Thomas Fuhr is a doctoral student in the Transcultural German Studies Ph.D. Program. He grew up in Germany, with an American mother and a German father, yet has gained substantial experience abroad: After spending one year in Oklahoma during high school, and another year teaching English as a volunteer in rural Eastern Bolivia, Thomas began studying Ethnology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. With Pedagogy and Spanish Philology as his minors, he concluded his Magister studies with a thesis on cultural revitalization within the syncretistic Native American Church of North America. During his studies, Thomas learned Portuguese during a semester in Lisbon, and has broadened his linguistic horizon by achieving an intermediate level of Turkish as well as acquiring the basics of Yoruba. He is eager to learn about possible functions and forms of literature; and to research opportunities and processes of multilingualism and community-building in an increasingly pluralistic German society. Thomas is part of the 2017-2018 University Fellows Program cohort.