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Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alexandra GANSER

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Current Project: "Crisis and Discourses of (Il)Legitimacy in American Narratives of Piracy, 1678-1865," FWF / Elise Richter Program
For further details, please visit the project website.

Other Research Areas & Projects

  • US-American, Anglophone Caribbean, and Canadian maritime literature & culture
  • Mobility studies:
    Project "Colonizing Mars: Planetary Settlement in Contemporary American Culture"
    Project "Narratives of Flight in Contemporary North American Literature"
  • transnational, transatlantic American studies & the Black Atlantic
  • Cultural studies/theory, American popular culture, historical popular culture studies; visual culture
  • Gender Studies
  • Native American and First Nations Studies, esp. painting (1920s-60s) 
  • Ecocriticism

Upcoming and Recent Activities

  • Student Workshop "Transnational American Studies and Popular Culture" (with Steve Hoelscher, Univ. of Texas/Austin), June 8, 2017 (REGISTRATION)
  • Symposium Re-Reading Melville & Hawthorne, Amerika Haus (Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2), May 9, 2017 (10-4; REGISTRATION)
  • "Refugee Memories: Madeleine Thien's Dogs at the Perimeter." Guest Lecture, Univ. Graz, 25 Apr 2017.
  • "Early American Pirate Narratives and the Construction of Masculinity," Society for Early Americanists (SEA) Annual Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2-5 Mar. 2017.
  • "Medialität und Mobilität im Hollywood-Weltraumfilm: Interstellar und The Martian." Ringvorlesung Mobilität und Medialität, Inst. f. Germanistik, 24 Jan. 2017.

CV

  • Key Researcher, Research Platform Mobile Cultures and Societies, Univ. of Vienna (2016-)
  • Professor of American Studies (Literature & Culture), Dept. of English & American Studies, 2015- ; post-doc (2014-15)
  • Ph.D. American Literary & Cultural Studies (2007, FAU)
  • Assistant Professor, American Studies, FAU (2006-14)
  • Fellow, interdisciplinary Ph.D. program (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg) "Cultural Hermeneutics: Reflections of Difference & Transdifference," FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2004-6)
  • Fulbright Grant, Dept. of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, University of Oklahoma at Norman (2003-4)
  • M.A., U of Vienna (2002): English and American Studies & History

Publications

Books and Special Issues

  • Ed., Maritime Mobilities in Literature and Culture: Critical Perspectives (in preparation for Palgrave Macmillan). 
  • Crisis and (Il)Legitimacy in American Narratives of Piracy, 1678-1865 (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan 2017).
  • Transgressive Television: Politics and Crime in 21st-Century American TV Series. Ed. with Birgit Daewes and Nicole Poppenhagen. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015.
  •  AustroBob: Österreichische Aneignungen von Bob Dylans Poesie und Musik. Ed. with Eugen Banauch and Martin Blumenau. Wien: Falter, 2014.
  • Roads of Her Own: Gendered Space and Mobility in American Women's Road Narratives, 1970-2000. New York: Rodopi, 2009.
  • Ed. with Katharina Gerund and Heike Paul. Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives: Figures of Mobility in American Culture and Beyond. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012.
  • Ed. with Heike Paul. Screening Gender: Geschlechterszenarien in der gegenwärtigen US-amerikanischen Populärkultur. Erlanger Studien zur Anglistik und Amerikanistik 9. Wien, Münster: LIT, 2007.
  • Ed. with Katharina Gerund and Christina Judith Hein. COPAS: Current Perspectives in Postgraduate American Studies 9 (2008).
  • Ed. with Vibha Arora. EcoCultures. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 7.2 (May 2007). Special Issue on Ecocriticism. 

Forthcoming and Recent Essays & Articles

  • "Piracy and Mobility in Anglophone Atlantic Literature and Culture." Piracy, Place, and Property. Ed. Martin Frederikson. London: Routledge, 2017 (forthcoming). 
  • "Territorialities of Flight: The Refugee Narrative in Edwidge Danticat and Madeleine Thien." Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht (LWU) Special issue, ed. Sladja Blazan (in preparation).
  • "Painting (the) In-Between: 
Twentieth-Century Indigenous Border Art 
at Glacier/Waterton National Parks." In-Between: Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture. Ed. Stefan Brandt. Peter Lang (in preparation).
  • "Transatlantic Triangulations and/in Musical Variations: Bob Dylan’s Trajectories into Austrian Popular Music." European American Studies. Ed. Heike Paul and Donald Pease. Hanover: Darmouth UP (in preparation).
  • "From the Black Atlantic to the Bleak Pacific: Re-Reading Benito Cereno." Atlantic Studies. Spec. Issue on Atlantic-Pacific Relations. Ed. Jens Temmen and Nicole Poppenhagen (forthcoming 2017).
  • "A 'civil wildness': Nature and Frontier Migration in Caroline Kirkland's A New Home, Who'll Follow? (1839)." Amerikastudien/American Studies, special issue on Nature and Mobility, ed. Christine Gerhardt and Christa Grewe-Volpp (forthcoming 2017).
  • "Der Pirat als Nationalheld? Piraterie und Krisenverhandlung in der US-amerikanischen Populärkultur des 19. Jahrhunderts am Beispiel Lieutenant Murrays Fanny Campbell (1844)." Populäre Piraten: Vermessung eines Feldes. Eds. Irmtraud Hnilica and Marcel Lepper. Berlin: Kadmos, 2017.103-18.
  • "Caroline Kirkland." Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature. Eds. Jackson Bryer, Richard Kopley, and Paul Lauter. oxfordbibliographiesonline.com. 2016.
  • "Gerald Vizenor: Transnational Trickster of Theory." Native North American Survivance and Memory: The Vizenor Continuum. Ed. Birgit Daewes and Alexandra Hauke. London: Routledge, 2016. 16-33.
  • "Twin Peaks: Serializing the US-Canadian Border." Transgressive Television: Politics and Crime in 21st-Century American TV Series. Ed. with Birgit Daewes and Nicole Poppenhagen. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015. 55-79.
  • with Birgit Daewes and Nicole Poppenhagen. "Season Recap: A Preface." Transgressive Television: Politics and Crime in 21st-Century American TV Series. Ed. with Birgit Daewes & Nicole Poppenhagen. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015. 9-14.
  • with Martin Blumenau. "Bringing It All Back Home? Wolfgang Ambros' Aneignungen Bob Dylans."  AustroBob: Österreichische Aneignungen von Bob Dylans Poesie und Musik. Ed. with Eugen Banauch and Martin Blumenau. Wien: Falter-Verlag, 2014. 108-17.
  • "The Coastal Figuration of the Caribbean Pirate in the Late-Seventeenth Century." Navigating Cultural Spaces: Maritime Places. Ed. Anna-Margaretha Horatschek, Yvonne Rosenberg, and Daniel Schäbler. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014. 135-55.
  • "Hipster Tourism and Hidden Mobilities in Chuck Palahniuk's Fugitives and Refugees.Culture and Mobility. Ed. Klaus Benesch. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013. 103-20.
  • "Pirate Science, Coastal Knowledge: Chorographies of the American Isthmus in the Late Seventeenth Century." Agents of Transculturation: Border-Crossers, Mediators, Go-Betweens. Ed. Sebastian Jobs and Gesa Mackenthun. Münster: Waxmann, 2013. 115-35.
  • "The Pirate Ship as a Black Atlantic Heterotopia: Maxwell Philip's Emmanuel Appadocca.Contact Spaces in American Culture: Globalizing Local Phenomena. Ed. Petra Eckhard, Klaus Rieser, and Silvia Schultermandl. Vienna: LIT, 2012. 51-75.
  • "That the Enchantments of the Sea may not have too strong and quick a Force upon some: Seafaring Mobilities in Transatlantic Narratives of Piracy of around 1700." Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives: Figures of Mobility in American Culture and Beyond. Ed. with Heike Paul and Katharina Gerund. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 31-52.
  • "Specters of Slavery, Phantoms of Luxury: Utopian Economics in A. O. Exquemelin's Buccaneers of America (1678/84)." American Economies. Ed. Eva Bösenberg, Reinhard Isensee, and Martin Klepper. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 303-25.
  • "Rituals of Citizenship in Winold Reiss's Indian Portraits: A Transatlantic Reading." Visual Representations of Native Americans: Transnational Contexts and Perspectives. Ed. Karsten Fitz. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 237-54.
  • "Lap Dancing for Mommy: Queer Intermediality, Chick Lit, and Trans-Generational Feminist Mediation in Erika Lopez' Illustrated Narratives." Amerikastudien / American Studies 56.2 (2011): 219-40.
  • "War Wounds: Bodily Inscriptions of Trauma and Cultural Memory in Silko's Ceremony." Body Signs: The Body in Latino/a Cultural Production. Ed. Astrid M. Fellner. Vienna: LIT, 2011. 103-21.
  • "Navigating Little Italy: Carceral Mobility in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets." EthniCities: Metropolitan Cultures and Ethnic Identities in the Americas. Ed. Martin Butler, Jens Martin Gurr, and Olaf Kaltmeier. Trier: wvt, 2011. 139-54.

Complete List of Publications

Papers & Lectures (selection)

  • "Gender and National Identity in the Antebellum Pirate Melodrama." Conference "The Poetics and Polemics of Gender in Early American Theater," Univ. Salzburg, Sep. 29-30, 2016 (skype). 
  • "Pirates as Border Crossers," lecture series "Grenzfiguren," Univ. Flensburg, July 2016.
  • "Painting 'Indians' at the U.S.-Canadian Border." Conference "In-Between: Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture," Univ. Graz, June 2-4, 2016.
  • Bob Dylan at 75: Roundtable participant, Kulturverein Wimpassing, May 22, 2016; book presentation AustroBob, AmerikaHaus, May 24, 2016.
  • "Cross-Dressing and Piracy in Antebellum American Literature." FAU Erlangen, May 10, 2016.
  • "(Nicht) erzählte Männlichkeit: Bob Dylan in Österreich und Deutschland der 1970er und 80er Jahre." Symposium "POP SUB HOCH GEGEN (II): Erzählen", KHM Köln, April 28-29, 2016.
  • "Stranger than TV: Reading Twin Peaks as Prequel to the Y2K Television Series." Amerika Haus Vienna, March 2, 2016.
  • "Maritime Mobilities: An Introduction." Conference opening, Maritime Mobilities: Critical Perspectives from the Humanities. Feb. 1, 2016.
  • "(Alp)Traum USA." Aktionsradius Wien, Nov. 17, 2015.
  • "Crisis and Risk in 19th-Century Popular Narratives of Piracy." "Perilous Passages: The Birth of Risk in 19th-Century American Culture." Oct. 23–24, 2015, Schloss Thurnau. (paper in absence) 
  • "Reading Pirate Narratives in Antebellum America: Tales of Misery, Tales of Beginnings." American Studies Association annual conference, Toronto, Oct. 8-11, 2015.
  • "Transatlantic Triangulations and/in Musical Variations: Bob Dylan's Trajectories into Austrian Popular Music and the Legacy of European American Popular Music Studies." European American Studies Workshop, Dartmouth College and Bavarian America Academy. Munich, 15 May 2015.
  • "'Parallel Encounters' and 'damn fine coffee': Twin Peaks' Border Seriality." Invited guest lecture, Univ. of Erlangen, Nov. 12, 2014.
  • "Gerald Vizenor: Transnational Trickster of Theory." International conference "Native North American Survivance and Memory: Celebrating Gerald Vizenor," Univ. Vienna, June 20-23, 2014.
  • "A 'civil wildness': Nature and Frontier Migration in Caroline Kirkland's A New Home, Who'll Follow? (1839)." Symposium "Nature - Mobility - Literature: The Environmental Imagination of Migration," Univ. Bamberg, Jan. 24, 2014. Re-invited to Workshop 7 "A World on the Move: The Environmental Politics of Migration," Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies, Würzburg, June 12-15, 2014.
  • "Piracy and Legitimate Authority in James Fenimore Cooper's Red Rover (1827)." American Studies Colloquium, Univ. Regensburg, Jan.  10, 2014.
  • "Coastal Knowledge: Isthmian 'Pirate' Narratives, Cultural Difference, and
    Scientific Discourse in the Late 17th Century." Conference "Contested Knowledge in the Western Hemisphere," Univ. Rostock, Sept. 18-19, 2013.
  • "Der Pirat als Nationalheld? Piraten in der US-amerikanischen Populärliteratur in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts." Conference "Populäre Piraten. Zur Vermessung eines Feldes," Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, Sept. 28-29, 2012.
  • "Reading Multiple Mobilities: Chuck Palahniuk's Fugitives and Refugees." Bavarian American Academy (BAA) Conference "Cultures of Mobility," Munich, July 5-7, 2012.
  • "Piratical Consumption and the Black Atlantic Critique of the Slave Economy in the Mid-19th Century." International conference "Buying America: Literature and Consumption in the 19th Century," Univ. of Paderborn, June 12-13, 2012.
  • "From Port Royal to Boston: Articulating the Mobility of Pirates around 1700." Nomadism and Mobile Ways of Life in the Americas/Nomadismo y formas de vida con movilidad en las Américas, International Conference, Feb. 15-17, 2012, Urania Wien.

Complete List of Papers & Lectures

 

Workshop & Conference Organization (selection)

  • Student Symposium "Black Music in Chicago and Vienna: Roots and Routes," Amerika Haus, June 27, 2016.
  • Workshop, DGfA Annual Conference, Osnabrück, May 2016: "Embodiments of the Law in American Literature and Culture" (with Stefanie Schäfer).
  • Maritime Mobilities: Critical Perspectives from the Humanities (1-2 Feb. 2016)
  • "Commemorating Stuart Hall: Representation--Encoding/Decoding--Race," student symposium, Dec. 6, 2014, Dept. of English and American Studies, U of Vienna (co-organizers: Michela Borzaga, Dieter Fuchs, Tamara Radak).
  • with Birgit Daewes, Alexandra Hauke, & Nicole Poppenhagen: conference "Transgressive Television," Amerika Haus Vienna, Oct. 1-3, 2014.
  • with Birgit Daewes, Alexandra Hauke, & Nicole Poppenhagen: conference "Native North American Survivance and Memory: Celebrating Gerald Vizenor," U of Vienna, June 20-23, 2014.
  • with M. Butler: workshop "Popular Culture on the Move: Transnational Aspects of the Popular in America through the Centuries," Oct. 11-13, 2012, U Oldenburg.
  • with Heike Paul & Tanja Roppelt: Levi Strauss Lecture in American Culture and Civilization, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg in cooperation with the German-American Institute Nuremberg (DAI), June 2012.
  • with Heike Paul: international FAUNAC Lecture Series "Transnational America," FAU Erlangen (2012)
  • with Heike Paul & Meike Zwingenberger: 3rd International DAAD Summer Academy for PhD Students, Bavarian America Academy (BAA) "Transatlantic American Studies: Democratic Cultures, Past and Present," May 14-28, 2011, (in cooperation with FAU, Wayne State U/Detroit, U of Warsaw).
  • Workshop chair, "The Ocean as a Contact Space," Annual Conference, Austrian Association for American Studies, "Contact Spaces in American Culture," U Graz, Oct. 22-25, 2009.
  • with Heike Paul & Katharina Gerund: conference "Imagining Alternative Mobilities: Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives," FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, June 2009.
  • with Stefanie Schäfer: workshop "Critique for What? American Studies and Cultural Studies," annual conference, German Association for American Studies, Jena, June 2009.
  • with Katharina Gerund & Christina Judith Hein: annual conference, Postgraduate Forum (PGF) / German Association for American Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2007.
  • Chair, Women's Studies panel, 25th Conference, American Pop Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), San Antonio, Texas, April 2004.

Grants, Awards, Fellowships

  • Habilitationspreis, Universitätsbund Erlangen-Nürnberg, 2016.
  • U.S. Embassy Fellowship, Salzburg Global Seminar/Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA) symposium, “Defining America: New Writing, New Voices, New Directions," Sep. 27-Oct. 1, 2014
  • Award for Best Article in Amerikastudien/American Studies (2011/12) for "'Lap Dancing for Mommy': Queer Intermediality, Chick Lit, and Trans-Generational Feminist Mediation in Erika Lopez's Illustrated Narratives"
  • Christoph-Daniel Ebeling Research Grant, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts (2009)
  • European Fellow 2009-10, Bruce Centre for American Studies, Keele Univ., UK (2009)
  • Fellow, DFG Ph.D. Program "Cultural Hermeneutics: Reflections of Difference and Transdifference," FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (2006-10)
  • Award, Best Dissertation, Bavarian America Academy (2008)
  • Fellow, Heidelberg Center for American Studies Spring Academy (2007)
  • Fellow, Bavarian American Academy (BAA) Summer School (2007)
  • Fellow, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies Association (SSASAA)
  • Travel grants (Dr. Alfred Vinzl-Foundation, Fulbright Professional Enrichment Grant)
  • Faculty Award for outstanding academic achievements in English and American Studies, Univ. of Vienna, 2000 & 2001

Functions

  • Vice President, Austrian Association for American Studies, 2016- (board member since 2015).
  • Key Researcher, Interdisciplinary Research Platform Mobile Cultures and Societies
  • Executive Director, Centre for Canadian Studies (ZKS), 2015-
  • Reviewer, Wissenschaftsministerium (2015- ), Austrian National Bank Jubiläumsfonds
  • Fulbright Liaison & Selection Committee GLTA Program (2015- )
  • Salzburg Global Seminar in American Studies country representative (2014- )
  • Vice President, Verein zur Erforschung Kontinentalamerikas und der Karibik (KonaK), 2014-
  • Reader, Contemporary Women's Writing, 2011-
  • Domain Editor (Ecocriticism), Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 2002-
  • FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg: Women's Representative, Dept. of English, American, and Romance Studies (2011-13); faculty representative (2007-9); Mentor, ARIADNEphil program (2009-10)

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