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(c) Mahshid Mayar

Teaching 

  • 21st-Century Protest Poetry
  • Intersections of Literature and History
  • Silence and Silencing
  • Cultural History of the US
  • History of US Empire
  • Language and Power
  • Historical 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

  • 2023/05 "The Child Reads and Reads and ... Writes: 19th-Century US Cultures of Childhood" [workinh title], invited talk at "Serial Circulation: Print Cultures and Periodical Modernities," University of Siegen.

  • 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 Projects

  • 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.
  • History of the US Empire: Part of her long-standing interest in the question of empire in the US context, and together with Prof. Dr. Mischa Honeck (Universität Kassel), Mahshid Mayar co-edits History of the US Empire: A Handbook [working title]. A volume in the de Gruyter book series “Empires through the Ages in Global Perspective,” this book project will launch by an international workshop scheduled to take place at Universität Kassel in summer 2023. 

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 
07.10.2022