UConn Graduate Assistant
Florian Kastner is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in German Studies at the University of Connecticut and holds a BA and MA in German Studies in Cultural Comparison and a BA in Science of Religion from the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, Germany. His main research interests are contemporary German literature and popular culture, the spatial turn, human rights and literature, and the literature and culture of the Weimar Republic.
Florian’s dissertation project “The Berlin Nightclub as Space in Contemporary German Literature” deals with the representation of Berlin nightclubs in German-language literature from 1920 to 2020, which is brought into a historical context and analyzed using various methods of literary spatial analysis. In addition to working on his dissertation, Florian teaches German literature and language, presents at events such as the conference of Popular Culture Association, and is co-chair of the Graduate Student Working Group at the Connecticut/Baden Wuerttemberg Human Rights Research Consortium where he also works as an administrative assistant.
Before his appointment at the University of Connecticut, he has worked in instruction and conducted research at Yale University, New Haven and Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio. He has also taught German language at Middlebury College Summer School, Vermont as well as in Shenbakkam, India and at The American Junior Year Program in Heidelberg, Germany. In 2016 and 2017, Florian was the academic coordinator of the Summer Program in German & European Studies in Heidelberg.