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(c) Hans Büschel


  • American Poetry
  • American Popular Culture
  • Speculative Fiction, Film, and TV
  • Literature, Culture, and the Environment
  • Mobilities in Literature and Culture
  • Intersectional Approaches to American Culture

Research Interests

  • 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-Century American Poetry
  • Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century Speculative Fiction
  • State Fictions and Violence Studies
  • Ecocriticism, Mobility Studies
  • Critical Environmental Education
  • Gender and Queer Studies, Feminist Criticism


Current Research Projects

  • Fictions of a (Non-)Violent State: Gender, Technoscience, and Community in American Speculative Fiction (1870-1920)
  • Critical Environmental Education and American Popular Culture
  • Representations of Single-Sex Societies in American Culture
  • Transatlantic Cultures of Decadence

Upcoming Talks

  • 2021/12: "Of Birds, Bulldozers, and Boeings: Nature and Mobility in the Poetry of Juliana Spahr," invited talk at the Chair of North American Literature and Culture, University of Bielefeld
  • 2022/02: "Fictions of a (Non-)Violent State: Technoscience, Origin Myths, and Single-Sex Societies in American Culture," invited talk at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies (FU Berlin)
  • 2022/07: "The Poet(h)ics of Collective Agency in Contemporary Ecopoetry," Conference "Corporations/ Communities/ Crowds" (Volkswagenstiftung, Hannover)
  • 2022/10: "Gemeinwohl und Staatsgewalt in amerikanischer Spekulativer Fiktion"

Recent Talks

  • 2021/10: "Precarious Indigenous Knowledges and Participatory Reading: Teaching Pacific Islander Poetry about Environmental Displacement," Workshop "Narrating Environmental Displacements," University of Augsburg
  • 2021/06: “Creating Space(s) for Complexity: Teaching American Popular Culture and the Environment,” Panel “Participation in/ through Language, Literature and Culture (Education),” DGfA Conference 2021
  • 2021/05: “She who laughs last: Satirical Dystopias by Women and the Ends of Parody,” Symposium “Funny Women” (Bavarian-American Academy, Munich)
  • 2021/05: „(Un)Radical Feminism: Witchcraft, Militarism, and the Limits of Female Empowerment in Motherland: Fort Salem (2020-),” invited talk, Institute for the Study of Film, Theater, Media and Culture, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • 2021/04: “Sentimental Ecologies: Negotiating Landownership, Citizenship, and Affect in Maria Ruíz de Burton’s The Squatter and the Don (1885) and S. Alice Callahan’s Wynema (1891),” with Linda Hess; virtual EAAS Conference 2021

Research Groups and Academic Associations (selection)

  • Fauna: Research Network of Scholars in the Environmental Humanities at the University of Cologne and beyond
  • MeMo: Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften und Moderneforschung at the University of Cologne
  • DGfA/GAAS: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien/ German Association for American Studies
  • EASLCE: European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and Environment
  • GfF: Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung e.V.