Maria Stehle, assistant professor of German in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, specializes in German and European Cultural Studies, Gender and Media Studies, and Cultural Histories of Germany since 1945. She recently received a prestigious three-year Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her current research project, Technologies of Popfeminist Activism, in collaboration with Dr. C. Smith-Prei (University of Alberta). In this case study of German “popfeminist” protest and performance art culture, Stehle and Smith-Prei examine the reconfiguration of German feminist activism in the twenty-first century through digital technologies.
In 2012, Stehle published her first monograph, Ghetto Voices in Contemporary German Culture: Textscapes, Filmscapes, Soundscapes, with Camden House, a leading German Studies press. This monograph questions the popular—and oversimplified—post-1989 narrative of the newly united Germany as a peaceful, worldly, and cautiously proud nation and examines instead ongoing struggles with racism, provincialism, and the perceived Other, especially as manifested in urban environments.
Stehle is also a member of the Cinema Studies Committee, a core faculty member of the Faculty Research Seminar on Modern Germany, and the faculty leader of the biennial mini-term trip to Berlin in connection with the upper-level German course, Metropolis Revisited.