learn German - Yikai Xu, Major: Math - March 6, 2018
- Fellowship News: Congratulations to PhD candidate Verena Kick - January 23, 2018
- Languages Matter: Why we learn German - November 14, 2017
- News from our Graduate Students: PhD candidate Verena Kick - March 6, 2017
- Building an Environmental Humanities Community across Disciplines: Explore our New Digital Platform: www.ehcommons.org - November 29, 2016
- Languages Matter: Why we learn German - Je Hyun Lee, Intended Major: Chemical Engineering; Intended minor: German - March 6, 2018
- Congratulations on Graduate Fellowships and Awards to Justin Mohler and Verena Kick! - June 14, 2017
- Graduate Student Achievement - March 7, 2016
- Spring 2015 student performance of "Die neuen Leiden des jungen W." now online! - October 27, 2015
- Graduate Students and Faculty Attend Digital Humanities Summer Institute - October 1, 2015
- Graduate Student Achievements and Awards - December 2, 2014
- Doctoral Candidate Verena Kick Wins Prestigious Hanauer Fellowship and Participates in Year-long Interdisciplinary Seminar - June 19, 2014
- Graduate student Verena Kick nominated to serve as HASTAC scholar for 2013-14 - October 7, 2013
- Graduate Students Showcase their Scholarship - February 22, 2013
- New Teleconferencing Program is a Great Success - February 11, 2013
- Interview With Prof. Dr. Volker Mergenthaler - June 15, 2012