Samira Spatzek, M.A. (Wiss. Mitarbeiterin)

American Studies | Literary Studies | Cultural Studies

E-Mailspatzek@uni-bremen.de
BüroGW 2, A 3710
Telefon0421 218-68131
SprechzeitenMittwochs, 15:00 – 16:00 Uhr u.n.V.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Lecturer at the Department of Languages & Literatures, University of Bremen (2014–2015, since July 2018)
  • Dissertation Project: “Narrating Refusal: Toni Morrison’s A Mercy, Private Property, and the Subject of (Early) Modernity” (Working Title), Advisor: Prof. Dr. Sabine Broeck
  • Research Fellow, African American and Diaspora Studies, Callie House Research Center for the Study of the Global Black Cultures and Politics, Vanderbilt University (USA), Sponsor: Prof. Dr. T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting (2016)
  • M.A. American Studies, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (NL) (2011)
  • B.A. English-speaking Cultures, Linguistics, University of Bremen and University of Sheffield (UK) (2009)

Fellowships & Grants

  • 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD): “Remembrance, Renaissance, Revolution: The Meaning of Freedom in the African World Over Time and Space.“ College of William and Mary. Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. Conference Travel Grant, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • April 2018: (Un)Making the Self: A Graduate Symposium. Department of English, Rice University. Houston, Texas, USA, Conference Travel Grant, Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation
  • Fall 2016: Research Fellowship for a Research Stay at Vanderbilt University, Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation
  • August 2015: International Osnabrück Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law (OSI) Scholarship, M7 Promotionszentrum PLUS, University of Bremen
  • June 2015: 11th international conference of the Collegium for African American Research

Conference Travel Grant, Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation

  • 2015–2018: Doctoral Fellowship, Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation
  • March 2013: 10th international conference of the Collegium for African American Research

Conference Travel Grant, University of Bremen

  • 2008–2011: Bachelor’s and Master’s Fellowship, Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation

Courses

  • “Introduction to English Literatures“
  • “African American Literature in the Post-War Era, 1945-53“
  • “North American Speculative Fictions Then and Now” (BA Seminar)
  • “African American Women’s Writing: Toni Morrison” (BA Seminar)
  • “Introduction to (Applying) Linguistics” (BA Tutorial)

Research

  • African American Studies
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Narratology
  • Early American Studies

Publications

  • Spatzek, Samira. “Possessive Investments: Property and White Self-Making in Early American and Contemporary Literary Texts.” Law and Culture: Methods, Concepts, Approaches. Edited by Peter Schneck and Sabine N. Meyer. De Gruyter, Berlin and Boston, [forthcoming]. Law and Literature. [accepted]
  • Spatzek, Samira, von Gleich, Paula, Henderson, Marius, Humburg, Jasmin, Nikolova, Marriya, and Lange, Julia. COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies vol. 18., no. 1, 2017.
  • With Frank B. Wilderson and Paula von Gleich. “‘The Inside-Outside of Civil Society’: An Interview with Frank B. Wilderson, III.” Black Studies Papers vol. 2, no.1, 2016, pp. 4–22.
  • Spatzek, Samira, and, von Gleich, Paula. “Meine Stadt und Versklavung? Jugendliche auf Spurensuche in Bremen.” APuZ vol. 65 no. 50–51, December 2015, pp. 41–46.
  • Spatzek, Samira. “‘Own Yourself, Woman’: Toni Morrison’s A Mercy, Early Modernity, and Property.” Black Studies Papers vol. 1, no. 1, 2014, pp. 57–71.
  • Wynter, Sylvia. “Die Kolonialität von Sein/Macht/Wahrheit/Freiheit erschüttern: Eine Streitschrift über das Menschliche.” Trans. Michel Büch and Samira Spatzek. Lateinamerikanische Kulturtheorien: Grundlagentexte. Edited by Isabel Exner, and Gudrun Rath. Konstanz Univ. Press, Konstanz, 2015.
  • “Tussen stelling en verwijzing: gender, seksualiteit en zwarte mannelijkheid tijdens de Harlem Renaissance.” Rev. of The Making of the New Negro, by Anna Pochmara. Vooys: Tijdschrift voor Letteren vol. 30, no. 3, October 2012, pp. 79–82.

(Conference) Papers

  • “Slave. Free. I Last”: On Re-Visiting Freedom in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy.“ Conference Paper. Remembrance, Renaissance, Revolution: The Meaning of Freedom in the African World Over Time and Space. 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD). Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. Nov 5-9, 2019.
  • ““Now Let’s Rise”: Genres of the Speculative and Social Justice in Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone.” Conference Paper. U.S.-American Culture as Popular Culture. 66th Annual Meeting of the German Association for American Studies. Hamburg, Germany June 15, 2019.
  • “Let’s Play ‘Colonization’: Video Games, Performance, and Absences of Enslavement.” Conference Paper. Playing the Field: Video Games and American Studies. An International Conference. Amerikahaus, Munich, Germany. April 26–29 2018.
  • “On Refusing to Narrate Subjective Coherence.” Conference Paper. (Un)Making the Self: A Graduate Symposium. Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA. April 6–7 2018.
  • (invited) “Kolonisierung spielen: Auf den Spuren transatlantischer Versklavung in Sid Meiers „Colonization.” Talk. Hauptaktion: Performance ›Let ́s Play Colonization — eine auto-ethnographische Recherche‹. Bremen, Germany. 25 March 2017.
  • “Interrogating the Structures of White Knowledge Productions in German American Studies.” Conference Paper. Diversity and/in the GAAS: Workshop. Munich, Germany. 21 Oct 2017.
  • “On Re-Visiting Property, Enslavement, and Kinship.” Research Presentation. African American and Diaspora Studies. Vanderbilt University. Nashville, Tennessee, USA. 2 December 2016. Introduction by Prof. Dr. Houston A. Baker.
  • ““I Am a Thing Apart”: Property in Black American Literature and Theory.” Presentation. Doktorand_innen-Seminar der Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung zu Berlin, 25–26 August 2016. Berlin, Germany. 26 August 2016.
  • “Re-Visiting Private Property from a Post-Slavery Perspective.” Presentation. Emergent Paradigms: Current Issues and Debates in Cultural Legal Studies. 6th International Osnabrück Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law (OSI). Osnabrück, Germany. 9 August 2015.
  • “White Possessive Investments: Early American & Contemporary Literary Representations of Property.” Conference Paper. Mobilising Memory: Creating African Atlantic Identities, 11th International Conference of CAAR. Liverpool, UK. 28 June 2015.
  • “Interrogating Property in the Early American Archive.” Conference Paper. The Futures of Black Studies—Historicity, Objectives and Methodologies, Ethics. Bremen, Germany. 26 April 2014.
  • “Subjectivity, Property, and Freedom in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy.” Presentation. Postgraduate Forum of the German Association for American Studies. Erlangen, Germany. 26 October 2013.
  • “Toni Morrison’s A Mercy: Challenging Early Modernity, Property, and Freedom.” Conference Presentation. Dreams Deferred, Promises and Struggles: Perceptions and Interrogations of Empire, Nation, and Society by Peoples of African Descent, 10th International Conference of CAAR. Decatur/Atlanta, USA. 13 March 2013.
  • “Toni Morrison’s A Mercy: Re-Visiting Property.” Conference Paper. Writing Slavery After Beloved: Literature, Historiography, Criticism. Nantes, France. 16 March 2012.

Organisation of Conferences & Workshops

  • Workshop: „Performative Dimensionen von Rassismus und seiner Kritik“, Doc-Netzwerk „Perspektiven“, University of Bremen (Jan 2018)
  • Co-organization of PGF (Postgraduate Forum of the German Association for American Studies) Conference, University of Hamburg, Germany (October 2016)
  • Workshop: „Performance & Anti-Blackness“, Doc-Netzwerk „Perspektiven“, University of Bremen, with Prof. Dr. Jaye Austin Williams (Bucknell University, USA) (Aug 2016)
  • with Prof. Dr. Peter Schneck (Osnabrück): Workshop “‘The Guardian of Every Other Right’: Property and/in Literature in the U.S.” Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies. Osnabrück, Germany (May 2016)
  • Workshop: „Critical Whiteness & Empowerment im Wissenschaftsbetrieb“, Doc-Netzwerk „Perspektiven“, University of Bremen (Jan 2015)
  • with Dr. Marie-Luise Löffler and Paula von Gleich: 4th Annual Meeting of the Network for North German North American Studies (NoNeNo), University of Bremen (Nov 2015)
  • Panel Chair, “The Abolitionist Atlantic.” Mobilising Memory: Creating African Atlantic Identities, 11th International Conference of CAAR. Liverpool, UK. (2015)