Sascha Klein has studied English Studies and History at University of Cologne (B.A., M.A.). From 2014 to 2018 he was a doctoral fellow at a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, during which time he completed his dissertation on the skyscraper as a heterotopic assemblage in 20th-century American novels and films. Since 2014 he has taught courses on American culture, literature, and film at University of Cologne and Macromedia University of Applied Sciences. As a member of Cologne art association artrmx he has been involved with CityLeaks Urban Art Festival since 2011 and is the organizer of all-year Urban Art tours.
- American Literature, History and Culture of the 19th to 21st Century
- Modern and Postmodern Literature
- Science Fiction and Utopian Literature and Film
- Spatial Theory
- Gender Studies
- Poststructural Theory
- Urban and Architectural Studies
- Science and Technology Studies
- Art History and Art Studies
- Film and Television Studies
- Pop Cultures and Urban Subcultures
ESSE: European Society for the Study of English
GAAS: German Association for American Studies
The Cowboy and the West – Following Two American Archetypes through the 20th Century, Proseminar, University of Cologne, Summer 2019.
Introduction to Academic Research, Proseminar, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Summer 2019.
American Vehicles: Automobile Productions in American Culture 1950s to present, University of Cologne, Proseminar, Fall/Winter 2017/18.
Screen Dreams: TV and Video in 1970s and 80s American Culture, Proseminar, University of Cologne, Summer 2014.
Introduction to Medieval History, Undergraduate Tutorials, University of Cologne, Fall/Winter 2012/13 to Summer 2014.
“The Hacker – The Evolution of a Character between Villainy and Heroism in late 20th- and early 21st-Century American Films.” Villains! Constructing Narratives of Evil, International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), University of Giessen, February 8, 2019.
“Urban Art Cologne – Sechs Jahrzehnte künstlerischer Interventionen in den Straßen Kölns.” Ringvorlesung Urbanes Leben, University of Cologne, November 13, 2018.
“"It’s nothing anymore to have a beautiful stock body" – Narcissistic and Masochistic Skin-Egos and their Bodies in Chuck Palaniuk’s Fight Club and David Fincher’s film adaptation.” 14th ESSE Conference, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic, September 29, 2018.
“The Traditional Veil of Modernity – Paradoxes of Style and Space in Early Manhattan Skyscraper Architecture around 1900.” AHRC DTP Conference: Tradition and Transformation, University of Cambridge, UK, September 9, 2017.
“Kunst im urbanen Raum: Street Art und Graffiti.” a.r.t.e.s. forum: Text – Language – Media, University of Cologne, July 15, 2017.
“Frontiers on the Ground and in the Sky – The Dual Production of the Wild West and the Skyscraper in the Early American Science-Fiction Short Story.” Modernities and Modernization in North America: 64th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies, University of Hannover, June 10, 2017.
“Frontiers in the Sky – The Skyscraper as Heterotopia in 20th-Century American Literature and Film.” a.r.t.e.s. colloquium, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, May 17, 2016.
“"A sealed retilinear planet" – The Skyscraper as Heterotopia in J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise (1975).“ Above: Modes of Elevation. Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh, UK, May 12, 2016.
“"This is free public information & we are moving it your way!" – Alternative News-Making in the American Guerilla TV Movement of the 1960 and 70s.” Knowledge Landscapes North America. 62nd Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies, University of Bonn, May 29, 2015.
““A sealed retilinear planet” – The Skyscraper as Heterotopia in J.G. Ballard’s High- Rise and Ben Wheatley’s screen adaptation.” Space and Culture, Jan 9, 2019, URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/1206331218822950
“Subversions and Intensifications of Race, Class, and Gender Divisions on the Post- Apocalyptic Urban Frontier in the Early 20th-Century American Science Fiction Short Story.”
Ilka Brasch and Ruth Mayer (eds.). Modernities and Modernization in North America. Heidelberg: Winter, 2018, pp. 249-269.
“bezeichnend!” Exhibition Catalogue, kunstfenster of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, 2016. (section on the works of Rozbeh Asmani)
Scherer, Anne. Street Art Cologne. Cologne: KiWi, 2014. (Editorial Support)
“Nam June Paik.” Franzen, Brigitte and Miriam Lowack (eds.). Videoarchiv 01: Die Amerikaner. Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen 2014, pp. 14-19.
“CityLeaks 2013 – Ein Forum für die Urbanen Künste.” Programmheft CityLeaks Urban Art Festival 2013, Cologne, 2013, pp. 6-9.
Marc Ries. “Colour. Perceiving Ambiguity.” Rozbeh Asmani: 72 Colourmarks, Leipzig: Spector Books, 2017.
a.r.t.e.s. forum: Text – Language – Media, Neues Seminargebäude, University of Cologne, July 15, 2017.
CityLeaks Congress, Carlswerk, Cologne, August 28-30, 2016.
Exhibitions and Guided Tours:
bezeichnend!, Exhibtion of the kunstfenster of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities, April 13 – July 2, 2015.
CityLeaks Urban Art Tours, Cologne, since 2011.