Research Projects

Postdoc Project: "Revisions of the American Eve: Gender, Community, and the Technoscientific Imagination in U.S. Popular Culture (1860-1940)" (AT)

This study examines the "American Eve" as a literary motif that dramatizes the ideal relationship of individual and society in the context of technological and scientific progress.

Dissertation: "Poetic Place-making: Nature and Mobility in Contemporary American Poetry"

Completed in the DFG-funded project "The Environmental Imagination of Mobility: Umwelt und Migration in der Amerikanischen Gegenwartslyrik," directed by Prof. Dr. Christine Gerhardt, University of Bamberg

Research Interests

  • 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-Century American Poetry
  • Figurations of the American Eve in American Fiction
  • Single-Sex Societies in American Culture
  • Ecocriticism, Technocriticism
  • Theories of Place, Theories of Mobility
  • Gender and Queer Studies, Feminist Criticism

Conference Organization

Conference Presentations (Selection)

  • 2018/11: "'In a Mirror Darkly': Bordercrossing and Imperial Feminism in Star Trek: Discovery." 2018 AAAS Conference "American Im/Mobilities," University of Vienna (Austria)
  • 2018/09: "Groundwork, Fieldwork, Topopoetics: Reading Lorna Goodison's 'The Garden of St. Michael in the Seven-Hilled City of Bamberg.'" EASCLE Conference 2018, Universität Würzburg (Germany)
  • 2018/01: "'Entfernung gilt nichts': Walt Whitmans Dichtung und poetisches Erbe." Lecture Series "Amerika," Studium Generale, VHS Coburg (Germany).
  • 2017/06: "Mobility and/as Recovery in the Materialist Ecofeminist Poetry of Sharon Doubiago," ASLE Conference 2017, Wayne State University, Detroit (USA)
  • 2017/03: “Teaching Intersectional Feminism in Transatlantic Contexts: Developing a Comparative Seminar on Issues of Gender and Race in German and American Feminism.” Second Biennial EAAS Women’s Network Symposium 'Transnational Feminism and/in American Studies,' University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • 2016/11: “Conflicted Territorialities and Archipelagic Environments in the Poetry of Craig Santos Perez." Internationale Konferenz 'The Environment and Human Migration: Rethinking the Politics of Poetry,' University of Bamberg (Germany)
  • 06/2016: "Paying the Price for an Impossible Love: Etel Adnan's Defiant Ecopoetics of Hope." Ecopoetics Conference 'Dwellings of Enchantment: Writing and Reenchanting the Earth,' Université de Perpignan, Perpignan (France)
  • 06/2016: "Bodily Perspectives without Lyric Subjects: Materiality and Mobility in the Poetry of Juliana Spahr." BAA Summer Academy 'Material Culture,' Florida International University, Miami (USA)
  • 02/2016: "Of Spaceships and Ocean Planets: The Ethics of Mobility in Joan Slonczewski’s Pragmatic Utopias." Conference 'Maritime Mobilities: Critical Perspectives from the Humanities,' University of Vienna (Austria)
  • 10/2015: "From Identity Politics to a 'Postmodern Poetics of Witness' in American Poetry of Migration," Conference 'Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre,' Augsburg University (Germany)
  • 06/2014: "Dwelling in Diaspora? The Environmental Politics of Displacement in Arthur Sze's The Gingko Light," Annual Conference of the GAAS 2014, Würzburg University (Germany)
  • 03/2014: "Beyond Nature Poetry: Arthur Sze's Intimate Translocal Geographies," ACLA Conference 2014, New York University (USA)
  • 06/2013: "From Ecocriticism to Geocriticism and Back - Place and Displacement in Contemporary Transnational American Poetry," 10th Biennal ASLE Conference 2013, University of Kansas (USA)
  • 04/2013: “Nature as a Reluctant Muse – Place and Displacement in two Poems by Derek Walcott and Agha Shahid Ali,” ACLA Conference 2013, University of Toronto (Canada)
  • 11/2012: (Poster Presentation): "Planetary Perspectives: Technology and the Natural World in Ed Roberson's poem 'Topoi'," Conference 'Risks - Effect & Affect: Technology and Narratives of the 21st century,' University of Bayreuth (Germany)