Ph.D. Yale University
Areas of Focus:
German Studies (20th century), Film Studies, and Transnational Studies
Qinna Shen is Assistant Professor of German at Bryn Mawr College. Her research interests concentrate on the areas of German studies (20thcentury), film studies, and transnational studies with a focus on Sino-German relations. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. Her book, entitled The Politics of Magic: DEFA Fairy-Tale Films, was published in 2015 by Wayne State University Press. It is the first comprehensive, critical, book-length treatment of the live-action fairy-tale films from the former East Germany. Her co-edited volume Beyond Alterity: German Encounters with Modern East Asia appeared in the series Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association in 2014 with Berghahn Press.
Her next book project is tentatively titled “Raising the ‘Bamboo Curtain’: Chinese Films in Divided Germany.” It will focus primarily on international film trade, genres, cultural politics, censorship, and reception, as well as on German-Chinese co-productions. The transnational project contributes to the study of the cultural exchange between East and West and complements Cold War studies on divided Germany.
She is active in the profession. She organized Asian German panels and seminars at the Annual German Studies Association Conferences (GSA) as well as at the International Conference of Germanists (IVG) in Shanghai in 2015. Currently, she is serving on the program committee of the German Studies Association.
Before joining the Bryn Mawr faculty in 2016, she held Visiting Assistant Professor positions at Miami University in Ohio and at Loyola University Maryland. At Bryn Mawr, she teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture courses. She designed a number of new topical courses including “Representing Diversity in German Cinema,” “Berlin in German Literature and Film,” “German Encounters with East Asia,” “Coming of Age Stories,” and “Crime, Justice and the Courtroom.” She plans to develop more new courses, such as “1968 and Its Legacies” and “Canonical Works in German Literature.” Many of these courses are and will be taught entirely in German.