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Stefan Benz

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Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)








Institutional mailing address

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

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Research Interests
Critical Posthumanism, Ecocriticism, Native American/Indigenous Studies, Sound Studies, American Poetry, Hip Hop, Literature and/as Philosophy

Current Projects

“Negotiations of Rhythm and Sound from Early Indigenous Writing to Hip Hop and EDM” (second book / Habilitation)

Capitalist Crisis Poetry. Special Issue of Amerikastudien/American Studies. (in preparation; guest editor, together with Dr. Marcel Hartwig and Hannah Schoch)



  • Aug. 2016 – Mar. 2022: Ph.D., American Studies, University of Mannheim:
    Dissertation: "The Posthuman Imagination of the Beats: Negotiations of Self and World Beyond the Human in the Poetry of Michael McClure, Diane di Prima, and Philip Whalen" (summa cum laude)
  • Aug. 2018 – Nov. 2021: Wayne State University, Detroit: research visit funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • Jan. 2014 – June 2014: Swansea University, Wales: Semester Abroad
  • 2010 – 2016: University of Mannheim: First State Examination (Teacher's Degree): English, History

Professional Experience

  • Since Oct. 2021: Lecturer (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Aug. 2016 – Sept. 2021: Lecturer (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Chair of American Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Mannheim


Journal Articles

  • "'New World Water': The Hydrocentric Imagination of Hip Hop." Ecozon@, vol. 13, no. 1, 2022, pp. 21-36.
  • "Meat Thyself: New Materialist Ethics in the Poetry of Michael McClure." Antennae – The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, vol. 46, 2018, pp. 4-16.
  • "Sing[ing] of the Middle Way – Michael McClure's Venture for a New Mode of Thought Between Science and Mysticism." COPAS – Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, 2018, pp. 1-24.


  • Review of The Spiritual Imagination of the Beats, by David S. Calonne. Amerikastudien/American Studies, vol. 64, no. 2, 2019, pp. 336-338.

Talks and Workshops

  • June 2021: “Nonhuman Participation and Human(ist) Anxiety in Diane di Prima’s ‘Biology Lesson,’” annual conference of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS / DGfA), University of Heidelberg
  • Feb. 2021: “‘The ocean ain’t your motherfuckin’ trash can!’ – Common et al.’s ‘Trouble in the Water’ (2014) as Environmental Activism,” workshop: Hip Hop Ecologies, University of Konstanz
  • Nov. 2020: “Hip Hop and Politics, Hip Hop as Politics,” symposium: The 2020 Election in Perspective, University of Mannheim
  • Sept. 2020: “Of Ecological Critique and Queer Utopias: Nicky Drayden’s Escaping Exodus (2019),” annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung, University of Augsburg [event cancelled]
  • Oct. 2019: “Travelling through a Strange Land: Posthuman Landscapes in Diane Di Prima’s ‘Biology Lesson’ and Michael McClure’s ‘Double Moiré,’” annual conference of the European Beat Studies Network, Nicosia
  • Sept. 2019: “Unveiling the ‘Hidden Religions:’ The Countercultural Spirituality of Diane di Prima and the Way towards Hippy Esotericism,” international conference: The Prolonged Death of the Hippie 1967-1969, University of Basel
  • June 2019: “‘REALITY IS A POINT, A PLATEAU, A MYSTERY:’ (Re-)Visions of Non-Linear Time and Space in Michael McClure’s Poem ‘Double Moiré for Francis Crick,’” annual conference of the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Athens
  • June 2019: “Queer Jewish Utopia between High and Pop Culture in Ezra Furman’s Transangelic Exodus (2018),” annual conference of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS / DGfA), University of Hamburg
  • Sept. 2018: “A Road Beyond the Bifurcation of Nature: The Relation of Mind and Nature in the Poetry of Michael McClure and Philip Whalen,” annual conference of the European Beat Studies Network, Vienna
  • June 2018: “The Subject’s Colorful Emergence from the World: Whiteheadian Color and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony,” annual conference of the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Copenhagen
  • Apr. 2018: “A Philosophy of Dissent: Whiteheadian Cosmology and the Poetry of Michael McClure,” American Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Leipzig
  • Nov. 2017: “‘Sing(ing) of the Middle Way’ – Michael McClure’s ‘New Rationality’ of Science and Mysticism,” annual conference of the Postgraduate Forum of the GAAS (DGfA), Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Sept. 2017: “Mending Schisms: The Scientific Beat in the Poetry of Michael McClure,” annual conference of the European Beat Studies Network, Paris
  • Nov. 2016: “Humanity as Migrant in the Poetry of Robinson Jeffers,” international conference: The Environment and Human Migration: Rethinking the Politics of Poetry, University of Bamberg

Professional Memberships 

  • German Association for American Studies (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien) (GAAS / DGfA)
  • European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture & Environment (EASLCE)
  • European Beat Studies Network (EBSN)
  • European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA EU)