Dr. Johanna Heil

Wiss. Mitarbeiterin

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+49 6421 28-24403 johanna.heil@ 1 Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6
35032 Marburg
W|02 Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute (Raum: 01F01A bzw. +1F01a)

Organisationseinheit

Philipps-Universität Marburg Fremdsprachliche Philologien (Fb10) Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (IAA)

Office Hours

During Semester

Tuesdays, 4 - 5 p.m. Requires registration via Ilias!

Semester Break

By appointment only after sign-up via Ilias and only on the dates specified there.

Please note that I will be away from my office without access to my email account from June 20-30.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Curriculum VitaeCurriculum Vitae

    Second book project: "Becoming-Body: Constructions of Authenticity, Subjectivity, and Freedom in American Modern Dance" (working title)

    6/2017 to present: Philipps-Universität Marburg: Referentin, Center for Gender Studies and Feminist Research (Zentrum für Gender Studies und feministische Zukunftsforschung; https://www.uni-marburg.de/genderzukunft/zentrum/gesch)
    4/2015 to present: Philipps-Universität Marburg: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (postdoctoral researcher), Department of English and American Studies, North American Literature and Culture
    6/2014 - 1/2015: student at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, NYC
    6/2014 - 3/2015: visiting scholar at The New School, NYC
    2013: Ph.D. thesis defense (summa cum laude)
    2009-2014: Philipps-Universität Marburg: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (as Ph.D. candidate), Department of English and American Studies, North American Literature and Culture
    2008-2011: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA) / German Association for American Studies (GAAS): Assistant to the Executive Director
    2008-2013: Ph.D. candidate at Philipps-Universität Marburg. Thesis: "An Inquiry into Knowing: Narratives, Sciences, and Works of Art in Richard Powers's Fiction"
    2005-2006: Trinity College Dublin 
    2001-2008: Magistra Artium student at Philipps-Universität Marburg (major: American Studies; minors: English Linguistucs and Celtic Studies; additional study in philosophy)

    Research Activities and Scholarships

    Visiting Scholar at Barnard College / Columbia University: March - May 2017 (DFG fellowship)
    Visiting Scholar at The New School: June 2014-April 2015
    Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance: student / participatory research, June 2014-January 2015
    School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University, June 16 - July 26, 2013
    DAAD short term scholarship for Ph.D. students: Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aug. and Sept. 2012
    DAAD short term scholarship for Ph.D. students: Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aug. (- Sept.) 2010
    Fulbright American Studies Institute 2010, "Re-Inventing America", San Francisco State University, Sept. 12 - 25, 2010
    UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies Summer School, Workshop: "Memory, Trauma, Mediation", July 5 - 11, 2009

    Research Interests

    modern, postmodern, and contemporary fiction
    new materialisms, poststructuralism, feminisms and gender studies, psychoanalytical criticism
    literature and medicine
    critical dance studies, dance history, and performance studies

    Memberships

    American Studies Association (ASA)
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien / German Association for American Studies (DGfA / GAAS)
    Modern Language Association (MLA) 
    Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS)
    Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Europe (SLSAeu)
    Zentrum für Gender Studies und feministische Zukunftsforschung (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
    Marburger Zentrum für Kanadastudien / Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

    Teaching

    Summer 2017 HS Key Concepts in North American Studies
    Winter 2016/2017 HS "Thank you for the flowers and the book by Derrida": Literary and Cultural Theory
    UE Academic Writing for M.A.-Students
    Summer 2016 HS Telling Stories of Science
    PS Growing-Up Is Hard to Do: Coming of Age in American Fiction
    Winter 2015/2016 HS Singing the ‘Body Electric’ in 20th- and 21st-Century American Literature, Film, and Dance
    UE Academic Writing for M.A.-Students
    Summer 2015 PS "Once Upon a Time There Was a Story that Began": American Postmodern Fiction
    Summer 2014 PS Populating the Stage: Drama and Performance in Twentieth Century America
    Winter 2013/14 PS Theoretically Speaking
    Summer 2013 UE Introduction to the Study of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures
    Winter 2012/13 PS “Words! book-words! what are you?”: American Renaissance
    Summer 2012 PS Queer America?: A Survey of U.S. History, Politics, and Culture
    Winter 2011/12 PS “OK Computer”: American Science Fiction in the 20th Century
    Summer 2011 PS Of Devils, God, and Witches? Puritan Literature and Culture in 17th-Century America
    Winter 2010/11 PS "The Art of Fiction": American Realism and Naturalism
    Summer 2010 PS Writing the US American Nation: From The Declaration of Independence to "Democratic Vistas"
    Winter 2009/10 PS A Family Matter: Family Novels and Family Plays in American Literature
    Summer 2009 PS Sylvia Plath

    (HS = upper level seminar; PS = lower level seminar; UE = exericse)

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen PublicationsPublications

    Monograph:

    Walking the Möbius Strip: An Inquiry into Knowing in Richard Powers's Fiction. Heidelberg: Winter, 2016.

    Journal Articles:

    2016     “Exercises in Discipline and Freedom? The Graham Technique.” Dance Chronicle 39.2 (2016): 132-52.
    2010    “The Purloined Chamber: A Lacanian Reading of Richard Powers’s Plowing the Dark. COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 11 (2010): n.pag. Ed. Torsten Kathke and Sascha Pöhlmann. Web.

    Chapters in edited books:

    forthcoming     “Between Organic Movement and Technique: Practicing Self-Care and Forging Subjectivities in American Modern Dance.” Modernities and Modernization in North America. Ed. Ruth Mayer and Ilka Brasch. Heidelberg: Winter.
    2018    Practicing Graham: Becoming-Body between Counts and Spaces.  Verkörperte Heterotopien: Zur Materialität und [Un-]Ordnung ganz anderer Räume. Ed. Lea Spahn, Jasmin Scholle, Susanne Maurer, and Bettina Wuttig. Bielefeld: transcript, 2018. 43-55.
    2016    “Of No Woman Born“ und doch des Herren Knecht*In?: C.L. Moores „No Woman Born“ und Richard Powers‘ Galatea 2.2.” Feminismus und Freiheit: Geschlechterkritische Neuaneignung eines umkämpften Begriffs.  Ed. Carmen Birkle, Barbara Grubner, and Annette Henninger. Sulzbach: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 2016. 319-37. Print.
    2013    “Embedding Richard Powers’s The Echo Maker in Narrative Medicine: Narrativity, Delusions, and the (De-)Construction of Unified Minds.” Communicating Disease: Cultural Representation of American Medicine. Ed. Carmen Birkle and Johanna Heil. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013. 387-411.
    2012   “Narrative Strands, Lacanian Orders, and the Borromean Knot. Reading Richard Powers’s Plowing the Dark.” Ideas of Order: Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers. Ed. Antje Kley and Jan Kucharzewski. 143-73. 2012.
    2011   “Marital Law and Women’s Rights in Early Christian Ireland.” Allerlei Keltisches: Studien zu Ehren Erich Poppes. Studies in Honour of Erich Poppe. Ed. Franziska Bock, Dagmar Bronner, and Dagmar Schlüter. Berlin: curach bhán publications, 2011. 61-77.

    Editorship

    10/2014 - 12/2017: Member of the Editorial Team of COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies (online journal for graduate students)
    2013    Communicating Disease: Cultural Representation of American Medicine. Ed. Carmen Birkle and Johanna Heil. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013. Print.
    2013    COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 14 (2013). Guest ed. Britta Bein, Johanna Heil, Janina Rojek, and Silke Schmidt. Web.

    Conference Papers

    2018    Beyond Form and Matter. Toward a Choratic Rading in/of Dance. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung, Symposium 2018: Tanz der Dinge / Things that Dance. Karlsruge. Oct. 5-7
    2018   Enculturating the Roarng inside Them: An (Eco-)Feminist Perspective on American Modern Dance Techniques. Dance Studies Association (DSA) 2018: Contra: Dance ad Conflict, Valletta, Malta. July 5-8.
    2018   Haunted Heritage: Ancestral Landscapes in Nathaniel Hawthorne and Martha. SLSAeu 2018: Green. Copenhagen, Denmark. June 13-15.
    2017   From (Sexual) Difference to Diversity. Diversity and/in the GAAS. Amerikahaus München. October 20-21.
    2017   Choreographing Empathies through Elemental Passions. SLSAeu 2017: Empathies. Basel. June 21-24.
    2017   On Diversity and Difference as Categories of Critique. Workshop-Conference: Diversity. Philipps-Universität Marburg. June 19.
    2017  From Organic Movement to Technique: Forging Bodies in American Modern Dance. DGfA/GAAS Annual Conference 2017: Modernities and Modernization in North America. Leibniz Universität Hannover. June 8-11.
    2016   (Re-)Claiming Cores of Authenticity: Martha Graham and Michael Kliën. CORD and SDHS Annual Conference 2016: Beyond Authenticity and Appropriation: Bodies, Authorship, and Choreographies of Transmission. Pomona College, Claremont. Nov. 3-6.
    2016   Body Revolution and Control: The Modern Dance of Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham. SLSAeu 2016: Control. Stockholm. June 14-17.
    2016  Practicing Graham: Becoming-Body between Counts and Spaces. [UN]Möglich! Verkörperte und bewegte Heterotopien als Orte der Bildung. Philipps-Universität Marburg. March 3-5.
    2016   "Of No Women Born" und doch des Herren Knecht*In?: Entstehungsmythen, posthumane Körper(losigkeit) und Ermächtigungsstrategien in C.L. Moores "No Woman Born" und Richard Powers's Galatea 2.2. Workshop-Conference of the Center for Gender Studies and Feminist Research. "Freiheit. Feministische Neuaneignungen eines umkämpften Begriffs." Philipps-Universität Marburg. Feb. 18.
    2015   Reading Anorexia: Memoirs between Constraint and Liberation.  Session:  Narratives of Resistance: Rethinking the Politics of Health and Illness. ASA Main Annual Meeting. The (Re)Production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance. Toronto, Canada. Oct. 8-11, 2015.
    2015  (Sub)Atomic Movement, Martha Graham's Modernist Expressionism, and Gestures in Contemporary Dance: A Matter of Scale. Session: Scales of Modernity: Bodies, Buildings, Literature. SLSAeu 2015: Scale. Malta. June 15-18.
    2015  The Graham Experience: Now and Then. SDHS Special-Topics Conference: Dance as Experience: Progressive Era Origins and Legacies. Baltimore, MD. March 26-28.
    2014   Fluid Materiality?: Moving / Moved Bodies in Modern and Contemporary Dance. SLSA Annual Meeting 2014: Fluid. Dallas, TX. 9-12 Oct. 2014.
    2014 What Narrative and Fiction Know: Theoretical Considerations of Medicine and Neuroscience in Contemporary Fiction. Session: What Narrative Can(not) Do: A Diagnosis of Narrative Approaches to Medicine. 129th MLA Annual Convention. Chicago. 9-12 Jan. 2014.
    2013  “I really think that you’re a therapist who has remarkably little insight into your own behavior”: Narrative Perspectives, Life Writing, and Psychotherapy in In Treatment. It’s Not Television. Graduate Conference on Contemporary US-American and British TV-Series. Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 22-23 Feb. 2013.
    2012  “Spirits raised by me”: Nonhuman Empowerment in Richard Powers’s Galatea 2.2 and Plowing the Dark. SLSA Annual Meeting 2012: The Nonhuman. Milwaukee, WI. 27‑30 Sep. 2012.
    2011 Crossing Borders, Dancing Identities: Modern and Contemporary Dance in a Transnational Perspective. DGfA/GAAS Annual Conference 2011: Transnational American Studies. University of Regensburg, Germany. 16-19 Jun. 2011.
    2011  Luria’s “Romantic Scholar” and Richard Powers’s The Echo Maker: Narrative, Confabulation, and the (De-)Construction of Unified Minds. Literature and Medicine. International Conference at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. 11-12 Feb. 2011.
    2010  Narrative Strands, Lacanian Orders, and the Borromean Knot: Reading Richard Powers’s Plowing the Dark. Ideas of Order: Narrative Patters in the Novel of Richard Powers. International Conference at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. 26-28 Nov. 2010.
    2009  The Purloined Chamber: A Lacanian Reading of Richard Powers’s Plowing the Dark. Postgraduate Forum. Conference at Ludwig-Maximilian Universität Munich, Germany. 30 Oct.‑1 Nov. 2009.
    2009    On the Viability of Memories: The Case of Mark Schluter. Clinton Institute for American Studies Summer School. University College Dublin, Ireland. 5-11 Jul. 2009.

    Organized Conference Panels

    2015    Scales of Modernity: Bodies, Buildings, Literature. With Connor Pitetti (Stony Brook U). SLSAeu 2015: Scale. Malta. June 15-18.
    2015    “Playing with the arts and sciences”: (Post-)Feminist Discourse and the ‘Tools of Patriarchy.’ With Anna Thiemann (Universität Münster). DGfA/GAAS Annual Conference 2015: Knowledge Landscapes North America. Universität Bonn, Germany. 28-31 May 2015.
    2014    What Narrative Can(not) Do: A Diagnosis of Narrative Approaches to Medicine. With Christine Marks (LaGuardia Community College) and Jennifer L. Baldwin (UIUC). 129th MLA Annual Convention. Chicago. 9-12 Jan. 2014.
    2013    PGF Workshop. With Britta Bein, Janina Rojek, Silke Schmidt. DGfA/GAAS Annual Conference 2013: Rural America. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. 30 May – 2 June 2013.

    Invited Talks

    2018    "Martha Graham's Modern Dance: Histories and Critical Perspectives." Guest Lecture Series in American Studies. Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. April 16
    2018    “From Devilish Dancing and “Wicked Waltzing” to American Modern Dance: A Cultural History.” Making America: Public Lecture Series. Universität Bamberg. Jan. 11.
    2016    Becoming-Body: Constructions of Authenticity, Subjectivity, and Freedom in American Modern Dance. American Studies Research Colloquium. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg. Nov. 29.
    2016   (Re)Positioning the Scholar: Situatedness and Practices of Reading. Lecture Series "How to Do Literary and Cultural Studies: Methods of Analysis." Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. June 8.
    2016   Martha Graham's Dance and the Heritage of Puritanism. Seminar "The Coherent Individual: The Literary Legacy of Puritanism in the United STates" (Dr. Sonja Schillings). Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. Jan. 28.
    2015   Exit Stage Left: Martha Graham's Abstract American Expressionism and the Perils of European Fascism. Reserach Colloquium "Recent Research in American Studies." Universität Regensburg. Dec. 10.
    2014  Exodus wider Willen: Jüdisch-amerikanische Literatur in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts [The Reluctant Exodus: Jewish-American Literature in the First Half of the 20th Century]. Seniorenkolleg Marburg, Germany. 15. Jan. 2014.

    Organized Conferences

    2012    PGF. Graduate Student Conference. Philipps-Universität Marburg. Nov. 2-4. With Britta Bein, Janina Rojek, Silke Schmidt).
    2011    Literature and Medicine. International Conference. Philipps-Universität Marburg. Feb. 11-12. With Carmen Birkle, Carmen Fels.

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