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Dr. Svetlana Seibel

Dr. Svetlana Seibel
Universtität des Saarlandes
North American Literary and Cultural Studies
Building A 5.3
Phone +49 (0) 681 302-3323
E-Mail svetlana.seibel@uni-saarland.de
Current Position Postdoctoral researcher
(North American Literary and Cultural Studies, Universtität des Saarlandes)
Homepage http://www.amerikanistik.uni-saarland.de/index.php?id=154
Svetlana Seibel has written her dissertation as a member of the first cohort of the IRTG Diversity’s doctoral students. Her dissertation is situated at the intersection of Indigenous Studies and Popular Culture Studies. Much of her research in general is concerned with aspects of diversity in popular culture, both on the level of representation and participation. As an associate professor of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University, she teaches course which reflect these research interests, from Indigenous literatures and media in North America to geek feminism in contemporary television. As an associated postdoctoral fellow of the IRTG who is at the same time an alumna of the IRTG Diversity’s PhD program, she is uniquely positioned as far as providing help, support, and advice for the subsequent groups of IRTG’s doctoral researchers is concerned.

Academic Career

Current Activities

Since 2017
Early Career Scholar (Indigenous Literary Studies Association)
Since 2016
PostDoc Project: "Being and Becoming California: Interrogating California Narratives in Literature and on Screen" (working title)


Undergraduate Studies at Saarland University, Germany in North American Literary and Cultural Studies (major), British Literary and Cultural Studies (minor), & Classical Archaeology (minor)
Undergraduate Studies at Tomsk State Pedagogical University, Russia in English Teacher Training Program

Graduation / Academic Degrees

Dr. phil. (thesis defended; pending publication) in North American Literary and Cultural Studies; Dissertation on “‘Personal Totems’: The Poetics of the Popular in Contemporary Indigenous Popular Culture in North America”
Magistra Artium in North American Literary and Cultural Studies, British Literary and Cultural Studies, Classical Archaeology – Saarland University

Current Position(s)

Since 2016
Assistant Professor, non-tenure-track & Postdoc Researcher (Wissenschaftlich Mitarbeiterin & Habilitantin) in North American Literary and Cultural Studies – Saarland University

Position(s) Held

Assistant Professor, pre-doc (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) – Saarland University

Relevant (International) Research Experience

“Of Vampires, Maps, and Comic Books: Exploring Narrative Sites of Decolonization” (in cooperation with Ashley Morford) – Panel at the CIARS Decolonizing Conference 2016, University of Toronto
Aug.-Sept. 2014
Vancouver, BC, Canada; Research Trip, Library Research (UBC, Xwi7xwa Library)

Major Research Grants, Scholarships and Awards

Postdoctoral Research Grant, IRTG “Diversity,” Trier University, Germany
ERASMUS Student Exchange Scholarship, British and American Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland (Winter Term)

Memberships and other relevant Activities

Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS)

Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien (The Association for Canada Studies in German-speaking Countries)

Whedon Studies Association (WSA)

The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA)

Research Group “Border Textures,” the University of the Greater Region Center for Border Studies (UniGR-CBS)

List of Publications

a) Publications in refereed journals and book publications
“What Do You Write?: Science Fiction, Genre Expectations, and Indigenous Writing in Drew Hayden Taylor’s alterNatives”, in: Morris, Paul (ed.), Métissage au Canada /Transcultural Canada (Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval), 127-145.
“Shards of the Glass Ceiling: Female Leadership and Corporate Machine Narrative in Contemporary Sci-Fi Television”, in: Eve Bennett and Erin Griffin (eds.), Power, Profits, and Paranoia: Corporate Conspiracies in Contemporary Television.
“What Do You Write? Legends, That Kind of Thing?”: Genre Expectations and Indigenous Writing in Drew Hayden Taylor’s alterNatives”, in: Paul Morris (ed.), Métissage au Canada / Transcultural Canada (Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval).
“Radical Relating: Vampirism as a Utopian State in Black Atlantic Women’s Vampire Fiction”, in: Ralph Poole, Yvonne Kaisinger and Saskia Fürst (eds.), US American Expressions of Utopian and Dystopian Visions (Vienna: Lit Verlag), forthcoming.