BiographyI studied English and American Literature, Cultural Sociology and Linguistics at the University of Constance and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Through my Constance education, I was early in my studies introduced to a highly theoretical, constructivist approach to the everyday, and the fascination created by understanding how malleable our realities are by words, metaphors and images has remained with me ever since. This was also the main motivation for investigating how Muslims where turned from an invisible to a "suspect community" in Britain in the span of only 20 years. After my PhD in Constance, flanked by research stays at the University of California at Riverside and the National University of Australia at Canberra, I pursued my second larger research project on affects and stories evoked by surveillance camera images at the University of Freiburg, where I am currently a senior lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Studies and co-head a research project on heroizations in British television series. I live with my daughter, my husband and our dog.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
cultural studies, cultural theory, cultural translation, British literature, Muslim minorities in Europe, surveillance, memory studies, popular cultural studies, narratology, visual cultural studies.
I like hiking in the black forest, playing video games, and writing short fiction.