1 Dr. Stefanie Schäfer Assistant professor of American Studies, Department of English and American Studies Friedrich-Schiller University Jena Ernst-Abbe-Platz Jena Experience Since 2010 assistant professor for American Studies, department of English and American Studies, University of Jena (chair Prof. Caroline Rosenthal) research assistant, English Department, University of Heidelberg (chair Prof. Vera Nünning) Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education (Baden-Württemberg Zertifikat für Hochschuldidaktik HDZ) teacher of English and French at Helmholtz-Gymnasium Heidelberg Education 2009 doctorate exam, University of Heidelberg, doctorate thesis: Just the Two of Us: Self-Narration and Recognition in the Contemporary American Novel 2009/2010 Shakespeare Study Courses in Stratford upon Avon, GB 2005 double degree (M.A. degree and first state teacher s degree), University of Trier, M.A. thesis: Functions of the body in Jack Kerouac s Vanity of Duluoz international visiting student, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis studies of English and French philology and pedagogy, University of Trier Grants and Awards Excursion funding (July 2013) from Ernst-Abbe Projektstiftung, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), FSU Alumni association Postdoctoral research grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Sept 2012 to February 2013 German Research Fellowship, Library of Congress, Kluge Center, for postdoctoral research, September 2012 to February 2013 Publication grant for the proceedings of Fake Identities? Impostors, ConMen, Wannabes, American Consulate Leipzig and Association for Canadian Studies in Germanspeaking Countries (GKS), June 2012 Fellowship, BAA Summer Academy 2012, Washington, DC, May 2012 Conference funding for the symposium Fake Identities? Impostors, ConMen, Wannabes, Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS), April 2012
2 Library Support Program for Canadiana at the Jena University Library Thulb, April 2012 (with Caroline Rosenthal) Research Grant for postdoctoral research at Harvard University, University of Jena, August 2011 Publication grant, Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung für Geistes-wissenschaften, June 2010 Conference and publication funding for project Learning 9/11: Key competencies in higher education, Zentrum Hochschuldidaktik Baden-Württemberg, 2008/2009 Best practice award, higher education certificate, Zentrum Hochschuldidaktik Baden- Württemberg, 2009 Conference and publication funding for project Hello, I say, It s Me: (Re)Constructions of Subjectivity in Contemporary Literature and Culture, Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, 2008/2009 Fellowship, Heidelberg Center for American Studies Spring Academy 2007 International Study Exchange Program (ISEP) scholarship for undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Research Interests Body for the Nation: The Yankee in 19 th Century American Literature and Culture (Habilitation/second book project) The West as a symbolic space in the US and Canada Life-writing and autobiography theory Narratology and narrative identity Teaching literature and culture in the university classroom Publications Monograph Just the Two of Us: Self-Narration and Recognition in the Contemporary American Novel. Trier: WVT, Editorship 1. Fake Identity? The Impostor Narrative in North American Culture. Co-edited with Caroline Rosenthal. Frankfurt/Main, New York: Campus, Learning 9/11: Teaching for Key Competences in Literary and Cultural Studies. Co-edited with Irina Bauder-Begerow, Heidelberg: Winter, Hello, I say, It s Me: (Re)Constructions of Subjectivity in Contemporary Literature and Culture. co-edited with Jan Kucharzewski and Lutz Schowalter, Trier: WVT, Journal Articles (peer-reviewed) 1. The Calgary Stampede through a Cultural Studies Perspective: A Teaching Project. In: Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies. Special issue on the Calgary Stampede. Ed. Brian Rusted. (accepted for publication; with Caroline Rosenthal)
3 2. Phenomenal Woman: Michelle Obama s Embodied Rhetoric and the Cultural Work of Fashion Biographies. American Studies/Amerikastudien (accepted for publication) 3. Plantation Spaces and the Black Body: Quentin Tarantino s Django Unchained as Maroon Narrative. Black Studies Papers 1.1 (2014): Recognition Is a Form of Agreement: The workings of self-narration in The Catcher in the Rye and Invisible Man. American Studies/Amerikastudien 57.4 (2012): special issue on recognition, ed. Winfried Fluck. 5. From Gender Trouble to the Ethics of Recognition: Judith Butler and Her Critics. LWU 4/2006, Articles 1. Between Voice and Body, Colony and Nation: The New England Yankee in John Neal s Brother Jonathan and Thomas Chandler Haliburton s Sam Slick Stories. Travelling Traditions: 19 th -Century Negotiations of Cultural Concepts and Transatlantic Intellectual Networks. Ed. Erik Redling. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015 (accepted for publication) 2. Introduction. In Fake Identity? The Impostor Narrative in North American Culture. Hg. Caroline Rosenthal und Stefanie Schäfer. Frankfurt/Main, New York: Campus, (with Caroline Rosenthal) 3. Forever friends: Der stage yankee als Reflexionsfigur für das junge Amerika. Empathie, Sympathie und Narration: Strategien der Rezeptionslenkung in Prosa, Drama und Film. Ed. Caroline Lusin. Heidelberg: Winter, Paul Haggis: Crash. Teaching Contemporary Literature and Culture. Ed. Dirk Vanderbeke et al. Trier: WVT, Personal Epics? A Reflection on Genre and the Making of Heroes. Elle s étend, l épopée. Relecture et ouverture du corpus épique / The Epic Expands.Rereading and Widening the Epic Corpus. Ed. Vincent Dussol. Brussels: Peter Lang, Towards a national drama: James K. Paulding s The Lion of the West. Transnational American Studies. Ed. Udo Hebel. Heidelberg: Winter, Das Leben im Kopf: Überlegungen zu einer rezeptionsorientierten Narratologie der Biographik. Literatur als Lebensgeschichte. Biographisches Erzählen von der Moderne bis zur Gegenwart. Ed. Peter Braun and Bernd Stiegler. Bielefeld: transcript, I Was a Loose End: Narrative Self-fashioning and Ethical Encounters in Contemporary American Fiction. Ethik Anerkennung Gerechtigkeit. Philosophische, literarische und gesellschaftliche Perspektiven. Ed. Alexandra Böhm, Antje Kley and Mark Schönleben. München: Fink, Introduction. Learning 9/11. Teaching for Key Competences in Literary and Cultural Studies. Ed. Irina Bauder-Begerow and Stefanie Schäfer. Heidelberg: Winter (with Irina Bauder-Begerow) 10. Birth By Narrative: Narrative Self-making in Autobiographical Fiction. The Aesthetics and Politics of Cultural Worldmaking. Ed. Ansgar Nünning, Vera Nünning and Birgit Neumann. Trier: WVT, Introduction: (Re)Constructions of Subjectivity in Contemporary Literature and Culture. Hello, I say, It s Me: (Re)Constructions of Subjectivity in Contemporary Literature and Culture. Ed. Jan Kucharzewski, Stefanie Schäfer and Lutz Schowalter. Trier: WVT, (with Jan Kucharzewski and Lutz Schowalter) 12. Looking Back, You Do Not Find What You Left Behind: Postcolonial Subjectivity and the Role of Memory in White Teeth and The Inheritance of Loss. Hello, I say, It s Me:
4 (Re)Constructions of Subjectivity in Contemporary Literature and Culture. Ed. Jan Kucharzewski, Stefanie Schäfer and Lutz Schowalter. Trier: WVT, Geraldine Brooks: March. Hot Off the Press: Zweiundzwanzig amerikanische Romane aus dem neuen Jahrhundert: Ein Lesebuch zur zeitgenössischen US-Kultur. Ed. Dietmar Schloss and Heiko Jakubzik. Trier: WVT, Lern- und Memorierungstechniken. Schlüsselkompetenzen. Qualifikationen für Studium in Beruf. Ed. Vera Nünning. Stuttgart: Metzler, Reviews 1. Kloeckner, Christian, Simone Knewitz and Sabine Sielke (Eds.). Beyond 9/11. Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture. In: Anglia. Anglia (2014): Zacharasiewicz, Waldemar (Ed.). Riding/Writing Across Borders in North American Travelogues and Fiction. In: Zeitschrift für Kanadastudien ZKS 35(2015): Engler, Bernd and Guenther Leypoldt (Eds.). American Cultural Icons. The Production of Representative Lives. In: Amerikastudien/American Studies 58.1 (2013): Bieger, Laura, Annika Reich, Susanne Rohr (Eds.) Mode. Ein kulturwissenschaftlicher Grundriss. In: ZAA Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 61.2 (2013): Hornung, Alfred (Hg). Auto/Biography and Mediation. In: Amerikastudien/American Studies 57.3 (2012): Waldow, Stefanie (Ed.). Ethik im Gespräch. Autorinnen und Autoren über das Verhältnis von Literatur und Ethik heute. Bielefeld, transcript, In: Anglistik 23.2 (2012): Conference Papers and Guest Lectures 1. Michelle Obama, American Icon: The Cultural Work of Fashion Biographies. guest lecture, Leuphana Unviersity Lüneburg, November 20, Visiting Professor, Erasmus Staff Exchange, University Naples l Orientale, November 3-7, National Landscapes, Romantic Crosscurrents: The Uses of Nature in Revolution Narratives by James Fenimore Cooper and John Neal. conference paper, GAAS Annual Conference 2014, workshop American Romanticism and the Politicization of Nature, University of Würzburg, June 12-15, (En)Gendering the Nation: Allegories of the US from Columbia to Uncle Sam. Coding Gender in Romance Cultures. Opening of the Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Coding Gender, University of Leipzig, May 30, Transatlantic Kinship Between Colony and Nation: John Neal and Thomas Chandler Haliburton. paper at international conference Travelling Traditions: Nineteenth- Century Negotiations of Cultural Concepts in Transatlantic Intellectual Networks University of Halle-Wittenberg, April 6. Django Unchained- A Study in Space and Genre. guest lecture, University of Bremen, November 15, Literaturgeschichte schreiben heute panelist, interdisciplinary podium on literary historiography, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, June 5, 2013.
5 8. Django in Candieland: Plantation Landscapes and the Western in Quentin Tarantino s Django Unchained conference paper at GAAS Annual Conference 2013, Rural America, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, May 30 June 2, Brother Jonathan, Uncle Sam, and the Yankee guest lecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, February 15, Jonathan Going South: The Yankee and the Making of American National Character Kluge Fellowship Lecture, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington DC, February 7, The Yankee and the Making of American National Character guest lecture, University of Pennsylvania, Altoona. January 17, Indigenous Drama Workshop at Imagine Canada Day- Introducing Canadian Studies at FSU Jena, Jena, Jun Theories of American Autobiography / Theorizing American Autobiography Workshop moderated at GAAS Annual Conference 2012, American Lives, University of Mainz, May Yankee democracy? Canon Formation and the Struggle for Cultural Independence ; BAA Summer Academy 2012, German Historical Institute Washington DC, May From Rags to Riches Revisited: The Yankee and the American Success Myth American Dream? Ideale, Ideologien, künstlerische Inszenierung aus transnationaler Sicht, Workshop, University of Berne/Switzerland, September Who wants flowers when you re dead? The iconic voice of Holden Caulfield guest lecture, University of Trier, July Across the Wire: Literary Configurations of the Borderland Community paper at international conference Conceptions of Collectivity in Contemporary American Literature, University of Mainz, July James Kirke Paulding s The Lion of the West and the making of an American dramatic tradition paper at GAAS Annual Conference 2011 Transcultural American Studies, University of Regensburg, June All fresh in youth, strength, and beauty : Sympathie für das junge Amerika in William Dunlaps A Trip To Niagara und James K. Pauldings The Bucktails paper at international conference Sympathielenkung in literarischen Texten, University of Heidelberg, April Personal Epic(s): Metageneric Reflections on the Epic in the Contemporary American Novel paper at international conference The Epic s Extension Today: Between Expansion and Extinction, Université Paul Valéry III, Montpellier/France, October Visions of India: Aravind Adiga s The White Tiger and Danny Boyle s Slumdog Millionaire in the Cultural Studies Classroom paper at international conference Teaching Literature and Culture in Higher Education - Hochschuldidaktik in den Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften, University of Giessen, June My Own True Story: Why Reading and Teaching Autobiographical Narration Matters guest lecture, Humboldt University of Berlin, June Narrative Identity and the Ethics of Recognition paper at international conference Rethinking Narrative Identity: A Question of Perspective, Humboldt University of Berlin, November
6 24. Ethical Turn, Narrative Turn: Towards a New Ethical Theory of the Novel 10. Erlanger Graduiertenkonferenz, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, November Workshop Popular Culture 10. Erlanger Graduiertenkonferenz, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, panel chair, November The Eighteenth Century as Golden Age of Satire: Jonathan Swift s Gulliver s Travels (1726) lecture at the English Seminar University of Heidelberg, November Talking in Class: Ein Selbststeuerungsmodell zum Bewerten von mündlichen Beiträgen und Diskussionskompetenzen im universitären Literaturunterricht guest lecture, Pädagogische Hochschule Thurgau, Kreuzlingen/Switzerland, October Critique for What? Teaching American Studies in a Changing Academic Landscape workshop moderated at GAAS Annual Conference 2009, Education and the USA, with Dr. Alexandra Ganser, University of Jena, June T. S. Eliot Day A Student Symposium workshop with Dr. Lutz Schowalter (Trier) and Irina Bauder-Begerow (Heidelberg), University of Trier, January The Beat Generation: Literature and Myth guest lecture, University of Constance, January Response to Martin Genovese: Presidential Power in an Age of Terrorism: Full Circle? workshop at GAAS Annual Conference 2008, The American Presidency and Political Leadership, University of Heidelberg, May The Return of the (Autobiographical) Subject in Contemporary American Fiction paper at international graduate conference Paris Graduate Conference in American Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales EHESS, Paris, April Looking back you do not find what you left behind: Memory and Ethnicity in Zadie Smith s White Teeth and Kiran Desai s The Inheritance of Loss paper at international conference Hello, I say, It s Me: Reconstructions of Subjectivity in Contemporary Literature and Culture, University of Düsseldorf, April Opening remarks (with Lutz Schowalter and Jan Kucharzewski) Hello, I say, It s me: Reconstructions of Subjectivity in Contemporary Literature and Culture, University of Düsseldorf, April I Was a Loose End: Narrative Self-fashioning and the Ethics of Recognition paper at graduate conference Ethik und/oder Gerechtigkeit nach der Postmoderne: Revisionen der Medien, Politik und Künste im 21. Jahrhundert, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, November Narrating Selves: the Ethics of Autobiography in the Contemporary American Novel paper at graduate conference PGF 2007, University of Erlangen- Nuremberg, November Birth by Narrative: Narrative Self-making in Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex Ways of Worldmaking. Narratives, Archives and Media, European Summer School in Cultural Studies (ESSCS) 2007, University of Giessen, July Literary Self-Performance in the American Novel paper at graduate conference HCA Spring Academy 2007, University of Heidelberg, April Professional Associations ASA (American Studies Association) DGfA (German Associations for American Studies)
7 GKS (German Association for Canadian Studies) C 19 The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Administrative Work Coordinator of Master North American Studies (NAS), American Studies branch (since 2010) Elected member of administrative council (Fakultätsrat) of FSU ( ) Teaching Jena Introduction to English and American Literary Studies (BA level, every summer term) Yankee Theater: Drama in 19 th Century America (MA level, Module Advanced Perspectives on Genre) Southern Spaces (MA level, Module Categories and Conventions) The West in the Canadian Literary and Cultural Imagination (with student excursion), cotaught with Caroline Rosenthal (Module Advanced Research) The Knickerbocker School (MA, Module Fiction/NonFiction) How the West was won: The American Western, co-taught with Dirk Vanderbeke (advanced level, Module Intermediality) American Cultural Icons (BA, Module Media) Wissenschaftliche Texte lesen (Reading Secondary Literature, BA level) Across a Wire? Theorizing the Mexican-American Border (advanced, Module Text and Context) Robber Barons at the Barbecue? American Literature and Culture of the Gilded Age (BA, Module Literature in Context) Early to Mid-20th Century American Drama (BA, Module Genres) American Literature and Culture of the 1950s (BA, Module Periods) Heidelberg Visions of India (BA level 1) Literature and Terrorism (BA level 2) Introduction to Modernism (BA level 1) Of Rape, Travellers, and Virtuous Heroes: Three Satires of the Golden Age (BA level 2) Crossing the Line: Fictions of Passing in the African-American Novel of the Early 20th Century (BA level 2) Literature of the New Woman (BA level 1)