University of Wisconsin–Madison


Weijia Li
Assistant Professor, German
Email: wli255@wisc.edu

Language: German

Research/Language Interests: German-Chinese cultural encounters reflected in literature, press, and art history, Anna Seghers and China, German-Jewish refugees in China, 20th and 21st Century German culture and literature.

Education: Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures: The Ohio State University, 2009.

Affiliated Departments: Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Undergraduate Courses: German Undergraduate Courses taught since 2009: China from German Point of View Intermediate German: Speaking and Listening Coming to terms with the past in German Cinema Terrorism and Pop-culture in German Cinema Introduction to German Contemporary Culture and Literature Brecht and Epic Theater German Contemporary Political and Social Issues

Graduate Courses: Graduate Courses taught at the School of Education: Internationalization of Higher Education (Fall 2014, 2015) Strategies and Practices of Internationalization in Higher Education (Summer 2014) Higher Education in a Global Context (Fall 2013)

About Me: My research interest is primarily focusing on German-Chinese cultural encounters reflected in literature, press, and art history. In 2010, I published a monograph on Anna Seghers, a famous German writer and her encounter with China. I am currently working on a new book project on German and Yiddish writings on China by European Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII. Alongside research and teaching in the field of German Studies, I am also serving as the Director of Global Higher Education MS Program at Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. I teaches graduate seminars on globalization and internationalization of higher education, leadership and management in international education programs and services.

Selected Publications

Book

China und China-Erfahrung in Leben und Werk von Anna Seghers. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010.

Articles

„Zwischen Romantik und Orientalismus: Ostasiatische Kunstgeschichte in der Weimarer Republik.“ German Studies Review 38.3 (2015): 531-554.

“Otherness in Solidarity: The Collaboration between Chinese and German Left-wing Activists in the Weimar Republic.” Beyond Alterity: German Encounters with Modern East Asia. Ed. Qinna Shen and Martin Rosenstock. Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association. New York: Berghahn, 2014, 73-93.

„Von unmittelbarer Aktualität zu sinnbildlicher Gestaltung – Über die Seghers’sche China-Rezeption.“ Argonautenschiff: Jahrbuch der Anna-Seghers-Gesellschaft. 21 (2012): 67-79.

“Braveness in Non-Action: The Taoist Strategy of Survival in Bertolt Brecht’s Schweyk and Anna Seghers’ Transit.” Brecht Yearbook 36 (2011): 106-122.

„Anna Seghers´ Sinologiestudium und ihr Interesse an chinesischer Kunst.“ Argonautenschiff: Jahrbuch der Anna-Seghers-Gesellschaft. 18 (2009): 155-65.

„Zukunftsorientierte Landeskunde. Der Erwerb landeskundlicher Kenntnisse und moderner Arbeitstechnik als Lernziele.“ Didaktische Reflexionen: “Berliner Didaktik” und Deutsch als Fremdsprache heute. Ed. Hans Werner Hess. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2004. 109-20.