Lisa Brau-Weglinski, M.A./M.Ed.wiss. Mitarbeiterin, Abteilung Banerjee
I am a doctoral researcher with Professor Mita Banerjee’s team. My general research interests lie in Transnational American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Aging Studies, Canadian Literature, Comparative Canadian Studies, and French Cultural Studies.
In 2018, I received my bi-national B.Ed. in English, French, and Education from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, and my Double Licence in LLCE Anglais and Lettres Modernes from Université de Bourgogne, Dijon. Over the course of this program, I got the opportunity to spend one academic year at Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France (2015-2016), as well as two trimesters at Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke (Quebec), Canada (2016-2017). For my stays abroad, I received scholarships by the Franco-German University (DFH), ERASMUS, and PROMOS (DAAD).
Back at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, I pursued an M.Ed. in English, French, and Education. Additionally, I decided to take on an M.A. in American Studies. With my thesis “‘Chez Nous Revisited: The Québécois and the Others in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing and Jacques Poulin’s Volkswagen Blues,” I bridged the fields of Transnational American Studies, Comparative Canadian Studies, and Études francophones, thus concluding both of my master’s degrees, in 2022.
Currently, I work with Professor Banerjee as a doctoral researcher within the framework of a German Research Foundation (DFG) funded project, the Collaborative Research Center “Studies in Human Categorization” (CRC 1482). My research focuses on Aging Studies and questions the notion of “successful aging.” Being part of the CRC and Professor Banerjee’s project “Successful Aging: Best Agers at the Intersection between Differentiating Age and Achievement” (TP A04), my work is informed by interdisciplinary approaches and methods, such as sociological fieldwork. With my dissertation, I seek to relate the category of “age” to the categories of “sports” and “competition.”