Robert Ryder Visiting Assistant Professor of Instruction

Rob Ryder is currently Visiting Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University. From 2014-2017 he was the Director of the Basic Language Program in the Germanic Studies Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Germany, was a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, and in 2009 completed his PhD in German and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. He received his MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
 
His first monograph, Hearing Otherwise: The Acoustical Unconscious from Walter Benjamin to Alexander Kluge (forthcoming with Northwestern UP), explores the psychological, media-historical and theoretical implications of an “acoustical unconscious” with respect to both literature and acoustic media such as radio and film. Recent articles include, “Of Barks and Bird Song: Listening in on the Forgotten in Ludwig Tieck’s Der blonde Eckbert” (Goethe Jahrbuch, Fall 2017), the “Innervation” entry in Wenzel and Szeman’s Fueling Culture. 101 Words for Energy and Environment (Fordham UP, 2017), and “On the Minute, Out of Time: Reading the Misreading of Time in Walter Benjamin’s ‘Auf die Minute’” (Germanic Review, Summer 2016).
 
Rob has increasingly used online teaching tools to enhance his German language courses, and in Summer of 2017 he co-published qualitative results of a game app he designed as a supplement to German language instruction (“The ‘UIC German’ game app for the enhancement of foreign language learning - Case study” in the International Journal of Education Technology). While his teaching is currently focused on the Business German sequence, he has also taught German courses focused on literary genres like the German graphic novel and das Hörspiel. He has also taught courses on topics as diverse as the intersection of man and technology (“Mensch und Maschine”), business operations in German-speaking countries (“Germany, Inc.”), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (“Clockwork Ode: from Schiller to Kubrick”), and hell (“Comparative Narratives of Descent”).