Elizabeth (Biz) Nijdam

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Elizabeth (Biz) Nijdam

Graduate Student

University of Michigan
German Department
3110 MLB
812 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275

Office Location(s): 3139 MLB
Phone: 734.647.0246

  • Fields of Study
    • Fin-de-Siecle Vienna, Weimar Germany, and Socialist Realism
  • About

    Elizabeth Nijdam joined the department in Fall 2009 after spending two years in Japan. She did her BA in German and history of art at the University of Victoria, where she also completed her Masters in Germanic Studies in 2007. She presented chapters of her thesis, written on the cinema and literature of Thomas Brussig and Leander Haußmann, at the 74th Congrès de l'ACFAS and the Goethe-Institut in Montreal in 2006 and published her first article in December 2010 on rock and roll narratives in Sonnenallee.

    Since arriving at the University of Michigan, Elizabeth's research interests have diversified. Pursing a Student Initiated Dual Degree Phd in Germanic studies and history of art has allowed her to focus more on her art historical interests, specifically Fin-de-Siecle Vienna, Weimar Germany and socialist realism. Her proposed dissertation project looks at curatorial and museum practices in exhibiting East German material culture and socialist realist art to determine what statements are being made in museum display.

    In addition to her art historical research pursuits, Elizabeth is an aspiring comics scholar. Having presented papers at the ACLA Annual Meeting (2011) and the First Annual Germanic and Slavic Studies Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Victoria, her interests pertain specifically to German comics, autobiographical and historical graphic novels and German figures in the American comic tradition. This upcoming January, she will be presenting at the 127th MLA Annual Convention on using graphic novels to re-tell German history in the classroom.

    Selected Publications

    • "Rock statt Marx: Rock and Roll Narratives in Leander Haußmann's Sonnenallee." German as a Foreign Language 3 (2010): 1-20.

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