Jan Uelzmann

Associate Professor of German, Associate Chair

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
Office Location:
Swann 218
Office Hours:
THU 9-11
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Jan Uelzmann is Associate Professor of German in the School of Modern Languages. He has been serving as Associate Chair of the School since 2019. He received his Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He was the recipient of the 2011 Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas. Dr. Uelzmann's book Staging West German Democracy: Governmental PR Films and the Democratic Imaginary, 1953-1963 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) examines how political "founding discourses" of the nascent FRG were reflected, reinforced, and actively manufactured by the Federal government through PR films produced in conjunction with the West German newsreel system Deutsche Wochenschau. In his research, Dr. Uelzmann merges approaches from cultural history, cultural studies, film studies, and literary studies to explore questions related to postwar democratization, governmental media policies of the Adenauer period, Cold War politics, the provisional capital Bonn, and Weimar modernism. He also works on Foreign Language curriculum development and the implementation of Mobile Learning technologies in the classroom. He serves as the director of the Berlin segment of the German Languages for Business and Technology (LBAT) program. His teaching lagely focuses on contemporary German culture, cultural history, film, and literature, with courses focusing on Americanization and anti-Americanism in Germany, Berlin as a site of transformation and memory in the 20th century, political songwriting, and postwar literature. Dr. Uelzmann has published widely on West German postwar cultural history, film and literature, and his articles have appeared or are forthcoming in The German Quarterly, Monatshefte, Seminar, Colloquia Germanica, and the Journal of Cold War Studies.


Staging West German Democracy: Governmental PR Films and the Democratic Imaginary, 1953-1963.  New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. 352 pp.

Refereed Journal Articles:

Building Domestic Support for West Germany's Integration into NATO, 1953-1955." Journal of Cold War Studies 22.2 (2020): 133-162.

“Bonn, World City: Explaining the FRG’s Provisional Capital through Government Commissioned Documentaries during the Adenauer Years.” Monatshefte 108.2 (2016): 202-232.

“Symbolic Homecoming of the “Hero-Father”: Realignment of National Memory in the Neue Deutsche Wochenschau Special Feature on Konrad Adenauer’s 1955 State Visit to Moscow.” Colloquia Germanica 45.1 (2012): 41-68. (Published in 2015)

Bonn, Divided City: City Scape as Political Critique in Wolfgang Koeppen’s Das Treibhaus and Günther Weisenborn’s Auf Sand gebaut.” Seminar – A Journal of Germanic Studies 50.4 (2014): 436-460.

[Solicited Reprint Forthcoming in: LLC in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism: Wolfgang Koeppen. Columbia, SC: Layman Poupard. 2016.]

“Consumption and Consummation: Domestic Tales of the Economic Miracle in Arno Schmidt’s Das steinerne Herz.” The German Quarterly 86.2 (2013): 180-197.

Urlaub, Per & Uelzmann, Jan. “From Orality to Literacy: A Curricular Model for Intensive Second-Year Collegiate Language Instruction.” SCOLT Dimension 2013. 22-33.



“Berlin is a Cabaret of the Nameless: The Cynical City in Erich Kästner’s Fabian.” Topography and Literature: Berlin and Modernism. Ed. Reinhard Zachau. Goettingen: v&r unipress, 2009. 153-166.


Book Reviews:

Mila Ganeva: Film and Fashion Amidst the Ruins of Berlin. From Nazism to the Cold War. Rochester (New York): Camden House 2018. Filmblatt 24. Jg., Nr. 69, Herbst 2019. 110-112.


Invited Lectures:

"Foundational Narratives: West German Nation-Building Through State Sponsored PR Films, 1951-1963." The Arts of Democratization, 24 Biennial St. Louis Symposium on German Literature and Culture. Washington University St. Louis, April 7, 2018.

"German Studies: An Overview of the Profession." Alumni Lecture, Department of Germanic Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, February 26, 2017.

“Staging West German Democracy: Governmental PR Films and the Democratic Imaginary, 1953-1963.” International symposium “Winning Peace: Reconstruction and Democratization after WWII.” The International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST), New Orleans, January 12, 2018.

"Promoting Western Integration: Mobilwerbung and Governmental PR Films in West Germany during the Adenauer Years." Department of German, Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures & Department of History, Miami University, November 27, 2017.


Recent Conference Presentations:

"Bonn during the Adenauer Years: Explaining the West German Provisional Capital through Government-Commissioned Film Productions.” SCMS Conference 2018. Toronto, ON, March 15, 2018.

"Fostering Intercultural Competence: Video Documentary Projects during the Georgia Tech Study Abroad Program in Berlin." ACTFL Conference 2017. Nashville, TN, November 17, 2017.  

"Promoting Rearmament in Rural Lower Saxony: Governmental Mobilwerbung Campaigning during the Early Adenauer Years." GSA Conference 2017. Atlanta, GA, October 7, 2017.

“Staging West German Democracy through Foreign Policy: The Politics of Self-Representation through Government-Sponsored PR Films during the Adenauer Years (1949-63).” GSA Conference 2016. San Diego, CA, September 30, 2016.

“Filmic Representations of Reconciliation: The Neue Deutsche Wochenschau Special Features on the Reconciliation with France, 1961-63.” SCMLA Conference 2014. Austin, TX, October 20, 2014.

“Performing Reconciliation: The Neue Deutsche Wochenschau Special Feature Films on the Rapprochement with France.
GSA Conference 2014. Kansas City, MO, September 20, 2014.

“The City as Classroom: Place-Based Education in Berlin During the GT Study Abroad.” CIBER 2014. Park City, UT, April 25, 2014.



“Implementing Mobile Learning Technologies during the Georgia Tech Study Abroad in Berlin.” American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Iowa Annual Spring Meeting, Grinnell College, IA, April 22, 2017.

“Pathways to Language Excellence: Integrating Language and Workforce Needs” (co-facilitated with Bettina Cothran and Osvaldo Cleger). 17th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education. Providence, RI, November 6, 2014.

“Workshop on Mobile Learning: A new Paradigm for Place-Based Instruction.” Emory University, August 15, 2013.
(Co-facilitated with Osvaldo Cleger, Georgia Tech)



Dr. Uelzmann teaches courses on all aspects of German studies, with a particular emphasis on contemporary culture, literature and media, and cultural history. He also enjoys teaching beginning language classes. Courses include:

  • German Literature after 1945 
  • Political Songwriting since 1945 
  • Coca-Colonization: Americanization and Anti-Americanism since 1945
  • Germany Today: Aspects of Contemporary German Culture
  • Berlin the Capital in the 20th Century
  • Bonn after Reunification (independent study)
  • Advanced German Grammar


Study Abroad:

Dr. Uelzmann currently serves as the Director of the 3 week-long Berlin segment of the German Langusges for Business and Technology (LBAT) study abroad program. His seminar "Berlin: The Capital in the 20th Century" uses the city of Berlin as an extended classroom and invites students to explore the city on their own terms in the form of a cultural project.


Public Lectures:

"Heiner Carow’s Die Legende von Paul und Paula.” Film Series 2015. Goethe Zentrum Atlanta, GA. October 21, 2015.

“Fritz Lang’s M.” Film Series 2015. Goethe Zentrum Atlanta, GA. April 29, 2015.

  • Ph.D. Germanic Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • M.A. German Literature, Texas Tech University, 2006
  • Erstes Staatsexamen Lehramt an Gymnasien (English, German), Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany, 2004
Awards and
  • Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Award, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • University Continuing Fellowship, Office of Graduate Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009-2010
Areas of
  • 20th/21st Century German Literature
  • Cultural History
  • Cultural Studies
  • German Film
  • History


Research Fields:
  • Digital Humanities
  • German
  • Global Cities and Urban Society
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Europe
  • Gender
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Digital and Mixed Media
  • Digital Humanities
  • Education
  • Film History and Theory
  • Foreign Policy
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • History and Memory
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Literature
  • Media
  • Politics


  • GRMN-1002: Elementary German II
  • GRMN-2001: Intermediate German I
  • GRMN-2002: Intermediate German II
  • GRMN-3011: Germany Today
  • GRMN-4023: Select Readings-Ger Lit
  • GRMN-4027: Grmn Pol Songwriting
  • GRMN-4028: Americanization in FRG
  • GRMN-4061: Adv Business German I
  • GRMN-4500: Intercultural Seminar
  • GRMN-4691: Berlin in the 20th Cent
  • GRMN-4694: 200 Yrs of Grmn Technlgy
  • GRMN-6028: Americanization in Frg

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