Didem Uca

Assistant Editor, Jahrbuch Türkisch-deutsche Studien

Williams 437
Tuesdays 2-4pm


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

Didem is a PhD Candidate (ABD) and a Teaching Excellence Fellow at the Penn Center for Teaching and Learning (2018-2019). Her dissertation analyzes child traveler, refugee, and migrant figures in 20th and 21st century German literature. She has also earned graduate certificates in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and College and University Teaching. In 2016-2017, she was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the Institut für deutsche Literatur of the Humboldt University of Berlin and in 2017-2018, she was a Fellow at the Penn Graduate Student Center.

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. She recently wrote a piece for the Digital Feminist Collective on interrupting harmful narratives as feminist practice and has a book review forthcoming in Feminist German Studies.

She has presented her research at conferences such as the Kentucky Foreign Languages & Literatures Conference (2018), the German Studies Association (2017, 2014), the American Comparative Literature Association (2017), the European Narratology Network (2015), and the Northeast Modern Language Association (2015). 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), the WiG-sponsored panel at NeMLA (2018), and a panel at the 2018 conference on pop culture feminisms.

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

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

Courses Taught

GRMN 301: Handschrift-Hypertext, GRMN 101, GRMN 102, GRMN 103; Assisted: GRMN 258: German Cinema, GRMN 380: Heimat