FYF@Innis Seminars

Our Vampires, Ourselves

Professor: Erol Boran
Subject: German
Course Code: GER194H1S

Seminar description

Vampires are among the most fascinating figures of popular culture. Since Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) – and, in fact, well before that – they have been haunting the human imagination in various shapes and forms. This course examines the figure of the vampire as a potent cultural metaphor in the German context and beyond, showing how every age embraces the vampires it needs and gets the vampires it deserves.

The goal is to teach students to reflect critically and independently on issues of self and society and to develop a structured approach to critical thinking in general.

All readings and class discussions will be in English.

Get to know the professor

NAME: Doris Bergen

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: HIS199H1S: Religion & Violence

HOMETOWN: Lacombe, Alberta

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Parasite

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: To Be or Not To Be (Lubitsch)

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: I have a hearing disability so don’t really listen to music this way.

FAVOURITE FOOD: Chocolate

GUILTY PLEASURE: Red wine

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Speed typing

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I have taught at universities in 6 different countries.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Helping students find a project they really get into.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: The subject is highly interesting and extremely important!

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: When you look closely at any case, the relationship between religion and violence is always more complicated than it seems at first.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: Even though there is so much scholarship and so many movies and books about the Holocaust, many aspects have barely been explored (e.g.: situation of Jews in North Africa during World War II). In Genocide Studies more broadly, the number of under-examined topics is enormous.

SOME FINAL WORDS: Good luck in your first year and welcome to U of T!

NAME: Chelsea Rochman.

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: EEB197H1S Biodiversity and the city

HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona.

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Coco :)

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: hmmmm… not sure.

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: CSNY, Judy Blue Eyes.

FAVOURITE FOOD: Pickles & gummy candy.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Gummy worms & other gummy candy.

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Multi-tasking.

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I have 2 sisters named Berrye.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Keeping up with the knowledge.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: So you can see the nature behind the concrete in our city.

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: We live in the Carolinian forest.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: There are just as many freshwater fish species as marine.

SOME FINAL WORDS: The waste hierarchy is a good rule to live by.

Good to know

Pre-requisites: none
Co-requisites: none
Exclusions: none
Recommended Preparation: none
Breadth: Creative & Cultural Representations (1)
CR/NCR: Not eligible for CR/NCR option
Restrictions: Restricted to first-year students

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