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Berna Gueneli

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Associate Professor of German

A native of Kiel, Germany, I studied English, Spanish, and German literature and culture in Germany, Spain, and the US. Before coming to UGA, I taught at St. Lawrence University and Grinnell College. In the classroom, I love teaching courses on all aspects of German language, literature, culture, and film.

My primary research area is on German cinema and media, Turkish German studies, Turkish exiles in Europe, and Orientalist media. My scholarship has appeared in journals such as Monatshefte, The German Quarterly, The German Studies Review, and Colloquia Germanica as well as in edited volumes. I co-edited special issues of Colloquia Germanica 44.4 (2011 [publ. 2014], Narr/Francke/Attempto-Verlag) and Jahrbuch türkisch-deutsche Studien (2015, V&R Unipress). My first book is Fatih Akin’s Cinema and the New Sound of Europe (Indiana University Press, 2019); reviewed in Monatshefte; Transnational Screens; Music, Sound, and the Moving Image; EuropeNow; German Studies Review; German Quarterly; and Journal of Religion and Film.

My two new projects examine Orientalist film and visual media during the Weimar Republic (Weimar Orientalisms) and Turkish exile artists in Cold-War Europe (Turkish Exiles, European Artists).

Research Areas:
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin

"Turkish Emigres, European Artists: Re/Discovering a Web of Turkish-European Artists in 1980s West-Germany and Europe" Monatshefte 113.2 (2021): 186-207.

"Im Juli (2000) Roadmovies und ein dehnbares, diverses Europa nach 1989." In Die Filme Fatih Akıns, eds. Cornelia Ruhe and Thomas Wortmann, 105-125. Brill-Fink-Verlag, 2022.

"Young, Diverse, and Polyglot: Ilker Çatak and Amelia Umuhire Track the New Urban Sound of Europe." In Minority Discourses in Germany Since 1990, eds. Ela Gezen, Priscilla Layne, and Jonathan Skolnik, 172-195. Berghahn Books, 2022.

"Screening Urban Space and Belonging in Germany: Contemporary Berliners in Sheri Hagen’s Auf den zweiten Blick/At Second Glance (2013), Ines Johnson-Spain’s Becoming Black (2019), and Amelia Umuhire’s Polyglot (2015)." In Germany from the Outside: Rethinking German Cultural History in an Age of Displacement, ed. Laurie Johnson, 281-302. Bloomsbury, 2022.

Provost's Study in a Second Discipline Fellow (Spring 2021)

I am very grateful to The Provost's Office and the selection committee for providing me with this fabulous fellowship opportunity to study in a second discipline. I am also very thankful for the generous support of UGA's Art History Program at The Lamar Dodd School of Art, my host department during the fellowship period. I am thrilled to begin the interdisciplinary work on my second book project on German Orientalist film, art, and visual media, connecting my research in film and German studies with the related, but separate field of art history. 

Seminars by Marjanne E. Goozé, Berna Gueneli
Joe Brown Hall room 213
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