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American Studies
University of Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany

email: sebastian.herrmann@ur.de


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Thursday, 3-4pm
 
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Research Interests

  • Literary and Cultural Negotiations of Fact, Factuality, and Realness
  • 'Post-Truth' Politics and (Contemporary Populism)
  • Nineteenth-Century Print Culture and the Politics of 'Literariness'
  • Digital Humanitites/Digital American Studies
  • Transnational American Studies and Cultural Studies
  • (Theories of) Popular Culture

CV


Academic Appointments

04/2021-                  Professor for American Studies (Lehrstuhlvertretung Prof. Udo Hebel), University of Regensburg

01/2014 - 04/2021   Assistant Professor (akad. Ass.) at American Studies Leipzig, Leipzig University

09/2015 - 10/2015   Visiting Scholar at the American Antiquarian Society

01/2007 - 12/2013   Instructor (wiss. Mitarb.) at American Studies Leipzig, Leipzig University


Degree and Research Projects

Habilitation: "Data Imaginary: Literature, Data, and the Contours of Literariness in Nineteenth-Century US Culture" (Leipzig University, 2020)

Dissertation: "Presidential Unrealities: Epistemic Panic, Cultural Work, and the US Presidency" (Leipzig University, 2012)

DFG Research Network with Prof. Katja Kanzler and Dr. Stefan Schuber: "Narrative Liminality and/in the Formation of American Modernities" (2016-2021)

SHRIMP: Research Project on the didactic potential of social hypertext (2015-2020)

Research Initiative "Selbst-Bewusste Erzählungen" with Prof. Katja Kanzler, Caroline Alice Hofmann, and Dr. Frank Usbeck (2010-2015)


Awards and Grants

• Various Travel Stipends (DAAD, Fulbright)

• Bildungsportal Sachsen / AK E-Learning: “Shrimp Machine Analytics & Interaction Patterns.” 2019.

• DFG Research Network “Narrative Liminality and/in the Formation of American Modernities” (see the DFG’s GEPRIS-Database for more information). 2017.

• Bildungsportal Sachsen / AK E-Learning: “Shrimp Analytics.” 2017.

• Teaching Award: Theodor-Litt-Preis für besonderes Engagement in der Lehre (following a recommendation by the Fachschaftsrats Anglistik/Amerikanistik). 2016.

• Lehrpraxis im Transfer: “Social Hypertext Reader & Interactive Mapping.” Summer Term 2016.

• Christoph-Daniel-Ebeling Fellowship: Provided by the American Antiquarian Society and the German Association for American Studies. 2015.

• Laboruni Project on a “Social Hypertext Reader & Interactive Mapping Platform” (www.shrimpp.de) funded by the BMBF / StiL. 2015.

• Grantee of a scholarship by the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst


PUBLICATIONS

  • Monographs/Books
  • Edited Collections
  • Articles
  • Editorships/Editorial Boards

Monographs/Books

Presidential Unrealities: Epistemic Panic, Cultural Work, and the US Presidency. Winter, 2014.


Edited Collections

Beyond Narrative: Literature, Culture, and the Borderlands of Narrativity (Working Title). In preparation. 

Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture. Winter, 2015. 

Participating Audience, Imagined Public Spheres: The Cultural Work of Contemporary American(ized) Narratives. Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2012. 

Ambivalent Americanizations: Popular and Consumer Culture in Central and Eastern Europe. Winter, 2008.


Articles

“Leipzig’s Social Hypertext Reader SHRIMP and the ‘Introduction to American Studies.’” American Studies Journal 70 (2020). Web. 26 Jan. 2021. DOI 10.18422/70-02.

with Sarah Doberitz. “SHRIMP (Social Hypertext and Interactive Mapping Platform): Ein exemplarisches digitales Lehr-Lern-Setting in den textbasierten Geisteswissenschaften” (forthcoming in: Blickpunkt Hochschuldidaktik, 2021)

“Post-Truth = Post-Narrative?: Reading the Narrative Liminality of Transnational Right-Wing Populism.” The Routledge Companion to Transnational American Studies, edited by Nina Morgan et al., Routledge, 2019, pp. 288-96.

“‘Songs’ and ‘Inventories’: Democratic Literature, the 19th-Century Data Imaginary, and the Narrative Liminality of the Poetic Catalog.” Revisiting Walt Whitman: On the Occasion of His 200th Birthday, edited by Winfried Herget, Peter Lang, 2019, pp. 163-86.

“Vor dem Post-Faktischen? The West Wing und die postmoderne ‚epistemische Verunsicherung‘ in der Politik.” Von Game of Thrones bis House of Cards: Politische Perspektiven in Fernsehserien, edited by Anja Besand, Springer VS, 2018, pp. 153-66, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-19981-4_10.

“SHRIMP Analytics: Didaktische Potenziale von Learning Analytics in Verbindung mit Social Hyptertext und Gamification.” Workshop on e-Learning, edited by Jürgen Kawalek, Klaus Hering, Enrico Schuster, Zentrum für eLearning, 2018, pp. 110-112.

“Wrestling with the Real: Politics, Journalism, History in Frost/Nixon, and the Complex Realism of Kayfabe.” Amerikastudien – American Studies, vol. 61, no. 1, 2016, pp. 11-31.

“The Unpopular Profession? Graduate Studies in the Humanities and the Genre of the ‘Thesis Hatement.’” Unpopular Culture, edited by Martin Lüthe and Sascha Pöhlmann, Amsterdam UP, 2016, pp. 313-36.

“‘Voting Doesn’t Count For a Goddamn Thing’? Inszenierungen der politischen Meinungsbildung im Film Swing Vote untersuchen.” Der fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch 141 (2016): 40-46. Print.

with Katja Kanzler and Stefan Schubert. “Historicization without Periodization: Post-Postmodernism and the Poetics of Politics” (modified version of the introduction to the edited volume Poetics of Politics, also available via DNB/Qucosa).

“‘How Is It Possible that this Was Kept a Secret?’: Representation, Realism, and ‘Epistemic Panic’ in The West Wing.” Amerikanische Fernsehserien der Gegenwart: Perspektiven der American Studies und der Media Studies, edited by Heike Paul and Christoph Ernst, transcript, 2015, pp. 225-48.

“‘To Tell a Story to the American People’: Elections, Postmodernism, and Popular Narratology.” Electoral Cultures: American Democracy and Choice, edited by Georgiana Banita and Sascha Pöhlmann, Winter, 2015, pp. 323-39.

with Katja Kanzler, and Stefan Schubert. “Introduction: The Poetics of Politics.” Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture, edited by Sebastian M. Herrmann et al., Winter, 2015, pp. 7-27.

“Foggy Realisms? Fiction, Nonfiction, and Political Affect in Larry Beinhart’s Fog Facts and The Librarian.” Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture, edited by Sebastian M. Herrmann et al., Winter, 2015, pp. 133-51.

“Narrating the ‘Crisis of Representation’: The Cultural Work of Conspiracy in Larry Beinhart’s Novels on the Bush Presidencies.” Conspiracy Theories in the United States and the Middle East: A Comparative Approach, edited by Michael Butter and Maurus Reinkowski, de Gruyter, 2014, pp. 179-93.

with Katja Kanzler, and Frank Usbeck. “Participating Audiences, Imagined Public Spheres.” Participating Audiences, Imagined Public Spheres, edited by Sebastian M. Herrmann et al., Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2012, pp. 131-55.

“Something New and Undefined: Campaign Narration, Anti-Advertising Discourses, and the Public Sphere.” Participating Audiences, Imagined Public Spheres, edited by Sebastian M. Herrmann et al., Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2012, pp. 131-55.

“‘Ruled by Fiction?’ ‘Real’ Deception and Narrative Truth in Frank Rich’s The Greatest Story Ever Sold.” Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 10, 2009, http://copas.uni-regensburg.de/article/view/117/141. Accessed 7 Aug. 2017.

with Leonard Schmieding. “Ambivalent Americanizations.” Ambivalent Americanizations, edited by Sebastian M. Herrmann et al., Winter, 2008, pp. 7-21.

“A Plastic Modernity.” Ambivalent Americanizations, edited by Sebastian M. Herrmann et al., Winter, 2008, pp. 167-86.

with Leonard Schmieding. “Studierende lehren im Grundstudium.” Studium ist Praxis: Argumente, Anstöße, Erfahrungen. Ed. Doris Flagmeyer. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2004. 95-115.


Editorships/Editorial Boards

aspeers: emerging voices in american studies. (vol. 1-4, 8, 9, 11)


CONF./PRESENT.


Conference Organization

Beyond Narrative: Literature, Culture, and the Borderlands of Narrativity. International Conference. Leipzig, Oct. 10-12, 2019.

Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture. International Conference. Leipzig, June 20-22, 2013.

Ambivalent Americanizations: Popular and Consumer Culture in Central and Eastern Europe. International Conference. Leipzig, Nov. 24-26, 2005.


Invited Lectures

"Songs or Inventories? Whitman's Catalogs, the Data Imaginary, and US National Literature." Talk in a lecture series on Issues in American Literary & Cultural History II: From the Revolution to the Civil War, Tübingen, 24. Jan. 2020.

Workshop on "Big Data, Algorithms, and the Cultural Work of Surveillance Panic" at the Surveillance Cultures conference at the GSCS Gießen, 7. July 2017. 

Response and Discussion at "Salon Digital." 10. May 2017. <doi.org/10.5446/31127>. Presentation. 

"Post-Fact Elections? Reality, Postmodernism, and the US Presidency." Guest Lecture at the Regensburg European American Forum (REAF), 29. Nov 2016. Presentation.

"Politik als Wissensverwaltung: The West Wing and die epistemischen Mühen der amerikanischen Präsidentschaft." Keynote zur Konferenz "Von Games of Thrones bis House of Cards: Politik in Fernsehserien," Dresden, 29. Oct 2016. Presentation. 

"Imagining (Big) Data." Fellow's Talk at the American Antiquarian Society. Worcester, MA. 23. Sep. 2015. Presentation. 

"Theorizing Popular Culture." Guest Lecture in the Lecture Series "Popular Culture and the Canon." Leipzig. 29 April 2015. Presentation. 

"What is Popular Culture?" Guest Lecture in the Lecture Series "Popular cutlure and the Canon." Leipzig. 22 April 2015. Presentation. 

"The Cultural Work of 'Presidential Unreality'." Erlangen. 3. July 2013. 


Panel Organization

Panel “Play, Narrative, and American Modernities.” Workshop at the 2017 Annual DGfA/GAAS convention, Hannover, 9. June 2017.

Panel “Fandom and the Public Sphere: Textuality, Affect, and Social Relevance” and Introduction “Fan Citizens? Theorizing Affect and the Public Sphere.” Annual Conference of the American Studies Association. Los Angeles, 6-9 Nov. 2014.

Panel “Narrative, Audience, and Transnational Public Spheres.” Jahrestagung der DGfA 2011. With Alice Hofmann, Katja Kanzler, and Frank Usbeck.


Conference Presentations

Grenzbereiche des Narrativen — Das Forschungsprojekt „Narrative Liminality“ am Institut für Amerikanistik.” Presentation at the Forschungskonferenz der Philologischen Fakultät, Leipzig, 26. Jan. 2021.

“Smackdowns from the Oval: Insult, Affect, and the Pro-Wrestling Realism of the Trump Presidency.” Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Honululu, 7. Nov. 2019.

“Meme of Myself: Poetry, Popularity, and the Data-esque Mobility of Whitman’s Line” Presentation at the DGfA/GAAS convention, Hamburg, 15. June 2019.

“Half Data, Half Literature: Catalog Rhetoric as Narratively Liminal Form.” Presentation at the Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, Pamplona, 31. May 2019.

“Digitale Textualität und gute Lehre in den Textbasierten Geisteswissenschaften.” Presentation at the Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Hochschuldidaktik, Leipzig, 6. Mar. 2019.

“Social Hypertext als Medium in Lehre und Forschung.’” Presentation at the Digital Humanities Day, Leipzig, 3. Dec 2018.

Projektpräsentation beim Workshop on e-Learning 2018 der Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, Görlitz, 27. Sep. 2018.

“Questioning the Authority of the Linear Form? Leipzig’s Social Hypertext Reader SHRIMP and the ‘Introduction to American Studies.’” Presentation at the DGfA/GAAS convention, Berlin, 25. May 2018.

“The 19th-Century US Data Imaginary.” Poster and presentation at the Herrenhausen Conference Society through the Lens of the Digital, 30. May. 2017. Presentation.

“Reading With an Index: Power’s “Diagram and Statistical Record” and the Emerging Data Imaginary.” Presentation at the Workshop “American Media/Knowledge at the Turn of the 20th Century,” Berlin, 13. July 2016. Presentation.

“Interactive Reading: Nineteenth-Century Databases as Narratively Liminal Symbolic Form.” Presentation at the 2016 ISSN Conference, Amsterdam, 16. June. 2016. Presentation.

“The Law as Algorithm: Legal Discourse and the Rhetoric of Data in Nineteenth-Century Abolitionism.” Presentation at the 2016 Annual DGfA/GAAS convention, Osnabrück, 21. May. 2016. Presentation.

“Early (Big) Data.” Presentation at the 2015 Regional Colloquium, Dresden, 16. Oct. 2015. Presentation.

“The Unpopular Profession? Graduate Studies in the Humanities and the Genre of the ‘Thesis Hatement.’” Presentation at the conference Unpopular Culture, Munich 1 Nov. 2013.

“Fog, Fact, Fiction: Narrative Blurring and Reality Effects in Larry Beinhart’s Fog Facts and The Librarian.” Poetics of Politics. Leipzig, 20-22. June 2013.

“US Presidential Elections and Popular Narratology.” Presentation at the conference Electoral Cultures: American Democracy and Choice. Munich. 3. Nov. 2012.

“Frosted Memories: The Remaking of History in Frost/Nixon.” Presentation at the conference Remakes. TU Braunschweig. 30. Sep. 2012.

“Crude Theories? Larry Beinhart’s Novels on the Bush Presidencies as Narrativizations of the ‘Crisis of Representation.’” Presentation at the FRIAS conference Conspiracy Theories in the Middle East and the United States, Freiburg (Brsg.). 15 Jan. 2011.

“Narrating Deceit.” Presentation at the DGfA Post-Graduierten Forum on 2. October 2008


Outreach

Moderation of the international panel discussion “More than Masquerade: Cult & Costume in the New US-American Right,” Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Sachsen, February 25, 2021.

Participation in “Kamingespräche” of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar on November 12, 2020.

International roundtable (organization and moderation) “After the Votes Are Cast: Discussing the 2020 US Presidential Election,” American Studies Leipzig, November 4, 2020.

Participation in the “Arqus Academic Debate #2: The US Presidential Elections: A Battle for Global? Supremacy” on October 29, 2020.

“(Re-)Politisierung? Zur Situation der Wissenschaft in den USA.” Address at the Leipzig “March for Science,” 22. Apr. 2017. Presentation.


TEACHING

SoSe 2021

D-35800 Introduction to American Studies

D-35756 Introduction to English and American Literary Studies

P-(D)-35840 Secret Meanings: Conspiracy Thinking in US Literature and Culture

P-(D)-365825 American Literature II: The 20th and 21st Centuries

P-(D)-35831 Election Fiction? US Presidential Elections and/as Pop-Cultural Texts



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