Associate Professor of German Studies
Cross-Appointed with Film and Media Studies,
Associated with the Cultural Studies Program and the Queens-U. Havana Exchange
Office phone: *1 (613) 533-2077
Email: jhosek (at) queensu.ca
After completing a Comparative Literature PhD from UC Berkeley, I was a Stanford Fellow in the Humanities until coming to Queen's in 2007. I have published on literature, film, critical theory and neuroscience, digital technology, and the women's movement. My monograph analyzes the cultural influences of the global South on the North through Cuba and Germany. Sun, Sex and Socialism: Cuba in the German Imaginary(University of Toronto Press, 2012) has received support from the Berlin Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses, the DAAD, the Humboldt and Mellon Foundations, UC Berkeley, and Queen's. An article stemming from it won the 2008 National Coalition of Women in German Best Article Prize and has been published in three languages.
The next two large projects -- a book on urban Heimat and film in Berlin and Havana and the peer-to-peer language exchange e-tool www.linguaelive.ca -- are each being funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants. I am also participating on an SSHRC-funded group grant about decolonizing cosmopolitanism.
My teaching areas fall under German Studies, International Studies, Film and Media, and Global Development Studies (Cuba).
In my free time, I like to bicycle, white-water raft, ski, and shoot photos.
Updated October 2012