Sylvia Fischer


Dr. Sylvia Fischer is an assistant professor of German and the coordinator of UWF’s World Languages program.

Fischer, who received a Ph.D. in German in 2014 from The Ohio State University, teaches a variety of courses on German language, culture, literature, film and society. In addition, she leads the UWF summer program in Ulm, Germany: “Germany Yesterday and Today.”

Her teaching and research interests focus on the 20th and 21st centuries. Her expertise and specialties encompass the Weimar Republic, the culture and history of the German division (1945-1990), memory studies and coming-to-terms with the past (post-1945 and post-1990), the relation between arts and politics and youth cultures.

Fischer’s work has been published by text+kritik, Argonautenschiff and other academic publications. Her work has been presented at several conferences, including the German Studies Association Conference and the International Brecht Symposium.

She worked for German newspapers in Berlin before coming to the United States to attend Ohio State in 2010. While there, she won several awards, including the 2014 Graduate Service Award from the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. She also earned a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Specialization in Second Language Acquisition from Ohio State.

Degrees & Institutions:

In 2004, Fischer received an M.A. in German Literature, English and American Studies and Business Administration, from the University of Potsdam, Germany. Dr. Fischer received her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from The Ohio State University in 2014. 


Special Interests:

Introductory through Advanced German Language; 19th to 21st Century Literature, Film, Culture, Society; Weimar Republic; Post-1945 Germany; Vergangenheitsbewältigung; GDR Studies; Youth Cultures; ‘Heimat’; Second Language Acquisition

Keywords: Weimar Republic, Germany 1945-1990, memory studies, coming-to-terms with the past, youth cultures, the relation between arts and politics, second language acquisition, Germany Yesterday and Today.