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  • American Poetry
  • Speculative Fiction and TV
  • Literature, Culture, and the Environment
  • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Intersectional Approaches to American Culture

Research Interests

  • Ecopoetry, American Women's Poetry
  • Single-Sex Societies in American Speculative Fiction
  • Cultural Violence Studies, Technoscience Studies
  • Ecocriticism and Mobility Studies
  • Gender and Queer Studies

Upcoming Talks

  • 2024/05: “Governing Gender Apocalypse: Institutional Change in Early Cold War American Speculative Fiction," Annual Conference of the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) on "Transitions," Tartu (Estland)
  • 2024/11: "‘The Male Body is a Time Bomb’: The Postapocalyptic Queer Posthumanism of Manhunt," Biennial Conference of the Suisse Association for North American Studies (SANAS) on "American Futures," Geneva (Switzerland)
  • 2024/11: "Spaceships, Space Stations, and Energy Failures in North American Science Fiction TV," Workshop of the DFG-funded Network Energy and Literature on "Energy Futures," Erlangen (Germany)

Recent Talks (Selection)

  • 2023/11: "Sex, Gender, Reproduction: Single-Sex Societies in American Speculative Fiction," GeStik Lecture Series "(Inter-)Disziplinäre Ansätze der Gender und Queer Studies" [(Inter-)Disciplinary Approaches to Gender and Queer Studies], U of Cologne
  • 2023/09: “Speculative History, Human Exceptionalism, and Graphic Violence in the Comic Series Manifest Destiny," 8th Annual Conference of the Kulturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft (KWG) on Popular Cultures, U of the Saarland
  • 2023/08: "Single-Sex Societies in Pulp Era American Science Fiction and the Im/Possibility of Disruption," Disruptive Imaginations: Joint Annual Conference of the SFRA and GfF, TU Dresden
  • 2022/11: "Ecopoetries of Migration," 13th German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposium (GISFOH): “Agency and global crises: environment, inequality, borders” (Jerusalem, Israel); funded by the Humboldt Foundation
  • 2022/10: "Gemeinwohl und Staatsgewalt in amerikanischer Spekulativer Fiktion," DFG Tagung "Umkämpftes Gemeinwohl: Deutungen im Streit um das gemeinsame Wohl" (University of Rostock)
  • 2022/06: “Imagining Future Pedagogies: Representations of Formal Education in American Speculative Fiction," Workshop "Critical Future Studies: SF as Pedagogy between Imagination and Activism," at the Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA), Tübingen
  • 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 Cultur (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)

Research Groups

  • Energy and Literature: DFG-funded Research Network
  • MESH: Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies in the Humanities (U of Cologne)
  • MeMo: Center for the Study of Media and Modernity (U of Cologne)
  • GeStiK: Gender Studies at the University of Cologne