Queen's University

Dr. Jennifer Ruth Hosek

Associate Professor, Cultural Studies Program, Department of Film and Media, Department of Global Development Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


After completing a Comparative Literature PhD from UC Berkeley, I was a Stanford Fellow in the Humanities until coming to Queen's in 2007. I have published on literature, film, critical theory and neuroscience, digital technology, and the women's movement. My book analyzes the cultural influences of the global South on the North through Cuba and Germany. Sun, Sex and Socialism: Cuba in the German Imaginary (University of Toronto Press, 2012) has received external support from the Berlin Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses, the DAAD, the National Coalition of Women in German, and the Humboldt and the Mellon Foundations. An article stemming from it won the 2008 Coalition of Women in German Best Article Prize and has been published in three languages.

The next two large projects -- a monograph on film, cities and movement and the peer-to-peer language exchange e-tool www.linguaelive.ca  -- are each funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants. I am also participating on an SSHRC-funded group grant about decolonizing cosmopolitanism.

My  teaching areas fall under Film and Media, Gender Studies, German Studies, Global Development Studies (Cuba), and International Studies.

Most Recent Project

Rodando en La Habana: bicycle stories

Rodando en La Habana: bicycle stories premiered at the prestigious International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in December 2015. I served as associate director and research co-investigator on this documentary that explores the cultural meaning of bicycling and community in this Caribbean capital.

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Other Projects

  • A Journal of Germanic Studies: "The New Berlin"

    A project in collaboration with Karin Bauer from McGill University that treats the New Berlin as created through various cultural productions and gestures to the contemporary importance of the rising global culture of creative forms of dissent through the occupation of urban physical and ideational space.

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  • LinguaeLive

    Connecting people learning each other’s language. A tool developed by teachers for students to work with peers in complementary language classes, no matter how far away.

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  • Sun, Sex and Socialism: Cuba in the German Imaginary

    A project that explores transnational communities beyond Germany's division of East and West. In Sun, Sex, and Socialism, Jennifer Ruth Hosek offers a broad-reaching history of the influence of the global South on the global North. 

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  • Christa Wolf: A Companion

    Co-edited with Sonja E. Klocke, University of Wisconsin, a broad-ranging introduction to the East German luminary Christa Wolf, her work and times that builds upon and moves beyond foundational interpretative frameworks by articulating the global relevance of her oeuvre today.

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  • Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin

    Co-edited with Karin Bauer, McGill, this interdisciplinary anthology explores Berlin's unique cultural topographies in literature, film, architecture, urban planning, and city marketing.

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