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Dr. Birgit Capelle

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Institutional mailing address

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

 

 

Office phone & email

Phone: 0228-73-1879
Fax: 0228-73-7948
bcapelle[at]uni-bonn.de


Office hours

Mondays, 1-2 pm
Room 3.023, Genscherallee 3


Research interests

American Transcendentalism; American Pragmatism; Theories of Modernity and Time; Transpacific Studies – Comparative Philosophy/Literature (East/West); 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; The American Road Mythology (literature and film)


Current research project (Postdoc/Habiliation)

“Spiritual Crises in Autobiographical Texts: A Study of Global Parallels and Convergences in 17th through 20th Century Life Writings from America, Europe, and Asia”


Education and Grants

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.

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. 

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

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


Professional experience

Since October 2017: Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiterin) at the North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, University of Bonn

2016–2017: Visiting Lecturer in the Section of American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf  

2012–2016: Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiterin) in the Section of American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf 

Since 2015: Member of Research Initiative “New Ways of Thinking” at the Section of American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf 

2011–2012 Visiting Lecturer in the Section of American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf 

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


Conferences (Presentations and Organization)

“Philosophical Implications of Silence in American Transcendentalism, Japanese Zen Buddhism, and Chinese Taoist Thought,” Conference “Transcendentalist Intersections: Literature, Philosophy, Religion” (University of Heidelberg, 26–29 July, 2018). Forthcoming. 

“American (Proto-)Modernist Thinking, East Asian Philosophy, and the Temporalization of Existence and Time (Transcultural Implications),” Conference “Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South: Comparing Literary and Cultural Experiences” (Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 19–22 July, 2017). 

“Generating Newness in the Flow of Immediacy: Stein, Kerouac, and the Tao of Modernist Writing,” 64. Annual Meeting DGfA/GAAS. (Leibniz University Hannover, 8–11 June, 2017). 

Co-organization of Conference Program and Panel “Transeuropean Textures: Products of Cultural Exchange between Europe, America, and Asia” with Dr. Philipp Reisner and Dr. Carrie Khou, First MLA International Symposium “Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations” (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, 23–25 June, 2016). 

“A Transcultural Consideration of 'Place': Thoreau’s Walden Pond and Kitarô Nishida’s 'basho'," 59. Annual Meeting DGfA/GAAS. (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 31 May– 3 June, 2012). 

“Asian Aspects of Temporal Experience in Transcendentalist Life Writing,” Conference “Ecology and Life Writing” (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 24–27 June, 2010).


Publications

Books/Monographs

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.

Essays

“Generating Newness in the Flow of Immediacy: Stein, Kerouac, and the Tao of Modernist Writing.” Modernities and Modernization in North America (Proceedings 2017 GAAS Conference). American Studies – A Monograph Series. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter (2018). Forthcoming.

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: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 2013. 467-478.

“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: Universitätsverlag 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.

 

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