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Reading the Social in American Studies

The essay collection Reading the Social in American Studies, which I co-edited with Astrid Franke (Tuebingen) and Katja Sarkowsky (Augsburg), has just been published. The authors discuss the ways in which literature and other media explore, capture, and critically engage with what we broadly call ‚the social.‘ The volume speaks to my research in the field of relational sociology as well as what was once called literary sociology: interdisciplinary approaches that focus on combining the theoretical models and concepts of relational sociology with narratology and literary theory.

Visiting Professor at the JFC, Augsburg

During the 2022 summer semester, I will be a visiting professor at the Jakob-Fugger-Zentrum (JFZ), the Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Cultural Studies and Social Sciences at the University of Augsburg. I will be collaborating with Prof. Katja Sarkowsky on a project on citizenship in law and literature, and I will be teaching classes at the Dpt. for English and American Studies at the University of Augsburg. I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity!

Upcoming Event

A conference workshop at the crack of dawn: at the end of November, I will be participating at this year’s Conference of the Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia, and because it is a hybrid conference – part offline, part online – my presentation takes place in the early morning hours. Luckily, the conference organizers have chosen an inspiring theme and have been nothing but cheerful in all their correspondences so far. Exploring the Theme of „Law and Love (in and beyond Pandemic Times)“, my talk will focus on a much neglected issue in corporate culture and storytelling: the representation of women and the frequent absence of love and self-care from their narratives.

DFG Network „Model Aesthetics“ has launched

The new DFG funded network Model Aesthetics: Between Literary and Economic Knowledge has launched! It is dedicated to explore „the intersections of literary aesthetics and economic knowledge through the lens of modeling,“ and I have the privilege to be a member. My research focuses on „Sustainable Aesthetics“ and explores literary models of sustainability.

Recently, part of our group presented their work at the Literary Modelling and Energy Transition conference at WWU Münster, which was an event organized by the local LMET network. You can find information on their research on models and modelling here.

Article published

The Journal for English and American Studies (Zeitschrift für Anglistik and Amerikanistik) just published my article „“No more little boxes” – Poetic Positionings in the Literary Field“ as part of the special issue „How to Read the Literary Market,“ edited by Dustin Breitenwischer and Johannes Voelz. You can find it here.

Article published

The collection Laboring Bodies and the Quantified Self, edited by Ulfried Reichardt (Mannheim) and Regina Schober (Duesseldorf) is out! It contains my article „‚To Be Reckoned in the Gross‘: Corporate Storytelling and Quantified Selves in Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End,“ and a preview is available here.

Article published

This week my article „The Silence of the Soulless Corporation: Corporate Agency in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Bravo“ was published online. It is among the latest articles of the journal Law & Literature, and it presents some of the research that is the subject of my monograph project on the corporation in nineteenth-century law, literature, and culture.

You can find the article here.

Upcoming Event

This December I will present my work-in-progress on corporate storytelling and autobiography at the Intersections of Finance and Society conference in London. You can find their program here.


Last year I I co-edited this special issue on „Poetry and Law“ together with Dr. Birte Christ (Universitaet Giessen). Last week, it was awarded the Best Article Award 2017 by the journal Amerikastudien/American Studies and the German American Studies Association.

Upcoming Event

This month I will be giving a talk at The 12th International Melville Society Conference: Melville’s Origins (NYC). The talk is part of a panel that looks at Melville’s work in the light of 200 years Dartmouth College v. Woodward. Check out the program here.

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