Lisann Anders

Academic Activities

Anders, Lisann. Communication in Postmodern Urban Fiction: The Shadow of Imagination. Cambridge Scholars: 2020.

Anders, Lisann. “Diversity and Unity in the TV Show Community.” PopMeC Research Blog. November 2020.

Anders, Lisann. “Fighting the Self: Inter- and Intra-Personal Communicative Violence in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club.” Communicating With, About, and Through Self-Harm. Ed. Warren Bareiss. Lexington Books: 2020. 161-182.

Anders, Lisann. “Trapped in the Body: The Fragmentation of Body & Mind in ChuckPalahniuk’s Fight Club.” À Corps Perdu – The Body: Limits, Constructions, Intensity. Eds. Carlo Vareschi et al. Edizionidell’Orso of Alessandria: 2020. 297-309.

Anders, Lisann. “Seeing the Invisible: Batman’s Gotham and Green Arrow’s Star City Unmasked.” PopMeC Research Blog. 10 July 2020.

Anders, Lisann. “The Normal Abnormal: Identity Formation in the Circus Space.” The Big Top on the Big Screen: Explorations of the Circus in Film. Ed. Teresa Cutler-Broyles. McFarland: 2020. 47-59.

Ridvan Askin

Academic Activities

Visiting Lecturer:

English Department, University of Upper Alsace, Feb-April 2020


2. “Poeticizing Nature, Naturalizing Poetry: Emersonian Reflections.” Lecture Course: Green Poetry, University of Basel, 25 November 2020

1. “Posthumanism and the Anthropocene: A Vademecum and Polemic.” Research Colloquium: Current Issues in North American Studies – Talks, Readings, and Discussions, Göttingen University, 8 January 2020

Organizational Work

Organized Guest Lecture:

Julius Greve (University of Oldenburg), “Voice and Wake: Susan Howe, M. NourbeSe Philip, and the Ecology of Echology.” University of Basel, 8 December 2020

Supervision of PhD Projects

Shannon Lambert (advisory board external member; Ghent University, ongoing)

Research Projects

Transcendental Poetics and the Futures of American Romanticism (second book project (“Habilitation”; ongoing)

Thomas Austenfeld

Academic Activities

Austenfeld, Thomas. “The Other Chimamanda Adichie: Beyond the Feminist Icon.” Peter Weiss Jahrbuch für Literatur, Kunst und Politik im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. Vol. 29. Ed. Arnd Beise and Michael Hofmann. St. Ingbert: Röhrig Universitätsverlag, 2020. 213-224.

Guest Lectures / Conference presentations:

1.       “‘a swamp // where graves had been. I recall’: Natasha Trethewey’s Monumental Work of Memory.” Presented at the Doing Southern Studies Today conference, January 13, 2021. Humboldt University Berlin (online).

2.       “Amerikanische Literatur nach 1945: Weltmacht, Protest, Vietnam, Vielfalt.” Ringvorlesung First Came America. Volkshochschule Zürich, 5. Februar 2020.

Organizational Work

Led discussion evening with Fribourg students about the American elections, organized and invited by the English Fachschaft, TEAMS, December 7, 2020

Four live interview segments (total 22 minutes) on RadioFreiburg on the U.S. Presidential Elections, November 4, 2020

Supervision of PhD Projects

In progress:

Aurélie Zurbruegg. “Writing on Walls: Message, Mediality, and Modes of Address.”

Mariam Taha, “Literary Environmental Studies and the Representation of Urban Environments in Selected Novels.” (Co-tutelle with University of Cairo).

Research Projects

Editor, with Greg Kosc, of Robert Lowell in Context. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2022.

Roman Bischof

Academic Activities

Project Presentation: “Narrating Neurons: Perspectives on Mental Illness in British and American Novels in the Age of Neuroscience” (ESSE Doctoral Symposium 2020 (online), 1-2 September 2020)

Conference Paper: “Doctor – Patient – Nurse: Negotiations of Trust and Authority in 20th Century U.S. Mental Illness Narratives” (Conference: “Authority and Trust: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives”, University of Heidelberg (online), 16-17 October 2020)

Organizational Work

Co-organization of workshop “Life (Narrative Medicine/Life Writing)”, University of Bern (online), 6 November 2020

Research Projects

Ongoing PhD project: “Narrating Neurons? Perspectives on Mental Illness in British and American Novels in the Age of Neuroscience”

Elisabeth Bronfen

Academic Activities


Angesteckt. Zeitgemässes über Pandemie und Kultur. Zürich: Echtzeit Verlag 2020.

Serial Shakespeare. An Infinite Variety of Appropriations in American TV Drama. Manchester: Manchester University Press 2020.


“Louise Brooks”. Filmpodium 30. März – 15. März 2020; 5-7.

“Intermediale Übersetzbarkeit: Shakespeares Nachreife im zeitgenössischen seriellen TV-Drama”. Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2020 Stuttgart: Alfred Kröner Verlag 2021; 145-169.

“Mourning Sickness. Bunny Rogers’ Theater der Erinnerung”/”Mourning Sickness – Bunny Rogers’ Theater of Commemoration”. Bunny Rogers. Kind Kingdom. Ausstellungskatalog Kunsthaus Bregenz 2020; 151-181.

“Frozen into Allegory: Cleopatra’s Cultural Survival”. Bodies of Stone in the Media, Visual Culture and the Arts. Hsg. Alessandra Violi, Barbara Grespi, Andrea Pinotti and Pietro Conte. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press 2020; 305-316.

“Literature’s Pandemic Archive”. Nothing to look forward to but the past. Abridged (2020); 13-24.

Zoom lectures and papers:

New York, 8. 10. 2020. «Angesteckt. Zeitgemässes über Pandemie und Kultur». Lecture at the Deutsches Haus at New York University.

Erlangen, 26. 11. 2020. «Pandemic Sentimentality: Outbreak Narratives in the American Cultural Imaginary”.

Invited lecture in the Ringvorlesung «Global Sentimentalities» at the FAU Nürnberg-Erlangen.

Blackbury, 2. 12. 2020. «Crisis and Creativity».

Paper in the Webinar Series «Covid-19 in Transatlantic Perspective: Germany and the US”, at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.


Honorary Doctorate from the Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Website links:



Organizational Work

Dr. Johannes Binotto at the Hochschule Luzern – Design und Kunst, got SNF Funding for a project “Video Essay. Futures of Audiovisual Research and Teaching”. He is the leading house at Luzern. Both I and Barbara Straumann are partners at the University of Zurich. And Jialu Zhu is one of the researchers.

Supervision of PhD Projects

Manuel Vogelsang. “American Melodrama as Creation of the Past”

Mansi Tiwari. “The Ekphratic Gaze. Inflections of Looking Across a Transmedial Landscape”

Jialu Zhu “Crosscultural studiy of psychological repression through cinema in the US, Hong Kong and Mainland China”

Morgane Ghilardi. “Do Androids Dream of Sex? The Politics and Aesthetics of Artificiality in 21st-Century American Media” Link: https://www.es.uzh.ch/en/aboutus/team/mghilardi.html

Alina Mamedova. “Troubling Racial Stereotypes: Female Performers in Contemporary US Popular Music”

Stella Castelli finished her PhD in December 2020. Title “Death is Served – American Recipies for Murder: A Serial Compulsion”.

Research Projects

Currently I am working on a life writing project, in which the past is treated as a crime scene. Provisional title “Cover Stories”.

Claudia Franziska Brühwiler

Academic Activities

Edited Journal Symposium

With Hiroshi Okayama, “Spotlight. Teaching US Politics in the Age of Trump: International Perspectives.” PS: Political Science & Politics 53.2 (2020): 355-362.

Invited Talks

With Brantley Nicholson and Juan Fernando Palacío, “Impacts of the USA Presidential Election on Latin America and Latinos.” Swiss School of Latin American Studies, webcast, Nov. 13, 2020.

“Take a Break: Zwischen Zerwürfnissen, Corona und Rezession – Quo vadis, USA?” HSG Alumni, webcast, Nov. 12, 2020.

“Take a Break: Präsidentschaftswahl der USA 2020.” HSG Alumni, webcast, Oct. 30, 2020.

With Christoph Frei, “Trump vs Biden: Elections 2020. Ein Dialog, zwei Perspektiven.” foraus – Forum Aussenpolitik, University of St.Gallen, Oct. 22, 2020.

With Josef Braml, Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, and Bastian Hermisson, “One Term Deal? – Bilanz von vier Jahren Trump.” Schader-Stiftung, Darmstand, webcast, Sept. 29, 2020.

St.Gallen Institute of Management in Latin America (GIMLA), discussion with Yvette Sánchez on migration, March 5, 2020, https://gimla.unisg.ch/en/research/latin-american-dialogues/lad-3-migration.

Magazine Article

“Reading Maxwell in Time of Pandemic.” VoegelinView April 17, 2020, https://voegelinview.com/reading-maxwell-in-time-of-pandemic/.

Book Reviews

Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed by Lisa Duggan.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 39.1 (2020), 179-181.

Living with Hate in American Politics and Religion by Jeffrey Israel.” American Political Thought 9.2 (2020), 345-347.

Media Appearances

SRF, “10vor10: Trump geht – der Trumpismus bleibt.” Dec. 14, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/10-vor-10/video/10vor10-vom-14-12-2020?urn=urn:srf:video:220e20fc-574f-4db5-99eb-5b3226606714.

Radio SRF 4 News, “Politologin: ‘Kaum Überraschungen zugunsten von Trump’.” Dec. 14, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/news/international/tag-der-elektoren-in-den-usa-politologin-kaum-ueberraschungen-zugunsten-von-trump.

Radio SRF 4 News, Presidential transition, Nov. 27, 2020.

Schlumpf, Danny. “Nach dem Vorbild von Titanen: So will Joe Biden die Welt verändern.” SonntagsBlick Nov. 15, 2020, 28.

SRF, “Club: Sieger Biden! Verlierer Demokratie?” Nov. 10, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/sendung/club?id=0f532a74-d501-4470-be25-527a4fbb82fa.

Bieler, Gil. “Es ist so schwierig einzuschätzen, wie Trump tickt.” Bluewin Nov. 10, 2020, https://www.bluewin.ch/de/news/international/interview-es-ist-so-schwierig-einzuschaetzen-wie-trump-tickt-459260.html.

Radio Energy, Kamala Harris als erste Vizepräsidentin der USA, Nov. 9, 2020.

Radio SRF 4 News, “4x4 Podcast: Biden will eine Regierung, die die Diversität der USA spiegelt.” Nov. 9, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/radio/4x4-podcast/audio/biden-will-eine-regierung-die-die-diversitaet-der-usa-spiegelt-?id=750d1a5a-4d48-40fc-b707-f58fd4fef91a&expandDescription=true.

Schlumpf, Danny. “Pragmatismus statt Reality TV: Mit Biden kommt der Anti-Trump.” SonntagsBlick Nov. 8, 2020.

SRF, “Tagesschau Hauptausgabe: US-Wahlen – Erste Madam Vice President.” Nov. 8, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/tagesschau/video/tagesschau-vom-08-11-2020-hauptausgabe?urn=urn:srf:video:a851cca4-873d-47ce-aa96-3794b8e16604.

BlickTV, “Trump glaubt selber nicht mehr an den Sieg.” Nov. 7, 2020, https://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/us-expertin-claudia-bruehwiler-trump-glaubt-selber-nicht-mehr-an-den-sieg-id16183682.html.

Münger, Christof. “Interview: Sein Stil hat die Menschen abgestumpft.” Tages-Anzeiger Nov. 7, 2020.

Müller, Felix. “Donald Trump: So versucht er sich ins Weisse Haus zu klagen.”Nau.ch Nov. 6, 2020, https://www.nau.ch/news/amerika/donald-trump-so-versucht-er-sich-ins-weisse-haus-zu-klagen-65815621.

Radio Energy, Wahlausgang 2020, Nov. 6, 2020.

Radio SRF 4 News, “Rendez-vous: Trumps Nerven liegen blank.” Nov. 6, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/radio/rendez-vous/audio/trumps-nerven-liegen-blank?id=230aad86-2d2b-4f41-a44d-72cd72f9bb42.

BlickTV, commentary during live coverage of the presidential election night, Nov. 4, 2020, https://www.blick.ch/news/ausland/uswahlen/experten-im-studio-live-schaltungen-zu-unseren-korrespondenten-erleben-sie-die-us-wahlnacht-live-auf-blick-tv-id16170413.html.

SRF, “Tagesschau Spezial: US-Wahlen – Die Analyse.” With former Ambassador Martin Dahinden, Nov. 4, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/tagesschau-spezial/video/us-wahlen-die-analyse?urn=urn:srf:video:b0f93eab-679d-4533-ac76-437428e87089.

SRF, “Tagesschau Spezial: US-Wahlen – Die Entscheidung.” Three-hour long live discussion of presidential election results with Martin Naville, hosted by Wasiliki Goutziomitrios, Nov. 4, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/tagesschau-spezial/video/us-wahlen-die-analyse?urn=urn:srf:video:b0f93eab-679d-4533-ac76-437428e87089.

Radio SRF 1 & SRF 4 News, “Expertin: Viele Amerikaner sind der Streiterei müde.” Nov. 3, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/news/international/so-war-der-us-wahlkampf-expertin-viele-amerikaner-sind-der-streiterei-muede.

SRF, “Club: US-Wahl: Bleibt oder geht Trump?” Nov. 3, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/sendung/club?id=0f532a74-d501-4470-be25-527a4fbb82fa.

Kinzelmann, Fabienne. “Trump oder Biden: Wer wäre der bessere Präsident für die Schweiz?” Blick Oct. 27, 2020, p. 8.

SRF, “10vor10: Richterin Amy Coney Barrett.” Oct. 13, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/10vor10/video/fokus-studiogast-claudia-bruehwiler?urn=urn:srf:video:43f8e6ec-56f3-4b8e-9b34-8b79bda6cd8b.

SRF, “Arena: Wie viel Trump steckt in der Schweizer Politik? “ Oct. 9, 2020https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/arena/video/wie-viel-trump-steckt-in-der-schweizer-politik?urn=urn:srf:video:ff0f5e3d-1a01-4a2b-956a-ef2420351cf8.

SRF, “10vor10: FOKUS.” Oct. 2, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/10vor10/video/fokus-studiogast-claudia-bruehwiler?urn=urn:srf:video:43f8e6ec-56f3-4b8e-9b34-8b79bda6cd8b.

Radio SRF 4 News, “News plus Podcast: Der Supreme Court entscheidet über grosse moralische Fragen.” Sept. 21, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/radio/news-plus/audio/der-supreme-court-entscheidet-ueber-grosse-moralische-fragen?id=df18b56a-0b1e-4010-96fa-fe332b239700&expandDescription=true.

Radio Energy, Joe Bidens Rede am Parteitag der Demokraten, Aug. 21, 2020.

Radio SRF 1 & SRF 4 News, “Claudia Brühwiler zum virtuellen Parteitag der US Demokraten.” Tagesgespräch Aug. 20, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/tagesgespraech/claudia-bruehwiler-zum-virtuellen-parteitag-der-us-demokraten.

BlickTV, “Biden steht für das politisch Machbare.” Aug. 19, 2020, https://www.blick.ch/news/ausland/us-expertin-claudia-bruehwiler-ueber-die-vorzuege-des-trump-herausforderers-biden-steht-fuer-das-politisch-machbare-id16050900.html.

Radio SRF 4 News, VP Nominee Kamala Harris, Aug. 12, 2020.

SRF, “Club: USA – Nicht nur schwarz und weiss.” June 9, 2020, https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/sendung/club?id=0f532a74-d501-4470-be25-527a4fbb82fa.

Bieler, Gil. “... stattdessen sehen wir Flammen und eingeschlagene Scheiben.” Bluewin June 2, 2020, https://www.bluewin.ch/de/news/international/die-gewalt-schadet-den-demonstranten-sie-macht-angst-398417.html.

“WHO-Geldstopp von Donald Trump schadet Corona-Bekämpfung weltweit.” Nau.ch April 15, 2020. https://www.nau.ch/news/amerika/who-geldstopp-von-donald-trump-schadet-corona-bekampfung-weltweit-65693390.

Radio SRF 4 News, Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Radio SRF 1, “Auf den Spuren von Ayn Rand.” Echo der Zeit Feb. 2, 2020. https://www.srf.ch/play/radio/echo-der-zeit/audio/auf-den-spuren-von-ayn-rand?id=368caf4d-2ada-4291-a4cf-2d9adc1fc91f.

Radio SRF 4 News, Trump’s Impeachment, Feb. 6, 2020.

Bieler, Gil. “Trump hat natürlich seinen grossen Spass daran.” Bluewin Feb. 4, 2020, https://www.bluewin.ch/de/news/international/debakel-fuer-demokraten-in-iowa-trump-hat-natuerlich-seinen-spass-daranr-353798.html.

Organizational Work

Seminar “‘The Best Man’? – U.S. Presidential Elections on the Stage and Screens,” Master level, in English, 3 ECTS.

Lukas Etter

Academic Activities


(with Christina Maria Koch, Daniel Stein) “Comics, Graphic Novels, Graphic Memoirs.” Behinderung: Kulturwissenschaftliches Handbuch. Ed. Susanne Hartwig. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2020. 326-333.

“‘It[‘]s a Relief’: Aline Kominsky’s Verbal Comments on Artistic Style.” The Crumbs: Obszönität und Tabubruch. Ed. Kalina Kupzcynska, Véronique Sina. Special Issue Closure 6.5 (2020): 85-98. Web.

(with Isabel Maurer Queipo) “Graphic Novels.” Routledge Handbook to Culture and Media of the Americas (Part I). Ed. Wilfried Raussert, José Carlos Lozano, Giselle Anatol, Corona Berkin, Sebastian Thies. London/New York: Routledge, 2020. 99-109.


- Peterson Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society — Worcester MA (February/March 2020; second half postponed due to COVID-19)

- Digital Fellowship, jointly awarded by AAS and Newsbank-Readex (August-December 2020)


. Input Paper at Workshop (online): The Agency of Poetic Forms – Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich (July 2020)

Research Projects

Ongoing postdoctoral research project (University of Siegen)

“Word Problems: Popular, Literary, and Educational Discourses on Mathematics in the pre-Civil War United States.”


Juliane Felder

Academic Activities

Senior lecturer in English business communication and legal English

Morgane Ghilardi

Academic Activities

“Electronic Bodies, Real Selves: Agency, Identification, and Dissonance in Video Games.” Digital and Interactive Media lecture (taught by Prof. Shane Denson), February 19, 2020, Stanford University. Guest Lecture.

“Multimediale Genrekonstruktion im Video Spiel.” Genres und Medien: Multimediale Genre-Konstruktion Workshop, January 16-17, 2020, University of Zurich. Presentation.

Research Projects

Doctoral dissertation in progress: “Do Androids Dream of Sex? The Politics and Aesthetics of Artificiality in the 21st Century”
Link: https://www.es.uzh.ch/en/aboutus/team/mghilardi.html

Franziska Gygax

Academic Activities

Review of The Wounded Self: Writing Illness in Twenty-First-Century German Literature by Nina Schmidt, Camden House, 2018. In Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. January 2021.

Paper: “Feeling (and Falling Ill): Finding a Language of Illness.” International conference “Feeling Dis/ease: New Perspectives on Modern History,” Berlin, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, January 29-31. Invited.

-       Editorial board member, European Journal of Life Writing

-       Reviewer for Palgrave

Christian Hänggi

Academic Activities


Pynchon’s Sound of Music. Zürich/Berlin/Paris: Diaphanes Verlag, 2020.


Glänzende Werbewelten: Enteignung mit behördlichem Segen. Widerspruch. Rotpunktverlag, 39(75): 29-36.

Music Album (producer, liner notes)

Visit. “Now everybody—” Visit Interprets Songs by Thomas Pynchon. Existential Hymns, 2020.

Other Activities

Release event (with Tyler Burba, NYC) for the book Pynchon’s Sound of Music and the CD “Now everybody—” Visit Interprets Songs by Thomas Pynchon. Hosted by thefidget space (Philadelphia). Due to Covid-19 on Zoom in lieu of live performances in Philadelphia, New York, and Zurich. 8 May 2020.

Petition for secure high-performance video conferences in research and education, addresses to Swissuniversities. www.video-conference-petition.ch. 2020/21.

Radio interviews/studio guest on Swiss Radio SRF 2 Kultur (7 Oct 2020) and Bavarian Radio BR2, Kulturjournal (11 Oct 2020).

Organizational Work

Guest Lecturers

Guest lectures by John Krafft (Miami University, Ohio), Nina Engelhardt (Stuttgart), and Sascha Pöhlmann (LMU/Constance) in the seminar “A Screaming Comes Across the Sky” Reading Gravity’s Rainbow at the University of Basel.

Guest lectures by Regina Wecker (Basel), Ismea Guidotti (St. Gallen/Fridays for Future), and Peter Price (Philadelphia) in the course Jugendkultur und Protestbewegungen in den USA seit 1945 at the University of St. Gallen.

Corin Kraft

Academic Activities

Teaching activities at the University of Fribourg:

Proseminar: Memory of Slavery in the American South: William Faulkner, Steve Yarbrough, Jesmyn Ward (ST2020)

Proseminar: “American Modernism - Writing about Their Time: Stein, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Wharton” (AT2020)

Proseminar: Introduction to Literary Studies (AT2020)

Organizational Work

Invitation of Mississippi writer Steve Yarbrough to proseminar on memory of slavery to discuss his novel The Oxygen Man (May 2020, online)

Christina Ljungberg

Academic Activities

Ljungberg, Christina. “Criss-crossing James Joyce’s Ulysses: Chiasmus and Cognition.” Operationalizing Iconicity. Ed. P. Perniss, O. Fischer and C. Ljungberg. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2020. 200-210.

Research Projects

Iconicity in Language and Literature, https://www.iconicity.uzh.ch/en.html

Sämi Ludwig

Academic Activities

Resurrecting the First Great American Play: Imperial Politics and Colonial Ambitions in Frontier Detroit. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2020 (270 pages), on Major Robert Rogers’ PONTEACH, 1766.

“‘With both hands on the wheel …’: Intersections and Transformations in Jim Handlin’s Poetry.” Revue Française des Etudes Américaines 162.1 (2020): 103-20.

Organizational Work

ERASMUSplus visit by Prof. Ewa Luczak (Warsaw)

Supervision of PhD Projects

Alexandra Kraeva, Images of Time and Space in the Poetry of Gjertrud Schnackenberg (January 2020)

Research Projects

International conference in April 2021: COLORS AND CULTURES / COULEURS ET CULTURES (Mulhouse/Basel)

Deborah Madsen

Academic Activities

“Indigenizing the Internet.” In The Cambridge History of Native American Literature. Ed. Melanie B. Taylor. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020. 481-500.

Contemporary Native Fiction: Toward a Narrative Poetics of Survivance by James J. Donahue. Transmotion 6. 2 (2020): 182-184. https://doi.org/10.22024/UniKent/03/tm.933. Book review.

Supervision of PhD Projects

Kimberly FROHREICH, “American Fantasies of Race”

Caroline MARTIN, “Textual Subjects: Performing the New Woman in Late Nineteenth-Century Short Fiction.”

Jennifer J. Moos

Academic Activities

Moos, Jennifer J*, and Christiane Löwe. “‘Vielfalt fördern – leben – nutzen’: Zur Entwicklung und Umsetzung der Diversity Policy der Universität Zürich.” Zeitschrift für Diversitätsforschung und -management, vol. 5, no. 2, Nov. 2020, pp. 194–199, https://doi.org/10.3224/zdfm.v5i2.12.

Richard Nimijean

Academic Activities

Visiting Professor 2020-21, Department of English and American Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

“Rethinking the Canada-US Relationship.” Guest lecture to “Introduction to Canadian Politics” (Prof. Jeffrey Ayres). St. Michael’s College. Colchester, Vermont (December 2, 2020).

Carment, David, and Richard Nimijean. “Assessing Canada’s Liberal Internationalism: Where Is Canada Headed on the Global Stage?” Canadian Political, Social and Historical (Re)Visions in 20th and 21st Centuries. Eds. Gabryś, Marcin, Magdalena Marczuk-Karbownik and Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2020. 13-44. Print.

Carment, David, and Richard Nimijean. “In the Meng Extradition Case, Canada Has Other Options, Interests to Consider.” Hill Times July 8, 2020. Print.

Nimijean, Richard, and David Carment. “Rethinking the Canada-US Relationship after the Pandemic.” Policy Options May 7, 2020. Print.

Carment, David, and Richard Nimijean. “Where Does Canada Go Post-COVID-19?” Hill Times April 20, 2020. Print.

Carment, David, and Richard Nimijean. “Canada’s China-U.S. Conundrum.” Hill Times February 24, 2020: 27. Print.

Research Projects

Political Turmoil in a Tumultuous World: Canada Among Nations2020. Co-edited book project with David Carment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021 forthcoming). https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030706852#aboutAuthors

The Construction of Canadian Identity from Abroad. Co-edited book project with Christopher Kirkey (Palgrave Macmillan 2021 forthcoming).

Michael Prusse

Academic Activities

Prusse, Michael (2020). Transmediales Erzählen im Fokus: «Close Reading» Aktivitäten als Beitrag für zukunftsorientierten Englischunterricht. In: Babylonia, 2020 (2): 20-27 (print).

Prusse, Michael (2020). Children’s literature, multiple identities and multiple literacies: multiple choice for ELT? Exploring Multiple Identities: Children’s Literature in English Education in Primary and Secondary School. Meeting of the Nord Research Group for Children’s Literature in ELT, Nord University, Norway, 28 October 2020 (lecture).

Sixta Quassdorf

Academic Activities

Quassdorf, Sixta. “Bureaucracy, Clerks and Spectral Realities in David Foster Wallace’s The PaleKing.” Paper given at the online conference Bureaucratic Poetics, University of Stockholm, November 26, 2020.

A. Elisabeth Reichel

Academic Activities

09/2020              apppointment to Akademische Rätin at the University of Osnabrück

06/2020              Grants, Max Geldner-Fonds, Univ. of Basel (CHF 1’000), and Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft (CHF 800) to cover publication costs (indexing; permissions) for Writing Anthropologists, Sounding Primitives: The Poetry and Scholarship of Edward Sapir, Margaret Mead, and Ruth Benedict (Univ. of Nebraska Press; 2021)

Invited Talks

“Evolutionism, Pluralism, Relativism: Writing Culture in Boasian Anthropology and the Poetry of Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead.” Lecture series Current Issues in North American Studies and Cultural Studies (Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke), Univ. of Bonn, 8 December 2020.

“Writing Anthropologists, Sounding Primitives: The Poetry and Scholarship of Edward Sapir, Margaret Mead, and Ruth Benedict.” Graduation Ceremony, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Univ. of Basel, 12 September 2020.

Conference Talk

“New Archives, New Poetics: The Poetry of Anthropologists Edward Sapir, Margaret Mead, and Ruth Benedict.” New Poetries—New Poetics? Cultural and Aesthetic Transformations of American Poetry. International conference, Univ. of Konstanz, 13-15 February 2020.


“On the Poetry of a Boasian Cultural Anthropologist: Ruth Benedict’s Palimpsestuous Writings.” Palimpsests in Ethnic and Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Surfacing Histories. Eds. Yiorgos D. Kalogeras, Johanna C. Kardux, Monika Mueller, and Jopi Nyman. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. 171-190.

Young Scholars Excellence Award, Honorable Mention, Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA)

“‘For you have given me speech!’—Gifted Speakers, Inarticulate Others, and Media Epistemologies in the Writing of Margaret Mead.” Spec. issue Postcolonial Knowledges. Ed. Kerstin Knopf. Postcolonial Interventions 6.1 (2021): 195-245.

Book Review

Review of Sounding the Novel. Voice in Twenty-First Century American Fiction, by Nathalie Aghoro. Kritikon Litterarum 47.3-4 (2020). 355-61.

Organizational Work

Guest lecture by Carolin Benack (Duke University) on “The Nineteenth Century and the Problem of Choice” in the seminar “Economic Liberalism and American Literary Realism”

Research Projects

Second book project / Habilitationsschrift: “Of Free Markets and Invisible Hands: An American Literary History of Economic Liberalism” (working title)

Gabriele Rippl

Academic Activities


“Intermediality and the Environmental Humanities”, Workshop “The Ecological Imperative”, University of Bern 27 November 2020



Helgesson, Stefan, Birgit Neumann, and Gabriele Rippl. “Introduction.” In Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures. Ed. Stefan Helgesson, Birgit Neumann and Gabriele Rippl. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2020. 1-11

Neumann, Birgit and Gabriele Rippl. Verbal-Visual Configurations in Postcolonial Literature: Intermedial Aesthetics. London: Routledge, 2020.

Rippl, Gabriele. “Intermediality and Remediation.” In Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures. Ed. Stefan Helgesson, Birgit Neumann, and Gabriele Rippl. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2020. 209-225.


Helgesson, Stefan, Birgit Neumann and Gabriele Rippl, ed. Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2020.

Kornexl, Lucia, Ursula Lenker, Martin Midekke, Gabriele Rippl, and Daniel Stein, ed. Anglia: Book Series. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter 2020.

Kornexl, Lucia, Ursula Lenker, Martin Midekke, Gabriele Rippl, and Daniel Stein, ed. Anglia: Journal of English Philology / Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 138.1 (2020).

Kornexl, Lucia, Ursula Lenker, Martin Midekke, Gabriele Rippl, and Daniel Stein, ed. Anglia: Journal of English Philology / Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 138.2 (2020).

Kornexl, Lucia, Ursula Lenker, Martin Midekke, Gabriele Rippl, and Daniel Stein, ed. Anglia: Journal of English Philology / Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 138.3 (2020).

Kornexl, Lucia, Ursula Lenker, Martin Midekke, Gabriele Rippl, and Daniel Stein, ed. Anglia: Journal of English Philology / Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 138.4 (2020).

Middeke, Martin, Gabriele Rippl, and Hubert Zapf, ed. Handbooks of English and American Studies: Text and Theory. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter 2020.

Organizational Work

Workshop “The Ecological Imperative” (University of Bern). Co-organized with Prof. Dr. Peter Schneemann (University of Bern) and Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble (University of Bern), 27-28 November 2020.

“Die Environmental Humanities und die Rolle der Literaturwissenschaft im Anthropozän”, Talk by Prof. Dr. Hubert Zapf, Universität Augsburg as part of the workshop “The Ecological Imperative”, 27 November 2020

Workshop “Life” with Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee (University of Mainz), co-organized with the Walter Benjamin Kolleg, University of Bern, 6-7 November 2020

Workshop “Environmental Humanities” with Prof. Dr. Alexa Weik von Mossner (University of Klagenfurt) and Prof. Dr. Timo Müller (University of Konstanz), University of Bern, 20 March 2020

Supervision of PhD Projects

Bischof, Roman: Narrating Neurons? Perspectives on Mental Illness in British and American Novels in the Age of Neuroscience

Ilsemann, Mareike: Translations of Form in Anglophone World Literatures (working title, co-supervision; first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Birgit Neumann)

Kappel, Yvonne: Latency and Memory in Contemporary Anglophone (working title, co-supervision; first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Birgit Neumann).

Pirhulyieva, Jakhan: Space in Polar Exploration: Ships and Ice Realms in AngloAmerican Fiction, 1818–1851 (co-referee)

Sarfin, Jonathan: Word/Image Relations and the Ecological Imperative in Contemporary North American Literature: Towards a Theory of Eco-Ekphrasis (working title; SNSF-funded project – Sinergia grant)

Skibo-Birney, Bryn: Writing Between ‘the Human’ and ‘the Animal’ in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy” (co-referee and member of the dissertation jury).

Sutter, Malaika: Crafting the Needle: Text/ile-Image Constellations in Contemporary North American Fiction and Art (working title; SNSF-funded project – Doc.ch)

Von Rütte, Sabine: The Representation of Motherhood in Contemporary American Fiction and Music (working title).

Research Projects

“Anglophone World Literatures” (with Prof. Dr. Neumann, Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf, and Prof. Dr. Stefan Helgesson, Stockholm University)

“Auto_Bio_Graphie” (Interdisciplinary WBK research platform, with Prof. Dr. Ch. Thurner, University of Bern, Prof. Bénédicte Vauthier, University of Bern, Prof. Dr. P. Schneemann, University of Bern, and Prof. Dr. M. Schäuble, University of Bern)

“Ecology and Art”, (with Prof. Dr. Peter Schneemann, Dr. Toni Hildebrandt, Art History University of Bern; Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble and Dr. Darcy Alexandra, Social Anthropology/visual anthropology University of Bern; in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Christoph Wagner, Art History University of Regensburg, Prof. Dr. Torsten Meireis, Theology HU Berlin, Prof. Dr. Peter Krieger, Art History UNAM, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf and Dr. Hannah Baader, Art History KHI Florence)

“The Ecological Imperative” (an Interdisciplinary Walter-Benjamin-Kolleg research platform, with Prof. Dr. P. J. Schneemann and Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble)

“Original – Copy: Techniques and Aesthetics of Reproduction” (Interdisciplinary WBK research platform, a cooperation between Medieval German Literature, Art History, Literatures in English (with Prof. Dr. Anselm Gerhardt, Prof. Dr. Ch. Göttler, Prof. Dr. P. Schneemann and Prof. Dr. M. Stolz; coordinator: G. Rippl). http://www.wbkolleg.unibe.ch/research/research_forum/original__copy_techniques_and_aesthetics_of_reproduction/index_eng.html

“Postcolonial Ekphrasis” (Research and book project with Prof. Dr. Birgit Neumann, University of Düsseldorf).

Hannah Schoch

Academic Activities

Papers given:

“The Code of the Lyric: Martine Syms’ Digital Poetry”. Paper at the International Conference “New Poetries–New Poetics? Cultural and Aesthetic Transformations of American Poetry”, University of Konstanz, 14/02/2020.

“Multimediale Genrekonstruktion in der Literatur: Lyrik, Medialität und Digitalität”. Presentation at the Workshop “Genres und Medien: Multimediale Genre-Konstruktion”, English Seminar, Universität Zürich, 17/01/2020

Organizational Work

20/11/2020: Poetry Reading with Isaac Pickell followed by conversations, Zoom workshop, First Event of “Conversations on Capitalist Crisis Poetry”, workshop series organized together with Marcel Hartwig (Universität Siegen) and Stefan Benz (Universität Mannheim). With: Anthony Reed (Vanderbilt University), Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu (Cornell University), Isaac Pickell (Wayne State University, Detroit), Julia Sattler (TU Dortmund), Timo Müller (Universität Konstanz), Molina Klingler (Wuerzburg University). Part I open to the public, Part II for the network.

16-17/01/2020: “Genres und Medien: Multimediale Genre-Konstruktion”. SNF Scientific Exchange, Workshop, English Seminar, University of Zurich, mit Irina Gradinari (Hagen), Katja Hettich (Weimar), Ivo Ritzer (Bayreuth), Florian Mundhenke (Leipzig), Markus Kuhn (Kiel), Morgane Ghilardi (Zürich).

Research Projects

PhD project: “Intimate Politics: The Heterosexual Couple, Democracy and the Cultural Imaginary of the US” (supervisors: Elisabeth Bronfen (Zurich), Heike Paul (Erlangen-Nürnberg))

Political Poetry in the 21st Century: The Lyric and Democratic Agency in the Digital Age

Philipp Schweighauser

Academic Activities

Schweighauser, Philipp. Review of Literature, American Style: The Originality of Imitation in the Early Republic, by Ezra Tawil. American Literary History Online Review Series, vol. 25, 2020, pp. 1-3.

Supervision of PhD Projects

Aerni, Anouk. “A Farewell to Anthropocentrism in Postmodern American Postbellum Prose.” https://english.philhist.unibas.ch/en/persons/anouk-aerni/

Kraft, Corin. “Time and Place in Contemporary Literature of the U.S. South.” https://english.philhist.unibas.ch/en/persons/corin-kraft/

Mauruschat, Ania. “Radiophonie, Störung und Erkenntnis. Zur Epistemologie der Medienkunst am Beispiel der Katastrophenhörspiele von Andreas Ammer und FM Einheit.” https://english.philhist.unibas.ch/en/persons/anja-mauruschat/

Rapcsák, Balázs. “Samuel Beckett’s Media Art.” https://english.philhist.unibas.ch/en/persons/balazs-rapcsak/

Bryn Skibo-Birney

Academic Activities

Skibo-Birney, Bryn. Writing Between “the Human” and “the Animal” in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy. 2020. University of Geneva, PhD dissertation. https://doi.org/10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:136538

Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

Academic Activities

Monograph: Combat Death in Contemporary American Culture: Popular Cultural Conceptions of War since World War Two. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2020.

Article: “Lions for Lambs: Ambivalent Memorialisation and Melodrama.” Hollywood Remembrance and American War. Eds. Andrew Rayment and Paul Nadasy. New York: Routledge, 2020. 67-82.

Organizational Work

Visiting lecturers invited to address my classes online:

Martin Muhlheim (UNIZH) on “The Hiatian Revolution in American Literature” (March 17, 2020)

Prof. Gilmer Cook (Dominican University, Illinois) on ”Langston Hughes and Black Identity” (March 31, 2020)

Mathieu Donner (independent scholar, UNIL alumni) on “Afrofuturism, Posthumanism and Octavia Butler” (Oct. 21, 2020)

Carolyn Marvin (Annapolis School of Communication) on “Civil Religion and the 2020 Election” (Oct. 19, 2020)

Supervision of PhD Projects

Ana Gomes Correia, Masculinity, Military Identity, and Femininity: Monstrosityand Changes in Representation in Literature and Popular Culture, from the Vietnam War to the War on Terror

Cécile Heim, Native American Crime Fiction. (with Prof. Valérie Cossey, Gender Studies)

Elodie Rogliardo, Black Women’s Afropean Identity: Construction, Exploration and Promulgation at the Crossroad of Relations in Leonora Miano’s, Laura Nsafou’s and Kiyemis’ Afropean Narratives (with Prof. Valérie Cossy, Gender Studies)

Research Projects

Started project on “Ecology and Modernity,” a special volume of Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture

Julia Straub

Academic Activities

Accepted a full professorship in Modern English Literature at the University of Fribourg, starting August 2020


“Walter Pater: Marius the Epicurean.” Handbook of the English Novel, 1830-1900. Eds. Martin Middeke and Monika Pietrzak-Franger. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2020. 431-444.


“Mit Blick auf die Welt: US-Literatur heute.” Volkshochschule Zürich, February 2020

“Facebook Blue and Filter Bubbles: Perspectives on Digital Culture in Contemporary British Fiction.” University of Fribourg, February 2020.

Organizational Work

Organized virtual guest lectures on the topic of surveillance by Dr. Rahel Orgis, PD Dr. Florian Zappe (Göttingen) and Tim Sommer (Heidelberg) at the University of Fribourg in AS 20.

Supervision of PhD Projects

Alessandra di Pietro. Opening up Worlds: Rethinking Anglophone World Literatures and Female Authorship within the Global Literary Market.

Barbara Straumann

Academic Activities

“Feminisierte Finanzen: Bankerinnen in Literatur und Film,” talk in the Gender Studies Ringvorlesung, University of Zurich, May 7, 2020 (online).

“‘We’re in the Money’: Reichtum in der amerikanischen Kultur,” talk in the America module for the MAS in Applied History, University of Zurich, October 24, 2020.

Supervision of PhD Projects

Completed in 2020

Lisann Anders: The Shadow of the Imagined City: Communicative Strategies in Postmodern Fiction (principal supervisor; co-supervisor: E. Bronfen)

Stella Castelli: Death is Served: American Recipes for Murder: A Serial Compulsion (co-supervisor; principal supervisor: E Bronfen)

In progress (principal supervisor)

Carmen Brack: “A Vision that Is Diseased”: Madness, Masculinity and Imagination in Victorian Literature (co-supervisor: M. Frank)

Stefan Buttliger: Ideology in 1990s New Age Hollywood Cinema

Diana Diaconu: “For Queen and Country”: Gendered Discourses in the Visual (Self-) Presentation of Britain’s Female Monarchs as Military Leaders (co-supervisor: M. Frank)

Sabin Jeanmaire: Trauma and Witnessing in Timothy Findley (co-supervisor: M. Frank)

Maurice Schneider: Transatlantic Hydrocarbon-Narratives: An Archeology of Extraction and Exploitation in the Short 20th Century (co-supervisor: F. Gutbrodt)

In progress (co-supervisor)

Sarah d’Episcopo: Shifting Grounds: Ciaran Carson and the Poetics of the In-Between (principal supervisor: M. Frank)

Manolya Özbilen: Female Hysteria and Madness in Youth Literature (principal supervisor: I. Tomkowiak)

Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw: Writing the Carribean: Race and Sexuality in (Neo-)Victorian Narratives (principal supervisor: M. Frank)

Research Projects

“Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth Century,” book project under contract with Routledge, in collaboration with Dr Charlotte Boyce (University of Portsmouth) and Dr Sandra Mayer (University of Vienna/University of Oxford)

Member in the DGF-Netzwerk “Methodologies of Economic Criticism”, leading house: Prof. Dr. Joanna Rostek (Giessen) https://www.economic-criticism.de/

Partner in the SNF-Project “Video Essay: Futures of Audiovisual Research and Teaching”, principal investigator: Dr. Johannes Binotto (Hochschule Luzern/UZH), partner Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen (UZH) https://videoessayresearch.org/

“IOU: Debt in the Victorian Novel”

Malaika Sutter

Academic Activities


 “Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts”, University of Rochester, seminar “Textiles and Texts Across Cultures,” Oct. 13th 2020 (Zoom)


Review of James Voorhies, Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as Critical Form Since 1968, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2017. In: InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (2020). https://ivc.lib.rochester.edu/beyond-objecthood/

Patrizia Zanella

Academic Activities

Guest Lectures

“James Welch’s Fools Crow.” Guest lecturer in Prof. Thomas Austenfeld’s seminar “Visions of the American West.” University of Fribourg. 28 April 2020.

Conference Papers

“‘when history is stolen like water’: IndigiQueering EJ in Tommy Pico’s Poetry.” 41st American Indian Workshop. University of Munich. Online. 26 November 2020.

Aurélie Zurbrügg

Academic Activities

Doc.Mobility grant (http://p3.snf.ch/project-191503)

Research Projects

I am currently working on my PhD project “Writing on Walls: Message, Mediality, and Modes of Address” from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK thanks to the Doc.Mobility grant I was awarded.