Fields of Interest: Urban Humanities, Cinema, Metaphorology, 20th Century Studies
Paul Kurek is a third year graduate student in UCLA’s Department of Germanic Languages. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in German literature from Julius-Maximilian Universität Würzburg, where he wrote his Bachelor thesis on concepts of love during fin de siècle. In 2012-2013 he studied at University of Texas at Austin. He earned his M.A. degree at UCLA, focusing on German literature and urban cinema.
For his dissertation project, Paul is looking at the Tower of Babel motif between Nietzsche and Speer. Thereby, he is interested in how this powerful trope resonated with urbanization and its echoes in cinema, architecture, literature, and philosophy of the Weimar Republic. Apart from 20th century studies, Paul’s interests include aesthetics, cosmopolitanism, psychoanalysis, and urban humanities.
As a member of the UCLA Graduate Student Association, Paul serves as Director of GSA Melnitz Movies, a biweekly screening series at the UCLA Film School (2016-18). Also, he serves the UCLA community as International Student Ambassador for Germany (2017-18).
Paul is a supporting member of the Villa Aurora Thomas Mann House and member of the GABA FI (German American Business Association Film Initiative) supported by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles and honorary chairman Roland Emmerich.
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