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Juliane Schicker

Assistant Professor of German, German and Russian

Education & Professional History

Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (Germany), First State Exam; Texas Tech University, MA; Pennsylvania State University, PhD

Dr. Juliane Schicker grew up in East Germany (when it was still the German Democratic Republic) and earned a teaching certification for Secondary Education for German and English from the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (Germany) in 2008. After that, she spent 18 months teaching German to students at Texas Tech University, while also getting a Master in German and a Minor in Linguistics. Dr. Schicker enjoyed English-speaking academia and teaching college-age students and decided to get her PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in 2015 with the dissertation “The Concert Hall as Heterotopia: Sounds and Sights of Resistance in the Leipzig Gewandhaus 1970-1989.”

Dr. Schicker is an award-winning teacher and scholar. She received ACTFL’s 2020 national Small Undergraduate German Program Special Interest Group Award for Outstanding German Program Development and Advocacy. In 2019, she was an Alternate for the American Postdoctoral Fellowship by the American Association of University Women for her project “Sound Imagery in the German Democratic Republic.” In 2016 together with her former student Briannon Carlsen ’17, Dr. Schicker ranked among the top 5 translators of the “Children’s Books on Tour Translation Competition.” She also received the 2013 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award at Penn State for her work in the German classroom.

Dr. Schicker’s interdisciplinary research focuses on East German music, architecture, and the fine arts during the 1970s and 1980s with an eye to questions of artistic expressions of social change, musical engagement with socio-political issues, the reception history of art in the GDR, and issues of gender and class. She has published, among other things, on works of the band Rammstein, contemporary HipHop artists, Gustav Mahler, and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. In the recent past, she has been tracing the work of female rock musicians in the GDR with a special focus on the role of the working mother.

Outside of academia, Dr. Schicker enjoys the making of, and listening to, music in all its forms and variations. She loves being outside with her dog and her daughter, especially when the sun is shining and temperatures are above freezing. She likes to see the world and meet many of its people. When you meet her on campus or in class, you can ask her any question and she will be happy to answer!

At Carleton since 2015.

Highlights & Recent Activity

German Major Coordinator

Current Courses

  • Fall 2022
    GERM 101: Elementary German
    GERM 208: Coffee and News
  • Winter 2023
    GERM 214: What’s New: The Latest Works in German-Speaking Media
  • Spring 2023
    GERM 150: German Music and Culture from Mozart to Rammstein
  • Fall 2023
    GERM 208: Coffee and News