Dr. phil. Regina Schober
Akademische Rätin 

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EW 264

Regina Schober


POSTAL ADDRESS

Universität Mannheim
Schloss EW 264
68131 Mannheim

TELEPHONE

+49 (0)621 181-2366

EMAIL

rschober[at]mail.uni-mannheim.de

 

 

 

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RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

  • Network Culture and Aesthetics
  • Posthumanism, Transformations of Subjectivity, and the Quantified Self
  • Technology Studies and Theories of Complexity
  • Intermedial Theory and Adaptation Studies
  • Concepts of the Failed Individual
  • The Public Humanities
  • Literature of American Romanticism and Transcendentalism
  • American Modernist Poetry
  • Word and Music Studies

 

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECT (HABILITATION)

Networks and Emerging Knowledge in American Literature and Culture (working title)


ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND EDUCATION

Since 2010 Assistant Professor (Akademische Rätin), American Studies Department, University of Mannheim

Jan-Dec 2017  Visiting Scholar at the English Department, UC Santa Barbara

December 2009 Ph.D. American Studies (summa cum laude), Leibniz University Hannover

Dissertation: Unexpected Chords. Musico-Poetic Intermediality in Amy Lowell's Poetry and Poetics

1999-2005 Studies in English and Music at Leibniz University Hannover; Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media; National University of Ireland, Maynooth

2008 Doctoral research at Harvard University and University of Virginia, Charlottesville

2006-2008 Teaching appointments / Research Associate at American Studies Department, Leibniz University Hannover

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2017  DFG Research Fellowship (Forschungsstipendium) at UC Santa Barbara

2015  DAAD travel grant for ACLA conference in Seattle

2013  Emory Elliott Award for Outstanding Paper presented at the 6th International Conference of the International American Studies Association

2007-2009 Ph.D. scholarship, Foundation of German Business (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft)

2008 Travel grant for archival research in the United States, Foundation of German Business

2002-2003 Socrates/Erasmus scholarship, National University of Ireland, Maynooth


RESEARCH PROJECTS

Member of the DFG Research Network Narrative Liminality and/in the Formation of American Modernities. For more information click here.

Probing the Limits of the Quantified Self: Human Agency and Knowledge in Literature and Culture of the Information Age (DFG-funded research project with Prof. Dr. Ulfried Reichardt and Stefan Danter). For more information click here.

Transformations of Subjectivity in Contemporary Culture, Interdisciplinary Research Project in the context of the Research and Study Center Dynamics of Change, Mannheim University (American Studies, English Studies, Media Studies, Historical Science). For more information click here.

 

CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP ORGANIZATION 

26 May 2018 American Studies as Engaged Scholarship: Doing Public Humanities from the Local to the Transnational. Workshop at the 65th Annual Convention of the German Association of American Studies at the JFK Institute, Berlin (with Alexander Starre)

25 November 2016 Cultural Perspectives on Quantification in the Context of the Research Project 'Probing the Limits of the Quantified Self' (with Ulfried Reichardt and Stefan Danter)

4 March 2016 Debating the Quantified Self. Workshop at the American Studies Department in the Context of the Research Project 'Probing the Limits of the Quantified Self' (with Ulfried Reichardt and Stefan Danter)

12-14 November 2015  The Failed Individual. International Conference at Mannheim University (with Susanne Hamscha and Katharina Motyl)

13 June 2014 Nature, Technology, and the Body: Posthumanist Interfaces of the Networked Self. Workshop at the 61st Annual Convention of the German Association of American Studies in Würzburg (with Ulfried Reichardt)

7-8 March 2014  Posthumanist Perspectives. Workshop at the American Studies Department and the Research Group Transformations of Subjectivity in Contemporary Culture (with Ulfried Reichardt, Christa Grewe-Volpp, Johannes Fehrle, Stefan Danter)

16-17 March 2012   America as Network / Networks in American Culture. International Symposium at the American Studies Department, Mannheim (with Ulfried Reichardt and Heike Schäfer)


PUBLICATIONS

Books

Unexpected Chords. Musico-Poetic Intermediality in Amy Lowell's Poetry and Poetics. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011.

Edited Volumes

With James Dorson. Data Fiction: Naturalism, Narrative, Numbers. Special Issue of Studies in American Naturalism 12.1 (Summer 2017).

With Katharina Motyl. The Failed Individual: Amid Exclusion, Resistance, and the Pleasure of Non-Conformity. Berlin: Campus, 2017.

With Ulfried Reichardt and Heike Schäfer. Networks in America / America as Network. Special Issue of Amerikastudien / American Studies. 60.1 (2015).

Articles and Reviews

"Transcendentalism." Walt Whitman in Context. Ed. Joanna Levin and Edward Whitley. Cambridge University Press, 2018. 189-197. 

“Introduction: Data Fiction.” With James Dorson. Data Fiction: Naturalism, Narrative, and Numbers. Ed. James Dorson and Regina Schober. Special Issue of Studies in American Naturalism 12.1 (Summer 2017): 1-8. 

“‘A Problem in Small Boat Navigation’ – American Literary Naturalism, Ocean Metaphors, and Emerging Data Epistemology.” Data Fiction: Naturalism, Narrative, and Numbers. Ed. James Dorson and Regina Schober. Special Issue of Studies in American Naturalism 12.1 (Summer 2017): 70-88.

“Introduction: The Failed Individual.” With Susanne Hamscha and Katharina Motyl. The Failed Individual: Amid Exclusion, Resistance, and the Pleasure of Non-Conformity. Ed. Katharina Motyl and Regina Schober. Berlin: Campus, 2017, 11-27. 

“Failure Blogs and the Confessional Self.” The Failed Individual: Amid Exclusion, Resistance, and the Pleasure of Non-Conformity. Ed. Katharina Motyl and Regina Schober. Berlin: Campus, 2017, 375-392.

 

 

Between Nostalgic Resistance and Critical Appropriation: Contemporary Fiction on/of the Information Age and the Potentials of (Post)Humanist Narrative.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 61.3 (2017): 359-379.

 


"Theorizing the Quantified Self: Self-Knowledge and Posthumanist Agency in Contemporary US-American Literature." With Ulfried Reichardt and Stefan Danter. Quantified Selves / Statistic Bodies. Special Issue of Digital Culture and Society. Ed. Pablo Abend & Mathias Fuchs. 2.1 (2016): 53-70. 

“Introduction: Network Theory and American Studies.” With Ulfried Reichardt and Heike Schäfer. Network Theory and American Studies. Special Issue. Amerikastudien/American Studies. Ed. Ulfried Reichardt, Heike Schäfer, and Regina Schober. 60.1 (2015): 11-16.

“‘Partial Members of a Vast Natural Network’: Notions of Interconnectedness in American Transcendentalism and Pragmatism.” Network Theory and American Studies. Special Issue. Amerikastudien/American Studies. Ed. Ulfried Reichardt, Heike Schäfer, and Regina Schober. 60.1 (2015): 97-119.

"Transcending Boundaries: The Network Concept in 19th Century US Philosophy and Literature." American Literature 86.3 (2014): 493-521.

"The World Wide Sea: Oceanic Metaphors, Concepts of Knowledge, and Transnational America in the Information Age." Review of International American Studies 7.1 (2014): 9-34.

"Adaptation as Connection: Transmediality Reconsidered." Adaptation Studies. New Challenges, New Directions. Ed. Jorgen Bruhn, Anne Gjelsvik and Eirik Frisvold Hanssen. London, New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. 89-112.

"It's About Being Connected: Reframing the Network in Colum McCann's Post 9/11 Novel Let The Great World Spin." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 60.4 (2012): 391-402.

„Musik als Experiment: Transmediale Verhandlungen in Amy Lowells imagistischer Lyrik." Experimente in den Künsten. Literatur, Film, Theater, bildende Kunst, Musik. Ed. Stefanie Kreuzer. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012. 305-334.

"Translating Sounds: Intermedial Exchanges in Amy Lowell's Poetry." Media Borders. Intermediality, Modality, and Multimodality. Ed. Lars Elleström. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. 163-174.

„Das Konzept der Groteske bei Amy Lowell und Igor Strawinsky: Möglichkeiten einer intermedialen Literaturdidaktik im Fremdsprachenunterricht"Musik im Fremdsprachenunterricht und die Entwicklung von Audio-Literacy. Ed. Gabriele Blell & Rita Kupetz. Frankfurt: Lang, 2010. 191-201.

"Amy Lowell's Peasant Dance: Transcribing Primitivism in 'Stravinsky's Three Pieces 'Grotesques,' for String Quartet'." Amerikastudien/American Studies 53.2 (2008): 153-170.

Review. Ideas of Order in Contemporary American Poetry. Ed. Diana von Finck and Oliver Scheiding. Amerikastudien/American Studies 56.1 (2011): 146-148.

Review. Cross-Cultural Visions in African American Modernism: From Spatial Narrative to Jazz Haiku. Yoshinobu Hakutani. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. 57.1 (2009): 100-102.


TALKS

“Networks and Numbers: New Models for the Humanities?” Talk at Transcriptions Center, University of California, Santa Barbara (February 2017) and at the Center for Network Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (April 2017)

"Literature of the Information Age: Networks, Big Data, and the Quantified Self." Guest Lecture at the Research Colloquium of the American Studies Department, University of Erlangen (July 2016)

"The Book That Counts - Big Data Vs. Narrative in Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24 -Hour Bookstore and Joshua Cohen's Book of Numbers." Medium, Object Metaphor: The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture, International Conference at Konstanz University (November 2015)

“Universal Music? American Postmodernism and the Constellations of Sound.” Constellating ‘Americas’: Exchanges and Changes Beyond Transnationalism, 7th IASA World Congress, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (August 2015)

"Network Narratives and the Discontinuities of Complexity." Compartments, Seminar at Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle,WA (March 2015)

"What We Can Learn from Pragmatism: Transmedia Storytelling and Processual Knowledge." Transmedia Storytelling and Its Reception: Economies and Politics of Participation. International Conference, Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover (February 2015)

"'A Problem in Small Boat Navigation' – American Literary Naturalism, Ocean Metaphors, and Emerging Data Epistemology." Data Fiction. International Workshop at the JFK-Institute, FU Berlin (January 2015)

Response to Karin Harrasser, "Parahuman Agencies: Can we Escape Modernist Narratives?" Posthumanist Perspectives. International Workshop at the American Studies Department and the Research Group Transformations of Subjectivity in Contemporary Culture, Mannheim University (March 2014)

"‘Partial Members of a Vast Natural Network’ – Notions of Interconnectedness in American Pragmatism." Guest Lecture at the Research Colloquium of the American Studies Department, Göttingen University (December 2013)

"Adaptation as Connection. A Network Theoretical Approach to Convergence, Participation, and Co-Production." Rethinking Adaptation in the Age of Media Convergence. FRIAS Junior Researcher Conference, Freiburg University (November 2013)

"The World Wide Sea. Oceanic Metaphors, Concepts of Knowledge, and Transnational America in the Information Age." Oceans Apart: In Search of New Worlds. 6th Conference of the International American Studies Association, University of Szceczin, Poland (August 2013)

"The Rural, Radical Communities, and the Impossibility of Reform in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance." Rural America. Annual Conference of the German Association of American Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (June 2013)

"America as Network. Ideologies, Conceptions, Representations." Networks in American Culture/American as Network. International Conference at the American Studies Department, Mannheim University (March 2012)

"Imagining the World Wide Web. Cultural Constructions of Virtual Space Across Media." Cultural Distinctions Remediated. International Conference at the American Studies Department, Leibniz Universität Hannover (Dec 2011)

"Media (Inter)Action and Actor-Network-Theory in David Fincher's The Social Network." 10th International Conference of the Nordic Society for Intermedial Studies, NTU Trondheim, Norway (Oct 2011)

"Redefining the Real. The New American Gothic in Alan Balls TV Series Six Feet Under and True Blood." Conference of the International Gothic Association, University of Heidelberg (Aug 2011)

"Media Transformation as Connection. Transmediality Reconsidered." Media Transformation and Adaptation. Symposium of the Forum for Intermedial Studies, Växjö (May 2011)

"Paranoia, Hypertext, Hochseilakt. Netzwerkrepresäntationen in der amerikanischen Gegenwartskultur." Netzwerke - Medienkultur - Medienwirtschaft. Symposium an der Universität Bayreuth (Feb 2011)

„Network Aesthetics. Towards an Understanding of Virtual Space in 21st Century American Culture." Virtual Time and Space. Symposium of the Forum for Intermedial Studies, Växjö (Oct 2010)

"The Silence almost is a Sound. Negotiating Sound in Modernist Poetry." 9th International Conference of the Nordic Society for Interart Studies, Aarhus (Oct 2009)

 "Amy Lowell as Orator. Poetic Performativity in Literary Modernism." 7th International Conference of the Word and Music Studies Association, Vienna (June 2009)

"Polyphonic Prose and the Allegory of War." Spatio-Temporal Simultaneity. Workshop at the Graduate Center for Cultural Studies, Copenhagen (March 2009)

„Möglichkeiten einer intermedialen Fremdsprachendidaktik." Der Einsatz von Musik im Fremdsprachenunterricht. Conference at Leibniz University Hannover (March 2009)

"Amy Lowell's Primitivism. Intermedial Exchanges in ‚Stravinsky's Three Pieces Grotesque' for String Quartet." 8th International Conference of the Nordic Society for Interart Studies, Växjö (Oct 2007)


INTERVIEWS AND PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS

Roundtable Discussion "Datenflut und Selbstoptimierung", Theaterfestival Schwindelfrei, Sept 2016, Alte Feuerwache Mannheim (with Ulfried Reichardt and Stefan Danter)   

"The Failed Individual." Interview with Campus-TV, 19 November 2015.

"Wir müssen das Scheitern wieder lernen." Interview with Deutschland Radio Kultur, 12 November 2015. (http://www.deutschlandradiokultur.de/tagung-in-mannheim-scheitern-na-und.1008.de.html?dram:article_id=336597)

Roundtable Discussion "Das globale Ich", Theaterfestival Schwindelfrei, 19 Sept 2014, Alte Feuerwache Mannheim (with members of the research group 'Transformations of Subjectivity')

 

COURSES TAUGHT

Lecture

  • American Literature and Culture: A Survey (HWS 2015)

BA Introductory Courses

  • Introduction to Narrative (FSS 2015)
  • Introduction to Poetry and Song Lyrics (FSS 2012/FSS 2013)
  • Introduction to Film Studies (FSS 2011)

BA Intermediary Seminars

  • Network Narrative (HWS 2014)
  • Internet Fictions (FSS 2014)
  • American Realism and Naturalism (HWS 2013)
  • In Times of Crisis: Representations of War in American Literature and Film (HWS 2011)
  • The American Grotesque (HWS 2010)
  • Poetry – Music’s Fair Sister. The Role of Music in American Poetry (SoSe 2006/07)

BA Advanced Seminars

  • The Failed Individual (HWS 2015)
  • American Postmodernism (FSS 2015)
  • The Wire (with Felix Kirschbacher, HWS 2014)
  • Imagining the United States: Maps, Models, Metaphors (FSS 2014)
  • The Power of Knowledge. American Literature and Culture of the Information Age (HWS 2013)
  • American Romanticism (FSS 2012)
  • Network Culture(s). The Aesthetics and Ideology of Virtual Space in America (FSS 2011)

MA Seminars

  • Thinking in America/Thinking America (with Prof. U. Reichardt, FSS 2013)
  • Theorien der Moderne und Modernisierung (HWS 2011)


 
 
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