Didem Uca

Assistant Editor, Jahrbuch Türkisch-deutsche Studien


B.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.A. University of Pennsylvania

Didem is a PhD Candidate (ABD) and currently a Fellow at the Penn Graduate Student Center in charge of supporting graduate students in their teaching and during the application process for research fellowships. Her dissertation analyzes narratives on childhood by contemporary writers of non-German heritage. She is also earning certificates in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and College and University Teaching. In 2017-2018, she was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the Institut für deutsche Literatur of the Humboldt University of Berlin.

In 2016, she and co-author Kate Zambon published an article titled “Patriots and Pedagogues: Cultural Institutions and the Performative Politics of Minority German Hip-Hop” in the International Journal of Communication. Didem also translates from German and Turkish into English; recent commissions include the museum exhibition "Stay?! Jews in Berlin after the Liberation" for the Stiftung Neue Synogogue Berlin - Centrum Judaicum and an op-ed on the Gezi protests appearing in the journal Jahrbuch Türkisch-deutsche Studien, of which she is also Assistant Editor. 

Upcoming presentations include the German Studies Association (2017) and the Modern Language Association (2018). She has also presented at conferences such as the German Studies Association (2014), European Narratology Network (2015), the Northeast Modern Language Association (2015), and the American Comparative Literature Association (2017). She has co-organized many events for the department, including a graduate student conference titled "Where East meets West? Encounters between 'Germans' and 'the Other,'" an international conference titled "Intersections: Cross-Cultural Theater in Germany and the U.S." with special guest Emine Sevgi Özdamar, and a year-long departmental colloquium series. Additionally, she is an active member of the Coalition of Women in German, manages the organization's Twitter presence @womeningerman, and is co-organizing the conference poster session (2017) and organizing the WiG-sponsored panel at NeMLA (2018).

Didem graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 2011 with majors in German and Comparative Literature. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the various roles of language in the texts of Holocaust survivors Primo Levi and Jurek Becker. In 2011-2012, she taught English at Gaziantep University in Turkey as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.

Research Interests

Intercultural Literature and Film; Migration Studies; Turkish-German Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; Narratology

Courses Taught

Instructed: GRMN 101, GRMN 102, GRMN 103; Assisted: GRMN 258: German Cinema, GRMN 380: Heimat