Sigmund Jakob-Michael Stephan

PhD German

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

I majored in German Studies and minored in Philosophy at the University of Freiburg. Additionally, I spent two semesters at the University of Latvia as an Erasmus student.Sigmund Jakob-Michael Stephan

What are your interests in German Studies?

I am not only interested in literature, but also in questions about cultural identity as what is my "own culture", and what it means to be German in a global context. My focus lays on German romanticism, seeing the crucial role that German romanticism had played to establish the concept of a specific "German literature and culture".

Why did you choose University of Waterloo?

I always had the dream to study at an university in North America, and to experience how life is there. However, the broad focus on the faculty as well as the Waterloo Centre for German Studies persuaded me to fulfill this dream in Waterloo.

Why did you choose this program?

After my year in Latvia I wanted to study another year abroad and this time outside of Europe, since it is especially for a German who studies German studies in Germany very important to learn how German culture is seen from different perspectives.

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

I hope to get inspiration from Waterloo.

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

I had several dream jobs, e.g. writer, politician or being a Latin teacher.

What is a fun-fact about you?

I have a collection of old German grammar books that I bought as a child. My oldest book is from the 18th century.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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