Editorial Board

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_Isabel Kalous

Isabel Kalous is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture and the coordinator of the GGK/GCSC Career & Alumni Services. Her doctoral research focuses on contemporary African American travel writing.

_Nourhan Kassem

Nourhan Kassem is a PhD candidate in political science at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture. In her dissertation, she focuses on the evolution of the Islamic political discourse in the Arab Spring states through questioning the concept of revolution.

_Elizabeth Kovach

Elizabeth Kovach was the coordinator of the book series of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture. Elizabeth has worked on the creative side of advertising and on the editorial side of commercial book publishing in Germany and the U.S. She recently finished her dissertation project bridging contemporary discourses in political philosophy and U.S.-American literary fiction.

_Jens Kugele

Jens Kugele is Head of Research Coordination and member of the Executive Board of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture. Anchored in the disciplines of Literary Studies and History of Religion, Jens’s postdoctoral research focuses on the construction of sacred spaces in literary and cultural history.

_Melanie Mihm

Melanie Mihm is the coordinator of the book series at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture. She received her master’s degree in Computational Linguistics & Text Technology and German Literature from Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. Her doctoral research focuses on knowledge organization and knowledge transfer in multimodal academic textbooks (print and digital).

_Ansgar Nünning

Ansgar Nünning is the Academic Director of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) and Professor of English and American Literature and Cultural Studies in Giessen. He has published widely on English and American literature, cultures of memory, narratology, and literary and cultural theory.

 _Simon Ottersbach

Simon Ottersbach is a PhD candidate in contemporary history and research assistant at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture. In his dissertation, he focuses on the history of knowledge in the Cold War with a case study on the production and transatlantic circulation of knowledge by Radio Free Europe.

_Imke Polland (on leave)

Imke Polland is a PhD candidate in British Studies at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture and research assistant at the European PhDnet “Literary and Cultural Studies”. In her dissertation, she focuses on the role of the heirs to the throne for the future of the British monarchy as discussed in the media representations of the royal weddings 2005 and 2011.

_Marcel Wrzesinski
Marcel Wrzesinski is editor-in-chief of KULT_online, the review journal of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, and has been a lecturer at several universities. With a disciplinary background in cultural anthropology, philosophy and gender studies, his dissertation deals with the link between radical manifestos and forceful social activism.

Our previous Editorial Board Members

  _Nora Berning

Nora Berning was Program Coordinator and Postdoc at the GCSC between 2013 and 2017. She is now General Manager of the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim. Her research focuses on English and American Literature and Culture, Media Theory and Travel Writing Studies.

_Katja Čičigoj

Katja Čičigoj is a PhD candidate and a former member of the editorial board of On_Culture. Her research is embedded within contemporary European philosophy and her dissertation deals with the ontology of sexual difference in feminist philosophy after poststructuralism.

_Beatrice Michaelis

Beatrice Michaelis was Head of Research Coordination and Postdoc at the GCSC between 2009 and 2014. She is now Deputy Director of the Max Planck International Research Network on Aging (MaxNetAging) as well as Deputy Chief Research Coordinator of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. Her research focuses on Queer Theory, Postcolonial Studies and Intersectionality.

 


_Nevena Stamenković
Nevena Stamenković is a PhD candidate in the didactics of foreign languages at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture and has worked as a lecturer at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and the Free University of Berlin. In her dissertation, she examines how Mexican American literature written in English and Spanish (Chicano literature) can be used to foster multilingualism in the foreign language classroom.