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Katrina Sark

Katrina Sark

Sessional Lecturer (German)

PHD Candidate (McGill)
MA York University

Office
Clearihue D250A

Phone
+1 250-721-7503

Fax
+1 250-721-7319

Email
ksark at uvic dot ca

Office hours TBA

After completing a BA in English and History at the University of Victoria, I finished my MA in Humanities at York University in Toronto, specializing in cities and culture. While on exchange at the Free University in Berlin, I researched and wrote my MA thesis on post-reunification Berlin and German national identity. Simultaneously, I conducted extensive research on the history of Berlin fashion and manufacturing, which resulted in several conference presentations, as well as a chapter on fashion in the ruins of Berlin in 1945 in the anthology, Berlin’s Culturescape (2008). My co-authored book Berliner Chic: A Locational History of Berlin Fashion was published in February 2011.

From 2008 to 2010 I was the Graduate Representative to the CAUTG (Canadian Association of University Teachers of German) organized professional development workshops, and published several reports on the CAUTG website. I was also the local organizer for the CCLA (Canadian Comparative Literature Association) annual Congress at Concordia University, May 2010. I have been a language instructor at McGill since 2007, and have taught at various CEGEPs, colleges and language schools. I am currently working on my dissertation on contemporary Berlin culture. 

My research interests include: cultural analysis, film studies, gender studies, fashion and popular culture. 

Courses to be taught in 2011:

GER 100A A03 CRN 11737 Beginners German I 
GER 200 A02 CRN 11746 Intermediate German
GERS 356 A01 CRN 11760 Short History of German Film

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Publications

Ingram, Susan, and Sark, Katrina. Berliner Chic: A Locational History of Berlin Fashion. Bristol: Intellect, 2011. 

Sark, Katrina. “Fashion among Ruins: von Trümmerfrau zu Modefrau. Fashion in Berlin 1945-46” in Berlin’s Culturescape. Ed. by Thomas Bredohl and Michael Zimmermann. Regina: CPRC, 2008, pp. 113-128.

Sark, Katrina. “City Spaces and National Identity,” in CineAction, Issue 80, 2010. 

Sark, Katrina. “Berlin – Searching for cultural and social identity under the spotlight of the 2006 World Cup – An analysis of marketing strategies and media discourses” accepted for publication in Seminar, Journal of Germanic Studies to be published in November 2011.

Presentations

November 2011 - a guest lecture  "Berliner Chic - a Locatonal History of Berlin Fashion" - presented in GERS 261 Modern Germany course, Univerisyt of Victoria, Victoria, BC

June 2010 – “Fashion Documentaries: Locationality of Fashion, Film, and Cities” – presented at the FSAC (Film Studies Association of Canada), Congress at Concordia University, Montreal QC

April 2010 – “Fashioning a New Brand of Germanness: 2006 FIFA World Cup and Beyond” – presented at the NEMLA (North-East Modern Language Association) Conference in Montreal, QC

March 2010 – “Fashion Documentaries: Locationality of Fashion, Film, and Cities” – presented at the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) Conference in Los Angeles, CA

May 2009 – “City spaces and national identity issues in recent Berlin films” – presented at FSAC (Film Studies Association of Canada) Annual Conference at Carlton University, Ottawa, ON

September 2008 – “Street as Palimpsest in Recent Berlin Films” – presented at the Street Takes Conference at McGill University, Montreal, QC

June 2008 – “Berlin’s Cinescape – Urban and Cinematic Spaces” – presented at the CAUTG Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences at UBC, Vancouver, BC

May 2008 – “Berlin’s Cinescape – Tracing East-West Dichotomies” – presented at the Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria conference, Waterloo, ON

February 2007 – “Fashion among Ruins: Fashion in Berlin 1945-46” – presented at the Annual History Conference in Parksville, BC

September 2006 – “Fashion among Ruins: von Trümmerfrau zu Modefrau. Fashion in Berlin 1945-46” presented at the Berlin’s Culturescape in the 20th Century Conference in Regina, SK

May 2006 – “Fashion as Cure: ‘Berliner Chic’ and the Uncanny” – co-presented with Professor Susan Ingram at the joint panel of CAUTG and CCLA, at the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress at York University, Toronto, ON

May 2005 – “Pablo Picasso and the Transformation of Modern Art” presented at Division of Humanities Graduate Student Conference, York University, Toronto, ON

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