Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf

Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies

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Werdegang ‒ Curriculum Vitae

1990-1997

Study of American and Canadian Literatures and Cultures, Spanish and Scandinavian Philology at University of Greifswald, Germany and at California State University Pomona, Los Angeles (USA), Göteborgs Universitet (Sweden), and First Nations University, Regina (Canada)

1997

Magistra Artium, Master Thesis: "Aboriginal Women and Film in Canada"

1997-2003

PhD Student at the University of Greifswald – with research at First Nations University, Regina (Canada)

1998-2000

Study of German as a Foreign Languageat the University of Greifswald

2000-2001

Assistant at Interdisciplinary Center for Women and Gender Studies, University of Greifswald

2001-2003

Administrative Clerk at International Office, University of Greifswald

2003

PhD / Doctor phil. – American and Canadian Studies, PhD Thesis: Decolonizing the Lens of Power: Indigenous Films in North America (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2008)

2003-2010

Assistant Professor at the Institute for British and North American Studies, University of Greifswald – Guest Professor at Widener University Chester (PA, USA) and University of Iceland, Reykjavik; Research at University of Ottawa and University of Toronto (Canada)

2011-2014

Käthe-Kluth-Habilitationsstipendium (Post-Doc Scholarship)

2011-2012

Stand-In Professor for North American Literary and Cultural Studies (Prof. Gesa Mackenthun) at the University of Rostock

2012

Postdoctoral Qualification / Habilitation : "The Gothic Canadian Century: Unhomely Beginnings and the Female Gothic in Nineteenth-Century Literature"; Venia Legendi: Amerikanistik/Neue Englischsprachige Literaturen

2013-2014

Stand-In Professor for American Studies / Early American Studies (Prof. Oliver Scheiding) at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Since 2015

Full Professor for Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen

Lehre

  • Postcolonial Studies (Cultures, Theories, Literatures and Films)
  • Indigenous Literatures, Film and Media worldwide
  • African Diaspora Studies
  • North American Studies
  • Australian and New Zealand Studies

Forschung

Research Interests

  • Postcolonial Film and Media
  • Epistemological Power Relations and Postcolonial Knowledges
  • German Colonial Texts in Papua New Guinea
  • Postcolonial Studies (Cultures, Theories, Literatures and Films)
  • Indigenous Literatures, Film and Media worldwide
  • African Diaspora Studies
  • American and Canadian Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • American Prison Literature
  • Women and Gender Studies

Academic Functions

2001-2005 Board Member of Association for the Studies of New English Literatures (ASNEL) now Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS)
2003-2005 Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Women and Gender Studies, University of Greifswald

2008-2014

Board Member of Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries (GKS) and Director of Section "Indigenous and Cultural Studies"

Since 2015

Vice President of Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries (GKS)

Since 2015 Co-Director of the Institute for Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies (INPUTS) at the University of Bremen
Since 2016 Member of Advisory Board of the Postcolonial Studies Association of the Global South (PSAGS)

Publikationen

Monograph:

Illustration Knopf, Kerstin. Decolonizing the Lens of Power: Indigenous Films in North America. Cross/Cultures Series 100. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Press, 2008, 494 pp.

Editions:

IllustrationKnopf, Kerstin, Ed. North America in the 21st Century: Tribal, Local, and Global. Festschrift für Hartmut Lutz. Trier: WVT, 2011, 362 pp.

IllustrationKnopf, Kerstin, Ed. Aboriginal Canada Revisited. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2008, 422 pp.

IllustrationKnopf, Kerstin, und Monika Schneikart, Hg. Sex/ismus und Medien. Herbolzheim: Centaurus Verlag, 2007, 242 pp.

IllustrationKnopf, Kerstin, Dörte Putensen und Monika Schneikart, Hg. Frauen im Ostseeraum: Gleicher Kulturraum, Unterschiedliche Traditionen, Gemeinsame Zukunft? Herbolzheim: Centaurus Verlag, 2003, 202 pp.

IllustrationKnopf, Kerstin, and Christiane Kollenberg, Eds. Rainbow Visions and Earth Ways: The Poetry of Carol Lee Sanchez / Regenbogenvisionen und Erdwege: Carol Lee Sanchez' Lyrik. OBEMA 16. Osnabrück: Universitätsverlag Rasch, 1998, 177 pp.

Hartmut Lutz mit Kerstin Knopf und Christiane Kollenberg. Achte Deines Bruders Traum! Gespräche mit nordamerikanischen IndianerInnen. 2nd Ed. Osnabrück: Druck- und Verlagskooperative, 1997, 226 pp.

Special Editions:

Knopf, Kerstin, Ed. Special Edition of Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien: "Indigenous Knowledges and Academic Discourses; Les savoirs autochtones et le discours scientifique; Indigenes Wissen und Akademische Diskurse," Forthcoming.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

"Land through the Camera: Neocolonial Space and Indigenous Struggles in the Brazilian film Birdwatchers." The Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Special edition: 'Spatialities and Colonial Legacies/Locations in Postcolonial Literature.' Ed. Madhu Krishnan. forthcoming

"Jindabyne and the Apology: Intercultural Relations, Violence, Ethics, and the Precarious State of Reconciliation in Australian Cinema." Zeitschrift für Australienstudien / Australian Studies Journal. 30 (2016): 61-88.

"The Turn Toward the Indigenous: Knowledge Systems and Practices in the Academy." Amerikastudien/American Studies. 60.2/3 (2015): 179-200.

"Kangaroos, Petrol, Joints, and Sacred Stones: Australian Cinema Decolonized." Studies in Australasian Cinema. Special Issue Decolonizing Screens. Eds. Felicity Collins and Jane Landman. 7.2-3 (2013): 189-200.

"'Sharing Our Stories With All Canadians': Aboriginal Media and Aboriginal Media Politics in Canada." American Indian Culture and Research Journal. 34.1 (2010): 89-120.

"Terra – Terror – Terrorism?: Land, Colonization, and Protest in Canadian Aboriginal Literature." Canadian Journal of Native Studies. 27.2 (2007): 293-329.

"'Oh Canada': Reflections of Multiculturalism in the Poetry of African Canadian Women Dub Artists." Views of Canadian Cultures. Ed. Matthias Merkl, La revue LISA/LISA e-journal Vol.III.2 (2005): 78-111 (http://lisa.revues.org/2562).

"Geschichte Filmen: die Perspektive kanadischer indigener FilmemacherInnen." Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien. 19.2 (1999): 175-185.

Articles in Book Editions:

"Decolonization and Postcolonial Film in Canada, Brazil, Australia and Nigeria." The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postcolonial Writing: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates. Ed. Jenni Ramone. London et.al.: Bloomsbury, forthcoming.

"Indigenous Knowledges, Ecology, and Living Heritage in North America." Nature – Culture – Ecologies: Heritage in Transcultural Contexts. Eds. Gesa Mackenthun and Stephanie Wodianka. Münster: Waxmann, forthcoming.

"Indigenizing Science?! Global Warming, Inuit Knowledge, and Western Scientific Discourse." Shifting Ice: Security, Environment, Aboriginal and Identity Issues in the Canadian North. Eds. James Fergusson and Gene Walz. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press. Forthcoming.

Reprint in: Ditze, Stephan-Alexander, and Jana Nittel, eds. Reflections on the Far North of Canada in the Twenty-First Century - Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Bochum: Universitätsverlag Dr. N. Brockmeyer, Diversitas Linguarum, 2015. Forthcoming.

"Commodifying Bodies and Culture – Canada's Stolen Sisters in Carl Bessai's Film Unnatural & Accidental (2006)." First Women and the Politics of Looking: Gender, Indigeneity and Representation. Eds. Kim Verwaayen, Wendy Pearson, Ernie Blackmore and Renee Bedard. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. Forthcoming.

"Exploring for the Empire: Franklin, Rae, Dickens, and the Natives in Australian and Canadian Literature." Post-Empire Imaginaries? Anglophone Literature, History and the Demise of Empires. Eds. Barbara Buchenau and Virginia Richter. Leiden, Amsterdam and New York: Brill/Rodopi, 2015. 69-100.

"A Benighted America?: Slavery, Convict Labor, and Chain Gangs in American Prison Literature." Rural America. Eds. Antje Kley and Heike Paul. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015. 95-110.

"'An interminable Cretan labyrint': Tattoos as Text in Herman Melville's Sea Fiction." Probing the Skin: Cultural Representations of our Contact Zone. Eds. Caroline Rosenthal and Dirk Vanderbeke. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. 122-57.

"Bourdieu, Transnational Cinema and the Commodification of Indigenous Cultures: Avatar – Birdwatchers – Decolonized Film." Selling Ethnicity and Race. Consumerism and Representation in Twenty-First-Century America. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Frank Usbeck, Anne Grob and Maria Lippold. Trier: WVT, 2015. 47-68.

"Transkulturalität und Transdifferenz im Indigenen Kino in Australien und Neuseeland." Transkulturelle Dynamiken: Aktanten, Prozesse, Theorien. Eds. Jutta Ernst und Florian Freitag. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. 307-341.

"The Journals of Knud Rasmussen: Arctic History as Post/Colonial Cinema." Reverse Shots: Indigenous Film and Media in an International Context. Eds. Wendy Pearson and Susan Knabe. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. 141-75.

"'The exquisite horror of their reality': Native and 'White' Cannibals in American and Canadian Historiography and Literature." F(e)asting Fitness? Cultural Images, Social Practices, and Histories of Food and Health. Eds. Annekatrin Metz, Markus M. Müller, and Lutz Schowalter. Trier: WVT, 2013. 19-46.

"Zacharias Kunuk, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)." Teaching Contemporary Literature and Culture: Film Part I. Eds. Susanne Peters, Klaus Stierstorfer, Dirk Vanderbeke, and Laurenz Volkmann. Trier: WVT, 2013. 47-67.

"Chris Eyre, Smoke Signals (1998)." Teaching Contemporary Literature and Culture: Film Part II. Eds. Susanne Peters, Klaus Stierstorfer, Dirk Vanderbeke, and Laurenz Volkmann. Trier: WVT, 2013. 611-32.

"'Joseph you know him he don trus dah Anglais.'-Or: English as (Post)colonial Language in Canadian Indigenous Films." Maria Campbell: Essays on her Works. Guernica Writers Series. Ed. Jolene Armstrong. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2012, 53-70.

reprint of the article from: The Politics of English as a World Language. Cross/Cultures Series 65. ASNEL Papers 7. Ed. Christian Mair. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2003, 467-477.

"What, are the Indians Blue Now? Avatar's Tribal and Global Contents." North America in the 21st Century: Tribal, Local, and Global. Ed. Kerstin Knopf. Trier: WVT, 2011, 323-339.

"Introduction." North America in the 21st Century: Tribal, Local, and Global. Ed. Kerstin Knopf. Trier: WVT, 2011, 1-21.

"Aboriginal Media on the Move: An Outside Perspective on APTN." Indigenous Screen Cultures. Eds. Marian Bredin and Sigurjon Baldur Hafsteinsson. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2010, 87-104.

Slightly revised reprint of the article from: Canada from the Outside In: New Trends in Canadian Studies / Le Canada vu d'ailleurs: Nouvelles approches en études canadiennes. Eds. Pierre Anctil and Zilá Bernd. Canadian Studies / Études canadiennes No. 7. Bruxelles et al.: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2006, 169-187.

"Shooting Back from the 'Other' Side: Aboriginal Documentaries in Canada." Canada in Grainau/ Le Canada à Grainau: A Multidisciplinary Survey of Canadian Studies after 30 Years/ Tour d'horizon multidiscilinaire d'Études canadiennes, 30 and après. CANADIANA 7. Eds. Klaus-Dieter Ertler and Hartmut Lutz. Frankfurt/a.M. et.al.: Peter Lang, 2009, 75-111.

"Atanarjuat: Fast Running and Electronic Storytelling in the Arctic." Transcultural English Studies: Theories, Fictions, Realities. Cross/Cultures Series 102. ASNEL Papers 12. Eds. Frank Schulze-Engler and Sissy Helff. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2008, 201-220.

"'Stolen Sisters': Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women as Represented in Canadian Films." Aboriginal Canada Revisited. Ed. Kerstin Knopf. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2008, 360-395.

"Introduction: Aboriginal Canada Revisited." Aboriginal Canada Revisited. Ed. Kerstin Knopf. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2008, 2-27.

"Media Literacy and the Challenges for Educators." Media and American Studies in the EFL-Classroom. Eds. Jürgen Donnerstag and Laurenz Volkmann. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2008, 51-81.

"Trickster Meets Camp in the Wild West: Kent Monkman's Visual and Cinematic Art Dialogism." What is Your Place? Indigeneity and Immigration in Canada. Ed. Hartmut Lutz with Thomas Rafico Ruiz. Beiträge zur Kanadistik. Vol. 14. Augsburg: Wißner, 2007, 83-100.

"Imagining Indians: Subverting Global Media Politics in the Local Media." Global Fragments: (Dis)Orientation in the New World Order. Cross/Cultures Series 90. ASNEL Papers 10. Eds. Anke Bartels and Dirk Wiemann. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2007, 117-138.

"Labeling Gender: HeteroSexismus in Calvin Klein Werbung." Sex/ismus und Medien. Eds. Kerstin Knopf and Monika Schneikart. Herbolzheim: Centaurus, 2007, 215-239.

With Monika Schneikart. "Einleitung." Sex/ismus und Medien. Eds. Kerstin Knopf and Monika Schneikart. Herbolzheim: Centaurus, 2007, 13-27.

"Portrait: Kerstin Knopf." Gender Aufgreifen: 10 Jahre Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Frauen- und Geschlechterstudien an der Universität Greifswald. Eds. Andrea Bettels, Mariacarla Gadebusch Bondio, Christoph Kühberger, and Christiane Streubel. Putbus: Rügendruck Putbus, 2006, 30-31.

"Cherríe Moraga: Heroes and Saints." Teaching Contemporary Literature and Culture: Drama. Part II. Eds. Susanne Peters, Klaus Stierstorfer, and Laurenz Volkmann. Trier: WVT, 2006, 369-388.

"Chris Eyre Goes to Hollywood: Indigenous Filmmaking between Subversion, Criticism, and Assimilation." Americas' Worlds and the World's Americas/Les mondes des Amériques et les Amériques du monde. Eds. Amaryll Chanady, George Handley, and Patrick Imbert. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2006, 267-278.

"Aboriginal Media on the Move: An Outside Perspective on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network." Canada from the Outside In: New Trends in Canadian Studies / Le Canada vu d'ailleurs: Nouvelles approches en études canadiennes. Eds. Pierre Anctil and Zilá Bernd. Canadian Studies / Études canadiennes No. 7. Bruxelles et al.: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2006, 169-187.

"Walking New Ways in Old Shoes: The Film Honey Moccasin as an Example of Modern Indigenous Filmmaking in Canada." Connections: Non-Native Perspectives on Canadian Native Writers. Eds. Coomi Vevaina and Hartmut Lutz. New Delhi: Creative Books, 2003, 60-92.

"'Joseph you know him he don trus dah Anglais.'-Or: English as (Post)colonial Language in Canadian Indigenous Films." The Politics of English as a World Language. Cross/Cultures Series 65. ASNEL Papers 7. Ed. Christian Mair. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2003, 467-477.

"Talk and Silence of Aboriginal Voices: The Film Talker as an Expression of Aboriginal Technologized Storytelling." European Perspectives on Canadian Culture and Society. Eds. Jaap Lintvelt and W.M. Verhoeven. Phoenix Press, 2001, 63-91.

Articles in Journals:

With Grit Alter. "Native Cinema Conquers Europe: Four Sheets to the Wind in the EFL-Class Room." Praxis Fremdsprachenunterricht. 5 (2011): 12-15.

"Mein Bruder Winnetou: Indianer-Repräsentation im Deutschen Film." Schnitt: Das Filmmagazin. 49.1 (2008): 18-19.

"Filmfestival ImagineNATIVE: Killing the Indian, Celebrating the Indigenous."Schnitt: Das Filmmagazin. 49.1 (2008): 31.

Miscellaneous:

"Sühne für einen deutschen Völkermord in Afrika." Weser Kurier. 9. Juli 2015, S.2.

"What, are the Indians Blue Now? Avatar's Tribal and Global Contents." Teaching and Learning Material, Marshal McLuhan Salon, Embassy of Canada, Berlin.

"Atanarjuat: Inuit Cinema Fast and Furious in the EFL-classroom." Teaching and Learning Material, Marshal McLuhan Salon, Embassy of Canada, Berlin (2011): 1-19, http://mcluhan-salon.de/media/material/Inuit%20Cinema%20Atanarjuat%20ADVANCED.pdf.

"Die indigene Bevölkerung Kanadas Heute." Marshal McLuhan Salon, Embassy of Canada, Berlin (2008): 1-9.

"Aboriginal Film in Canada: An Overview." Marshal McLuhan Salon, Embassy of Canada, Berlin (2008): 1-8.

"Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)." Marshal McLuhan Salon, Embassy of Canada, Berlin (2008): 1-6.

Encyclopedia Entry:

"Birdwatchers." Directory of World Cinema: Brazil. Ed. Natalia Piazza and Louis Bayman. Bristol and Chicago: intellect, 2013. 156-58.

Book Reviews:

Belinda Wheeler, ed.: A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature. In: Zeitschrift für Australienstudien / Australian Studies Journal. 30 (2016): 126-132.

Zacharasiewicz, Waldemar, and Christian Feest, eds. Native Americans and First Nations: A Transnational Challenge.In: Amerikastudien/American Studies. 60.1 (2015): http://dgfa.de/waldemar-zacharasiewicz-and-christian-feest-eds-native-americans-and-first-nations-a-transnational-challenge-paderborn-ferdinand-schoeningh-2009-259-pp/

Gruber, Eva. Humor in Contemporary Native North American Literature: Reimagining Nativeness. European Studies in American Literature and Culture. in: Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien. 29:2 (2009): 159-162.

Heide, Markus, und Claudia Kotte. Kanadischer Film: Geschichte, Themen, Tendenzen. in: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA). LVII. Jg. 1:1 (2009): 103-104.

Calloway, Colin G., Gerd Gemünden, and Susanne Zantop, eds. Germans & Indians: Fantasies, Encounters, Projections. in: Journal of American Studies (JAS). 37:3 (2003): 461-462.

Film Production:

Documentary Film: Castor 440/84. Dir./Writ. Kerstin Knopf, 2000, 37 min.