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Dr. Birgit Capelle


Lecturer


Institutional mailing address

Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie
Nordamerikastudienprogramm
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Weg 5
53113 Bonn

 


Email

bcapell1[at]uni-bonn.de


Office hours

Mondays, 3-4 pm (via Zoom)

Please contact me via email to set up an appointment.


Research interests

American transcendentalism and pragmatism; theories of modernity and time; transpacific studies - comparative philosophy/literature (East-West), (East) Asian philosophy and religion; auto/biographical studies - life writing, theories of religious experience and conversion; Beat Generation/counterculture movements; nature poetry and writing; arts and aesthetics; American road mythology (literature and film)


Current projects

“Spiritual Crises in Autobiographical Texts: A Study of Global Parallels and Convergences in 17th through 20th Century Life Writings from America, Europe, and Asia" (postdoc/habilitation)

“Literarische Philosophie – Philosophische Literatur” (anthology based on an interdisciplinary lecture series; with Dr. Dennis Sölch, HHU Düsseldorf)

 

Education and grants

Aug. 2018: Endorsement and support by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society (RWES), Research Trip to Concord, Mass., in Sept. 2019

2017, HeRA Travel Grant (Heine Research Academies), Conference "Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South: Comparing Literary and Cultural Experiences,” Shanghai, China, 19-22 July 2017

2017, Fellowship/Frauenförderstipendium (Frauenförderung der Philosophischen Fakultät, HHU Düsseldorf), Conference "Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South: Comparing Literary and Cultural Experiences,” Shanghai, China, 19-22 July 2017

Feb. 2010: Award “Beste Dissertation in der Philosophischen Fakultät 2009,” Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Jul. 2009: Ph.D., Anglistik, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (summa cum laude); Dissertation: “TIME in American and East Asian Thinking: A Comparative Study of Temporality in American Transcendentalism, Pragmatism, and (Zen) Buddhist Thought”

Apr. 2006: Magistra Artium, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Anglistik)

     

    Professional experience

      as of Oct. 2020: Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiterin) at the North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, Bonn University

      Oct. 2018 - Sep. 2020: Senior Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiterin) in the Section of Modern English Literature - Anglistik IV, Department of English and American Studies, Düsseldorf University

      Apr. 2018 - Mar. 2019: Visiting Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiterin) at the North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, Bonn University

      Oct. 2017 - Mar. 2018: Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiterin) at the North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, Bonn University

      Oct. 2016 - Sep. 2017: Visiting Lecturer in the Section of American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Düsseldorf University

      Apr. 2012 - Sep. 2016: Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiterin) in the Section of American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Düsseldorf University

      Oct. 2011 - Mar. 2012 Visiting Lecturer in the Section of American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Düsseldorf University

      Oct. 2009 – Mar. 2011: Assistance, Colloquium “Comparative Philosophy: Über Philosophie in Europa und China” (Prof. Dr. jur. Reinhard May, Ph.D.), Department of Philosophy, Düsseldorf University

       

    Publications

    Monograph

    TIME in American and East Asian Thinking: A Comparative Study of Temporality in American Transcendentalism, Pragmatism, and (Zen) Buddhist Thought. American Studies - A Monograph Series 193. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2011. (Reviewed by Ulfried Reichardt in: Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 130.4 (2012): 597-601.)


    Edited volume

    Capelle, Birgit, and Dennis Sölch, eds. Literarische Philosophie - Philosophische Literatur. (in progress)


    Essays and articles

    Capelle, Birgit. “Mountains of ‘No-Mind:’ A Transcultural Approach to Moments of Heightened Awareness and Non-Substantialist Ontology in Thoreau, Kerouac, and Snyder,” Mediating Mountains special issue, JAAAS 3.2, 2021.

    Capelle, Birgit. Report on Research Trip to Concord, Mass., Emerson Society Papers. Spring 2019 issue. May 2019.

    Capelle, Birgit. "Generation Newness in the Flow of Immediacy: Stein, Kerouac, and the Tao of Modernist Writing." Modernities and Modernization in North America. Eds. Ilka Brasch and Ruth Mayer. American Studies - A Monograph Series 298. Heidelberg: Univ.-Verlag Winter, 2018. 45-63. 

    Capelle, Birgit. “A Transcultural Consideration of ‘Place’: Thoreau’s Walden Pond and Kitarō Nishida’s ‘basho’.” American Lives. Ed. Alfred Hornung. American Studies – A Monograph Series 234. Heidelberg: Univ.-Verlag Winter, 2013. 467-478.

    Capelle, Birgit. “Asian Aspects of Temporal Experience in Transcendentalist Life Writing.” Ecology and Life Writing. Eds. Alfred Hornung and Zhao Baisheng. American Studies – A Monograph Series 203. Heidelberg: Univ.Verlag Winter, 2012. 99-108. (Chinese Translation: 生态学与生命写作 [Shengtaixue Yu Shengming Xiezuo]. Transl. Lin Jiang. Beijing: China Social Sciences Press [中国社会科学出版社, Zhongguo Shehui Kexue Chubanshe], 2016)

     

    Professional associations / memberships (selection)

    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA/GAAS)
    Modern Language Association (MLA)
    Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft (DGB)
    Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)

    International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS)

    Artikelaktionen