Julia Velten, M.A.wiss. Mitarbeiterin, Abteilung Banerjee
I received my B.Ed. in English, History, and Education as well as my M.A. in American Studies from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. In order to complete my M.A. thesis “‘The power of a four letter word’: AIDS and the ‘Right to Try’ in Dallas Buyers Club,” I received a PROMOS (DAAD) scholarship that gave me the opportunity to do research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for two months. I am currently working as Prof. Banerjee’s doctoral researcher within the DFG research group “Un/doing Differences: Praktiken der Humandifferenzierung.” Our project, focusing on centenarian auto/biographies, deals with the fabrication of centenarians in the United States. Connected to this research, my dissertation deals with concepts of aging in American literature and culture. My general research interests include life writing, aging studies, medical humanities, indigenous studies, and popular culture.