Associate Professor of German; German Language Coordinator
Ilka Rasch is Associate Professor in the Department of MLL and the Film Studies Program at Furman University. Her areas of interest include aesthetics of terrorism/politically motivated violence (media coverage, film & literature), visual archives and collective memory, melodrama, German & American film history, fascist cinema and culture, film and literary theory.
She received her PhD from the University of Michigan and wrote her dissertation on The Return of the Red Army Faction (RAF): German Tales of Terror. She has studied at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf (HFF) in Berlin/Potsdam and works as a script consultant in her spare time. She has extensive study abroad experiences and has helped to organize and direct 9 study abroad programs located in Berlin (her favorite city), Cuxhaven and Kiel, Germany.
- Alester G. Furman Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Meritorious Advising Award
- Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- M.A., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, German Department
- B.A., Equivalent, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
- Certificate in Teaching German as a Foreign Language (DaF), Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
- Research Semester Fall 2004, Fernsehen Konrad Wolf (HFF), Babelsberg, Germany
- Exchange Semester Spring/Summer 2001AV, Medienwissenschaft
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." (Albert Einstein)
- "The Generation Gap: The Re-Appropriation of the Red Army Faction in Contemporary German Film" published in Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture edited by Susanne Vees-Gulani and Laurel Cohen-Pfister (Camdon House, 2010).
- "On Toxic Unions and the Angel of History: The Making of Bernward Vesper in Andres Veiel's Wer Wenn Nicht Wir (2011)" has been accepted for publication in Bernward Vesper: Neueste Forschungen edited by Julian Reidy and Thomas Richter (Königshausen & Neumann, 2013).
- "Interview mit Andres Veiel über die Entstehungs-und Rezeptionsgeschichte von WER WENN NICHT WIR (2011)" has been accepted for publication in Bernward Vesper: Neueste Forschungen edited by Julian Reidy and Thomas Richter (Königshausen & Neumann, 2013).
- Script and Film Consultant (including screen credit) for Wer Wenn Nicht Wir/ If Not Us, Who? (2011) by Andres Veiel