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- Literary and Cultural Studies
- Media Studies
Jan Uelzmann is Assistant Professor of German in the School of Modern Languages. He received his Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He was the recipient of the 2011 Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas. Dr. Uelzmann's book Staging West German Democracy: Governmental PR Films and the Democratic Imaginary, 1953-1963 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) examines how political "founding discourses" of the nascent FRG were reflected, reinforced, and actively manufactured by the Federal government through PR films produced in conjunction with the West German newsreel system Deutsche Wochenschau. In his research, Dr. Uelzmann merges approaches from cultural history, cultural studies, film studies, and literary studies to explore questions related to postwar democratization, governmental media policies of the Adenauer period, Cold War politics, the provisional capital Bonn, and Weimar modernism. He also works on Foreign Language curriculum development and the implementation of Mobile Learning technologies in the classroom. He serves as the director of the Berlin segment of the German Languages for Business and Technology (LBAT) program. His teaching lagely focuses on contemporary German culture, cultural history, film, and literature, with courses focusing on Americanization and anti-Americanism in Germany, Berlin as a site of transformation and memory in the 20th century, political songwriting, and postwar literature. Dr. Uelzmann has published widely on West German postwar cultural history, film and literature, and his articles have appeared or are forthcoming in The German Quarterly, Monatshefte, Seminar, Colloquia Germanica, and the Journal of Cold War Studies.
Staging West German Democracy: Governmental PR Films and the Democratic Imaginary, 1953-1963. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. 352 pp.
Refereed Journal Articles:
“Promoting Western Integration in Rural West Germany: Governmental PR through the Mobilwerbung during the Early Adenauer Years, 1953-1955.” Forthcoming, Journal of Cold War Studies.
“Bonn, World City: Explaining the FRG’s Provisional Capital through Government Commissioned Documentaries during the Adenauer Years.” Monatshefte 108.2 (2016): 202-232.
“Symbolic Homecoming of the “Hero-Father”: Realignment of National Memory in the Neue Deutsche Wochenschau Special Feature on Konrad Adenauer’s 1955 State Visit to Moscow.” Colloquia Germanica 45.1 (2012): 41-68. (Published in 2015)
Bonn, Divided City: City Scape as Political Critique in Wolfgang Koeppen’s Das Treibhaus and Günther Weisenborn’s Auf Sand gebaut.” Seminar – A Journal of Germanic Studies 50.4 (2014): 436-460.
[Solicited Reprint Forthcoming in: LLC in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism: Wolfgang Koeppen. Columbia, SC: Layman Poupard. 2016.]
“Consumption and Consummation: Domestic Tales of the Economic Miracle in Arno Schmidt’s Das steinerne Herz.” The German Quarterly 86.2 (2013): 180-197.
Urlaub, Per & Uelzmann, Jan. “From Orality to Literacy: A Curricular Model for Intensive Second-Year Collegiate Language Instruction.” SCOLT Dimension 2013. 22-33.
“Berlin is a Cabaret of the Nameless: The Cynical City in Erich Kästner’s Fabian.” Topography and Literature: Berlin and Modernism. Ed. Reinhard Zachau. Goettingen: v&r unipress, 2009. 153-166.
"Foundational Narratives: West German Nation-Building Through State Sponsored PR Films, 1951-1963." The Arts of Democratization, 24 Biennial St. Louis Symposium on German Literature and Culture. Washington University St. Louis, April 7, 2018.
"German Studies: An Overview of the Profession." Alumni Lecture, Department of Germanic Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, February 26, 2017.
“Staging West German Democracy: Governmental PR Films and the Democratic Imaginary, 1953-1963.” International symposium “Winning Peace: Reconstruction and Democratization after WWII.” The International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST), New Orleans, January 12, 2018.
"Promoting Western Integration: Mobilwerbung and Governmental PR Films in West Germany during the Adenauer Years." Department of German, Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures & Department of History, Miami University, November 27, 2017.
Recent Conference Presentations:
"Bonn during the Adenauer Years: Explaining the West German Provisional Capital through Government-Commissioned Film Productions.” SCMS Conference 2018. Toronto, ON, March 15, 2018.
"Fostering Intercultural Competence: Video Documentary Projects during the Georgia Tech Study Abroad Program in Berlin." ACTFL Conference 2017. Nashville, TN, November 17, 2017.
"Promoting Rearmament in Rural Lower Saxony: Governmental Mobilwerbung Campaigning during the Early Adenauer Years." GSA Conference 2017. Atlanta, GA, October 7, 2017.
“Staging West German Democracy through Foreign Policy: The Politics of Self-Representation through Government-Sponsored PR Films during the Adenauer Years (1949-63).” GSA Conference 2016. San Diego, CA, September 30, 2016.
“Filmic Representations of Reconciliation: The Neue Deutsche Wochenschau Special Features on the Reconciliation with France, 1961-63.” SCMLA Conference 2014. Austin, TX, October 20, 2014.
“Performing Reconciliation: The Neue Deutsche Wochenschau Special Feature Films on the Rapprochement with France.
GSA Conference 2014. Kansas City, MO, September 20, 2014.
“The City as Classroom: Place-Based Education in Berlin During the GT Study Abroad.” CIBER 2014. Park City, UT, April 25, 2014.
“Implementing Mobile Learning Technologies during the Georgia Tech Study Abroad in Berlin.” American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Iowa Annual Spring Meeting, Grinnell College, IA, April 22, 2017.
“Pathways to Language Excellence: Integrating Language and Workforce Needs” (co-facilitated with Bettina Cothran and Osvaldo Cleger). 17th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education. Providence, RI, November 6, 2014.
“Workshop on Mobile Learning: A new Paradigm for Place-Based Instruction.” Emory University, August 15, 2013.
(Co-facilitated with Osvaldo Cleger, Georgia Tech)
Dr. Uelzmann teaches courses on all aspects of German studies, with a particular emphasis on contemporary culture, literature and media, and cultural history. He also enjoys teaching beginning language classes. Courses include:
Dr. Uelzmann currently serves as the Director of the 3 week-long Berlin segment of the German Langusges for Business and Technology (LBAT) study abroad program. His seminar "Berlin: The Capital in the 20th Century" uses the city of Berlin as an extended classroom and invites students to explore the city on their own terms in the form of a cultural project.
"Heiner Carow’s Die Legende von Paul und Paula.” Film Series 2015. Goethe Zentrum Atlanta, GA. October 21, 2015.
“Fritz Lang’s M.” Film Series 2015. Goethe Zentrum Atlanta, GA. April 29, 2015.
Book – March 2019
Book – March 2019
Journal Article – 2019