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Carlos Gasperi

Graduate Student

Carlos Gasperi joined the department in Fall 2012 as a Kade-Ratych Fellow.


Doctor of Philosophy. Rutgers University, Germanic Studies, expected 2016
           Dissertation: "The Organon of Language: Organicism and Semiotics in the Works of Nvalis"
           Advisor: Martha Helfer

Freie Universit ät Berlin, Doctoral Studies, 2010-2011

Master of Arts, Indiana University at Bloomington, Germanic Studies, 2011

Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Philosophy, French Minor, 2007


"On the Language of Nature in Ludwig Tieck's 'Der Runenberg'." Monatshefte 107.3 (forthcoming 2015).

“Recursive Mindscapes: Noematic Confusion in the Kunstgespräch of Georg Büchner’s Lenz." The Germanic Review, 87.1 (2011): 35-36.

“Towards an Ontology of the Food Artwork: On Heston Blumenthal's 'Bacon-and-Egg Ice Cream' and Taste in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility." Food and History 8.1 (2011): 199-212.

 Translations (German to English)

Neef, Sonja A.J. "Der Babylonische Planet." Der Babylonische Planet: Essays zu Kultur und Begegnung unter den Bedingungen der Globalisierung. Ed. Martin Neef and Henry Sussman (forthcoming 2016).

Academic Honors:

Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Graduate Student Conference Award, 2014

Max Kade Grant for Summer Study Abroad (Graduate), 2013, Rutgers University

Max Kade Fellowship 2012-2013, 2015-2016, Rutgers University

Excellence Fellowship, 2014-2015, Rutgers University

Ratych Fellowship 2012-2013, 2015-2016, Rutgers University

FU-Berlin Exchange Fellowship 2010-2011, Sponsored by Indiana University

Max Kade Fellowship 2008-2009, Indiana University


"Intermediality and Intermedial Narratives in the German-Speaking World." Department of German Studies, Rutgers University. April 18th, 2014. Presentation title: "On the Language of Nature in Ludwig Tieck's Der Runenberg and Philipp Otto Runge's Der Morgen."

"The Difficulty of Democracy: Diagnoses and Prognoses." The Eighth Annual Telos Conference. February 14th-16th, 2014. Presentation title: "On the Dissolution of the Sensus Communis within Charismo: The Meaning of 'Revolución en la Revolución'."

"Religion and Politics in a Post-Secular World." The Seventh Annual Telos Conference. February 15th-17th, 2014. Presentation title: "Reflections on 'Pure Religion' in Benjamin’s Thought."

“Within or Without: Space in German Literature and Culture.” Department of German Studies, Cornell University. February 19th-22nd, 2010. Presentation title: “World unworlds: Crisis of Self-Immanence and the Space of Dasein in Georg Büchner’s Lenz.”

“Perceptual Magnets: Commanding Attention in Contested Time, Space, and Thought.” Department of German Studies, Indiana University. February 20th-22nd, 2009. Presentation title: “On the Presence-Effect of Sensation in Food.”

Teaching Experience:

Associate Instructor. "German for Reading Knowledge." Department of German Studies, Rutgers University. Summer 2014. Taught 22 graduate students.

Associate Instructor, "German 102 (Second Semester German)." Duke-Rutgers Summer Program in Berlin, 2013.

Associate Instructor, “Theism, Atheism, and Existentialism.” Course taught by Professor Nancy Levene, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University. Graded and led discussion sessions once a week for approximately 50 students.

Associate Instructor, “Introductory German,” Department of Germanic Studies, Indiana University, Spring 2009. Taught 2 courses for approximately 40 students.

Associate Instructor, “Introductory German.” Department of Germanic Studies, Indiana University, Fall 2008. Taught one course for approximately 20 students.

Teacher of French at L’Alliance française in Valencia, Venezuela. Summer 2004, Spring and Summer 2008. Taught one beginner as well as two intermediate courses for approximately 40 students in total, also served as a private tutor.

Institutional Service

Graduate Student Conference Co-Organizer. "Economic Histories." April 24th, 2015. Keynote speaker Fritz Breithaupt, Indiana University.

Treasurer of the German Studies Graduate Student Organization, 2014-2015.

Vice-President of the German Studies Graduate Student Organization, 2013-2014.

Language Skills

Spanish, native speaker
English, native speaker fluency
German, advanced speaker, C1 Goethe-Institut certified
French, advanced speaker

Academic Interests

19th century German literature
18th-20th century German philosophy
Economics and Literature
Marxism in Latin America

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