Privatdozent Dr. phil. Carsten Junker (Wiss. Mitarbeiter)

English-Speaking Cultures – American Studies – Literary Studies
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Werdegang ‒ Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Positions, Education, and Fellowships

  • At the Universität Bremen since Dec. 2008
  • Since Oct. 2015, visiting professor filling in for the chair of American Literary Studies, Universität Leipzig
  • 2015, Habilitation, Universität Bremen, Venia Legendi: Amerikanistik: Literaturwissenschaft und Kulturwissenschaft
  • 2014–15, lecturer, International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
  • Summer term 2012, Modern University visiting professor, American Studies Center, Universytet Warszawski
  • 2011–2012, Christoph Daniel Ebeling fellow at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), jointly sponsored by the AAS and the German Association for American Studies
  • 2009, Dr. phil., Nordamerikanische Literatur und Kultur, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (summa cum laude)
  • 2008–2010, Gender-Studies lecturer, English Department, Universität Wien
  • 2007–2009, lecturer in American and Gender Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Summer term 2006, visiting graduate student, Department of English at Cornell University (including research at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC)
  • 2005–2007, doctoral fellow, DFG-Graduiertenkolleg "Geschlecht als Wissenskategorie"/Graduate Training Group "Gender as a Category of Knowledge" at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, funded by the German Research Foundation
  • 2003, M.A., English and American Studies and German Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2000–2002, teaching assistant, Institute for English and American Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 1995–2003, student of English and American Studies and German Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Goldsmiths College at the University of London


Courses Taught

  • MA Graduate Colloquium in American Studies: Revisiting Literary Theory (Leipzig)
  • Cultural Repertoires of Human Commodification: Enslavement, Capitalism, and Resistance (MA seminar, Leipzig)
  • Keywords in the Literary Study of Gender (MA seminar, Leipzig)
  • Interrogating the Transnational Turn in American Studies (MA seminar, Leipzig)
  • Consuming Violence (MA seminar, Leipzig)
  • Literature and Culture II: Popular Culture and the Canon (BA lecture course, Leipzig)
  • American Literary History (BA lecture course, Leipzig)
  • Literature and the Concept of Difference (MA seminar, Leipzig)
  • Constituting Public Spheres and Selves in Genres and Media (MA seminar, Leipzig)
  • Literature and Culture I: American Literature, Beginnings to Present (BA seminar, Leipzig)
  • Mapping Migration in the Contemporary Novel (MA seminar, Leipzig)
  • Methods and Theories in American Studies (MA lecture course, Leipzig)
  • iDEWEY Module (MA graduate conference mentoring, Leipzig)
  • BA Project Colloquium (Leipzig)
  • North American Literatures and the Poetics of Fear (BA seminar, Bremen)
  • Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Studies, Whiteness Theory (MA seminar, International Psychoanalytic University Berlin)
  • Dimensionen der Differenz (MA lecture course, International Psychoanalytic University Berlin)
  • "Wars I Have Seen": Armed Conflict in North American Literature and Film (BA seminar, Bremen)
  • Short Stories and Essays in the Post-WWII United States (BA seminar, Bremen)
  • Literatures of Migration and Mobility (BA seminar, Bremen)
  • Postmodern Literature and Beyond (BA seminar, Bremen)
  • Colonial Orders of Knowledge in the Age of Enlightenment (MA seminar, Bremen, with Karen Struve/French Literature)
  • BA-thesis Colloquium (Bremen)
  • Writing Race in US-American Fiction, 1980-2010 (MA seminar, Warsaw)
  • Colonization, Slavery, and the American Enlightenment (MA seminar, Warsaw)
  • The Transnational Novel: Theories and Practices (BA seminar, Bremen)
  • Writing Class Across Genres I & II: Autobiography & Essay (BA/MA seminar, Bremen)
  • Literary Representations of Slavery, Abolition, and Diaspora I & II: 17th–19th Century & 20th–21st Century (BA seminar, Bremen), with an excursion to the International Slavery Museum Liverpool
  • Slavery and the En/Gendering of the Modern Subject in US-American Literature and Culture (MA seminar, Wien)
  • Challenges of Contemporary Narrative (BA seminar, Bremen)
  • "Native Sons": Narratives of Black Masculinities in US-American Literature and Culture (MA seminar, Wien)
  • The Bus as Cinematic Space (BA seminar, HU Berlin, with Susann Neuenfeldt)
  • "I would prefer not to": Rhetorics of Resistance in US-American Literature and Culture I & II (BA seminar, HU Berlin, with Susann Neuenfeldt)
  • Introduction to Literary Studies: Concepts of Literary and Cultural Studies I & II (BA seminar, HU Berlin)


Research Interests

  • North American Literatures and Cultures (incl. Canada and the Caribbean, 18th century to the present)
  • Narrative and genre theory (esp. novel, autobiography, essay, and interview)
  • African American and Black Diaspora Studies, decoloniality and literature
  • Gender Studies, queer theory
  • Early North American popular and visual culture
  • Theories of intersectionality
  • Theories of authorship

Select Papers (since 2008)

  • “Notes on Authorship: Who Writes and What does it Matter?” Sites of Encounter: Boundaries, Liminalities, and Their Media. Lecture Series of the Northern Network of North American Studies. Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg, 7. Nov. 2017.
  • “Rereading the Archive of Early Abolition: Black Atlantic Writing in a Hemispheric Scope.” Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are. Annual Meeting of the Ameri­can Studies Association. Denver, Colo., 18 Nov. 2016
  • "The Ambivalences of Early Abolitionism: A Reevaluation.“ Martin Luther King Day Lecture. Universität Bonn, 18 Jan. 2016.
  • "Writing Black Lives Across Borders." Comparative North American Ethnic Studies: Black Canadian Literature from a Transnational Perspective. Workshop. Universität Münster, 22 Jan. 2016.
  • "Abolitionist Epistolarity." Mobilising Memory: Creating African Atlantic Identities. 11th Conference of the Collegium for African American Research. Liverpool Hope University, 27 June, 2015.
  • "Writing War." Universität Bremen, 18 June, 2015.
  • "Benjamin Franklin: The Poetics of Abolition and the Ruses of Analogy." Perspectives on Northern Africa in the Early Modern Period: Piracy, Slavery, and Diplomacy. Conference. Universität Innsbruck, 13 Nov. 2014.
  • "Containing Bodies—Scandalizing Enslavement: Stasis and Movement at the Juncture between Slave-Ship Images and Texts." Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture. VolkswagenStiftung International Symposium. Julius-Maximilians Universität-Würzburg/Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover, 11 Sept. 2014.
  • "The American Dream, an American Nightmare? – 18th-Century Abolitionist Discourse on Freedom, Equality and Enslavement." The American Dream Revisited. Critical Perspectives on a National Idea. Lecture Series. Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. 18 Dec. 2013.
  • "Dying Speeches – Discursive Procedures of Converting Crime in Abolition." Dreams Deferred, Promises and Struggles. 10th Conference of the Collegium for African American Research. Agnes Scott College, Decatur/Atlanta. 15 March, 2013.
  • "Sklaverei skandalisieren – Bilder von Sklavenschiffen und abolitionistische Gefühlsproduktion um 1800." Lecture Series Transnational Literary Studies. Universität Bremen. 14 Nov., 2012.
  • "The Slave Ship as Textual and Visual Site of Abolitionist Sentiments." Cultures of Feelings. Narratives and Contexts. International Conference. Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. 8 Nov., 2012
  • "Narrating Family Lives – Samuel West's Memoirs (1807)." 59th Annual Conference of the German American Association for American Studies. Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 2 June, 2012.
  • "Wie 'den' transnationalen englischsprachigen Roman lesen?" Lecture Series Transnational Literary Studies, Universität Bremen. 23 Nov. 2011.
  • "Benjamin Franklin, Satire, and Affect." American Antiquarian Society. Worcester, Mass. 18 August, 2011.
  • "Reading about and Feeling for Others: the Social Effects of Abolitionist Writing." Thirteenth International Congress of Eighteenth Century Studies. Universität Graz. 26 July, 2011.
  • "Abolition and Affect." Black States of Desire. Dispossession, Circulation, Transformation. Ninth Conference of the Collegium for African American Research. Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7. 8 April, 2011.
  • "Re-imagining White Masculinity in the Context of Slavery." American Studies Center. Uniwersytet Warszawski. 4 January, 2011.
  • "Slavery at Monticello: 19th-Century Literary Responses to the 'Jefferson-Hemings Controversy'." Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt. 24 March, 2010.
  • "Toward an Abolitionist Revision of Humanist Knowledge." Education, Development Freedom. Fourth International Symposium in the Duke-Bremen-Amsterdam Series. The Center for Global Studies and the Humanities (CGSH). Duke University, 26 February, 2010.
  • "Tracing Anthony Benezet's Abolitionist Agenda: Decolonizing Enlightenment Discourse?" Trajectories of Emancipation: Black European Thinkers. Third International Symposium in the Duke-Bremen-Amsterdam Series. The National Institute of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy (NiNsee). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 29 June 2009.
  • "Enlightenment's White Others? Quaker Abolition and Questions of Decolonial Critique." Forum INPUTS, Institute for Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies. Universität Bremen, 14 May 2009.
  • "Anthony Benezet and Eighteenth-Century Antislavery Debate." Black Knowledges – Black Struggles – Civil Rights: Transnational Perspectives. Eighth Conference of the Collegium for African American Research (CAAR). Universität Bremen, 28 March 2009.
  • "Transantlantic Race Man: Du Bois and Racism in Europe." American Studies Center, Uniwersytet Warszawski, 21. Oct. 2008.
  • "Kulturkritik und der Essay: Fallstricke im deutschen Feuilleton." Kritik – zwischen Literaturwissenschaft und Literary Criticism. Dritte Jahrestagung des Deutsch-amerikanischen Promovenden-Forums Germanistik, HU Berlin, 18 July 2008.
  • "The Essay as an Instrument of Cultural Critique? Essay – Dialogic Structure – Intertextuality." The Essay as Form. Nineteenth Student Conference in Germanic Languages & Literatures. Yale University, 4 April 2008.



buchumschlag Patterns of Positioning Patterns of Positioning. On the Poetics of Early Abolition. American Studies – A Monograph Series 271. Heidelberg: Winter, 2016. Print.

buchumschlag frames of friction Frames of Friction. Black Genealogies, White Hegemony, and the Essay as Critical Intervention. North American Studies Series 27. Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 2010. Print. [Reviews in  Amerikastudien/American Studies 55.4 (2011): 760–62; testcard 20 (2011): 260, and on:]

buchumschlag weiß sehen Weiß sehen. Dekoloniale Blickwechsel mit Zora Neale Hurston und Toni Morrison [Seeing White: Decolonial Revisions with Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison] (co-authored with Julia Roth). Sulzbach/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer, 2010. Print. [Reviews in Missy Magazine 3.10 (2010): 93; Neue Wege. Beiträge zu Religion und Sozialismus 10 (2010): 290–91; Amerikastudien/American Studies 55.4 (2011): 765–67.]


Black Studies—Paradigm Shifts. Ed. with Marie-Luise Löffler. Spec. issue of Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik—A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture 65.2 (2017). Print. [With contributions by Melba Boyd, Sabine Broeck, Patrice Douglass, Cedric Essi, Alan Rice, James Smalls, Isabel Soto, and Calvin Warren]

Current Perspectives in Transnational Black Studies. Ed. with Marie-Luise Löffler. Black Studies Papers 2.1 (2016): 1-132. Web. 9 June 2016. [With contributions by Souleymane Ba, Yannic M. Blec, Sabine Broeck, Katharina Gerund, Paula von Gleich, P. Khalil Saucier, Christian Schmidt, Samira Spatzek, Sebastian Weier, and Frank B. Wilderson, III]

buchumschlag frames of frictionPostcoloniality—Decoloniality—Black Critique: Joints and Fissures. Ed. with Sabine Broeck. Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 2014. Print. [With contributions by Walter Mignolo, Manuela Boatcă, Sabine Broeck, Sérgio Costa, Gabriele Dietze, Kathleen Gyssels, Marina Gržinić, Elahe Haschemi Yekani, Carsten Junker, Ina Kerner, Rozena Maart, Annika McPherson, Beatrice Michaelis, Walter D. Mignolo, Kwame Nimako, Jean-Paul Rocchi, Robert Stam, Ella Shohat, Madina Tlostanova, Rinaldo Walcott, and Frank B. Wilderson III]

Sabine Broeck: Plotting against Modernity; Critical Interventions in Race and Gender. Ed. with Karin Esders, and Insa Härtel. Sulzbach/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer, 2014. Print. [Festschrift for Sabine Broeck, with contributions by John Borneman, Jane C. Desmond, Gabriele Dietze, Maria Diedrich, Kien Nghi Ha, Renate Hof, Sara Lennox, Klaus J. Milich, Bernd Ostendorf, Heike Paul, Alan Rice, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Rinaldo Walcott, and Frank B. Wilderson III]

Slavery Revisited. Ed. with Marie-Luise Löffler. Black Studies Papers 1.1 (2014): 1–214. Web. 15 May 2014. [With contributions by Emanuelle Andrès, Melba Joyce Boyd, Sabine Broeck, Michel Feith, Claudine Le Fustec, Monica Michlin, Stefanie Mueller, Judith Misrahi-Barak, Claudine Raynaud, Stefanie Schäfer, Christina Sharpe, Samira Spatzek, and Maria Varsam]

Co-editor of Black Studies Papers (ISSN 2198-7920)  

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

“Ghostwriting and Its Contradictions, Or: Meet the Trumps” (with Marie-Luise Löffler). Contradiction Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Ed. Gisela Febel, et al. Heidelberg: Springer, accepted.

“Of Cross and Crescent: Analogies of Violence and the Topos of ‘Barbary Captivity’ in Samuel Sewall’s The Selling of Joseph (1700), with a Postscript on Benjamin Franklin.” Beyond Narratives of Captivity: Mediterranean Piracy in the Eyes of the World. Ed. Mario Klarer. New York: Routledge, accepted.

“Staging the Scaffold—Criminal Conversion Narratives and Racialized Masculinity in the late Eighteenth Century.” Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles: Critical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging and Civil Rights. Ed. Violet Showers Johnson, Gundolf Graml, and Patricia Williams Lessane. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, forthcoming 2018. FORECAAST 2.

“Intersektionalität als diskurskritisches Basiskonzept” (with Julia Roth). Handbuch Diskurs. Ed. Ingo H. Warnke. Handbücher Sprachwissen 6. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, forthcoming 2018.

“Self-Aggrandizement: Discursive Effects of Early Abolitionist Self-Positioning.” Journal for Discourse Studies/Zeitschrift für Diskursforschung 3 (2016): 241–64. Print.

“Containing Bodies—Enscandalizing Enslavement: Stasis and Movement at the Juncture of Slave-Ship Images and Texts.” Migrating the Black Body. The African Diaspora and Visual Culture. Ed. Leigh Raiford and Heike Raphael-Hernandez. Seattle: U of Washington P, 2017, 13–29. Print.

"Marguerite Stix and the Shell–Notes on Disciplinarity and Contradiction" (with Ingo H. Warnke). Quaderna 3 (2015). Web. 7 Apr. 2016.

"Marguerite Stix und die Muschel–Überlegungen zu Disziplinarität und Widersprüchlichkeit" (with Ingo H. Warnke). Quaderna 3 (2015). Web. 7 Apr. 2016.

"Interrogating the Interview as Genre: Five Cases Over Two Hundred Years." Postcoloniality—Decoloniality—Black Critique: Joints and Fissures. Eds. Sabine Broeck, and Carsten Junker. Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 2014. 319–338. Print. 

"Benjamin Franklin's Ethnic Drag—Notes on Abolition, Satire, and Affect." Black Intersectionalities. A Critique for the 21st Century. Eds. Monical Michelin, and Jean-Paul Rocchi. FORECAAST—Forum for European Contributions to African American Studies, vol. 23. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2013. 84–97. Print. 

"Writing Anti-Slavery: Abolition as Boundary Object in Transatlantic Enlightenment." Language. Philology. Culture 2-3 (2013): 32–49. Web. 2 Sept. 2013. 

"Narrating Family Lives: Religion and Enslavement in Samuel West's Memoirs (1807)." American Lives. Ed. Alfred Hornung. American Studies—A Monograph Series, vol. 234. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2013. 158–71. Print.

"Essay." Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht. Kerben des Kolonialismus im Wissensarchiv deutsche Sprache. Ein kritisches Nachschlagewerk. Eds. Susan Arndt, and Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard. Münster: Unrast Verlag, 2011. 272–84. Print.

"Where, When and How? Contextualizing Intersectionality" (with Elahe Haschemi Yekani, Daniela Hrzán, Jana Husmann-Kastein, Karolina Krasuska and Beatrice Michaelis). New Subjectivities: Negotiating Citizenship in the Context of Migration and Diversity. Eds. Dorota Golańska, and Aleksandra M. Różalska. Łódź: Łódź UP, 2008. 19–47. Print.

"Der 'White Negro' als Erlöserfigur: 'Pretty Fly for a White Guy?'" Erlöser. Figurationen männlicher Hegemonie. Eds. Sven Glawion, Elahe Haschemi Yekani, and Jana Husmann-Kastein. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2007. 169–82. Print.

"Was, wenn Bartleby eine Frau wäre?" (with Julie Miess, Susann Neuenfeldt, Julia Roth). Gender kontrovers. Genealogien und Grenzen einer Kategorie. Eds. Gabriele Dietze, and Sabine Hark. Königstein/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 2006. 243–60. Print.

"Weißsein in der akademischen Praxis. Überlegungen zu einer kritischen Analysekategorie in den deutschen Kulturwissenschaften. Mythen, Masken und Subjekte. Kritische Weißseinsforschung in Deutschland. Eds. Maisha M. Eggers, et al. Münster: Unrast, 2005- 415–43. Print.

"AIDS and Its New Metaphors: Eroticizing the Virus." Quer durch die Geisteswissenschaften. Perspektiven der Queer Theorie . Eds. Elahe Haschemi Yakemi, and Beatrice Michaelis. Berlin: Querverlag, 2005. 253–66. Print.


“Editors’ Note” (with Marie-Luise Löffler). Black Studies Papers 2.1 (2016): 1–3. Web. 9 June 2016.

"Plotting against Modernity" (with Karin Esders, and Insa Härtel). Sabine Broeck: Plotting against Modernity—Critical Interventions in Race and Gender. Eds. Karin Esders, Insa Härtel, and Carsten Junker. Sulzbach/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer, 2013. 9–15. Print.

"Editors' Note" (with Marie-Luise Löffler). Black Studies Papers 1.1 Slavery Revisited (2014): 1–2. Web. 1 June 2014.

Review: Maria I. Dietrich. Cornelia James Cannon. The Future American Race. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P 2011. Anglia. Journal of English Philology. 130.3 (2012): 442–445. Print.

Conference report: "Queer Again? Power, Politics and Ethics. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 23.-25. September 2010." Feministische Studien. Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung 29.1 (2011): 137–40; reprint: ZtG Bulletin Info 42 (2011): 38–40. Print.

Review: David Bindman, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds. The Image of the Black in Western Art. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard UP 2010. The Collegium for African American Reserach (CAAR). n. pag. Web. 8 Nov. 2011.

"Was wollte Judith Butler in Berlin?" Berliner Gazette. n. pag. Web. 28 June 2010.

Conference Input: "Education, Development, Freedom'" (with Sabine Broeck). Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University, 25–27 February 2010. n. pag. Web. 20 March 2010.

"'Rassenspezifische Medizin'? Zur Funktion von 'Rasse' als Platzhalter in der Genetik und als Klassifikationsmerkmal in den Lebenswissenschaften" (with Monika Feuerlein). Gemachte Differenz. Kontinuitäten biologischer "Rasse"-Konzepte. Ed. AG gegen Rassismus in den Lebenswissenschaften. Münster: Unrast Verlag, 2009. 326–37. Print.

Conference report: "6th European Gender Research Conference 'Gender and Citizenship in a Multicultural Context'" (with Elahe Haschemi Yekani, Daniea Hrázan, Jana Husmann-Kastein, Karolina Krasuska, Beatrice Michaelis, and Sabine Grenz). ZtG Bulletin-Info 34 (2007): 31–33. Print.

"Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee: ein Plädoyer für Authentizität." Frauen in den Geisteswissenschaften: nüchterne Zahlen und inspirierende Vorbilder. Eds. Susanne Baer, and Sabine Grenz. Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung [Federal Ministry of Education and Research] 2007, 26–29. Print.

"Eine kulturelle Erfindung. 'Ethnische' Medikamente fördern die (Re-)Biologisierung des Rassebegriffs." iz3w (Oct. 2006): 16–8. Print.

Translation: Wendy Brown. "Zur Unmöglichkeit der Women's Studies" (with Evelyn Annuß). Gender kontrovers. Genealogien und Grenzen einer Kategorie. Eds. Gabriele Dietze, and Sabine Hark. Königstein/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 2006. 123–51. Print.