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American Studies
University of Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany

email: susanne.leikam@ur.de

Office hours (during the semester):

Wed. & Thur. 2-3 pm

Please note: there won't be any office hours on

Wed. June 29

Office hours (semester break):

Tue. July 19          11.30-12.30 pm

Mon. July 25         11.30-12.30 pm

Wed. Aug. 10       11.30-12.30 pm

Tues. Aug. 16      11.30 - 12.30 pm

CV

Employment

2012 – present:

Assistant professor, American Studies, Universität Regensburg

2007 – 2011:

Research assistant/instructor, American Studies, Universität Regensburg

 Education

2012:

Ph.D. American Studies, Universität Regensburg (defense in December 2012)

2007:

M.A. American Studies, Geography; First State Exam English, German, and Education, Universität Regensburg

2003-2004:

University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, USA (Fulbright Scholar)

2001-2007:

Universität Regensburg (American Studies, Geography, German as a Foreign Language)

 Academic Activities

2007 – 2014:

Editor of the e-Journal COPAS (Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies)

2007 – 2011:

Assistant Editor of Amerikastudien / American Studies

 Awards/Grants

2015:

Dissertation Publication Grant from the "Finanzielles Anreizsystem zur Förderung der Gleichstellung, Universität Regensburg"/"Fund for Gender Equality, University of Regensburg."

2014:

Conference Grant of the Freunde der Universität Regensburg e.V. for Participation in the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Publication Grant from the "Finanzielles Anreizsystem zur Förderung der Gleichstellung, Universität Regensburg"/"Fund for Gender Equality, University of Regensburg" (together with Ingrid Gessner).

Travel Grant from the Fund for Gender Equality, School of Language, Literature, and Culture, University of Regensburg, to present at the 60th Anniversary Conference "America: Justice, Conflict, War" of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS), The Hague, Netherlands; Apr. 2014. 

German Academic Exchange Conference Grant (DAAD-Kongressreisen-Förderung); 129th Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association MLA; Chicago, Jan. 2014. 

2013:

DAAD-Förderung Vortragsreise/akademischer Austausch mit dem Department of American Studies der Masaryk-Universität Brno im Rahmen des Ostpartnerschaften-Programms

Katharina Sailer Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of British and American Studies

2012:

Annette K. Baxter Travel Grant from the American Studies Association

Friends of the University of Regensburg Conference Grant (ASA Annual Meeting 2012, San Juan, Puerto Rico)

2010:

 

German Academic Exchange Conference Grant (DAAD-Kongressreisen-Förderung); American Studies Association Annual Meeting: Crisis, Chains, and Change—American Studies for the Twenty-first Century November 2010. San Antonio, TX, Nov. 2010.

Fulbright Scholar, American Studies Summer Institute “Re-Inventing America,” State University, San Francisco

Postgraduate Research Grant of the Bavarian America Academy

2008-11:

Doctoral Fellowship, State of Bavaria (Elite Network Bavaria)

 Memberships/Affiliations

American Studies Association, German Association for American Studies, Fulbright Alumni Association, Chicago Historical Society, Heidelberg Spring Academy Network for American Studies

Publications

Editorial Responsibilities

Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment (http://www.ecozona.eu/); reader since 2016.

English Studies in Brno (biannually published academic journal & ejournal; http://www.phil.muni.cz/wkaa/home/publikace); member of the advisory/reviewing board since spring 2013.

COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies  (ejournal; http://copas.uni-regensburg.de/); editor from 2007 to 2014; reader since 2014.

Amerikastudien / American Studies (quarterly; http://www.amerikastudien.de/quarterly/index.html); assistant editor from 2007 to 2011.

Publications

Leikam, Susanne. "Animal Portraits in American Environmentalism: Affect, Endangered Species, and the Anthropocenic Sublime." forthcoming.

Leikam, Susanne. "Picturing High Water: The 2013 Floods in Southeastern Germany and Colorado." Extreme Weather and Global Media. Ed. Julia Leyda and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge: 2015. Print.

Leikam, Susanne. Framing a City in Motion: Visual Representations of Earthquakes in Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century San Francisco. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015. Print.

Leikam, Susanne."Unpopular American Natural Calamities and the Selectivity of Disaster Memory." Unpopular Culture. Ed. Martin Lüthe and Sascha Pöhlmann. forthcoming.

Leikam, Susanne. "Environmental Imaginations of the California Channel Islands and Ecological Crisis in T.C. Boyle's When the Killing's Done." Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 15.1 (2014): 136-54. Web. http://www.ecozona.eu/index.php/journal/article/view/440

Leikam, Susanne, and Ingrid Gessner, eds. Iconographies of the Calamitous in American Visual Culture. Spec. issue of Amerikastudien / American Studies 58.4 (2013). Print.

Leikam, Susanne. “Visualizing Hunger in a ‘City of Plenty’: Bread Line Iconographies in the Aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.” Spec. issue of Amerikastudien / American Studies 58.4 (2013): 583-606. Print.

Leikam, Susanne, and Ingrid Gessner. Introduction. Iconographies of the Calamitous in American Visual Culture. Spec. issue of Amerikastudien / American Studies 58.4 (2013): 533-42. Print.

Leikam, Susanne. Rev. of Writing the Northland: Jack London’s and Robert W. Service’s Imaginary Geography. By Barbara Stefanie Giehmann. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2011. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA) 61.2 (2013).

Leikam, Susanne. “‘Transnational Tales’ of Risk and Coping: Californian Disaster Narratives in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.” Transnational American Studies. Conference Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the German Association of American Studies 2011, Regensburg. Ed. Udo Hebel. Heidelberg: Winter, 467-87. Print.

Leikam, Susanne, and Klara Stephanie Szlezák. “Publications in American Studies from German-Speaking Countries, 2010.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 56.2 (2011): 301-62. Print.

Leikam, Susanne, Ingrid Gessner, Sascha Pöhlmann, Juliane Schwarz-Bierschenk, and Klara Stephanie Szlezák. “Editorial: Setting Out into the Second Decade of the Twenty-First Century.” COPAS (2011). Web. <http://copas.uni-regensburg.de/pages/view/editorial>.

Leikam, Susanne. Rev. of Public Spaces and the Ideology of Place in American Culture. By Miles Orvell and Jeffrey L. Meikle, eds. Amerikastudien /American Studies 55.1 (2010): 167-70. Print.

Leikam, Susanne. Rev. of Katrina’s Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America. By Keith Wailoo, Karen M. O’Neill, Jeffrey Dowd, and Roland Anglin, eds. Amerikastudien / American Studies 55.4 (2010): 772-75. Print.

Leikam, Susanne, and Klara Stephanie Szlezák. “Publications in American Studies from German-Speaking Countries, 2009.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 55.2 (2010): 301-62. Print.

Leikam, Susanne. “Depicting ‘Natural’ Disasters in U.S.-American History and Culture: San Francisco’s City Hall as an Icon of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.” COPAS 10 (2009). n. pag. Web. 

Leikam, Susanne, and Birgit Bauridl. “Publications in American Studies from German-Speaking Countries, 2008.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 54.2 (2009): 277-329. Print.

 

Presentations

Presentations / Workshops (Selection)

Biopolitics and Climate Change in Edan Lepucki’s California (2014).” The United States and the Question of Rights. 63rd Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies; University of Osnabrück; 20 May 2016.
"'What's in a Name?' Debating Cli fi." (Roundtable organized together with Julia Leyda.) European Association for American Studies Conference 2016. Constanta, Romania. 24 Apr. 2016.
"'What's in a Name?' Debating Cli fi." European Association for American Studies Conference 2016. Constanta, Romania. 24 Apr. 2016.
"Extreme Weather and Masculinity/ies in Contemporary American Popular Cultures." International Conference "Men and Nature: Gender, Power, and Environmental Change." Rachel Carson Center, Munich. 27 Feb. 2016.
"Soundmapping the (Barbary) Coast in Woody Van Dyke's 1936 San Francisco." Soundscapes and Sonic Cultures in America--42nd AAAS Conference. Graz, Austria. 7 Nov. 2015.
“Women and Extreme Weather in Twenty-First-Century America.” The State of the Nation: American Women in the Twenty-First Century--First Biennial EAAS Women's Network Symposium. Lublin, Poland. 27 Mar. 2015.

"The Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain in Portraits of America’s Endangered Species." American Studies Association Annual Meeting: "The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain in the Post-American Century," November 2014. Los Angeles, Californi, 6 Nov. 2014.

"Performing Environmental Protection in Twenty-First-Century American Eco-Cinema." "Theater, Spectacle and Performance in British and American Culture" (Teachers Conference). University of Regensburg, Regensburg; 11 July 2014.

“Risky Business: American Negotiations of ‘Natural’ Risks and Opportunities.” Workshop organized with Florian Gross. Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies: “America after Nature: Democracy, Culture, Environment.” Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, 14 June 2014.

"Bread Lines in the ‘Land of Plenty’: Negotiating Cultural Conflicts in Images of Need in Urban Public Spaces." America: Justice, Conflict, War. 60th Anniversary Conference, European Association for American Studies, The Hague, Netherlands; 5 Apr. 2014.

"New England Forefathers' Day Orations 1770-1865." Recent Research in American Studies. American Studies Department Regensburg, Universität Regensburg; 16 Jan. 2014. (with Prof. Udo J. Hebel and Alexandra Herzog).

"Picturing Vulnerability in Twenty-First-Century Ruin Photography: Detroiturbex’s Now and Then (2011) and Shawn Clover’s Earthquake Blend (2012)." 129th Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association MLA; Chicago; 9 Jan. 2014.

“Exposing Narratives of Disaster in the Memorial Landscape of Hurricane Katrina.” International Conference “After the Storm: The Cultural Politics of Hurricane Katrina”; Ruhr-Universität Bochum; 7 Dec. 2013.

“Transnational Visual Cultures of Disaster: Tracing the Pictorial Repertoire of Early Modern European Earthquake Illustrations into the American West.” International Conference “Cultures of Disaster”; University of Oslo, Norway; 7 Nov. 2013.

“‘Unpopular’ Natural Calamities: The Selectivity of Disaster Memory in Nineteenth-Century America.” International Conference “Unpopular Culture”; LMU Munich; 1 Nov. 2013.

“Urban Imaginations of the Rural in T.C. Boyle's When the Killing's Done.” Rural America. 60th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies; Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg; 31 May 2013.

“Urban Ruins on Display: The Aesthetics and Politics of San Franciscan Earthquake and Fire Representations into the Early Twentieth Century.” Invited Lecture. Department for English and American Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic; 16 May 2013.

“‘It is not about a hurricane—it is about America’? Discursive Framings of Hurricane Katrina.” Invited Lecture. Department for English and American Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic; 13 May 2013.

“Setting Out for the Empire at Home: Domestic Negotiations of Imperial Images ‘on Tour.’” Workshop organized with Birgit M. Bauridl (University of Regensburg).  American Studies Association Annual Meeting: Dimensions of Empire and Resistance: Past, Present, and Future, November 2012. San Juan, Puerto Rico, 16. Nov. 2012.

“‘They were merely sight-seeing’: Imperial Encounters with San Francisco’s Post-Earthquake Chinatown ‘on Tour.’” American Studies Association Annual Meeting: Dimensions of Empire and Resistance: Past, Present, and Future, November 2012. San Juan, Puerto Rico, 16 Nov. 2012.

“The Emplacement of American Lives.” Workshop organized with Sascha Pöhlmann (LMU München). American Lives. 59th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies; Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Mainz. 1 June 2012.

“Bilder als Quelle der Geschichtswissenschaft.” 10. Kontaktstudium für Geschichts- und Sozialkundelehrer an der Universität Regensburg: Migration, Kulturtransfer, Nationenbildung. University of Regensburg, Regensburg. 10 Nov. 2011.

“Sites of Disaster.” Teacher’s Conference “Teaching Spaces: British and American Literature and Culture.” University of Regensburg, Regensburg. 8 July 2011.

 “Navigating Urban Disasterscapes: Documentary Photography of Natural Disasters in San Francisco’s Bay Area.” Symposium on Documentary Photography and the Aesthetics of the Waste Land; LMU Munich, Amerika-Haus. 27 June 2011.

 “‘Transnational Tales’ of Risk and Coping: Californian Disaster Narratives in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.” 58th Annual Conference of the GAAS; University of Regensburg, Regensburg. 17 June 2011.

 “‘The Return to the Frontier’: Framing Earthquake Ruins in San Francisco at the Turn-of-the-Century.” Invited Lecture. Department for North American Studies / American Studies, Georg-August University Göttingen, Göttingen, 20. Dec. 2010.

 “‘Heaven and hell combined to produce chaos’: (Dis)orientation in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting: Crisis, Chains, and Change—American Studies for the Twenty-first Century November 2010. San Antonio, TX, 19. Nov. 2010.

“Narrating (Cultural?) Trauma: Jack London’s Eyewitness Report of the ‘Day of the End of the World.’” Symposium. Clinton Institute; Dublin, Ireland. 10 July 2009.

 “‘Our Conflagration beats the Last Days of Pompeii’: Ideology in the Visual Representations of the City of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.” Ghent Urban Studies Team [GUST] Doctoral Colloquium 2010; Ghent, Belgium, 7 May 2010.

“‘Mirrors of Horror’: Natural Disaster Photography in the United States.” Spring Academy 2009, Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg. 2 Apr. 2009.

“Depicting ‘Natural’ Disasters in U.S.-American History and Culture: San Francisco’s City Hall as an Icon of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.” Postgraduiertenforum (PGF) der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA). Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster. 30 Oct. 2008.

Teaching

Teachers' Conferences

"American Studies Trends and Research for the Classroom." W-Seminar Presentation, Werner-von-Siemens Gymnasium, Regensburg. 15 Jan. 2015.

"Performing Environmental Protection in Twenty-First-Century American Eco-Cinema." "Theater, Spectacle and Performance in British and American Culture" (Teachers Conference). University of Regensburg, Regensburg; 11. July 2014.

“Young Adult Literature: Coming of Age in the 21st Century.” W-Seminar Workshop, Gabelsberger-Gymnasium, Mainburg. 4 Mar. 2013.

“Bilder als Quelle der Geschichtswissenschaft.” 10. Kontaktstudium für Geschichts- und Sozialkundelehrer an der Universität Regensburg: Migration, Kulturtransfer, Nationenbildung. University of Regensburg, Regensburg. 10 Nov. 2011.

“Sites of Disaster.” Teacher’s Conference “Teaching Spaces: British and American Literature and Culture.” University of Regensburg, Regensburg. 8 July 2011.

Classes Taught

SoSe 2016: "America, Justice, and the Environment" (HS); PS American Literature I (2x);

WS 2015/16: Fundamentals: Approaches, Concepts, Theories (Master); PS "Nature in American Literatures and Cultures"

SoSe 2015: Oberseminar Recent Research in American Studies / American Literature II / Review American Literature (from pre-Columbian to present-day North America)

WS 2014/15: Reading and Discussion: American Cultural and Literary History (Master); Fundamentals: Approaches, Concepts, Theories (Master);

SoSe 2014: Introduction to English and American Literary Studies / PS American Literature I

WS 2013/14: Fundamentals: Approaches, Concepts, Theories (Master); PS American Literature I / American Literature II

SoSe 2013: PS American Literature I / American Literature II

WS 2012/13: Introduction to English and American Literary Studies / American Literature II: The 20th and 21st Centuries Block

SoSe 2012: Introduction to English and American Literary Studies / American Literature II: The 20th and 21st Centuries Block / American Literature II: The 20th and 21st Centuries

WS 2011/12 Introduction to English and American Literary Studies / Block American Literature II: The 20th and 21st Centuries/ / Reading American Literatures for Beginners

SoSe  2011  Block American Literature II: The 20th and 21st Centuries/ American Literature I: From the Beginnings Through the 19th Century

WS 2010/11 American Literature II: The 20th and 21st Centuries

SoSe 2010 “Representations of Disaster in American Literatures and Cultures”

WS 2009/10 Introduction to English and American Literary and Cultural Studies

WS 2009/10 American Literature II: The 20th and 21st centuries

SoSe 2009 “21st-century American Immigrant Literature”

WS 2008/2009 Introduction to English and American Literary Studies

SoSe 2008 “Short Forms of Modernist American Literature”

 

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American Studies
University of Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany