One of the key insights of Markus Wilczek’s inquiry is the role terminology in speaking about “sustainability.” For Wilczek, using different terms places the speaker in different linguistic and cultural contexts that often cannot be easily translated. As Tisch Faculty Fellow, Wilczek is increasing awareness for an array of different traditions definitions of sustainability by collecting “stories of sustainability” from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds by conducing short video interviews with a diverse range of people from different linguistic backgrounds – learning about each notion of “sustainability” in their respective cultural contexts.
Markus Wilczek is Associate Professor of German in the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies. He first came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar, and received his PhD from Johns Hopkins in 2007. Before joining the faculty at Tufts, he taught at Harvard (2007-2014). His research is supported by grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. In addition, he has been awarded fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich.