Dr. Katharina Fackler

Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)

Institutional mailing address

Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Rabinstraße 8
53111 Bonn

E-Mail: kfackler@uni-bonn.de

Office hours
Mondays 1–2:30 pm, or by appointment
Genscherallee 3, room 3.022
During the term break, by appointment only!

Please note: Dr. Fackler is currently on parental leave until July 2024.

Research interests
(Postcolonial) Ecocriticism and Oceanic Studies
Life Writing, Early American Maritime Literature
Visual Culture Studies, Theory and History of Social Photography, Affect and the Senses
Poverty Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, Black Feminism, Civil Rights Protest

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Academic Profile

2023 – 2026: Coordinator, with Nathalie Aghoro, of the DFG Research Group The Cultural Politics of Reconciliation (‘wissenschaftliches Netzwerk’ AG 292/3-1)

2023: With Jenny Leetsch, Tyne Sumner, and Keyvan Allahyari, “Water as Method: Reading the Hydrocolony in Global Literature,” funded by the Bonn-Melbourne Research Excellence Fund

“Entangled Mobilities: The (De-)Colonial Ecologies of Early American Sea Writing” (Habilitation Project, WT)

“The Aesthetics of Oceanic Kinship in Climate Change Poetry and Activism”

“Forms of Extraction: Whaling and the Slave Narrative”

Picturing the Poor: Photography and the Politics of Poverty in the 1960s. University Park: Penn State UP. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sensory History. (under contract)

2022: Travel Grant from the Argelander Foundation, University of Bonn, to attend the 2022 annual meeting of the American Studies Association in New Orleans

2021– 2024: Member of the DFG research group Model Aesthetics: Between Literary and Economic Knowledge, headed by James Dorson, FU Berlin

Dec. 2020 – June 2021: Grant for a Research Assistant, Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit, University of Bonn

Sept. 2018: Participant in the 16th Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria

July 2018: Erasmus Visiting Professor at the University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany

2017: Grants from the Austrian Science Fund, the University of Graz, the federal state of Styria, and the city of Graz for the conference “Poverty Viewed at a Distance? Depicting Destitution across Media, co-organized with Nassim W. Balestrini and Silke Jandl

July 2015: Ph.D., American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany  
Dissertation “Picturing the Poor: Poverty, Photography, and Politics in the 1960s”

March 2014: Visiting Researcher at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, funded by the Ambassador’s Grant of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the German Association for American Studies 

June 2013: Participant in the Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, funded by the Arts Faculty of the University of Regensburg and the State of Bavaria

Feb. 2013 – Apr. 2013: Visiting Researcher at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and the National Archives, College Park, MD, funded by the Ambassador’s Grant of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the German Association for American Studies

March 2012: Visiting Researcher at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, Austin, TX, funded by the Moody Grant of the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation

2010: M.A. Equivalent (Erstes Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien) in English, French, and Pedagogy at the University of Regensburg

Sept. 2006 – Apr. 2007: Foreign Language Assistant, Collège Jean-Jacques Kieffer and Lycée Teyssier, Lorraine, France

2004-2010: Studies at the University of Regensburg: English, French, and Pedagogy (Lehramt an Gymnasien)

Since Apr. 2020: Lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, University of Bonn, Germany

Sept. 2015 – Mar. 2020: Postdoctoral University Assistant, Department of American Studies, University of Graz, Austria (Parental Leave: Sept. 2018 – Feb. 2020)

Oct. 2010 – Aug. 2015: Lecturer (Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben), American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany

2007 – 2009: Student Tutor, American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany

Monograph and editorial responsibilities

Picturing the Poor: Photography, Politics, and Poverty in the 1960s. Dissertation. University of Regensburg, 2015.

Kinship as Critical Idiom in Oceanic Studies. Special issue of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents. Ed. Katharina Fackler and Silvia Schultermandl (2022). https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjas20/0/0

Depicting Destitution across Media. Special issue of Journal for Literary and Intermedial Crossings. Ed. Nassim Balestrini and Katharina Fackler. (2022)

Soundscapes, Sonic Cultures, and American Studies. Special issue of JAAAS: The Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies 1.2 (2020). Ed. Nassim Balestrini, Klaus Rieser, and Katharina Fackler. https://jaaas.eu/index.php/jaaas/issue/view/5

COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies. Co-editor from Mar. 2014 – Dec. 2017.


“Whaling Wives, Life Writing, and Sentimental Extraction in the Nineteenth-Century Pacific.” To the Last Drop – Affective Economies of Extraction and Sentimentality. Ed. Axelle Germanaz, Daniela Gutiérrez Fuentes, Sarah Marak, Heike Paul. Bielefeld: Transcript. Global Sentimentality. (open access, forthcoming spring 2023)

with Silvia Schultermandl. “Introduction: Kinship as Critical Idiom in Oceanic Studies.” Atlantic Studies: Global Currents (2022): 1-31. (open access) 

with Nassim Balestrini. "Introduction: Depicting Destitution across Media." Journal for Literary and Intermedial Crossings 7.1. (2022): a1-a20. (open access)

with Mae Miller Claxton, Diane Martinez, Frédérique Spill, Katharina Fackler, Evangelia Kindinger. “Roundtable Discussion: New Forms and Strategies of Cultural Self-Expression Emerging from Struggles over Representations of Appalachia.” Transnational Perspectives: Attachment and Appropriation in “Our” Appalachia. Ed. Benjamin Robbins and Christian Quendler. Special issue of Appalachian Journal 48.3-4 (2021). 

Looking at Appalachia: Online Intermediality, Collaboration, and Mountain Multiplicity.” Transnational Perspectives: Attachment and Appropriation in “Our” Appalachia. Ed. Benjamin Robbins and Christian Quendler. Special issue of Appalachian Journal 48.3-4 (2021): 188-211. https://appjournal.appstate.edu/issues/volume-48-no-3-4

with Nassim Balestrini and Klaus Rieser. “Introduction: Soundscapes, Sonic Cultures, and American Studies.” JAAAS: The Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies 1.2 (2020): v-xii.

 “Postcolonial and Transoceanic Life Writing.” JAAAS: The Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies 1.1 (2020): 157-62.

“Of Stereoscopes and Instagram: Materiality, Affect, and the Senses from Analog to Digital Photography. MatteRealities: Trajectories and Conceptual Futures for Material Culture Studies. Ed. Miriam Nandi, Juliane Schwarz-Bierschenk, and Ingrid Gessner. Spec. issue of Open Cultural Studies 3 (2019): 519-30. https://www.degruyter.com/view/journals/culture/3/1/article-p519.xml

“Remapping the Geography of Class: Photography, Protest, and the Politics of Space in the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.” Picturing America: Photography and the Sense of Place. Ed. Kerstin Schmidt and Julia Faisst. Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi, 2018. Spatial Practices. 208-27.

“‘A Living Theater’ for Human Rights: Jill Freedman’s Old News and the Visual Legacies of the Poor People’s Campaign.” Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement. Ed. Laura Dubek. New York: Routledge, 2018. 109-28.

“(Trans-)National Hunger: Cold War Famine Iconographies in the United States.” The Aesthetics and Politics of Global Hunger. Ed. Anastasia Ulanowicz and Manisha Basu. New York: Palgrave, 2017. 205-27.

“Ambivalent Frames: Rosa Parks and the Visual Grammar of Respectability.” African American Representation and the Politics of Respectability. Ed. Ralina L. Joseph and Jane Rhodes. Spec. issue of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Society, and Culture 18.3 (2016): 271-82.

Blog Feature on Black Perspectives: “Rosa Parks and the Image of Respectability.” African American Intellectual History Society, 26 Apr. 2017. Web.

"Waging a Visual War on Poverty: President Lyndon B. Johnson in Appalachia." COPAS 13 (2012). Web.


Review of Eine Amerikanerin in Hitlers Badewanne by Elisabeth Bronfen, Amerikastudien/American Studies 62.4 (2017)

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