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(c) Mahshid Mayar

Teaching 

  • 21-Century Protest Poetry
  • Intersections of Literature and History
  • Silence and Silencing Cultural History of the US
  • History of US Empire
  • Language and Power
  • Childhood Studies
  • History of Race and Racialization

Research Interests

  • Intersections of Literature and History | Documental Poetry
  • Silence and Silencing in Contemporary U.S. Literature
  • Archives and Politics of Archiving | Archival Silences
  • Historical Childhood Studies | History of Education | Juvenile Periodical Press
  • 19th-Century US Empire | History of Geography and Geopolitics

Upcoming Talks

  • 2022/11 “Citizens and Rulers of the World? National Questions and Transnational Concerns,” Shelley Fisher Fishkin Prize (2022) Award Ceremony, Tulane University.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

  • Mayar, Mahshid. “‘Playes print the letter.’ Childhood, Temporality, and Archival Work.” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Johns Hopkins University Press (accepted, forthcoming 2023).

  • Mayar, Mahshid. “Sand Opera: Imperial Scripts of Crisis and Intergeneric Fields of Erasure in Philip Metres’ Poetry of Erasure.” Amerikastudien (under external review).

  • Mayar, Mahshid. Citizens and Rulers of the World: The American Child and the Cartographic Pedagogies of Empire. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2022.

  • Mayar, Mahshid, and Marion Schulte, eds. Silence and Its Derivatives: Conversations Across Disciplines. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.

  • Mayar, Mahshid and Marion Schulte. “Silences in History, Linguistics, and Literature: An Introduction.” Silence and Its Derivatives: Conversations across Disciplines, edited by Mahshid Mayar and Marion Schulte. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.

  • Mayar, Mahshid. “Children, Childhood, and Empire.” Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies, edited by Heather Montgomery. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.

  • Mayar, Mahshid. “Silence as Masquerade: Punctuation, Prosody, and Performance in ‘A Primer for the Punctuation of Heart Disease’.” Silence and Its Derivatives: Conversations across Disciplines, edited by Mahshid Mayar and Marion Schulte. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.

  • Mayar, Mahshid. “From Unquestioned Obedience to Disintegrating Abeyance: Children’s Toys and U.S.’s Racial Order in the Late 19th Century,” Apr. 2022, for UNC Press Blog.

  • Mayar, Mahshid, and Stefan Schubert, eds. “American Video Games and the Politics of Popular Culture.” European Journal of American Studies 16.3 (2021).

  • Mayar, Mahshid, and Stefan Schubert. “Joystick in the Garden,” introduction to Special Issue American Video Games and the Politics of Popular Culture.” European Journal of American Studies 16.3 (2021).

  • Mayar, Mahshid. “Feasts of Indifference: Racialization, Affect, and Necropolitics in 1X War Games.” European Journal of American Studies 16.3 (2021).

  • Mayar, Mahshid, ed. “Spaces of Empire.” U.S. Studies Online (USSO), British Association for American Studies, 2020.

  • Mayar, Mahshid. “Spaces and Spatialities of Empire: An Introduction,” introduction to “Spaces of Empire” Essay Series, U.S. Studies Online, British Association for American Studies (2020).

  • Mayar, Mahshid. “What on earth! Slated Globes, School Geography and Imperial Pedagogy.” European Journal of American Studies 15.2 (2020): 1-19.

Current Research Project

  • Erasure: Poetics, Politics, Performance: As part of her scholarly investment in the cross-over between poetry and politics, Mahshid Mayar's current second-book/Habilitation research project, Erasure: Poetics, Politics, Performance [working title], focuses on the political, the historical, and the aesthetic in contemporary US erasure poetry. In this project, she examines protest poetry by a wide number of 21st-century US-American poets, including Solmaz sharif, Philip Metres, Janet Holmes, and Niina Pollari.

  • Silence(s) and Silencing in US Literature and Culture: Mahshid Mayar has an ongoing interest in the study of silence(s) and silencing within the broader field of sound studies. Together with Marion Schulte (Anglistik/Universität Rostock), Mahshid Mayar has co-edited Silence and Its Derivatives: Conversations across Disciplines, an edited interdisciplinary volume, including 16 essays by scholars from across the globe, which was published in summer 2022 with Palgrave Macmillan.

Professional Affiliations

  • DGfA: German Association for American Studies
  • ASA: American Studies Association
  • BAAS: British Association for American Studies
  • MLA: Modern Language Association
  • GAPS: Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies
  • ENIUGH: European Network in Universal and Global History