Talks, Papers, and Conferences

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jan D. Kucharzewski

11/2019 “Within Cells Interlinked: Metropolitan Cyborg Masculinities in Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049.” Conference: “Metropolitan Masculinities: Narratives of Gender and Urban Space” at the University of Bochum. In preparation

07/2019 “Of Things Exactly as They Are: Painting and Poetry in Transnational Modernism.” DAAD Summer School “Global Modernisms” at the University of Hamburg

06/2019 Co-Organization of the 66th Annual Conference of German Association for American Studies at the University of Hamburg.

05/2019 “I’m the Captain Now: Hegemony and Liminality in ‘Benito Cereno’ and Captain Phillips.” Conference: “Postcolonial Oceans: Contradictions and Heterogeneities in the Epistemes of Salt” at the University of Bremen

12/2018 “To see what the thing looks like, sped up to the rate of human desire: Stereoscopic Scaling in the Novels of Richard Powers.” Conference: “Scales and Scaling in Texts and Textual Analysis“ at the University of Hamburg

11/2018 Organization of the “Hamburger Amerikanistikpreis” (Hamburg American Studies Award) for the best BA/MA theses. In cooperation with the Consulate General of the United States and the Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V.

11/2018 “Let’s Keep Going: Towards an American Liminal.” Post-graduate colloquium of the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Hamburg.

09/2018 “The Tale of Two Turners: Liminality vs. Teleology in Discourses of the American Frontier.” Guest lecture at the Department of History at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania (USA)

06/2018 “…the Wood for the Trees: Anti-Humanist Wonder in Richard Powers’ The Overstory.” Conference: “Current Tendencies in Contemporary American Fiction” at the University of Hamburg

05/2018 “A Cannibal of a Craft: Ships as Liminal Counter/Publics in the Works of Herman Melville.” Conference: 65th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin

03/2018 Panel discussion on Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg

07/2017 “A Blessed Rage for Order: The Metaphysics of Liminality in Modern American Poetry.” Conference: “Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South: Comparing Literary and Cultural Studies” at Fudan University Shanghai (China)

05/2017 “But Wherever the Truth may be: Frontiers and Boundaries in Modernist Poetry.” Conference: 64th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies at the University of Hanover

05/2017 Organization of the workshop “I placed a jar in Tennessee: The Poetics and Topographies of the Frontier in American Modernism” at the 64th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies in Hanover. With Jolene Mathieson

04/2017 “The Milk and Sperm of Kindness: Seamen, Oceans, and Homosocial Masculinities in American Film and Literature.” Lecture Series: “OceanoGraphies: Of Seascapes, Ships, and Sailor’s Yarns” at the University of Hamburg

04/2017 – 07/2017 Organization of the interdisciplinary and public lecture series “OceanoGraphies: Of Seascapes, Ships, and Sailor’s Yarns” at the University of Hamburg. With Jolene Mathieson

02/2017 “Sacred Idioms Shorn of Their Referents: The Apocalyptic Tradition in American Culture.” Symposium: “The End: (Post-)Apocalyptic Visions in American and British Cultures” at the University of Hamburg

09/2016 “Video Game Masculinities.” Guest lecture at the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA)

06/2016 “You didn’t ask for reality, you asked for more teeth: Animal Violence, Authenticity, and the Question of Agency in the Jurassic Park Movies.” Conference: “Wilde Bestien: Bilder Tierischer Aggression, Gewalt und Brutalität” at the University of Hamburg

02/2016 “Nautical Masculinities in American Literature and Film.” Guest lecture at the Seminar für Englische Philologie at University of Göttingen

01/2016 “Playing Men: Constructions of Hyper-masculinity in European Video Games.” Conference: “20th and 21st Century Narratives of Masculinity: Commonalities and Differences in European Constructions of Masculinity” at the Center of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Bielefeld

11/2015 “If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It: Hunters and the Crisis of Masculinity in Post-Vietnam American Action Movies.” Conference: “Hunting Without Weapons or Animals: The Power of the Ars venationis at the University of Hamburg

09/2015 “Homosocial Masculinities in American Sea Stories from Herman Melville to Pirates of the Caribbean.” Guest lecture at the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA)

09/2015 “Writing Technologies: Reading Technological Advances through American Literature.” Guest lecture at Fairfield University, Connecticut (USA)

09/2015 “Weapons, Wounds, and Wimps: Modes of Masculinity in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema.” Guest lecture at the Graduate School of Education at Columbia University, New York (USA)

06/2015 Organization of the workshop “From Metaphor to Matter: The New Materialism in American Knowledge Production” at the 62nd Annual Conference for the German Association for American Studies at the University of Bonn. With Prof. Dr. Laura Bieger

02/2015 “Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies as Cultural Metaphors.” Public lecture at Open University (Orientation Day at the University of Hamburg)

11/2014 “Constructing Masculinity in American Film and Television.” Guest lecture at the University of Osnabrück

11/2014 “Natürlich männlich? Maskulinität, Natur und Authentizität in der amerikanischen Populärkultur.” Lecture series: “Natur-Bild-Geschichte” at the University of Hamburg organized by Prof. Dr. Frank Fehrenbach

05/2013 “Somewhere out there is a true and living prophet of destruction: Chaotic Cartographies and Eroding Boundaries in No Country for Old Men.” Conference: 60th Annual Conference for the German Association for American Studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

05/2013 “The Novels of Richard Powers.” Guest lecture at the Katholische Universität Eichstädt-Ingolstadt

11/2012 “Don’t Say Penis in this House: (De)Con-structing the Male Political Body in the Movies of Oliver Stone.” Conference: “Political Masculinities in Literature and Culture: From Early Modernism to Today” at the University of Koblenz-Landau

11/2012 “Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Jean Baudrillard in American Popular Culture.” Guest lecture at the University of Paderborn

10/2012 “Ein bisschen Spaß muss sein? David Foster Wallace im Kontext der amerikanischen Literatur.” Public lecture at the Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V.

10/2012 “Fiction is to Science as the Mind is to the Brain: Richard Powers’ Scientifictions.” Conference: “Science and Literature” at the University of Bremen

07/2012 “Cool Guys Don’t Look at Explosions: Constructing Masculinity in Contemporary American Cinema.” Guest lecture at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

05/2012 “Survival of the Sickest? Cognitive Disorders and the Question of Agency in Contemporary American Literature.” Conference: 59th Annual Conference for the German Association for American Studies at the University of Mainz

04/2012 “You do an awfully good impression of yourself: Authorial Impostors in American Fiction.” Conference: “Fake Identities: Impostors, ConMen, Wannabes in North American Culture” at the University of Jena

03/2012 “The Irreducible Complexity of the Analog World: Nodes, Networks, and Connections in Contemporary American Fiction.” Conference: “Networks in American Culture/America as Network” at the University of Mannheim

06/2011 “Not an attack on our whole way of life, then: Counter-Narratives of Crisis in the (Post-)9/11 Novel.” Conference: 58th Annual Conference for the German Association for American Studies at the University of Regensburg

05/2011 “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us: Mexikanisch-amerikanische Grenzgänge/r im zeitgenössischen Hollywood-Kino.” Lecture Series: “Grenzgänge/r: Migration und die amerikanische Kultur” at the University of Hamburg

11/2010 “Passing the World’s Turing Test: SELF-Referentiality in the Novels of Richard Powers.” Conference: “Ideas of Order: Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers” at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

11/2010 Organization of the international conference “Ideas of Order: Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers” at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. With Prof. Dr. Antje Kley

07/2010 “Is that what a man looks like?: The Construction of Masculinity in Hollywood Cinema.” Lecture Series: “Politics and Aesthetics: A Marriage of Inconvenience” at the University of Hamburg

04/2010 – 07/2010 Organization of the lecture series “Politics and Aesthetics: A Marriage of Inconvenience” at the University of Hamburg. With Dr. Claudia Heuer

06/2010 “Only after disaster can we be resurrected: Hollywood’s Recent Representations of Masculinities in Crisis.” Conference: “States of Emergency – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Dynamics of Crisis” at the Freie Universität Berlin

06/2010 “Pragmatist Physics: Niels Bohr and William James.” Conference: “Revisioning Pragmatism: William James in the New Millennium” at the University of Hamburg

07/2009 “Reengagements with the World’s Living Concepts in Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2.” Guest lecture at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

06/2009 Sex and the City und Fight Club: Geschlechterdarstellung und Konsumkultur.” Public lecture at Open University (Orientation Day at the University of Hamburg)

04/2008 Organization of the international conference “Hello, I Say, It’s Me: Reconstructions of Subjectivity in Contemporary Literature and Culture” at the University of Düsseldorf. With Dr. Stefanie Schäfer and Dr. Lutz Schowalter

02/2007 “The War was Within Us: Hollywood’s Rewriting of the Vietnam War.” Guess lecture at Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)

11/2006 “Ein quantenmechanisches Netzwerk: Gertrude Stein, William James und Niels Bohr.” Conference: Postgraduate Conference for Modernism at the University of Cologne

11/2006 “Rediscovering the Referent in the Novels of Richard Powers.” Conference: Annual Postgraduate Conference of the German Association for American Studies at the University of Chemnitz

07/2006 “Becoming the Virtual Third Person: Implementing the Self in the Novels of Richard Powers.” Conference: 5th Conference of the International Auto/Biography Studies Association at the University of Mainz

06/2006 Organization of the workshop “Representation of Crisis = Crisis of Representation?” at the 53rd Annual Conference for the German Association for American Studies at the University of Göttingen. With Prof. Dr. Astrid Böger

07/2005 “There is no ‘there’ there: Gertrude Stein and Quantum Physics.” Guest lecture at the University of Regensburg

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