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Kerstin Schmidt is Professor of English and Chair of American Studies at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt/Germany. She studied at the Universities of Freiburg and of Massachusetts/Amherst (USA) and taught at the Universities of Freiburg, Bayreuth, Munich, Siegen as well as at Weber State University in Ogden, UT (USA). Scholarships and research stipends have brought her to Yale University; to Indiana University/Bloomington; to the University of Wyoming; to the CUNY Graduate Center, the “Schomburg Center for Research in Black Life” and the “Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts” in New York City as well as to the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia/Vancouver. In over 10 monographs/edited volumes and over 30 essays, she has written on 19th and 20th-century American literature and culture, focusing on American drama and theater, race and diaspora studies, theories of space/place in American culture as well as on media theory (especially American radio) and documentary photography. Together with colleagues from France and the US, she is the editor of the interdisciplinary review journal Kritikon Litterarum (Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter). She is on the board of directors of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA) and serves on the advisory board of US-American and Canadian journals.

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Nathalie Aghoro is Assistant Professor of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt with an interest in auditory culture, postmodern and contemporary literature, media theory, and social justice. She studied American, English and French literary studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and Royal Holloway, University of London. She was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 and visiting lecturer in 2015 at Weber State University, Ogden, UT, USA. Her book Sounding the Novel: Voice in Twenty-First Century American Fiction (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018) examines the sonic mediality of voice in the works of Richard Powers, Karen Tei Yamashita, Jennifer Egan, and Jonathan Safran Foer. She is the editor of the upcoming book The Acoustics of the Social on Page and Screen (Bloomsbury) and the co-editor of the 2017 JCDE special issue on Theatre and Mobility (with Kerstin Schmidt). Her publications include essays on postmodern novels, contemporary literature, and Afrofuturism in music. She is also on the editorial board of the De Gruyter book series Video Games and the Humanities. Her current book project deals with the ties between social justice and cultural practices in shared places.

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Richard Nate is professor of English Literature and coordinator of European Studies at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. In his research, he has focused on the history of utopian and dystopian literature, the relationship between literature and science, and the role of place in European cultural history. His book-length studies include: Wissenschaft und Literatur im England der frühen Neuzeit (2001). Amerikanische Tröume: Die Kultur der Vereinigten Staaten in der Zeit des New Deal (2003), Wissenschaft, Rhetorik und Literatur: Historische Perspektiven (2009), Biologismus und Kulturkritik: Eugenische Diskurse der Moderne (2014), and Norddeutsche Erzählliteratur des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts: Sechs Fallstudien (2020). He has also co-edited volumes on various subjects, most recently Cultural Identities in Europe: Nations and Regions, Migration and Minorities (2014, with Verena Gutsche), Krieg und Frieden im Lied (2017, with Misia Sophia Doms and Bea Klüsener), Remembering Places: Perspectives from Scholarship and the Arts (2019, with Julia Wiedemann), and Europa – Krisen, Vergewisserungen, Visionen: Interdisziplinäre Annäherungen (2020, with Martin Kirschner).

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Annika Schlitte obtained a doctoral degree in philosophy at the Ruhr University Bochum with a dissertation on Georg Simmel’s Philosophy of Money in 2010. After that she was research assistant (2011-2013), postdoc research fellow and speaker of the Interdisciplinary Research Academy “Philosophy of Place“ at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (2013-2016). In 2015 she spent a research stay at Stony Brook University, New York. From 2016 to 2020, she was Junior Professor for Social Philosophy and Philosophy of Culture at Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, before she was appointed Professor of Philosophy at the University of Greifswald in October 2020. Her research focuses on aesthetics, philosophy of culture, phenomenology and hermeneutics.

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Robert Schmidt is professor for process-oriented sociology at Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. After studying sociology and theatre in Erlangen, New York and Berlin, he completed his doctorate at Freie Universität Berlin and his habilitation at Technical University of Darmstadt. From 2000 to 2010 he was a research fellow at the collaborative research centre “Performing Cultures” at Freie Universität Berlin. He held visting professorships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna (2011), the Technical University of Darmstadt (2011-2012) and was interim professor for sociology and qualitative methods in empirical social research at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (2012-2013). His research focuses on practice theory, process-oriented methodology and ethnography in social science.

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Christian Steiner studied Geography, Political Sciences and Public Law (1995-2002). On a doctoral contract from 2004 to 2008 at the University of Mainz, he prepared his dissertation on Tourism Crisis and Organizational Learning in the tourism industry of the Arab World in the aftermath of 9/11. Afterwards, he conducted a study about the impact of the global financial crisis on tourism employment for UNWTO and ILO (2010-11) and obtained his habilitation on Pragmatism, Environment and Space from the University of Frankfurt/Main (2013), where he held a post-doctoral position. He was invited as a Research Fellow to the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (Berlin, 2010) and as a Visiting Professor to the Universities of Frankfurt (2010-11), Osnabrück (2012-2014) and Innsbruck (2015-2016) (Austria). His works have been awarded by the German Society for Tourism Studies with the Price for the Best International Study (2008) and by the Austrian Geographical Society with the prestigious Hans-Bobek-Award (2013). He is member of the scientific board of the German Association for Middle Eastern Studies (DAVO) and Member of the German Academy of Regional Studies (DAL). His research brought him to Egypt, Tunis, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and New Zealand. His current research focusses on post-dualistic, pragmatist and transactive Human-Environment and Human-Animal Geographies, More-than-human Geographies and the socio-economic Geographies of global markets.

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Hans-Martin Zademach was appointed Professor of Economic Geography at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in 2009. Prior, he taught at the LMU Munich and was invited as visiting scholar at the University of Prague, the Copenhagen Business School and the London School of Economics and Political Science LSE. He currently serves as head of the steering committee of the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association ARL, Bavarian Section, and is member of the editorial board of Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, The German Journal of Economic Geography. In his current research, he is interested in (strong) sustainable development and the fundamental processes shaping social and spatial inequalities and injustices with a particular focus on the issues of finance and financialisation. His work has been published in a number of leading journals, among these are the Journal of Economic Geography, Urban Studies, European Planning Studies, European Urban and Regional Studies, and Local Environment. His further publications include an introductory textbook into financial geographies (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 2014, in German) and the co-edited volumes ‘Alternative Economies and Spaces. New Perspectives for a Sustainable Economy’ (Transcript, 2013) and ‘Nachhaltigkeit in Umwelt, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft‘ (Springer, 2017). Hans-Martin holds a Master of Science in Local Economic Development from LSE as well as a Master of Business Research and a doctorate degree from the LMU Munich.

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Michael F. Zimmermann holds, since 2004, the chair for art history at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. He studied art history, philosophy and history in Cologne, Rome and Paris. After, he was, amongst others, deputy director at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich (1991-2002) and ordinary professor at the Université de Lausanne (2002-04). He ist ordinary member of the Academia Europaea, London, and of the Bavarian Academy of Science, where he directs, until mid-2022, a working group Multiculturality and Identity. Since 2003, he is founding member of the International Network for Art History, and, since 2020, of the editorial board of the journal XXI. Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual. Since 2016, he is speaker of the BA- and MA-programs Aisthesis. Culture and Media at the Catholic University.

His PhD-thesis (1985, Cologne), Seurat and the Art Theory of his Time, was published, in 1991, in several languages. His habilitation thesis (2000, FU) Industrialisierung der Phantasie. Malerei, illustrierte Presse und das Mediensystem der Künste in Italien, 1875-1900 was released in 2006. Recently, he published essays about Bruegel, Courbet, Manet, Degas, Odilon Redon, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Allan Sekula, each in context with debates in the history of science and knowledge, and about Bachtin, Benjamin, Foucault and Agamben. Current research interests focus on historical and actual visual and media environments as well as in knowledge situated within them – studied from the point of view of a strictly participatory theory of practice(s) and epistemology.

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Associated Faculty

Prof. Yogita Goyal

African American Studies and Department of English, University of California

Prof. Saskia Sassen

Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Columbia University, NY