SPEAKERS

Berroth, Erika (Dr.) is Associate Professor of German and contributing faculty in Environmental Studies and Feminist Studies at Southwestern University in Texas. Her research areas include memory and trauma narratives in contemporary German literature, autobiographical fiction, and transnational identity narratives. She earned her Ph.D. form the University of California, Santa Barbara and published a book on gender and knowledge in the works of German classic Heinrich von Kleist. Berroth is currently working on a book with a focus on migration stories and identity narratives from South Central Europe, integrating theoretical perspectives developed in the Environmental Humanities.

Dautel, Katrin gained her PhD at the University of Malta, where she works as a lecturer in the Department of German. Her research interests focus on space constructivist readings of contemporary German-language fiction as well as island fictions and metaphors, and she widely published in this area. See Katrin and Kathrin Schödel: Island Fictions and Metaphors in Contemporary Literature (Guest Editorial). Island Studies Journal, 12(2), 2017, pp. 229-238; Katrin Dautel: The Power of Cartography – Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands. In: K. Dautel and K. Schödel, eds.: Insularity. Representations and Constructions of Small Worlds. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann  2016, pp. 155-166.

Ellis, Toshiko is Professor in the Graduate Department of Language and Information Sciences at the University of Tokyo. Her publications include “Questioning Modernism and Postmodernism in Japanese Literature”(Japanese Encounters with Postmodernity, Kegan Paul International, 1995), “Literary Culture”(The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2009), “Modern Poetry: 1910s to the postwar period”(Cambridge History of Japanese Literature, Cambridge University Press, 2016), “Modanizumu no shintai: 1910 nendai kara 1930 nendai nihon kindaishi no tenkai” (The representation of the body in modernist literature: Japanese poetry from 1910s to 1930s, Modanizumu wo Fukansuru, A Bird’s Eye View of Modernism, Chuo Daigaku Shuppan-bu, 2018).

Kumekawa, Mario (Prof.) teaches German literature at Tokyo’s Keio University since 2004. His research areas cover the history of sports, media studies and Goethe’s scientific theory. He was a co-investigator in the research project ‘Pacificism’, financed by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences (2015-2018). In this capacity, he co-edited the volume “Pazifikismus. Poetiken des Stillen Ozeans”, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2019, together with Johannes Görbert and Thomas Schwarz.

Michel, Andreas is Professor in the Department of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (USA). Together with Darrell Arnold he co-edited Critical Theory and the Thought of Andrew Feenberg (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and together wir Michael Baumgartner and Reto Sorg he edited the volume Historiografie der Moderne: Carl Einstein, Paul Klee, Robert Walser und die wechselseitige Erhellung der Künste (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2016).

Ohnesorg, Stefanie is an associate professor of German at the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee. She received her PhD in German Studies from McGill University in Montréal, and she also holds graduate degrees in Geography and Pedagogy. Her research and publications focus on women’s literature, travel literature, colonial literature, literature of the 18th and 19th centuries, comparative literature, transcultural studies, and sustainability studies. She is also active in developing innovative curricula for the area of German Studies and German as a Foreign Language.

Riquet, Johannes is Associate Professor of English Literature at Tampere University. He is the author of The Aesthetics of Island Space: Perception, Ideology, Geopoetics (Oxford University Press, 2019, in press) and the co-editor of Spatial Modernities: Geography, Narrative, Imaginaries (Routledge, 2018) as well as Imaging Identity: Text, Visuality and Modern Culture (Palgrave, 2019, in press). He is a founding member of the international research group Island Poetics.

Saiki, Ikuno is associate professor at Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan. She received her Ph. D. in English from University of California, Riverside in 2018. Her areas of interest are Herman Melville and Transnationalism. Her previous publications include: “‘Bartleby, the Scrivener’: The Politics of Biography and the Future of Capitalism” (Melville and the Wall of the Modern Age, 2010), “Captivated by the Other: Typee and the Barbary Captivity Narrative” (Facing Melville, Facing Italy, 2014), and “From Rosmarine to Grandma’s Bible: Melville, Ikezawa, and the Otherness of Nature” (Sky-Hawk, 2016).

Schelletter, Christopher received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees in Asian Studies specifically in Japanese Cultural History at the University of Bonn in Germany. His Master’s thesis was on the theory of Foucault’s concept of heterotopias in Literature. He has been a PhD candidate in the German Department of the Faculty of Literature at Keio University since 2017. In his research he has a comparative approach on German and Japanese cultural history.

Schödel, Katrin is a Senior Lecturer (Faculty of Arts / German) at the University of Malta. With Kathrin Dautel, she co-edited the volume “Insularity. Representations and Constructions of Small Worlds” (Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2016). Together they wrote the “Guest editorial: Island fictions and metaphors in contemporary literature” for the Island Studies Journal, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 229-238.

Schwarz, Thomas works as a Project Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo. He was the principal investigator of a research project, supported by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences, on ‘Pacificism. The Pacific as a Space of Resistance and Hybridity’ (2015-2018, see the volume “Pazifikismus. Poetiken des Stillen Ozeans”, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2019, together with Johannes Görbert and Mario Kumekawa).

Serra, Valentina is Assistant Professor for German Literature at the University of Cagliari (Italy). Her research has focused on exile literature (Deutsch für Deutsche, Valveri 2001) and the cultural debate and function of intellectuals in the face of the rise of fascism in Europe (Parigi 1935, Bulzoni 2005). She has been working on the island motif and especially on the image of Sardinia in German-language literature and has recently worked on the project “Travel Literature and German Colonialism“, financed by the Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici (IISG – Rome).

Skov, Malte Rune completed his master’s degree in Geography at University of Copenhagen in 2018. His thesis addressed migration and wellbeing in Solomon Islands from a translocal perspective, focusing on the multiple interactions between places and the contradictory imaginations of Bellona Island and the capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara. He is interested in local processes of globalization, and migrant representations of home islands in the Pacific.

Yates, Michael D. H. (Dr.) is Associate Professor of British and American literature at the College of Arts, Rikkyo University. He has published on topics like graphic narrative, visual literacy, narrative irony, metafiction, and the semiotics of parody, as well as papers on Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, Robert Coover, and Donald Barthelme. His most recent publications include, The Practice of Narrative: Storytelling in a Global Context (Oxford: IDP, 2016) and Learning to See: The Meanings, Modes, and Methods of Visual Literacy (Oxford: IDP, 2017).