Research Interests

  • 19th and 20th century American literature
  • Material Culture and Literature (esp. with regard to food, objects, fashion, consumer practices)
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies (esp. concepts of culture, space, place)
  • Post-colonial studies & multicultural literatures, intersectionality
  • Contemporary American Film & Fiction (disaster, dystopia, nature)
  • Visual culture and ecocriticism

For more concrete research activities and projects please also refer to my activities page.

Together with colleagues from the University of Koblenz-Landau, the University of Bonn, and the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Koblenz, I am currently working on a research project concerning food and foodways: "Esskulturen: Objekte, Semantiken, Praktiken" (funded by the BMBF).

Lecture Series: Food in Literature, Film, and the Arts (summer term 2019)

Graduate Workshop: Foodways and Practices of Community Formation (September 11-13, 2019)


I am one of the editors of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift, a double-blind peer review journal published by de Gruyter/Sciendo on behalf of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft. It is funded by the 'German Research Foundation and an open access publication.


I am also speaker of the division "Material Cultures" (together with Dr. Marion Steinicke, Koblenz). The division is part of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft. Both the division and the association were founded at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, in 2015. If you are interested in joining us, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Our next meeting will take place at the KWG's 5th annual meeting at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz (September 23-25, 2019). 

Monday, 23 August 2019, 2-6pm

Workshop on "(Un-) Fassbar?! Zur Ausstellungspraxis (im) materieller Kulturen"

To see the program, please click here.

Past Meetings:

Workshop on "Ästhetische Praktiken materieller Kulturen", which took place at the conference "Ästhetische Praxis und kulturwissenschaftliche Forschung" at the University of Hildesheim on October 11, 2018. The program can be found here..

Workshop "Körperpraktiken und Materialität" (Body practices and Materiality), which was part of the conference  "Bewegende Körper/ Bodies in Motion" at the University of Gent, Belgium (November 16-18, 2017). For the CfP please click here.; for the workshop program, please click here.

Workshop  "Auf-Sammeln und Ver-Werten" (On Collecting and Recycling). July 14-15, 2017 at ISSO, Dreikönigenhaus, Kornpfortstraße 15, Koblenz. You can find the program here.

Division Meeting, October 6, 2016, annual conference of the KWG at the University of Vechta

Workshop "Das Material der Kulturwissenschaften," June 16 and 17, 2016 at the University of Zurich, organized by Dr. Thomas Forrer (Luzern) and Dr. Benno Wirtz (Zurich). Click here for the program.

Workshop "Material und Materialität" during the annual conference of the KWG at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, 13 November, 2015