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Gabi Kathöfer

No Headshot AvailableGabi Kathöfer
Associate Professor of German
Sturm Hall, Room 486E
Phone: 303-871-2178
Email: gabi.kathoefer@du.edu

 

EDUCATION

  • PhD, German Studies, University of Connecticut
  • Erstes Staatsexamen Sek. I/II (MA equivalent), German Literature and Mathematics, University of Münster
  • Undergraduate Education (BA equivalent), German Literature and Mathematics, University of Münster

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Gabi Kathöfer's research centers on politics of identity and interconnections between presumably unrelated cultural spaces and issues. Her first monograph titled Auszug in die Heimat: Zum Alteritäts(t)raum Märchen (Olms, 2008) examines the multiplicity of identity constructions and spaces of alterity presented in nineteenth-century fairy tales. She is also co-editor of the essay collection titled KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities provides (DeGruyter, 2015). KulturConfusão contains articles written by international scholars from a variety of disciplines, including German studies, Brazilian and Lusophone Studies, art history, and literature, and calls into question the boundaries by which we understand cultures, their products, practices and perspectives.

Gabi's current work focuses on migration in the context of Heimat studies, mobility, and precarity. Her book project titled The German Invention of Brazil: An Intercultural Analysis of National Identity Construction undertakes a fresh appraisal of German emigration to Brazil as an important component of nineteenth-century German history and nationalism. It analyzes nineteenth-century depictions of German immigrant communities by German, German- Brazilian and Brazilian artists and intellectuals and discloses a heretofore ignored intercultural dimension of the German struggle for identity. She also serves as co-editor (with Beverly Weber) for a special theme issue of SeminarA Journal of Germanic Studies on "Heimatlosigkeit/Precarity" (2018), and she has just started working on another project, examining nineteenth-century German settlements and missionaries' work in Australia.

Gabi's research interest also includes the intersection of German Studies, Human Rights Studies and Architecture. Her project titled Without Roof, Without Roots? On the Meaning of Homelessness in German Cultural History investigates the philosophical, political, and artistic discourses of homelessness in German history.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE/RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • 19th century German literary and cultural studies
  • Intercultural studies
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Life writing
  • Travel literature
  • Second language pedagogy

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Published Books

Auszug in die Heimat: Zum Alteritäts(t)raum Märchen. (Georg Olms Verlag, 2008.

KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities. (DeGruyter, 2015; with co-editors Anke Finger and Christopher Larkosh).

Special Theme Issue

Heimatlosigkeit/Precarity. A Theme Issue of Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies. 54:4 (2018). (With Co-editor Beverly Weber).

Books in Progress

The German Invention of Brazil: An Intercultural Analysis of National Identity Construction. (Monograph)

Without Roof, Without Roots? On the Meaning of Homelessness in German Cultural History.(Monograph)