About

Hello! I am a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in English Literature and Culture at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). My research and teaching focus on British and postcolonial literatures and cultures from the late eighteenth century to the present. Two of my particular research areas are contemporary representations of war and terrorism and the interconnections between dermatological and cultural conceptions of skin in the Victorian era.

Photo: Hans-Jörg Franke

I earned my PhD from Ruhr University Bochum in 2016. My project, which was awarded a full scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung), examined the negotiation of subject positions within ‘war on terror’ discourses in contemporary British drama. My doctoral thesis was distinguished with the CDE Award in 2016 and with the Ruhr University’s Wilhelm Hollenberg Prize in 2017 and was published by De Gruyter in 2017 as Theatre on Terror: Subject Positions in British Drama.

From 2016 to 2019 I completed my first postdoctoral position at the University of Innsbruck. As a representative of early-career researchers at the Faculty of Languages and Literature, I co-organised three postgraduate workshops on Posthumanism (2017), the Digital Humanities (2018), and Climate-Change Skepticism (2019). In 2019, I represented the University of Innsbruck at the Institute for World Literature summer school at Harvard University, where I chaired a colloquium on “Politics, Poetics and World Literature.”

Since September 2019, I have been working at the Department of English and North American Studies at MLU Halle-Wittenberg. My second book project on “Dermatological Realism in British Literature, Culture, and Medicine, 1795–1901” illuminates how dermatological developments in the Victorian age impacted on, and were in turn influenced by, cultural representations of skin and realist novels. I have presented my project at various international conferences and have published and forthcoming articles and co-publications based on my research.