Jeanne Cortiel’s research and teaching focuses on discontinuities and processes of transformation within American culture, originating, for example, in cultural contact zones. A particular interest here lies in the interactions between literature and popular culture. Three research projects are currently in progress:

(1) An interdisciplinary project with a focus on new technologies (i.e. nano- and biotechnology) including the theoretical debate around the question of interdisciplinarity.

(2) A project on African-American travel writing and abolitionism focusing on the significance of Africa in European-American cultural contact zones.

(3) The third project connects American cultural studies with classical questions of literary criticism, examining the interaction between poetry and visual culture since the nineteenth century.


Former Conferences

October 23–24, 2015
International Conference

"Perilous Passages – The Birth of Risk in 19th-Century American Culture"

July 11, 2014
Workshop with Poster Session

"Future Visions: Speculation and Anticipation in Graphic Narratives"


July 12, 2013
Workshop with Poster Session

"Risk Technologies and the Gendered Body"


November 23 - 25, 2012
Interdisciplinary Conference

"Risk - Effects and Affect: Technology and Narrative in the 21st Century"


July 20, 2012
Workshop with Poster Session

"Life - Science and Narrative"


July 15-16, 2011
Symposium with Poster Session

"Converging Technologies and Risk Assessment: Literature, Science, Culture"


Research Partners

We closely work together with other disciplines of various faculties in the context of the Bayreuth Institute for America Studies (BIFAS).


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