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Dr. Betiel Wasihun

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Scientific Associate (IPODI Marie Curie Fellow)

Technische Universität Berlin

Institute of Philosophy, Literary Studies, History of Science and Technology
Chair of Literature and Science
Sekr. H 61
Straße des 17. Juni 135

D-10623 Berlin



Room: H 2044
E-Mail: betiel.wasihun(at)tu-berlin.de

Telefon: +49 (0)30 314-23611 (secretary´s office)

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Short Bio

Education

  • 1998–2005: M.A. in German, English and Spanish Languages  and Literatures, Heidelberg University
  • 2006–2010: PhD in German Studies, Heidelberg University

Academic Positions

  • since 9/2017: IPODI Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow and Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at the Institute of Philosophy, Literary Studies, History of Science and Technology,  Faculty I Humanities, TU Berlin
  • 2010 – 2017: Lecturer in Modern German Literature, Somerville College, University of Oxford
  • 2010 – 2015: Montgomery-DAAD Fellow and Lecturer in German Studies
  • 2006 – 2008: Research and Teaching Fellow, German Department, Yale University

Research Areas and Interests

  • 20th and 21st century German and American literature (especially Kafka)
  • Narratology
  • Theories of Emotions
  • Surveillance Studies
  • Migration

Publikationen

Monographs

  • Gewollt–Nicht-Gewollt: Wettkampf bei Kafka. Mit Blick auf Robert Walser und Samuel Beckett. Heidelberg: University Press Winter, 2010 [Series: Neues Forum für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Vol. 43]
  • Surveillance and Narrative. Tendencies in Contemporary German and American Literature (in preparation)

Edited Volumes

  • Playing False – Representations of Betrayal, ed. Betiel Wasihun and Kristina Mendicino. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013 [Series: Cultural History and Literary Imagination, ed. Christian Emden and David Midgely].
  • Surveillance – Überwachen erzählen, ed. Betiel Wasihun [Series Literatur - Kultur – Theorie, ed. Sabina Becker et al.] Baden-Baden: Ergon, forthcoming June 2019.

Essays

  • “Resisting Surveillance: Authorial Narration in Contemporary American and German Literature since 9/11,” Surveillance – Überwachen erzählen, ed. Betiel Wasihun [Series Literatur - Kultur – Theorie, ed. Sabina Becker et al.] Baden-Baden: Ergon, forthcoming June 2019
  • “Introduction”, Surveillance – Überwachen erzählen, Surveillance – Überwachen erzählen, ed. Betiel Wasihun [Series Literatur - Kultur – Theorie, ed. Sabina Becker et al.] Baden-Baden: Ergon, forthcoming June 2019.
  • “Surveillance and Shame in Dave Eggers’s The Circle.” On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture 6 (2018). <http://geb.uni- giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2018/13898/>.
  • “‘Nichtstun und dennoch Haltung beobachten’” – Robert Walser und Samuel Beckett in Muße – Faulheit – Nichts-Tun: Fehlende und fehlschlagende Handlungen in der russischen und europäischen Literatur seit der Aufklärung, ed. Andrea Zink and Sonja Koroliov. Wiener Slawistischer Almanach, Sonderband 91. Bern: Peter Lang, 2018, 217-238.
  • “Kafka, Orwell, and Ulrich Peltzer’s post 9/11 novel Teil der LösungSeminar special issue on Surveillance; Seminar 52:4 (2016), 382–406.
  • “Afropolitan Writing”, in Handbooks of English and American Studies: Text and Theory. Ed. Julia Straub. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 2016, 391–410.
  • “Kafka’s Failing Migrant and Spaces for Integration in Contemporary German and American Literature.” Neohelicon, Springer, December 2015, 42.2, 463–479.
  • “To Be Seen: Shame in Kafka’s Beschreibung eines Kampfes,Modern Language Review 110 (2015), 706–25.
  • “The Name ‘Kafka’: Evocation and Resistance in Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore.MLN 129.5 (Comparative Literature Issue, December 2014), 1199–1216.
  • “Eth(n)ical Betrayal – Kleist’s Die Verlobung in St. Domingo and Roth’s The Human Stain,” in  Playing False – Representations of Betrayal, ed. Betiel Wasihun and Kristina Mendicino. Oxford: Lang, 2013, 147–179.
  • (in coorporation with Kristina Mendicino) “Introduction”, in Playing False – Representations of Betrayal. Eds. Betiel Wasihun and Kristina Mendicino. Oxford: Lang, 2013, 1–18.

Essays under review

  •  “Das Gespenst ‘Angst’ in Kafkas ‘Unglücklichsein’ und Eichendorffs Lyrik”
  •  “Topology and Time in Kafka’s “Process” – or the Utopia of Progress

Invited Talks (selection)

  • “Resisting Authority: Surveillance in Contemporary American and German Fiction” (Surveillance Studies Network – 8th Biennale Conference, Aarhus University, 7-9 June, 2018).
  • “Narrating Shame”, European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions (EPSSE), Workshop “Narrating Emotions’, April, 2017, University of Lucerne.
  • Kafka, Orwell and Ulrich Peltzer's Post 9/11 Novel Teil der Lösung”, internationale Konferenz, SURVEILLANCESOCIETYCULTURE, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen,  Februar 26-28, 2016.
  • “Comparative Methods in Literary and Cultural Studies”, English Department, Universität Berne, 2015.
  •  Woyzeck and Othello – Betrayal and Justification”, LMU, English Department, 2014.
  • “Shameful Encounter: Kafka’s Description of a Struggle” (Conf. “Encounters,” University of Bristol), 2014.
  • To Be Seen: Shame in Kafka’s “Beschreibung eines Kampfes”, German Department, Brown University), 2014.
  • “Kafka’s Ghost in ‘Being Unhappy’”, Seminar “Temporal Limits”, ACLA, NYC. 2014.
  •  Locating Shame: Kafka’s Agonistic Space”, “Affections and Ethics Seminar,” Radcliffe Humanities, University of Oxford, 2014.
  •  Die Nibelungen: From Epic Poem to Modern Film – Fritz Lang’s Translated Betrayals”, Conf. “Comparative Criticism:  Histories and Methods,” St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 2013.
  •  Emotions in the Light of Kafka’s Agonistic Spaces, ICLA Paris, Panel “Affective Spaces. Theorizing Space and Emotion in Literature”, 2013.
  •  “Translated Betrayals: Fritz Lang’s Nibelungen”, MLA Boston, Panel “Change, Transition, and Transformation in Medieval and Early Modern German Literature,” 2013
  •  Topological Narrative: Kafka’s Process”, Conf. “Topologies of Reading,” Princeton, German Dept., 2012.
  •  “The Impossibility of Progress: Architectural Absurdity in Kafka’s Der Process”, Conf. “Spatial Perspectives: Literature and Architecture, 1850 – Present,” Oxford, English Faculty, 2012.
  • “Eth(n)ical Betrayal – Kleist’s Betrothal in St. Domingo  and  Roth’s The Human Stain”, Conf. “Playing False: Representations of Betrayal,” Oxford, Lincoln College; and Research Seminar at Queen’s College, Oxford, 2011.
  • “Migrating Identities ­– Kafka’s The Man Who Disappeared, Özdamar’s Mother Tongue and Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears”, Modern Languages Symposium on “Language, Migration and Diaspora,” Dublin, 2011.

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