Dr. Katharina Gerund
Americanization, Reeducation, and Cultural Mobility
Affect Studies, Public Feeling, and Sentimentalism
Gender Studies and Feminist Theory
African American Literature and Culture
Popular Culture (esp. film and TV series)
Current Research Projects
- Happy Home Front Heroines? Military Spouses in the Cultural Imaginary of the U.S. (book project/Habilitation)
- research coordinator of The Global Sentimentality Project
- Reeducation Revisited: Transnationale und kulturvergleichende Perspektiven auf die Nachkriegszeit in den USA, Japan und Deutschland (with Heike Paul and Fabian Schäfer, funded by the DFG, 2018-2021)
- member of the research network “Narrative Liminality and/in the Formation of American Modernities” (funded by the DFG, 2018-2020)
- member of the research network “Paragesellschaften: Parallele und alternative Sozialformationen in den Gegenwartskulturen und -literaturen” (funded by the DFG, 2018-2021)
- “J’ai deux amours….: Josephine Bakers Paris.” “Framing Paris”: Medienreflexion und künstlerische Selbstinszenierung in den 1920er Jahren. Workshop at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Dec. 3-4, 2019.
- “Home Front Autobiographies: Military Spouses and the ‘War on Terror’.” Guest Lecture at the University of Bochum, Jan. 21, 2020.
- TV Talk: The Good Wife / The Good Fight, Feb. 12, 2020 @ DAI Nürnberg and Feb. 13, 2020 @ vhs club INTERNATIONAL, 7 pm.
- “To Be Continued…: Military Families and Perpetual War in Contemporary TV Series.” SCMS Conference, Denver, CO, April 1-5, 2020.
- TV Talk: How to Get Away with Murder, April 29, 2020 @ DAI Nürnberg and April 30, 2020 @ vhs club INTERNATIONAL, 7 pm.
- TV Talk: Homeland, May 27, 2020 @ DAI Nürnberg and May 28, 2020 @ vhs club INTERNATIONAL, 7 pm.
- “Doing Domesticity: Military Spouses and Cultures of Homemaking in the 21st Century.” Annual Conference of the GAAS, Heidelberg, June 4-6, 2020.
Dr. phil. in American Studies, Bremen University (2012, summa cum laude)
M.A. in American Studies, Theater and Media Studies, Psychology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2007)
- 2015-present: assistant professor of American Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
- 2012-2015: coordinator of the doctoral program “Presence and Tacit Knowledge” (funded by the DFG) at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
- 2009-2011: lecturer in American Studies and coordinator of the interdisciplinary MA program “The Americas – Las Américas – Les Amériques” at HHU Düsseldorf
- 2008: lecturer in American Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and at Bremen University
Fellowships & Grants
- 2019: Invited Participant of the Villa Vigoni Dialogue on “Civil Religion and Civil Sentimentalism: Cultural and Political Imaginaries of Order and Belonging”
- 2018: The Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research Fellowship of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA)
- 2018: Invited Participant of the German-Israeli Frontiers of the Humanities Forum 2018, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
- 2016: Travel Grant of the Faculty of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology at FAU
- 2013 and 2011: DAAD Travel Grant
- 2012: Yale University Post-Graduate Research Fellowship of the BAA
- 2012, 2010, and 2007: BAA Fellowship for the Annual Summer Institute/Summer Academy
- 2010-2014: member of the research network “Black Diaspora and Germany” (funded by the DFG)
- 2010: Fellowship, Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), Spring Academy
- 2007-2009: Doctoral Fellowship from Bremen University
- 2004-2005: DAAD Fellowship for Graduate Studies, Afro-American Studies Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Service to the Profession
- member of the editorial advisory board of WiN: The EAAS Women’s Network Journal (2017-)
- reader for COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Journal of American Studies, Neohelicon: Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum, The Yearbook of Transnational History, Papers on Language and Literature, Anglistik, and Atlantic Studies
- elected member of the “bylaws committee” of the Collegium for African American Research (2016-2017)
- assistant editor of the annual bulletin (Mitteilungsblatt) of the German Association for American Studies (2015-2017)
- member of 2007/08 PGF team; co-organizer of the 2007 Postgraduate Forum of the GAAS at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and of the “PGF Workshop” at the 55th Annual Conference of the GAAS at Heidelberg, May 2008 (with Alexandra Ganser and Christina Hein); co-editor of COPAS 9 (2008).
- lectures for high school students on “Civil Rights & the Black Power Movement,” “Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement,” “Race Relations in the Age of Trump,” “Black Hollywood” and “Representations of Slavery in Contemporary US Culture”
- film & TV talks at Club International (vhs) Erlangen, at the German-American Institute Nürnberg, at Casablanca cinema Nürnberg, at Filmhaus Nürnberg and at Filmgalerie im Leeren Beutel Regensburg
- teacher training seminars on American TV culture, the American presidency, populism and popular culture, race relations in the US, public feeling, and prison culture
- public lectures (selection):
- “Black Hollywood.” CasaAkademie, Nuernberg, May 11, 2019.
- “Celebrity Politics? Politik und Populärkultur in den Midterm Elections.” German-American Institute Nuremberg, Oct. 11, 2018 (with Stefanie Schäfer).
- “Martin Luther King, Jr. – Bürgerrechtsbewegung und Erinnerungskultur.” Bavarian American Academy, Munich, May 2017 and Caritas-Pirckheimer-Haus Nürnberg, March 2018.
- “From the Plantation to the Prison? American Slavery and Its Consequences.” Ohm-Gymnasium Erlangen, Internationale Wochen gegen Rassismus, March 2017.
- “Affekt und Alterisierung: Diskurslogiken der ‘Flüchtlingsdebatte’ in kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive.” Lecture series “Die Flüchtlingsfrage – interdisziplinäre Perspektiven,” FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, June 2016 (with Heike Paul).
- “Wie die Deutschen Demokratie lernten: Die amerikanische Reeducation-Politik nach 1945.” Hospitalhof Stuttgart, Feb. 2016.
- “Postracial America? Obamas Präsidentschaft.” Series “USA – Das Wahljahr 2016 im Blick,” Nürnberg, Jan. 2016 (with Heike Paul).
- Gerund, Katharina. Transatlantic Cultural Exchange: African American Women's Art and Activism in West Germany. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2013.
- Gerund, Katharina, Frank Adloff, and David Kaldewey, eds. Revealing Tacit Knowledge: Embodiment and Explication. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015.
- Gerund, Katharina, and Heike Paul, eds. Die amerikanische Reeducation-Politik nach 1945: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf "America's Germany". Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015.
- Ganser, Alexandra, Katharina Gerund, and Heike Paul, eds. Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives: Figures of Mobility in the US and Beyond. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012.
- Gerund, Katharina, Silvia Schultermandl, and Anja Mrak. "The Affective Aesthetics of Transnational Feminism." WiN: The EAAS Women’s Network Journal 1 (2018).
- Gerund, Katharina. "Searching for Sisterhood: Friendship and Sorority Culture in Tajuana Butler’s Sorority Sisters." Black Studies Papers 2.1 (2016): 77-98.
- Gerund, Katharina. "Encountering the Familiarity of a Foreign Culture: Julie Dash's Novel Daughters of the Dust." COPAS : Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 11 (2010).
- Gerund, Katharina. "Sisterly (Inter)Actions: Audre Lorde and the Development of Afro-German Women's Communities." Gender Forum 22 (2008).
- Gerund, Katharina. "Transatlantic Romance(s) of the Postwar Years: Interracial Relationships in Die PX-Story (1959) and Transgression (2015)." German-American Encounters in Bavaria and Beyond, 1945-2015. Ed. Birgit M. Bauridl, Ingrid Gessner, Udo J. Hebel, Berlin: Peter Lang, 2018. 147-170.
- Gerund, Katharina. "The Sound of Solidarity: Angela Davis, Gender(ed) Politics, and (Protest) Songs." The Black Diaspora and Germany/Deutschland und die Schwarze Diaspora. Ed. BDG Network, Münster: edition assemblage, 2018. 178-192.
- Gerund, Katharina. "Josephine Baker's Routes and Roots: Mobility, Belonging, and Activism in the Atlantic World." Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles: Critical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging, and Civil Rights. Ed. Violet Showers Johnson, Gundolf Graml, Patricia Williams Lessane, Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2018. 11-32.
- Gerund, Katharina, and Heike Paul. "Sentimentalism." Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth Century. Ed. Christine Gerhardt, Berlin/Munich/Boston: Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2018. 17-33.
- Gerund, Katharina. "Angela Davis, Black Power und das 'andere Amerika' in beiden deutschen Staaten." Feinde, Freunde, Fremde? Deutsche Perspektiven auf die USA. Hrg. Volker Benkert, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2018. 183-198.
- Gerund, Katharina. "Contested Canons: Toni Morrison and the Nobel Prize in Germany." Reading the Canon: Literary History in the 21st Century. Ed. Philipp Löffler, Heidelberg: Winter, 2017. 215-245.
- Gerund, Katharina. "Sisterhood Is Regional? US-American Women's Activism between the Global and the Local." Critical Regionalism. Ed. Klaus Lösch, Heike Paul, Meike Zwingenberger, Heidelberg: Winter, 2016. 131-152.
- Gerund, Katharina. "(Post-)Feminism and Gender Politics in Mad Men." Amerikanische Fernsehserien der Gegenwart: Perspektiven der American Studies und der Media Studies. Ed. Ernst Christoph, Paul Heike, Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015. 111-132.
- Gerund, Katharina. "Transracial Feminist Alliances? Audre Lorde and West German Women." Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies. Ed. Bolaki Stella, Broeck Sabine, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015. 122-134.
- Gerund, Katharina, Frank Adloff, and David Kaldewey. "Locations, Translations, and Presentifications of Tacit Knowledge: An Introduction." Revealing Tacit Knowledge: Embodiment and Explication. Ed. Adloff Frank, Gerund Katharina, Kaldewey David, Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015. 7-17.
- Gerund, Katharina, and Heike Paul. "Einleitung." Die amerikanische Reeducation-Politik nach 1945: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf "America's Germany". Hrg. Gerund Katharina, Paul Heike, Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015. 7-18.
- Gerund, Katharina. "Wie Schwestern? Freundschaft in Ann Brashares' Sisterhood-Reihe." Zwischen Ideal und Ambivalenz: Geschwisterbeziehungen in ihren soziokulturellen Kontexten. Hrg. Schneider Ulrike, Völkening Helga, Vorpahl Daniel, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2015. 319-337.
- Gerund, Katharina. "Hollywood." Metzler Lexikon Moderne Mythen. Hrg. Wodianka Stephanie, Ebert Juliane, Stuttgart: Metzler, 2014. 189-194.
- Gerund, Katharina. "'Alle Menschen werden Schwestern'? Präsenz, implizites Wissen und feministische Solidarität." Präsenz und implizites Wissen: zur Interdependenz zweier Schlüsselbegriffe der Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften. Hrg. Ernst Christoph, Paul Heike, Bielefeld: Transcript, 2013. 185-209.
- Ganser, Alexandra, Katharina Gerund, and Heike Paul. "Introduction." Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives: Figures of Mobility in the US and Beyond. Ed. Paul Heike, Ganser Alexandra, Gerund Katharina, Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 11-27.
- Gerund, Katharina. "Angela Davis: The (Un)Making of a Political Fugitive in the Black Power Era." Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives: Figures of Mobility in the US and Beyond. Ed. Paul Heike, Ganser Alexandra, Gerund Katharina, Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 279-301.
- Gerund, Katharina, and Stephen Kötzing. ""This Part of My Life, This Part Here, It's Called Running": Social and Geographical (Im)Mobility in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)." Kritische Perspektiven: "Turns", Trends und Theorien. Ed. Gubo Michael, Kypta Martin, Oechsner Florian, Berlin: Lit, 2011. 194-217.
- Gerund, Katharina. Questions to Mark Johnson. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015.
- Gerund, Katharina. "Uncle Tom’s Cabin in London." Encyclopedia of Blacks in European History and Culture Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.
- Gerund, Katharina. "Brown, James Jackson (1882-1953)." Encyclopedia of Blacks in European History and Culture Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.
- “Frank Mehring. The Democratic Gap: Transcultural Confrontations of German Immigrants and the Promise of American Democracy (Winter, 2014).” Amerikastudien/American Studies 63.4 (2018). Web.
- “Daniel Stein. Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz. Jazz Perspectives. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2012.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 62.1 (2017). www.dgfa.de
- “Kristian Buchna. Ein klerikales Jahrzehnt? Baden-Baden (2014) and Kathleen R. Hooper. Designing Democracy. Frankfurt a. M. (2014),” Jahrbuch Extremismus & Demokratie. Ed. Uwe Backes, Alexander Gallus, and Eckhard Jesse. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015. 394-395.
- “Ivo Ritzer. Wie das Fernsehen den Krieg gewann.” rezensionen:kommunikation:medien, Dec. 3, 2015. http://www.rkm-journal.de/archives/18783
- “Martin Lüthe. Color-Line and Crossing-Over: Motown and Performances of Blackness in 1960s American Culture. Trier: WVT, 2011.” Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 24.1 (2013): 211-213.
- “Racism, Slavery, and Literature. Ed. Wolfgang Zach and Ulrich Pallua. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010.” Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 130.2 (2012): 310-313.
- “Jan Philipp Burgard. Von Obama siegen lernen oder “Yes, We Gähn!”? Der Jahrhundertwahlkampf und die Lehren für die politische Kommunikation in Deutschland. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2011.” ZAA: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 2 (2012): 203-205.
- “Carlyle Van Thompson. Black Outlaws: Race, Law, and Male Subjectivity in African American Literature and Culture. New York: Peter Lang, 2010.” Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 129.3-4 (2011): 582-585.
- “Stephanie Brown and Éva Tettenborn, eds. Engaging Tradition, Making It New: Essays on Teaching Recent African American Literature. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 55.4 (2010): 775-777.
- “Maria I. Diedrich and Jürgen Heinrichs, eds. From Black to Schwarz: Cultural Crossovers between African America and Germany. FORECAAST 18. Münster: LIT, 2010.” CAAR Reviews (2010). www.caar-web.org/caar-publications/reviews.html
Workshops & Conferences
- American Home Front(s). Workshop/Student Conference at the Bavarian American Academy in Munich in cooperation with LMU Munich and the University of Regensburg, July 20-21, 2019.
- “Images of War: U.S. Popular Culture as Militainment.” Workshop at the 66th Annual Meeting of the GAAS, Hamburg, June 2019 (with Mareike Spychala).
- “Army Wives, Astronauts, and Cowgirls: Gendered Mobility in American Culture.” Panel at the 2018 EBAAS conference, London, April 2018 (with Alexandra Ganser).
- Reeducation Revisited: Strategies, Actors, Institutions in Transnational and Comparative Perspective. International Conference at the German-American Institute Nuremberg, Sept. 2017 (with Heike Paul and Anne Schenderlein/GHI Washington).
- “Women in Trans/national Care Economies.” Panel at the Second Biennial EAAS Women’s Network Symposium at Lausanne, Switzerland, March 2017 (with Silvia Schultermandl).
- “Transnational Feminism and American Studies.” Workshop at the EAAS Biennial Conference at Constanta, Romania, April 2016 (with Silvia Schultermandl).
- Public Feeling in Global Contexts. International Conference at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, April 2016 (with Heike Paul).
- “Tacit Knowledge.” Workshop at the 62nd Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies, Bonn, May 2015 (with Heike Paul).
- American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture. 6th BAA Summer Academy at Texas State University, San Marcos. May/June 2014 (with Heike Paul, Jessica Pliley, Meike Zwingenberger et al.).
- “Tacit Knowledge and the Politics of the Performative.” Workshop at the Conference Judith Butlers Theoretische Interventionen – Grundlagen, Effekte, Kritik at FAU, April 2014 (with Heike Paul).
- (Extra-)Ordinary Presence: Social Configurations and Cultural Repertoires. International Conference of the DFG doctoral program “Präsenz und implizites Wissen” at FAU, Nov. 2013 (with Markus Gottwald, Kay Kirchmann, Heike Paul, et al.).
- American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture. 5th BAA Summer Academy at Munich and Nuremberg. May/June 2013 (with Heike Paul and Meike Zwingenberger).
- Implizites Wissen zwischen Explikation und Verkörperung. International Conference of the DFG doctoral program “Präsenz und implizites Wissen” at FAU, Dec. 2012 (with Frank Adloff, Heike Paul, et al.).
- Gendering the Black Diaspora. 2nd Workshop of the research network “Black Diaspora and Germany” at FAU, April 2011 (with Susann Lewerenz and Cassandra Ellerbe-Dueck).
- Cultural Encounters between Germans and Americans after World War II: New Perspectives on ‘Reeducation,’ ‘Reorientation,’ Americanization (1945-65). International Conference at FAU, June 2010 (with Heike Paul).
- Critical Perspectives: ‘Turns,’ Trends, and Theories. 9th International and Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at FAU, Nov. 2009 (with Carmen Dexl, Michael Gubo, Martin Kypta, and Florian Öchsner).
- Re/Visions of American Studies. Graduate Conference at Bremen University, July 2009 (with Konstantin Butz and Carsten Junker).
- Imagining Alternative Mobilities? Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives. International Conference at FAU, June 2009 (with Alexandra Ganser and Heike Paul).
- “Sounding the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Poetry.” Workshop at the 8th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research at Bremen, March 2009 (with Birgit M. Bauridl).
Conference Papers & Invited Guest Lectures (Selection)
- “(Un)Learning Racism? The Racial Logics of US Reeducation Efforts in Postwar Germany.” HLCS Conference at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands), Nov. 14-15, 2019.
- “Home Front Autobiographies of the ‘War on Terror’: Narrative Liminality, Tacit Knowledge, and Affective Labor.” Poster Presentation. Conference: Beyond Narrative: Literature, Culture, and the Borderlands of Narrativity. University of Leipzig, Oct. 2019.
- “‘Glücksversprechen Militär: Militärfamilien in der amerikanischen Populärkultur.” Conference: Glücksversprechen. Inszenierungen und Instrumentalisierungen alternativer Lebensentwürfe in den Gegenwartskulturen at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Sept. 2019.
- “Home Front Sentimentality: Military Spouses in Contemporary TV Series.” BAA Summer Academy, DAI Nuremberg, May 2019.
- “Happy Home Front Heroines? Military Spouses in Contemporary TV Shows.” U of Graz, March 2019.
- “Army Wives and The Unit: Military Spouses in U.S.-American TV Series.” Regensburg European American Forum (REAF), U of Regensburg, Jan. 2019.
- “The Im/Mobilities of Military Spouses in Post-9/11 US Culture.” 45th Austrian Association for American Studies Conference “American Im/Mobilities”, Vienna, Nov. 2018.
- Panelist: “International Committee Talkshop II: Transnational Teaching from Emergency to Emerging Projects.” American Studies Association’s Conference “States of Emergence,” Atlanta, GA, Nov. 2018.
- “‘When They Call You a Terrorist’: Angela Davis’ Activism from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter.” U of Tuebingen, July 2018.
- “Public Feeling on the Home Front: The ‘Waiting Wives’ of US Wars Abroad.” Annual Conference of the GAAS, FU Berlin, May 2018.
- “African American Women, Sentimental Political Storytelling, and Contemporary TV Culture.” Marburg U, May 2018.
- “Military (Im)Mobilities: Women and War in Siobhan Fallon’s Short Stories.” EBAAS conference, London, April 2018.
- “Happy Home Front Heroines? Army Wives in Post-9/11 American Culture.” Workshop “American Domesticities,” U of Zurich, Nov. 2017 and Annual Conference of the Historians in the GAAS “Heroism and the Heroic in American History,” Tutzing, Feb. 2018.
- “Angela Davis and the Challenge of Prison Abolition.” U of Vienna, April 2017.
- “The Affective Labor of Army Wives.” Second Biennial EAAS Women’s Network Symposium at Lausanne, March 2017.
- “Sentimental Political Storytelling and Black Femininities in Contemporary Television Series.” FSU Jena, Nov. 2016.
- “Home, Family, and Domesticity in Army Wives.” Annual conference of the American Studies Association, Denver, CO, Nov. 2016.
- “Contested Canons? Toni Morrison and the Nobel Prize in Germany.” Bamberg U, June 2016.
- “Public Feeling, Tacit Knowledge, and Civil Sentimentalism in American Popular Culture.” International conference “Public Feeling in Global Contexts,” FAU, April 2016 (with Heike Paul).
- “Political Solidarity and the Racial Logics of Sisterhood.” U of Regensburg, Jan. 2016.
- “The Fugitive Figure in African American Autobiography.” Lecture series “Movement in Literature,” FSU Jena, June 2015.
- “Angela Davis, Black Power und das ‘andere Amerika’ in beiden deutschen Staaten.” Conference “Feinde, Freunde, Fremde? Deutsche Perspektiven auf die USA,” Akademie für politische Bildung, Tutzing, May 2015.
- “‘Wien, Wien – Josephine”: Josephine Baker in the Context of European (African) American Studies.” European American Studies Workshop by the Bavarian American Academy and Dartmouth College, Munich, May 2015.
- “‘America’s Germany’? Die amerikanische Reeducation-Politik der Nachkriegszeit.” 5th International Conference on Holocaust Research “Afterwards – An Experiential History of the Holocaust 1945-1949,” Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Berlin, Jan. 2015.
- “Sisterhood Is Regional? US-American Women’s Activism between the Global and the Local.” Keynote lecture, 6th BAA Summer Academy “American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture,” Texas State U (San Marcos, TX), June 2014.
- “The Futures of Feminism and Black Studies: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Sisterhood.” Conference “The Futures of Black Studies: Historicity, Objectives and Methodologies, Ethics,” Bremen U, April 2014.
- “Angela Davis in East and West Germany.” Fulbright American Studies Summer Session, HU Berlin, Aug. 2013.
- “Transracial Feminist Alliances? Audre Lorde and (West) German Women.” Head West: British Association for American Studies 58th Annual Conference, U of Exeter, April 2013; The Lady Doth Protest: Mapping Feminist Movements, Moments, and Mobilisations – Biennial FWSA conference, U of Nottingham, June 2013.
- “Josephine Baker’s Routes and Roots: (Trans)National Affiliations in the Atlantic World.” 10th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research – Dreams Deferred, Promises and Struggles: Perceptions and Interrogations of Empire, Nation, and Society by Peoples of African Descent, Agnes Scott College (Decatur/Atlanta, GA), March 2013.
- “Cultural Mobility and Jazz Age Popular Culture: Josephine Baker in/and Germany.” Workshop “Popular Culture on the Move: Transnational Aspects of the Popular in America Through the Centuries,” Carl von Ossietzky U Oldenburg, Oct. 2012.
- “Sisterhood across the Color Line? Audre Lorde, German Women and Feminist Solidarities.” Brown Bag Lunch Talk at Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale U, New Haven, Sept. 2012.
- “Contested Appropriations: Angela Davis and Black Power in West Germany.” Leibniz U Hannover, June 2012.
- “The Democratic Promises of US-American Feminisms.” BAA Summer Academy in Washington, D.C., May 2012.
- “Happy Housewives and Single Girls? (Post)Feminism and Gender Politics in Mad Men.” Lecture Series “TV Seriality,” TU Dresden, Jan. 2012.
- “‘I Am Your Sister’ – Audre Lorde and the Black Diaspora in Germany.” Regensburg European American Forum (REAF), Regensburg, Dec. 2011.
- “Occupation: Housewife? Women and Work in Mad Men.” (Re-)Präsentationen der Arbeitswelt. 10th Interdisciplinary and International Graduate Conference, FAU, Nov. 2011.
- “(African) Americanization(s): Black GIs, African American Culture, and ‘Racial’ Discourses in Postwar Germany.” BAA Summer Academy, Munich, May 2011.
- “The Sound of Solidarity: Angela Davis, Gender(ed) Politics, and (Protest) Songs.” Gendering the Black Diaspora, 2nd Workshop of the reseach network “Black Diaspora and Germany” at FAU, April 2011.
- “Audre Lorde, Afro-Germans, and Black Diaspora Studies in Germany: The Challenges and Chances of Studying African American Culture Abroad.” The State of African American and African Diaspora Studies: Methodology, Pedagogy, and Research. Conference at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the CUNY Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, New York City, Jan. 2011.
- “Resistance, Solidarity, Desire: Black Power in West Germany.” BAA Summer Academy, Wayne State U (Detroit, MI), May 2010.
- “GIs, Jazz, and Civil Rights: African American Culture in Postwar Germany.” HCA Spring Academy 2010, Heidelberg, March 2010.
- “Americanization as ‘Afro-Americanization’? (African) American Culture in Postwar Germany.” PGF 2009, Munich, Oct. 2009.
- “Fashion Icon, Intellectual, Political Prisoner: Angela Davis in the West-German Imagination.” African American Civil Rights and Germany in the Twentieth Century, conference at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), Oct. 2009.
- “The (Un)Making of Political Fugitives in the Black Power Era.” Imagining Alternative Mobilities? Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives, international conference at FAU, June 2009.
- “Mapping the Road to Freedom: C. Eric Lincoln’s Civil Rights Poetry.” 8th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research, Bremen U, March 2009.
- Grundseminar Culture
- Aufbauseminar Culture
- Lektürekurs American Civilization
- Lektürekurs (Lehramt, nicht vertieft)
- Political Melodrama in US Culture (PS)
- The American TV Family (PS)
- Canadian Literature and the Black Atlantic (PS)
- From Page to Screen? Theories and Practices of Adaptation in US-American Culture (PS)
- “Black is Beautiful!:” The Black Power Movement in Its Cultural Context (PS)
- Black Feminism(s): Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison (PS)
- Writing Women in 19th Century America (PS)
- “Live from the Plantation:” American Slavery in the 19th Century (PS)
- “On the Move:” (Cultural) Mobility in North America (HS)
- Asian American Studies (HS)
- From the KKK to the Alt-Right: White Supremacy in American Culture (HS, with Heike Paul)
- Critical Prison Studies (HS, incl. a two-day workshop at the German-American Institute in Nuremberg organized in cooperation with CU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, the U of Regensburg, and the Bavarian American Academy in Munich)
- Home Front USA: American Culture and Society in Times of War (HS, incl. a two-day workshop at the Bavarian American Academy in Munich organized in cooperation with LMU Munich and the U of Regensburg)
- Forschungskolloquium der Amerikanistik/American Studies (with Klaus Lösch/Heike Paul)
- Stepford Wives, Mad Men, and Little Children: Suburbia in American Literature and Culture (HS, Düsseldorf)
- Doing Time: African American Prison Writing from Chester Himes to Mumia Abu-Jamal (HS, Düsseldorf)
- Adaptation(s): American Literature on Screen (HS, Düsseldorf)
- “Framing Blackness:” African Americans and/in Hollywood (HS, Düsseldorf)
- Transatlantic Cultural Mobility: Immigration, Slavery, Americanization (HS, Düsseldorf)
- American Road Narratives (HS, Düsseldorf)
- The South in American Literature (HS, Düsseldorf)
- “The Americas – Las Américas – Les Amériques” (HS, Düsseldorf)
- Selected Fiction: Virginia Woolf (HS, Bremen)