I. Conference Presentations

“‘Der Held ist das ganze Volk’: Revolution, Demokratie und deutsch-amerikanische Bildungspolitik in Charles Sealsfields frühen Wildwestromanen.” »Go West!« Die Idee des »Westens« in bildungshistorischer Perspektive. Münster. November 23, 2022. Presentation.

“The Young Republic and Young Germany: Charles Sealsfield’s Transatlantic Narrative Politics.” Master of the World? Charles Sealsfield’s America between Emancipation, Exceptionalism and Globalization. Dortmund. September 23, 2022. Presentation.

“‘The whitest God makes ’em’: Postbellum Racial Politics and the White Elephant War of 1884.” Animals in the US Popular Imagination. PopMeC / Austrian Association for Cultural Studies, Cultural History, and Popular Culture. Online. September 15, 2022. Presentation.

“Imperial Spatializations and Archipelagic Counter-Geographies.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference | Comparative Archipelagoes. Taipeh. June 16, 2022. With Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. Presentation.

“Approaching Zero-Point: Radical Environmentalism, Eco-Apocalypticism, and Anti-Capitalist Disaster Culture in the United States.” Disaster Discourse: Representations of Catastrophe. University of Bucharest. June 2, 2022. Presentation.

“Region, Nation, and Empire: Scaling Spatial Semantics in American Literature.” Collaborative Research Centre 1199 Colloquium. Leipzig. 11 May 2022. Presentation.

“Archipelagic Thinking and the Transcultural Space of Mapping.” Transferts Culturels - Kulturtransfers - Intercultural Transfers. Online. 11 February 2022. Presentation.

“‘The Great Seatsfield’: The Transatlantic Politics of the Early Western.” Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association Annual Conference. Online. 11 November 2021. Presentation.

“Doing Nature’s Work: Subaltern Economies and Socialist Social Darwinism in Jack London’s Writings.” Swiss Association for North American Studies Biennial Conference. St. Gallen/online. 5-6 November, 2021. Presentation.

“Oceans of Dissent: Liquefying the Trans-hemispheric Empire in Fin de Siècle Literature.” American Studies Association Annual Conference. San Juan/online. 12 October 2021. Presentation.

“Unma(s)king Maps, Unmapping Empires: Archipelagic Cartographies as Epistemic Mobilities.” Archipelagic Imperial Spaces and Mobilities. Leipzig/online. 17 July 2021. International Workshop.

“No Single Logic: Reassembling Human Geographies of the Louisiana Territory Through Biographies and Life Writing.” Assemblages of Empire: An American Studies Symposium. University of Texas, Austin. 4-5 March 2021. Presentation. [Watch]

“Der Raum zwischen Ozeanen / The Space Between Oceans: Mobilizing America’s Transoceanic Empire.” Forschungskonferenz der Philologischen Fakultät Leipzig. Online. 26 January 2021. Presentation.

“The Space Between Oceans: Mobilizing America’s Transoceanic Empire.” Fifth Annual Conference of the SFB 1199: Mobilities under the Global Condition from the 19th Century to the Present. Leipzig/online. 8 October 2020. Presentation.

“The Naturalists’ Frontier: Ethnic Mobilities in Jack London’s Literary Geographies.” American Literature Association Annual Conference. San Diego. 21–24 May 2020. Presentation.

“Mapping Discourse in Richard Henry Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast.” Mapping Space - Mapping Time - Mapping Texts: A Virtual One-Day Conference. Online. 29 September 2020. Poster Presentation.

“Mapping Discourse in Richard Henry Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast.” DoktorandInnen Posterkonferenz der Philologischen Fakultät. Leipzig. 28 January 2020. Poster Presentation.

“The Rocky Roads of Empire: The Rocky Mountains as Hemispheric Nexus and Barrier to Manifest Destiny in Nineteenth-Century American Literature.” Mediating Mountains. 46th Austrian Association for American Studies Conference. Innsbruck. 23 November 2019. Presentation.

“‘True Places Never Are’: Navigating Spatial Imaginations in Moby-Dick.” Over_Seas: Melville, Whitman and all the Intrepid Sailors. Lisbon. 3 July 2019. Presentation.

“Figuring and Refiguring the Spatial Embodiment of Empire.” Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion: Latin American Studies Association Annual Conference. Boston. 25 May 2019. Presentation.

“Muddying the Waters: Colliding Visions of the Louisiana Territory.” Research Academy Leipzig / Graduate School Global and Area Studies. Neudietendorf. 2 February 2019. Presentation.

“Key Concepts and Future Projects.” European Network for Minor Mobilities in the Americas. Erlangen. 31 January 2019. Workshop.

“Inertia and Movement: The Spatialization of the Native Northland in Jack London’s Short Stories.” American Im/Mobilities: 45th Austrian Association for American Studies Conference. Vienna. 17 November 2018. Presentation.

“‘Feeling New York’: Public Urban Geographies and Private Capitalist Reconciliation in Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick.” St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University | Traditions and Transitions. Sofia. 28–30 September 2018. Presentation.

“Reimagining the American West: Spirituality, (Im)Mobilities, and Nationalistic Transcendence in Popular and Private Literature.” 16th International Summer School of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies and the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Science of the Research Academy Leipzig. Leipzig. 12 June 2018. Presentation.

“Mapping Discourse in Richard Henry Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast (1840).” Visualization of Processes of Spatialization Seminar. Leipzig. 6 June 2018. Presentation.

“Rewriting the Margins: Minor Mobilities at the Southern and Northern Borderlands in the Literary Geographies of Jack London.” European Network for Minor Mobilities in the Americas Workshop. Vienna. 3 May 2018. Presentation.

“Nativism, Foreign Bodies, and Racial Hybridity in H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth.’” Foreign Bodies and Native Sons: Irish Association for American Studies Annual Conference. Dublin. 28 April 2018. Presentation.

“‘The Whole Extent of That Coast Will Be Covered with Free and Independent Americans’: Separatist Movements, Bio-Regionalism, and Anti-Nationalist Visions in Oregon Country and California.” Reinventing the Social: Movements and Narratives of Resistance, Dissension, and Reconciliation in the Americas / International Association of Inter-American Studies Annual Conference. Coimbra. 24 March 2018. Presentation.

“Feeling New York: Classless Urban Geographies and Affective Capitalist Reconciliation in Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick.” Scottish Association for the Study of America Annual Conference. St. Andrews. 3 March 2018. Presentation.

“Utopianism, Regionalism, and Local Color Nostalgia in the Literature of the Old Northwest.” Research Academy Leipzig / Graduate School Global and Area Studies. Wittenberg. 3 February 2018. Presentation.

“Geographies of Empire: Der transpazifische und zirkumkaribische Raum in der Literatur der USA.” With Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. Collaborative Research Centre 1199. Leipzig. 3 January 2018. Presentation.

“Horrendous Hybridity: Spatial and Linguistic Representations of the Occult Orientalist Other in H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth.’” The Politics of Space and the Humanities. Thessaloniki. 16 December 2017. Presentation.

“Border-Crossings in the Americas: Mobilities, Migrations, Narratives in the 21st Century.” Forum for the Study of the Global Condition. Leipzig. 23-24 November 2017. Workshop.

“Globe, Region, and Periphery: The Spatialization of the American West in Antebellum US Literature.” Global Frontiers. Tübingen. 17 November 2017. Presentation.

“Exceptional Spaces: Pop-Cultural Debris and the Spatial (Re)Construction of American Exceptionalism in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.” Midwest Popular Culture Association Annual Conference. St. Louis. 22 October 2017. Funded by DAAD. Presentation.

“Horrendous Hybridity: Spatial and Linguistic Representations of the Occult Orientalist Other in H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth.’” Society of Early Americanists 10th Biennial Conference. Tulsa. 2 March 2017. Presentation.

“Globe, Region, and Periphery: The Spatialization of the American West in Antebellum US Literature.” Collaborative Research Centre 1199. Leipzig. 4 January 2017. Presentation.

“Space and Place in American Studies.” Urban America: Mediating City Space as Place. American Studies Leipzig Graduate Conference. Leipzig. 2 April 2016. Keynote Address.

 

II. Conference & Workshop Organization

“Archipelagic Imperial Spaces and Mobilities.” Leipzig/online. 30 March-1 April 2022. Second International Workshop. With Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Alexandra Ganser, and Barbara Gföllner. Co-Organizer.

“The Seeds and Seeding of Empire.” American Studies Association Annual Conference. San Juan/online. 14 October 2021. Panel Chair.

“Archipelagic Imperial Spaces and Mobilities.” Leipzig/online. 15-17 July 2021. First International Workshop. With Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Alexandra Ganser, and Barbara Gföllner. Co-Organizer.

“Spatial Narratives of Resistance and Dissension at US Peripheries During the Nineteenth Century.” Reinventing the Social: Movements and Narratives of Resistance, Dissension, and Reconciliation in the Americas (International Association of Inter-American Studies). Coimbra. 24 March 2018. With Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Deniz Bozkurt. Panel Co-Chair.

Regional Colloquium for American Studies. Leipzig. 13 January 2017. Co-Organizer.

“Urban America: Mediating City Space as Place.“ American Studies Leipzig Graduate Conference. Leipzig. 2 April 2016. Co-Organizer.

 

III. Teaching

“Youth Cultures, Ethnicity, and Protest in the United States.” Ethnicity and Diversity in US Culture. Leipzig University. Winter Term 2022/23. Seminar. Syllabus.

“Illuminating Race, Class, and Gender: The Cultural Dynamics of Mugshots and Passport Photography.” Prison and Literature. Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg. 22 June 2022. Guest Lecture.

“The Spectacle of Monsters: Crime, Deviance, and the Media in American Culture.” Literature and Culture II. Leipzig University. Summer Term 2022. Seminar. Syllabus

“‘A technical white elephant’: Whiteness and (Post-)Racial Representations in US Visual and Material Culture.” Ethnicity and Diversity in US Culture. Leipzig University. Winter Term 2021/22. Seminar. Syllabus.

“Reading the Transpacific: Asian American Cultures and Identities.” Ethnicity and Diversity in US Culture. Leipzig University. Winter Term 2020/21. Seminar. Syllabus.

ASL Research Bash. American Studies Leipzig. 25 June 2019.

“Racial Mixture as a Monstrous Threat in H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth.’” Mixed Race America in U.S. Literature. Leipzig University. 13 June 2018. Guest Lecture.

“Mapping Diversity: Imaginations of Race and Space in Historical and Contemporary US Literature.” Ethnicity and Diversity in US Culture. Leipzig University. Winter Term 2017/18. Seminar. Syllabus.

“Racial Mixture as a Monstrous Threat in H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth.’” Mixed Race America in U.S. Literature. Leipzig University. 8 June 2016. Guest Lecture.

 

IV. Field Work & Archival Studies

Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Studies Collection. University of Texas at Austin. 2022. Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Otto G. Richter Library. University of Miami. 2022. Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. University of South California, Los Angeles. 2020. Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Special Collections Library. University of Oregon, Eugene. 2020. Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Bancroft Library Western Americana Collection. University of California, Berkeley. 2017. Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Religion in American Society. 2015. Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Chicago. American Studies Leipzig and Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University Krakow. Funded by VolkswagenStiftung. With Hartmut Keil. Co-Organizer.

 

V. Memberships

ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)

ASA (American Studies Association)

DGfA / GAAS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien / German Association for American Studies)

ENMMA (European Network for the Study of Minor Mobilities in the Americas)

LASA (Latin American Studies Association)

MAPACA (Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association)

MPCA/ACA (The Midwest Popular and American Culture Association)

SEA (Society of Early Americanists)

 

VI. Grants & Awards

Scottish Association for the Study of America. Annual Conference Essay Prize. 2018.

DAAD Travel Stipend 2017.

 

VII. Non-profit Activities

Mentoring applicants for Leipzig University's Pre-Doc Award.

Wikipedia Editor.

KulturLounge e.V. Leipzig. Non-profit cultural association.