Christian A. Bachmann is a postdoctoral research fellow (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) in the research unit “Journal Literature” as a member of the sub-unit “Framing Experiments: Cartoon Strips around 1900 in German Humorous-Satirical Publications and as US Newspaper Comic Strips” based in Bochum, Germany. In previous research he has dealt with the materiality and mediality of comics and graphic novels, artist’s books, as well as German and American Literature from the 19th to the 21st century. His most recent monographs are Bilder/Rahmen. Rahmungen in visueller Satire, Bildergeschichte und Comic um 1900 (2018) and Macht der Musik. Musik in Karikatur, Bildergeschichte und Comic. 1830–1930 (2017).
Felix Brinker is an assistant professor in the English Department’s division of American Studies at Leibniz University Hannover, a researcher in the DFG-funded research project “Contingency and Contraction: Modernity and Temporality in the United States, 1880-1920,” and a doctoral candidate at the John F. Kennedy Institute's Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. His recently completed dissertation engages with the current prominence of superhero blockbuster cinema and develops a re-conceptualization of digital-era participatory culture from the vantage point of Marxist theory. His research interests include contemporary American film, television, and comics, early 20th century mass culture, as well as popular seriality, media studies, and critical theory more generally. In the context of the research project, his work focuses on comics and other aspects of early 20th-century periodical culture.
Lilean Buhl is a graduate student at Leibniz University Hannover, where he is currently writing his Master's Thesis entitled "Modernist Body Mechanisms: Physicality in Transatlantic Avantgardes, Cultural Critique, and Mass Entertainment." His interests include modernist avantgarde poetry, theory, and art, and how these movements spelled out their relationships to early 20th century mass entertainment; the history and theory of modern fashion; as well as theories of contemporary journalism and comics culture.
Annabel Friedrichs is a doctoral student in American Studies at Leibniz University Hannover and member of the DFG Project “Contingency and Contraction: Modernity and Temporality in the United States, 1880-1920” with Ruth Mayer and Felix Brinker. After she earned her M.A. in Advanced Anglophone Studies in 2017 with a thesis called “Drawing Appeals: Femininity and Feminism in Nell Brinkley's Graphic Art” in which she analyzed the employment of feminine visual for feminist political appeals, she expands her focus to female illustrators’ visualizations of girl-, mother-, and womanhood in her dissertation “Imagining Change: Visual and Textual Representations of Femininity in Mass and Avant-Garde Magazines, 1880-1920.”
Florian Groß teaches American Studies at Leibniz University Hannover (Germany), where he is currently finishing his Ph.D. thesis “Negotiating Creativity in Post-Network Television Series.” Next to American television culture, his research interests include comics and graphic novels, contemporary literature, questions of authenticity in relation to contemporary notions of creativity, and the cultural history of New York City. He is co-editor of The Aesthetics of Authenticity: Medial Constructions of the Real (2012) and has published articles on the television series 30 Rock, Michael Chabon’s novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and the High Line Park as well as world’s fairs in New York City.
Rieke Jordan is assistant professor at the Department of English and American Studies at Goethe-University Frankfurt and teaches American literary, cultural, and media studies. She obtained her PhD in North American Studies from the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin (2016). Her book, Work in Progress, will be published in May with Bloomsbury.
Marcus Krause is a member of the DFG research unit “Journalliteratur” (located at the universities of Bochum, Köln, and Marburg) and works in a sub project on “A Poetics of the Miscellaneous: On the Co-Evolution of the Periodical Press and the Modern Novel”. Latest publications: “Dichtungsmaschinen und Subjektprogramme. Literarische Regelkreisphantasien in den 1960ern,“ in: Verhaltensdesign. Bildungs-, Regierungs- und Erziehungsprogramme (2017), “Messen“, in: Historisches Wörterbuch des Mediengebrauchs, vol. 2, Infame Menschen. Zur Epistemologie literarischer Fallgeschichten (2017).
Martin Lüthe is assistant professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Lüthe published the monographs “We Missed a Lot of Church, So the Music Is Our Confessional”: Rap and Religion (Lit Verlag, 2008) and Color-Line and Crossing-Over: Motown and Performances of Blackness in 1960s American Culture (WVT, 2011) and is working on his Habilitation "Wire Writings: Media Change in the Culture of the Progressive Era."
Ruth Mayer holds the chair of American Studies at Leibniz University. Her research focuses on transnationalism, seriality, the formation of modernities and mass culture. Her work appeared in New Literary History, Modernism / modernity, Screen and Velvet Light Trap. Her most recent book publications are Serial Fu Manchu: The Chinese Super-Villain and the Spread of Yellow Peril Ideology (2014) and the co-edited volumes Kurz & Knapp: Zur Mediengeschichte der kleinen Formen (2017) and Modernities and Modernization in North America (2019).
Katharina Motyl is assistant professor at the American Studies Department of Universität Mannheim. She obtained her PhD in American Studies from Freie Universität Berlin in 2013. In her second book project, she investigates the loops of interaction between cultural, legal, and medical discourses on substance dependence and social minorities from the Early Republic to the “War on Drugs.ˮ Her publications include the monograph With the Face of the Enemy – Arab American Literature since 9/11 (2019) as well as the co-edited volumes The Failed Individual (2017) and States of Emergency – States of Crisis (2011). She has recently co-authored the article “Writing against Neocolonial Necropolitics: Literary Responses by Iraqi/Arab Writers to the US ‘War on Terror’,” (European Journal of English Studies, 2018)). Further interests include the sociocultural history of drugs and addiction, particularly the hyperincarceration of lower-class African Americans in the “War on Drugs,” African American expressive culture, indigenous cultures and U.S. settler imperialism, issues of gender in U.S. imperial and cultural history, as well as critical posthumanism.
Philipp Reisner teaches as a lecturer at the American Studies Department of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. His approach to research is multidisciplinary. His dissertation on the theological role that the New English theologian Cotton Mather (1663–1728) played in the context of early modern society appeared in 2012. He is currently working on his habilitation project, a study of contemporary Anglo-American poetry.