Dr. Sonja Georgiakad. Rätin, Abteilung Banerjee
I studied American Studies, Applied Linguistics, and Economics from 2000 until 2005 at the University of Siegen and received a PhD in American Studies from the University of Siegen in 2010. I have been a lecturer in American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz since 2010. I teach courses in the undergraduate programs and am student advisor/academic advisor (Studienfachberaterin). My major interests in research and teaching include Ethnic Studies, African American and Native American Literature, Science Fiction, and Film Studies. My dissertation Bodies and/as Technology: Counter-Discourses on Ethnicity and Globalization in the Works of Alejandro Morales, Larissa Lai and Nalo Hopkinson was published by Universitätsverlag Winter in 2011. In my current post-doctoral research project “Black-Native Encounters in American Literature and Culture,” I investigate inter-ethnic identity negotiations in African American and Native American literary and culture productions such as novels, autobiographies, political essays and non-textual forms of expression from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My publications include essays on Native American literature (Mediating Indianness, Michigan State UP 2015), dystopia (Dystopia, Science, Fiction, Post-Apocalypse, WVT 2015; Transcultural Spaces: Challenges of Urbanity, Ecology, and the Environment, Narr 2010;), and film remakes (Remaking/Remodel, Palgrave Macmillan 2012). I have edited the volumes Geschichtstransformationen. Medien, Verfahren und Funktionalisierungen historischer Rezeption (together with Julia Ilgner, Isabell Lammel, Cathleen Sarti und Christine Waldschmidt, Transcript 2015) and Of Body Snatchers and Cyberpunks: Student Essays on American Science Fiction Film (together with Kathleen Loock, Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2011). I am participating in the interdisciplinary and international network Geschichtstransformationen – Transformations of History, which is part of the Research Unit Historical Cultural Sciences (HKW).