Verena Kick

Bio & Research:

Verena Kick is Assistant Professor of German at Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2019. In the academic year 2022/23, she was a KWI International Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen, Germany, and she also undertook archival research for her book project at the German Literature Archive (DLA) in Marbach, Germany, supported by the Kurt Tucholsky Foundation.

Her scholarship encompasses 20th century German modernism, photography, film, and Digital Humanities. Her research focuses on the intersection of non-fiction writing and visual culture, specifically on the combination of texts and photographs as an approach to examine the interwar public sphere in German-speaking countries.

In her current book project, she explores the mediation of social and political issues in photobooks published between 1918 and 1945. She examines not only what is represented in the works’ photographs and texts but also focuses on the materiality and medium specificities of the photobooks and their elements. Using the publishing platform Scalar, she is also working on a digital addendum for her book.

She has published articles on digital curation, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Werner Herzog, Kurt Tucholsky, and John Heartfield. See the "Publications" section for further details.

Besides teaching various levels of German language, Professor Kick offers courses on literature and film, including "All Eyes on Berlin", "Babylon, Berlin, Bauhaus," "Women on Screen: A Century of Women in German Cinema," or "Coordinates of Modernism: From Crises and War to Montage and Metropolis." 

(credit for profile photo: KWI,“)