Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Nina Profazi

Where and what did you study before you came to Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo?

Before coming to Germanic and Slavic Studies, I did a double bachelor's degree in Germany at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. My subjects were German Studies and Cultural and Social Anthropology. I found the variety of topics and the interdisciplinary approaches incredibly exciting, but in the course of my studies, I realized that my love for language and literature predominated, so it was clear to me that I wanted to do a more German studies-focused Master's degree.

What are your interests in German Studies?

So far, I still haven't really been able to decide whether I'm more interested in linguistics or literary studies. I wrote my Bachelor's thesis on a modern conversation analysis topic, but literature always inspires me anew.

My main interests in linguistics are language acquisition research, conversation analysis, and gender linguistics. In literary studies, I am fascinated by narratology, poetics, and queer studies.

Why did you choose the University of Waterloo?

Well, I only chose the University of Waterloo indirectly because I am an exchange student at the University of Mannheim with the IcGS program. However, the exchange with the University of Waterloo was a decisive factor in my decision to study here. The combination of linguistic, literary, and intercultural topics in the studies as well as in the personal experience is simply an incredible opportunity to develop professionally and personally/interpersonally. I didn't want to miss out on this broadening of horizons.

Do you already know what you want to write your thesis on?

Honestly, no. I'm still working on a proper idea.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Um, that is a tricky question. I don’t know exactly, maybe a writer or an animal keeper.

What is a fun fact about you?

I’m always cold. So, if possible, you will always find me with a hot water bottle.

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