Fields of Interest: Literary and Visual Modernism, Urban Humanities
Paul Kurek is a fourth year graduate student in UCLA’s Department of Germanic Languages. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in German Literature from Julis-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 between 1890-1945. Apart from 20th century studies, Paul’s interests include aesthetics, cosmopolitanism, psychoanalysis, and continental philosophy.
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 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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