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American Studies
University of Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany

email: ingrid.gessner@sprachlit.uni-regensburg.de

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Ingrid Gessner is on leave from the University of Regensburg from April 1 until September 30, 2016. In cases pertaining to the University of Regensburg please consult the American Studies web site on whom to contact for your specific request.

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Current Position

September 2005 to present Assistant Professor of American Studies, Department for English and American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany

Education

University Regensburg
2014 PD Dr., Habilitationsschrift: “Yellow Fever in U.S.-American Literature and Culture of the Nineteenth Century”

2005

Ph.D. Dissertation: “From Sites of Memory to Cybersights: (Re)Framing Japanese American Experiences”
Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz
March 2000 First State Exam in English, History (majors), and Education (minor)
Nov. 1999 M.A. in American Studies (major), Ancient and Medieval / Modern History (minors)
M.A. Thesis: “Kollektive Erinnerung als Katharsis? Das Vietnam Veterans Memorial in der öffentlichen Kontroverse” [Collective Memory as Catharsis? The Public Controversy on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial]

Academic Teaching Experience

May 2001 – August 2005 Instructor (wissenschaftl. Hilfskraft) American Studies, University of Regensburg
August 2000 – April 2001 Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
April 2000 – July 2000 Instructor (Lehrauftrag), American Studies Department, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

Research and Current Projects

Cultural Memory Studies, Visual Culture Studies, Medical Humanities, Gender Studies, American Literary History, American Studies and the Digital Humanities, Transnational American Studies, Eco-Photography, Japanese American Literature and Culture, Teaching American Studies

Current Projects:

Transnational 9/11 Memorials

European-American War and Peace Studies

Administration and Academic Service

April 2014 to present

Member of the Steering Committee of the Women’s and Gender Network of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS)

May 2013 to present Reader, Current Objectives in Postgraduate American Studies in Germany (COPAS), an e-journal

September 2002 to March 2009

Assistant Editor, Amerikastudien / American Studies

October 2002 to October 2004

Deputy Women’s representative, Fakultät IV (Language and Literature), University of Regensburg

May 2001 to October 2012

Co-editor and coordinator, Current Objectives in Postgraduate American Studies in Germany (COPAS), an e-journal

Memberships

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien / German Association for American Studies (GAAS/DGfA)
European Association for American Studies (EAAS)
American Studies Association (ASA)
Bayerische Amerika-Akademie / Bavarian American Academy (BAA)
Anglistenverband, e.V.

Awards and Grants

April 2014

Travel Grant from the Fund for Gender Equality, School of Language, Literature, and Culture, University of Regensburg, to present a paper at the European Association for American Studies Conference, Leiden College, The Hague, The Netherlands.

November 2013

DAAD Grant, to present a paper at the American Studies Association’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. (War and Peace Studies Project)

November 2012

DAAD Grant, to present a paper at the American Studies Association’s Annual Meeting in San Jose, Puerto Rico

March 2012

Travel Grant from the Fund for Gender Equality, School of Language, Literature, and Culture, University of Regensburg, to present a paper at the European Association for American Studies Conference, Izmir, Turkey

October 2011 – September 2012

Research Fellowship from the State of Bavaria for post-doctoral project

October 2010

DAAD Grant, to present a paper at the American Studies Association’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas

October 2009 – March 2011

Mentoring Program for Young High Potential Scholars, University of Regensburg

September 2008

Grant of the Verein der Freunde der Universität Regensburg to travel to and present a paper at the American Studies Association’s Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico

August 2008

Luce Foundation Travel Grant, to attend the American Studies Association’s Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico

June 2008

Travel Grant from the Fund for Gender Equality, School of Language, Literature, and Culture, University of Regensburg, to attend the American Studies Association's Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 2008

DFG Grant, to present a paper at the European Association for American Studies Conference, Oslo, Norway

May 2006

First Book Award of the Bayerische Amerika-Akademie for the Doctoral Dissertation

December 2005

Dr. Katharina Sailer Dissertation Award, University of Regensburg

July 2005

Publication grant of the women’s representative, School of Language and Literature, University of Regensburg

September 2003

Grant of the Verein der Freunde der Universität Regensburg to visit and conduct research at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

August 2003

Postgraduate grant of the Bayerische Amerika Akademie to conduct research at UCLA, UC Berkeley, CSU Sacramento, and in San Jose, Oakland, and Washington, D.C. (National Archives, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution)

June 2003

Fulbright Scholar, American Studies Summer Institute "Visual Culture and History in America", Amherst, MA

August 2000 – April 2001

Graduate student scholarship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

April – September 2000

Research grant for the doctoral thesis (State of Rhineland Palatinate)

January 1999

Research grant for the master’s thesis at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin (Free University Berlin; USIA)

August 1994 – May 1995

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) American Studies Program Scholarship; University of California, Davis, CA

Publications


Books

Yellow Fever in U.S.-American Literature and Culture of the Nineteenth Century. American Studies – A Monograph Series. Heidelberg: Winter, forthcoming 2015.

American Studies – A Monograph Series 141. Heidelberg: Winter, 2007. [Abstract in English and American Studies in German 2006: Summaries of Theses and Monographs. A Supplement to Anglia, 77-79]

Kollektive Erinnerung als Katharsis? Das Vietnam Veterans Memorial in der öffentlichen Kontroverse. Mainzer Studien zur Amerikanistik 44. Frankfurt: Lang, 2000.


Edited Volume

“Iconographies of the Calamitous in American Visual Culture” (with Susanne Leikam). Spec. Issue of Amerikastudien / American Studies 58.4 (2013).


Articles and Essays

“The Aesthetics of Remembering 9/11: Toward a Transnational Typology of Memorials.” Journal of Transnational American Studies 6.1 (2015). Web.

“‘A country life and estate I like best for my children’: Spatial Dialectics and the Contagiousness of Fear.” Rural America. Ed. Antje Kley and Heike Paul. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014.

“Of He-Nurses and She-Doctors: Gendered Accounts of Yellow Fever in Postbellum American Literature.” Gender and Disease in Literary and Medical Cultures. Ed. Anne-Julia Zwierlein and Iris M. Heid. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014. 137-55.

“Epidemic Iconographies: Toward a Disease Aesthetics of the Destructive Sublime.” Spec. Issue of Amerikastudien / American Studies 58.4 (2013). Ed. Ingrid Gessner and Susanne Leikam. 559-82.

“Introduction: Iconographies of the Calamitous in American Visual Culture” (with Susanne Leikam). Spec. Issue of Amerikastudien / American Studies 58.4 (2013). Ed. Ingrid Gessner and Susanne Leikam. 533-42.

“Contagion, Crisis, and Control: Tracing Yellow Fever in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture.” Communicating Disease: Cultural Representations of American Medicine. Ed. Carmen Birkle and Johanna Heil. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013. 219-42.

“War, Visual Politics and Cultural Memory: Revisiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.” Visual Cultures - Transatlantic Perspectives. Ed. Volker Depkat. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 153-73:

“Editorial: Setting Out into the Second Decade of the Twenty-First Century” (with Susanne Leikam, Sascha Pöhlmann, Klara-Stephanie Szlezák, and Juliane Schwarz-Bierschenk). COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 12 (2011) <http://www-copas.uni-regensburg.de/editorial.php>.

“Must-See Sights: The Politics of Representing U.S.-American History.” Pictorial Cultures and Political Iconographies. Ed. Udo J. Hebel and Christoph Wagner. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011. 377-400.

“Liberating Dachau: Transnational Negotiations of Holocaust Memory” Transnational American Memories. Ed. Udo J. Hebel. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2009. 243-65.

“Moving Beyond Manzanar: Transnationalizing Japanese American Internment Experiences.” Virtually American? Denationalizing North American Studies. Ed. Mita Banerjee. Heidelberg: Winter, 2009. 77-96.

“(Re)Framing Memory: Japanese American Internment Experiences in Reality and Virtuality” The Merits of Memory: Concepts, Contexts, Debates. American Studies – A Monograph Series 143. Ed. Hans-Jürgen Grabbe and Sabine Schindler. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008. 301-27.

“Editorial: Approaching the Second Decade (1999-2008).” (with Birgit Bauridl and Juliane Schwarz-Bierschenk). COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 9 (2008) <http://www-copas.uni-regensburg.de/editorial.php>.

“Publications in American Studies from German-Speaking Countries, 2007.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 53.2 (2008). 235-76.

“Britney Spears’ Lieblingsbrause: Super Bowl Commercials dekodieren, Amerikabilder vergleichen.” Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch 87 (2007): 32-37.

“Erasure and Visual Recovery: Displaying Japanese American Internment Experiences.” Visual Culture Revisited: German and American Perspectives on Visual Culture. Ed. Ralf Adelmann et al. Köln: Herbert von Halem Verlag, 2007. 216-42.

“Publications in American Studies from German-Speaking Countries, 2005.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 51.2 (2006): 263-304.

“Recovering Japanese American Experiences for the EFL Classroom.” Visual Culture in the American Studies Classroom: Proceedings of the U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy 2003. Ed. Udo J. Hebel and Martina Kohl. Regensburg: RPO, 2005. 139-71.

“Publications in American Studies from German-Speaking Countries, 2004.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 50.1-2 (2005): 367-417.

“Publications in American Studies from German-Speaking Countries, 2003.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 49.2 (2004): 271-307.

“Das Trauma des Vietnamkrieges: Erinnerungspolitik und Gedächtniskultur im Spiegel des Vietnam Veterans Memorial.” Praxis Geschichte 6 (Nov. 2003): 28-34.


Radio Program

“‘Feinde in den eigenen Reihen’: Die Internierung japanischstämmiger Amerikaner im Zweiten Weltkrieg.” Hörbild und Feature: Radiozeitreisen. Narr. Irina Wanka, Tets Asato/Helmut Stange, Paul Tani/Reinhard Glemnitz. Ed. Ulrich Klenner. Bayern 2. 17 Feb. 2008.


Edited Journals

Ed. COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 2-13 (2001-2012)

Asst. Ed. Amerikastudien / American Studies 48-54 (2003-2009)


Review

Rev. of Invading Bodies: Medizin und Immigration in den USA 1880-1920, by Barbara Lüthi. Amerikastudien / American Studies 56.1 (2011). 154-57.

Presentations


Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures

"Mapping 9/11 Memorials in Cities Around the World." Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS) Space Oddities: Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange. Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, 23 Nov. 2014.

“‘We see the surface, but there is something beyond the surface’: Recovering Masumi Hayashi’s EPA Superfund Site Photocollages.” Annual Conference of the GAAS America After Nature: Democracy, Culture, Environment. Julius-Maximilians University Würzburg, 14 June 2014.

“Heroines of Health: Examining the Other Side of the ‘Splendid Little War.’” European Association for American Studies, Biennial Conference 2014 America: Justice, Conflict, War. Leiden University College, The Hague, 5 Apr. 2014.

“Commemorating Crystal City: The Transnational Dimension of German American Internment Experiences.” American Studies Association (ASA) Conference Beyond the Logic of Debt, Toward an Ethics of Collective Dissent. Washington, D.C., 24 Nov. 2013.

“‘[A] country life and estate I like best for my children’: Spatial Dialectics and the Contagiousness of Fear.” Annual Conference of the GAAS Rural America. FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, 1 June 2013.

“Disease on Display: Representing Yellow Fever in Nineteenth-Century Illustrations and Photography.” American Studies Association (ASA) Conference Dimensions of Empire and Resistance: Past, Present, and Future. San Juan, Puerto Rico, 16 Nov. 2012.

“The Aesthetics of Remembering 9/11: Towards a Transnational Typology of Memorials.” Invited Lecture. University of Notre Dame, Indiana, 12 Nov. 2012.

“Video Tributes to the Dead: New Ways of Mourning.” Invited Lecture. University of Notre Dame, Indiana, 12 Nov. 2012.

“Of He-Nurses and She-Doctors: Fighting and Writing Yellow Fever in the American South.” Lecture Series “Gender and Disease.” University of Regensburg, 26 June 2012.

“‘Volunteers to the Fever District’: Narrative Enactments of Postbellum Healing of the Nation’s Wounds.” European Association for American Studies, Biennial Conference 2011 The Health of the Nation. Izmir, Turkey, 31 Mar. 2012.

“Sites of Tragedy and Terror in the United States and Beyond.” Teacher’s Conference Place and Space in North American Cultural Studies and Literature. Augsburg, 2 Feb. 2012.

“Continuity or Change? The Aesthetics of Remembering 9/11.” International Conference 9/11 Ten Years After: History, Narrative, Memory. Bavarian American Academy, Munich, 15 July 2011.

“American and European Spaces of Trauma.” Conference Teaching Spaces: British and American Literature and Culture. University of Regensburg, 8 July 2011.

“Contagious Fear and Fear of Contagion: Yellow Fever in Nineteenth-Century U.S.-American History and Culture.” Invited Lecture. University of Potsdam, 28 June 2011.

“Contagion, Crisis, and Control: Tracing Yellow Fever Epidemics in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture.” International Conference Literature and Medicine. Marburg, 12 Feb. 2011.

“Times of Cholera and Yellow Fever: Tracing Epidemics in American History and Culture.” Regensburg, 13 Jan. 2011.

“Memory Removed: Off-Site 9/11 Memorials, Continuity and Change.” American Studies Association (ASA) Conference Crisis, Chains, and Change: American Studies for the 21st Century. San Antonio, Texas, 19 Nov. 2010.

"Transnational Memory and Transformations of the 'Other': Visualizing Japanese American Experiences." Invited lecture Kulturkontakt, Gedächtnis, Erinnerung. Graduiertenkolleg "Kulturkontakt und Wissenschaftsdiskurs," University of Rostock, 23 June 2010.

“A Probe into the Matter: Diseases in U.S. American History.” Mentoring Program for Young High Potential Scholars, University of Regensburg, 15 June 2010.

“Diseases in U.S. American History and Culture: An Anamnesis.” Regensburg European American Forum (REAF), 14 May 2009.

“War, Visual Politics and Cultural Memory: Fighting Images in Post-Vietnam America.” Conference Contested Memory and Post-Vietnam America. U Erfurt, 30 Jan. 2009.

“Creations of a Triple-Conscious Mind: Tamiko Thiel's Transnational Virtual Reality Installations.” American Studies Association (ASA) Conference Back Down to the Crossroads: Integrative American Studies in Theory and Practice. Albuquerque, New Mexico 18 Oct. 2008.

“Guarding the Nation’s Icons: The National Park Service as Steward of U.S. History?” European Association for American Studies, Biennial Conference 2008 ‘E Pluribus Unum’ or ‘E Pluribus Plura’? Workshop 24 – U.S. Icons. Oslo, Norway, 10 May 2008.

“Guarding and Presenting the Nation’s Icons: The National Park Service as Steward of American History.” Conference Iconic Britain – Iconic America. University of Regensburg, 12 Oct. 2007.

“Liberating Dachau: Transnational Discourses of Holocaust Memory.” American Studies Association (ASA) Conference The United States from Inside and Out: Transnational American Studies. Oakland, California, 14 Oct. 2006.

“Amerikanische Geschichte und Erinnerungspolitik in den Denkmälern und Museen der National Mall in Washington, D.C.” 6. Kontaktstudium für Geschichts- / Sozialkundelehrer an der Universität Regensburg Geschichtsunterricht und Amerikastudien: Positionen, Perspektiven, Fallstudien. University of Regensburg, 6 July 2006.

American Woman (2003) von Susan Choi.” Anglistisch-Amerikanistisches Literaturgespräch. University of Regensburg, 21 June 2006.

“‘Don’t be evil’: In Search of the Future of the Internet.” Annual Conference of the GAAS American Studies as Media Studies. University of Göttingen, 10 June 2006.

“Singlehood, Female Identity, and Urban Life Styles: From Ally McBeal to Sex and the City.” Conference British and American TV Series in the Classroom. University of Regensburg, 19 May 2006.

“Gendering Urbanity in Contemporary American TV Series.” Conference British and American TV Series in the Classroom. University of Regensburg, 19 May 2006.

“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Politics of Remembering: The Wall, the Three Servicemen Statue and the Vietnam Women's Memorial.” University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Lecture Series “Der Vietnamkrieg: 30 Jahre Krieg, 30 Jahre Erinnern.” University of Erlangen, 11 Jan. 2006.

“Moving Beyond Manzanar: Transnationalizing Japanese American Internment Experiences.” International Conference Virtually American? Denationalizing North American Studies. University of Siegen, 6 Oct. 2005.

“(Re)framing Memory: Japanese American Internment Experiences.” International Conference The Merits of Memory: Uses and Abuses of a Concept. Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg / LEUCOREA Foundation, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, 25 June 2005.

“Recovering Japanese American Experiences,” U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy History and Politics and Visual Culture. Akademie für politische Bildung Tutzing, 4 Oct. 2003.


Workshops and Sessions Organized and Chaired

“From Bodybuilding to Nation Building: Health and Disease in the Nineteenth Century – Workshop 2.” European Association for American Studies, Biennial Conference 2011 The Health of the Nation. Izmir, Turkey, 30 March – 2 Apr. 2012.

“Coping with Crisis: Toward a Transnational Aesthetics of Anxiety” (with Birgit Däwes). Annual Conference of the GAAS Transnational American Studies. University of Regensburg, 17 June 2011.

“Potential and Realisation of New Publication Formats in German American Studies II“ (with Juliane Schwarz-Bierschenk). Annual Conference of the GAAS American Economies. Humboldt U Berlin, 29 May 2010.

“Potential and Realisation of New Publication Formats in German American Studies“ (with Juliane Schwarz-Bierschenk). Annual Conference of the GAAS Education and the USA. University of Jena, 5 June 2009.

“Dis/Enchanted? Religion and Ethnicity in American Culture” (with Bärbel Höttges). Annual Conference of the GAAS Religion in the USA. University of Bochum, 1 June 2007.

“Crossing Boundaries: Interpreting Transnational Modes of Memory.” American Studies Association (ASA) Conference The United States from Inside and Out: Transnational American Studies. Oakland, California, 14 Oct. 2006.


Conference Sessions Chaired

“Michelle Obama - Ein amerikanisches Leben? Session with Katja Gelinsky and Christine Heinke.“ Conference Das Phänomen Michelle Obama. University of Regensburg, 28 Jan. 2011.

“Visual Cultures: Session with Miles D. Orvell and Udo Hebel.” International Conference Pictorial Cultures and Political Iconographies. University of Regensburg, 23 April 2010.


Panel Discussion Organized

“Electronic Publishing and Open Access.” Annual Conference of the GAAS Transnational American Studies. University of Regensburg, 18. June 2011.


Talks/Lectures Organized

Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame, “The Transnational Dimensions and Dynamics of Commemorating 9/11.” REAF: Regensburg European American Forum, University of Regensburg, 26 June 2014.

Tamiko Thiel, “From Beyond Manzanar to ReConstructing the Wall: Transnational Virtual Reality Installations.” REAF: Regensburg European American Forum, University of Regensburg, 30 June 2008.

Teaching


MA Theses Supervised

2014

  • “Zoo Memories: Commemoration and the Representation of History in European and American Zoos”

BA Theses Supervised

2014

  • “Identity in Danzy Senna’s Caucasia (1998)”
  • “Life With the Road: Gender Roles in Life Narratives by Two Beat Writers”
  • “Trauma and Coming-of-Age in Young Adult Ground Zero Fiction”

Lecture Courses

  • American Literary History (Summer 2014)
  • Introduction to American Studies (Summer 2013, Summer 2014, Winter 2014/15)

Lectures as part of lecture series on Modern Theories of Literature (Summer 2002 – Summer 2006):

  • "Postmodern and Poststructuralist Perspectives"
  • "Cultural Studies and Beyond"

Lectures as part of lecture series on American Cultural Studies (Winter 2001/02 – Winter 2008/09):

  • "Coordinates in Time: Major Events, Challenges, and Defining Moments in American Cultural History"
  • "Tracing the Fabrics of Contemporary Everyday Life: Recurrent Issues in American Religion, Civil Religion, Sports"
  • "American Civil Religion and Cultural Memory"
  • "U.S. Women’s History / Gender Studies"
  • "Multilingual America"

Undergraduate Seminars

  • Youth in American Fiction (Summer 2012)
  • Fighting Images: America at War (Winter 2008/09)
  • 21st-Century American Fiction (Summer 2006, Summer 2008)
  • American Literature I: From the Beginnings through the End of the Nineteenth Century (Winter 2003/04, Winter 2004/05, Winter 2005/06, Winter 2007/08, Summer 2014)
  • Survey Course USA: Understanding America (Winter 2002/03, Summer 2003, Summer 2005, Summer 2006)
  • American Literature and Culture of the 1960s (Summer 2002)

Graduate Seminars

  • Women and Medicine in American Literature and Culture (Seminar and Student Symposium taught parallel at the University of Bamberg and the University of Regensburg, Winter 2014/15)
  • The Rise of American Popular Print Culture (Winter 2013/14)
  • American Feelings (Summer 2013)
  • American Spaces: Building Many Americas or Uniting the States (European-American Studies and American Studies Master-Programs) (Winter 2011/12)
  • Fundamentals: Approaches, Concepts, Theories (European-American Studies and American Studies Master-Programs) (Winter 2010/11, Winter 2012/13)
  • Fundamentals of American Studies (American Studies Master-Program) (Winter 2005/06, Winter 2007/08, Winter 2008/09)
  • Visual Cultures of America (Summer 2004)

Review Courses for Exam Candidates

  • Vorbereitungskurs Grundwissensprüfung (Schwerpunkt Amerikanistik) (Winter 2008/09)
  • Repetitorium für Examenskandidaten (nicht vertieft; Schwerpunkt Amerikanistik) (Winter 2005/06, Summer 2006)

Introductory Literature Course

  • Introduction to English and American Literary Studies (Summer 2001, Winter 2001/02, Winter 2007/08, Summer 2008, Summer 2009, Summer 2011)

Courses Taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • English 125: Legacies of Memory (Spring 2001)
  • English 125: Ways of Reading (Fall 2000)

Course Taught at the University of Mainz

  • Integrated Language Course (Summer 2000)

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