Markus Heide

senior lecturer at Department of English, The Swedish Institute for North American Studies

Email:
markus.heide[AT-sign]engelska.uu.se
Telephone:
+4618-471 1568
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 L

Postal address:
Box 527
751 20 Uppsala

Short presentation

I am Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in American Studies at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS), a subdivision of the Department of English. In spring 2018 I am visiting research fellow at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) at UC San Diego, funded by a Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) Sabbatical.

Keywords: cultural studies american literature border studies us politcs ethnic studies american film canadian studies travel writing

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Biography

  1. Biographic Sketch

  2. Academic Positions and Other Employment

  3. Research Fellowships Abroad

  4. Education and Academic Degrees

  5. Obtained External Funding and Grants

1. Biographic Sketch

I am Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in American Studies at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS), a subdivision of the Department of English. I have worked at Uppsala University since 2014, with a promotion to docent in 2016. In spring 2016 I was visiting professor at the University of Erfurt (Germany) and in the fall of 2016 I was Matariki visiting research scholar at Dartmouth College (USA). In the spring term of 2018 I am visiting research fellow at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) at UC San Diego, funded by a Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) Sabbatical.

Prior to the appointment at Uppsala University, I was Assistant Professor of American Literary and Cultural Studies at Humboldt University Berlin and lecturer at America Institute at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. I was post-doctoral research fellow of the graduate school Postcolonial Literatures (dir. Graham Huggan) at L. M. University Munich, Fulbright scholar at Harvard University and the American Antiquarian Society, Humboldt fellow at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) and the University of Toronto. I was Phd fellow of the graduate school Democracy in the U.S.A. at J. F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Free University Berlin and received my doctoral degree at Humboldt University Berlin for a thesis on Mexican-American Literature,1940s to 1990s. I received my MA degree in American Literary and Cultural Studies from J. W. Goethe University Frankfurt (thesis: Media Reality in Don Delillo’s White Noise and Libra). My undergraduate studies were in American Studies, Latin American Studies and German Literature at the University of Frankfurt and Brandeis University (USA).

At Uppsala University I teach classes in the American Studies program (SINAS) on American Politics, American Media, and American Literature, as well as classes in English and American Literary Studies and US history (social studies). In literary studies I am particularly specialized in 20th and 21st century ethnic fiction, early American literature, travel writing, and literary theory. I also teach media and film history and theory (Hollywood, documentary, ethnicity and film), theories of culture and Cultural Studies.

Following my initial research interest in postmodern aesthetics in U.S. and Latin American Literature (MA thesis on Don Delillo’s fiction), I focused on Mexican-American literature in my doctoral studies. My first book concentrates on Chicano/a Literature, analysing the emergence of political forms of ethnic identification in literature published between the 1940s and 1990s. In this study I trace Mexican-American writing from Américo Paredes’ autoethnographic explorations of oral traditions in Southern Texas to the literature of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s/70s to questions of intersectionality of race, class, gender and sexuality in feminist and queer Chicano/a writing of the 1980s and 90s.

My second book on the history of Canadian film Kanadischer Film (co-authored, in German) grew out of a post-doc project in Canadian Studies at Humboldt University, supported by the Canadian Embassy. In my chapters I first discuss early Canadian film production (silent film) and its struggles with the dominant Hollywood film industry. The following chapters explore film genres that have been of particular significance for Canadian film history: Documentary, experimental film and animation.

In more recent years my research has been predominantly in Inter-American and hemispheric approaches to American literature and culture as well as Border Studies. This research has resulted in two edited volumes (Hemispheric Encounters: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective and The Americas in the Nineteenth Century: Inter-American Perspectives on U.S. Literatures) and articles on issues of inter-American relations in literature, film and popular culture (e.g. border science fiction, narco-corridos, and performance art). In the monograph, titled Home and the World: The Trans-National Imagination in Early American Travel Writing (1770-1830) – which I am currently finalizing – I explore boundary constructions and controversies in travel reports of the early national period of the United States. The critical focus is on different forms of boundary controversies that I read in the context of broader discursive negotiations of the relation between the nation and the globe, of the domestic and the foreign, of home and abroad, notions of the Self and the Other. The trans-national imagination of early American travel writing emerges as expression of the complex and contradictory relation between such concepts of collective identification as nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and imperialism.

My most recent research continues my interest in Border Studies with a focus on the US-Mexico border. I am interested in literature, film and art that explore the borderlands as contested space. For this project I have done research at UC San Diego and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, including field work along the border in California, Texas, Baja California and Tamaulipas. As an exchange student, hosted by a Mexican-American family in California (many, many years ago), I crossed the border for the first time on a pickup truck, on a sunny Sunday, in the 1980s. I have since been fascinated by the borderlands. My experience of having grown up in Germany with an intensely guarded border fence close to home and the Wall in Berlin, certainly contributes to my interest in comparative border studies – and, after all, in the current border politics in the contemporary US.

I have published in international academic journals, such as Comparative American Studies, Wasafiri, American Studies/Amerikastudien, American Literary Scholarship (Duke University Press), FIAR and Atlantis. I was project manager of the trans-Atlantic research project Cosmopolitan Film Cultures: Narrative, Theory, Production, where I cooperated with University of Alberta (Imre Szeman) and Université de Montréal (Heike Haerting). In 2018 an Erasmus+ application (cooperation with 7 European universities) for a 3 year research collaboration on Hostfilm: Hospitality in Film was successful. The group will develop teaching material and I will contribute comparative perspectives on film, migration and undocumented border crossing. In 2017 I was a founding member of the American Studies research group Minor Mobilities that explores issues of mobility and marginalization. I have been involved in PhD supervision at universities in Sweden, Germany, Spain and Greece. I welcome applications by students who plan to pursue a PhD in American literary and cultural studies. At the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) we welcome applications from scholars interested in doing research as visiting fellows. I am very much interested in cooperating in projects in my research fields, and beyond.

2. Academic Positions and Other Employment

10/2015-9/2016

  • University of Erfurt, Department of English and American Studies

  • Visiting professor, American literary and cultural studies

since 9/2014

  • Uppsala University

4/2003-8/2014

  • Humboldt University Berlin, Department of English and American Studies

  • Assistant Professor

9/2004-3/2005

  • Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Graduate School Postcolonial Studies

  • Post-doc fellow

4/2001-4/2003

  • Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, America-Institute, Cultural History

  • Lecturer

1997-2000

  • Leipzig University, American Studies, Lectureship

1999

  • Humboldt University Berlin, English and American Studies, Lectureship

10/1997-10/2000

  • Free University Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies

  • PhD fellow graduate school Democracy in the U.S.A.

1994-2000

  • Freelance journalist (Frankfurt and Cologne, different media)

3. Research Fellowships Abroad

6-8/2017

  • UC San Diego, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS)

  • Research fellow

10/2016-2/2017

  • Dartmouth College, Matariki research fellow

10/2013

  • University of Toronto, research fellow

8-10/2011

  • University of Toronto, research rellow

3-8/2010

  • McMaster University, Hamilton (Ontario), Humboldt research fellow

6/2007-7/2008

  • McMaster University, Hamilton (Ontario), Humboldt research fellow

2-6/2007

  • Harvard University and American Antiquarian Society (Worcester)

  • Fulbright American Studies fellow

8-11/1998

  • UC Berkeley, PhD research grant DFG (German Research Foundation)

11-12/1996

  • Harvard University, PhD research grant DAAD

4. Education and Academic Degrees

2016

  • Uppsala University

  • docent i engelska, ssk. Amerikansk litteratur och kultur (associate professor)

2002

  • Humboldt University Berlin

  • Dr. phil. (thesis: Chicano/a-Narrative and the Negotiation of Cultural Contact)

1995

  • Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University Frankfurt

  • M.A. (American Studies, Latin American Studies, German Literature)

  • (thesis: Media and Myth in Don Delillo’s White Noise and Libra)

9/1992-7/1993

  • Brandeis University (MA, USA), scholarship DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

1990

  • Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

  • High School Diploma, Valley High School, Sacramento (CA)

5. Obtained External Funding and Grants

2017

  • RJ Sabbatical: January to June 2018

  • The US-Mexico Border as Contested Space: Film and Popular Culture, 1990-2017

2017

  • Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership

  • Hostfilm: Hospitality in Film, Research cooperation with Universidad de Salamanca, Universidad de Valladolid, Universität Graz, Nottingham Trent University, University Maynooth (2017-2020)

2017

  • Uppsala Forum Seminar and Workshop Funding

  • Border Studies: The US-Mexico Border in Historical and Comparative Perspective (Fall 2018)

2016

  • Matariki-Network fellowship, Uppsala Universitet, 6 months

  • Visiting research fellow, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA

  • Research Project: Home and the World: The Trans-National Imagination in Early American Travel Writing (1770-1830)

2010-2014

  • TransCoop Project, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010-2014), TransCoop Program, research cooperation with University of Alberta and Université de Montréal, Cosmopolitan Film Cultures: Narrative, Theory, Production (Euro 80.000). Project manager

2008-2009

  • Feodor Lynen Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (McMaster University)

2007

  • Fulbright American Studies Fellowship (Harvard University)

2004-2005

  • DFG (German Research Foundation) graduate school Postcolonial Studies (LMU Munich)

1997-2000

  • DFG Graduate school Democracy in the US. (Free University Berlin)

1997

  • Ph.D.-scholarship of the state of Berlin

1995

  • DAAD-Scholarship for Internships abroad

  • Richard Kostelanetz, Experimental Film and Publishing, New York

1992-1993

  • DAAD: Student scholarship, 12 months (Brandeis University)

Publications

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