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Lena Gotteswinter


room: PT 3.2.83
phone:+49(0) 941 / 943 - 3507
fax:+49 (0) 941 / 943 - 3590

American Studies
University of Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany

email: Lena.Gotteswinter@ur.de

Office hours during the semester break: 

Wednesday, February 21, 10-11am
Thursday, March 21, 10-11am
Tuesday, April 2, 10-11am

And by appointment.

Please send an email to Lena.Gotteswinter@ur.de to register beforehand and make arrangements. 

Contact person for:

- Erasmus (LA): general advice on studying abroad, consultation to complete learning agreements, transfer of credits ("Anerkennungsanträge")

- LA: organization of studies, change of degree program, transfer of credits, general student counselling

- LA: prepration for state exams (Beratung zur Staatsexamensvorbereitung)

Please note that I can only provide counselling for issues concerning subjects from American Studies.

If you would like to transfer credits ("Anerkennungsantrag"), the respective forms and documents must be submitted to me via email at least two weeks before the deadline.


Research Interests

Popular Music Studies

Fashion Studies

Performance Studies

Hipster Culture


African American Studies

African American Culture, spec. African American Popular Music

Current Research Projects

PhD: The Diversification of the Hipster (working title)

Awards and Grants

Yale University Post-Graduate Research Fellowship 2019 for research at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University (Bavarian American Academy [BAA], sponsered by Yale Club Germany, e.V.)

Travel stipend for the BAA Summer Academy "State Narratives in Comparative Perspective" in Nuremberg, Berlin, and Regensburg (25 May-8 June 2019)

Travel stipend for the BAA Summer Academy "Questions of the Archive" in Miami, FL, USA (2-10 June 2018)


American Studies Association (ASA)

German Association for American Studies (DGfA/GAAS)


Doctoral Candidate in American Studies at the University of Regensburg

M.A. in North American Studies: Culture and Literature (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

B.A. in English and American Studies and Book Science (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)


"'Fem the Future' of Hipness: Female Hipster Performers in Twenty-First-Century Popular Music." Hipster Culture. Transnational and Intersectional Perspectives, edited by Heike Steinhoff. Bloomsbury, 2021, pp. 253-271.

"Hipster Racism - What's Irony Got to Do With It?" ForAp, vol. 3, 2020, pp. 9-26. Online.

"Obsolete. Resilient. Resurgent. The Nation-State in a Globalized World," with Jelena Schryro. H-Soz-Kult, 2 October 2019. Online. 


Conference Presentations

"'Fem the Future' of Hipness: Female Hipster Performers in Twenty-First-Century Popular Music." (Leture Series "Hipsters and Gentrifiers: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Culture," Ruhr-U. Bochum/U. of Duisburg-Essen, online, 25 January 2022)

"'What Would Jack Kerouac Do?' or 'What Would Miles Davis Do?': Hipster Icons, Collective Memory, and the Return to Black Hipness." (67th Annual Meeting of the German Association for American Studies [DGfA], Heidelberg - online, 18 June 2021)

"Hipster Heterotopia: Constricting and Liberating Spaces of Hipness" (Biennial 2020 conference of the European Association of American Studies [EAAS] "20/20 Vision: Citizenship, Space, Renewal" - Warsaw, Poland - online, rescheduled from 2020, 2 May 2021)

"Hip Hop and Hipness: Representations of Environmental Awareness and Nature in Childish Gambino's Music Performances" (Int. conference [online] "Hip Hop Ecologies," University of Konstanz, 19 February 2021)

"The Diversification of the Hipster: Recalling the Origins of Hipness in Contemporary Music Performances" (Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, 26 February 2020)

"The Diversification of the Hipster - A Blipster Performance: Solange at the Elbphilharmonie" (University of Masaryk, Telc, Czech Republic, 12 October 2019)

"Hipsters' Retrotopian Pursuit of Happiness and Blipsters' Reinterpretation of Patriotic Cultural Speech Acts" (Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Nuremberg, 31 May 2019)

"Reinventing and Restoring Masculinity: Hipsters' and Blipsters' Hybrid Lifestyles" (Int. conference "De/Constructing Masculinities? Critical Explorations into Affect, Intersectionality, and the Body," FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, 23 June 2018)

"The Diversification of the Contemporary Hipster: Nostalgia and Irony in Postmodern Music and Aesthetics - The Pop Archive in Female Hipsters' Performances" (Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy, FIU Miami, FL, USA, 8 June 2018)



Introduction to English and American Literary Studies (multiple times)

Undergraduate Seminars (Proseminare)

American Literature I: From the Beginnings through the 19th Century (PS; multiple times)

American Literature II: The 20th and 21st Centuries (PS, multiple times)

Performing (as) Hipsters: Multiperspectival Approaches to Hip (PS elective; winter term 2021/22)

Music, Fashion, and Hipster Culture (PS elective; winter term 2019/20)

Review American Literature (S; winter term 2020/21)