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Dr. Jens Temmen

Jens Temmen

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Dr. Jens Temmen

Jens Temmen is a postdoctoral research assistant at the American Studies department at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (Germany). He received his PhD in American Studies as part of his PhD fellowship with the Research Training Group minorcosmopolitanisms at the University of Potsdam. His first monograph, titled The Territorialities of US Imperialism(s): Conflicting Discourses of Sovereignty, Jurisdiction and Territory in Nineteenth-Century US Legal Texts and Indigenous Life Writing (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2020), analyzes discourses of sovereignty, jurisdiction, and territoriality in legal and literary narratives on the North American continent and in the Pacific. In 2016, he was a DAAD-funded visiting scholar at the Center for Biographical Research at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (USA). He is co-editor of an anthology titled Across Currents: Connections between Atlantic and (Trans)Pacific Studies (Routledge, 2018) and coeditor of a Special Forum of the Journal for Transnational American Studies (JTAS) on “American Territorialities“. His postdoctoral research project employs an ecocritical and a posthuman studies lens to analyze representations of Mars colonization in contemporary US literature and culture.

Since October 2020

Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the American Studies Department, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

Since December 2019

Associate postdoctoral researcher at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz 

Since March 2020

Member “Young Academy“ (Junge Akademie); Academy

of Sciences and Literature Mainz (Akademie der

Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz)

 

August 2019

PhD in American Literature and Culture (summa cum laude) at the University of Potsdam (Thesis: The Territorialities of US Imperialism(s): Conflicting Discourses of Sovereignty, Jurisdiction      and Territory in Nineteenth-Century US Legal Texts and         Indigenous Life Writing)

 

September 2016 –

September 2019

PhD Fellow at the Graduate College “Minor

Cosmopolitanisms“ (DFG funded), University of Potsdam

 

June 2018

Research stay at the Department of English, York

University Toronto, Canada (funded by the RTG “Minor

Cosmopolitanisms“)

 

February 2018

Research stay at the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University Sydney, Australia (funded by the RTG “Minor Cosmopolitanisms“)

 

 

December 2017

Research stay at the Department of English, University of Delhi, India (funded by the RTG “Minor Cosmopolitanisms“)

 

July 2016 –  

August 2016

Visiting scholar at the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, Hawaiʻi, USA (Visiting scholarship funded by the DAAD)

 

April 2013 –  

September 2016

PhD Candidate in American studies at the Department of English and American Studies, University of Potsdam (PhD supervisor: Prof. Dr. Nicole Waller, University of Potsdam, and Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung, JGU Mainz)

 

August 2012 –

March 2013

PhD Candidate in American studies at the Department of English and American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

PhD Candidate in American studies (PhD supervisor: Prof. Dr.Nicole Waller, University of Potsdam, and Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung, JGU Mainz

 

2016

Full PhD fellowship funded by the DFG at the Research College “Minor Cosmopolitanisms,“ University of Potsdam, Germany

 

2016

Research scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (Awarded for a visiting scholarship at the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, HI, USA)

 

2016   

Travel and Research scholarship of the Commission for Research and Junior Scientific Staff (FNK), University of Potsdam, Germany (Awarded for a visiting scholarship at the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, HI, USA)

 

2015   

Teaching scholarship of the Commission for Development, Planning and Finances (EPK), University of Potsdam, Germany

Awarded for a seminar field trip to the Karl May-Museum Radebeul as part of a undergraduate seminar on “Introduction

2014

Fellowship of the Potsdam Graduate School, University of Potsdam, Germany (Awarded for the participation in the Junior Teaching Professionals Program)

 

2014

Travel grant of the Embassy of the United States of American, Berlin (Awarded for the participation in the Salzburg Global Seminar, 2014)

 

2012   

Master thesis prize of the "Professor Dr. Friedrich Schubel-Stiftung" (Awarded for the outstanding master thesis “Displacing the Nation in the American Southwest: Joaquin Murieta and Geronimo's Story of His Life”, 2012)

 

Since 2020

Humanity in Transformation (Interdisciplinary research group at             the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz)

 

Since 2019

Writing Life on Mars: Conceptions of Planetarity and Extraterrestrial Human Life in Representations of Space Exploration and Colonization in Contemporary North American Literature and Culture

 

Since 2014

American Territorialities (with Prof. Dr. Nicole Waller, Potsdam)

 

2014 - 2018    

Connections between Atlantic Studies and (Trans)Pacific Studies)  (with Nicole Poppenhagen, Flensburg)

 

2019

Workshop “The Popular Culture of Settler Colonialism.“ (Panel at the 66. Annual Conference of the DGfA / GAAS, Hamburg, with René Dietrich, Mainz)

2018

Conference “Minor Cosmopolitan Weekend,“ Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (Conference organizing team)

2018

Book launch Across Currents: Connections Between Atlantic and (Trans)Pacific Studies (Conference “Minor Cosmopolitan Weekend,“ Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, with Nicole Poppenhagen)

2018

Guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Keith L. Camacho (UCLA), “Sāmoan Youth Gangs and the Transoceanic World: A Commentary on Indigeneity, Power, and Race.“ (Conference “Minor Cosmopolitan Weekend,“ Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, with Nicole Poppenhagen)

2018

Summer school “Minor Cosmopolitan Justice and Aesthetics.“ Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (Summer school organizing team)

2017

Lecture series “Minor Cosmopolitan Theory.“ University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany (Lecture series organizing team)

2016

Symposium “American Territorialities.“ (University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, with Nicole Waller)

2016

Workshop “Rethinking ’Territory’: Territorial Rights and Water.“ (Panel at the 63. Annual Conference of the DGfA / GAAS, Osnabrück, with Nicole Waller, Potsdam)

2015

Workshop “’Views from Different Shores’: Future Directions in Transpacific Studies.“ (University of Potsdam, Germany.

Workshop, with Nicole Waller, Potsdam)

2015

Workshop “(Trans)Pacific Knowledge Landscapes.“ (Panel at the 62. Annual Conference of the DGfA / GAAS, Bonn, with Nicole Poppenhagen, Flensburg)

2014

Conference “Postcolonial Justice.” 25th annual conference of the German Association for New English Literature (GNEL) and the 14th biannual conference of the German Association for Australien Studies (GASt) (Conference organizing team)

2014

Workshop “Teachers Workshop - Postcolonial Justice.” University of Potsdam, Germany (Workshop organizing team)

2012

Conference “American Lives.” 63. Annual Conference of the DGfA / GAAS, Mainz (head of conference organizing team)

2011

Workshop series “Mapping the World, Mapping Literature“ American studies division, JGU Mainz (Workshop organizing team)

2010

Conference “Life Writing and Ecology.” American studies division, JGU Mainz (Conference organizing team)

2020 – 2024

Member “Young Academy“ of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz)

2016 - 2019

Alumnus of the Graduate College “Minor Cosmopolitanisms” (funded by the DFG), University of Potsdam, Germany

Since 2014

Alumnus of the Junior Teaching Professionals Program, Potsdam Graduate School, University of Potsdam

Since 2014

Fellow and Alumnus of the Salzburg Global Seminar American Studies Association

 

Member of the American Studies Association (ASA)

 

Member of the German Association for American Studies

 

(DGfA / GAAS)

 

Member of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS)

 

Member of the Potsdam Graduate School (POGS)

Since 2015

Member of the Advisory Board; Potsdam Graduate School, POGS

Monographs

2020

The Territorialities of U.S. Imperialism(s): Conflicting Discourses of Sovereignty, Jurisdiction and Territoriy in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Legal Texts and Indigenous Life Writing. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2020. Print.

Edited Volumes and Journals

2020

with Nicole Waller. Eds. American Territorialities. Special Forum of the Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS). 11.1. escholarship.org/uc/acgcc_jtas/11/1

2018

with Nicole Poppenhagen. Eds. Across Currents: Connections between Atlantic Studies and (Trans)Pacific Studies. Abdingdon: Routledge. 2018. Print.

2018

with Nicole Poppenhagen. Eds. “Across Currents: Connections between Atlantic Studies and (Trans)Pacific Studies“. Spec. Issue of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents. 2018. Print.

Articles or Book Chapters

2021

“Writing Life on Mars: Posthuman Imaginaries of Extraterrestrial Colonization and the NASA Mars Rover Missions.“ Posthumanism and Ecocritical Life Writing. Eds. Ina Batzke, Lea Espinoza, Linda Hess. Forthcoming. Print.

“Passing on the Torch to Light Out the Territory Ahead: Conflicting Temporalities of (Arrested) Mobility in Geronimo’s Story of His Life.“ The Minor on the Move: Doing Cosmopolitanisms. Eds. Kylie Crane, Sara Morais Dos Santos Bruss, Lucy Gasser, Anna von Rath. Edition Assemblage. Forthcoming. Print

2020

"The Un/Incoroporated States of America: The Grammar of Jurisdictional Incongruence in US Imperialism." Spaces of Empire. Ed. Mahshid Mayar. U.S. Studies Online: Forum for New Writing. usso.uk/the-un-incorporated-continental-overseas-global-states-of-america-the-grammar-of-jurisdictional-incongruence-in-us-imperialism/.

with Nicole Waller. “Introduction: Mapping American Territorialities.“ American Territorialities. Eds. Jens Temmen and Nicole Waller. Special Forum of the Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS). 2020: 5-31. escholarship.org/uc/item/3js9b5td

“The Imperial Grammar of Jurisdictional Incongruence.“ Charting the Minor Cosmopolitan. Ed. Zairong Xiang. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2020. 9-11. Print.

2019

“From HI-SEAS to Outer Space: 'Hawaiʻi as Mars' and the U.S. Legal Discourse of Hawaiian Annexation.“ Maritime Mobilities in Literature and Culture: Critical Perspectives. Alexandra Ganser, Meg Samuelson and Charme Lavery. Eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. Print.

2017

with Nicole Poppenhagen. “Introduction: Across Currents: Connections between Atlantic Studies and (Trans)Pacific Studies.“ Across Currents: Connections between Atlantic Studies and (Trans)Pacific Studies. Spec. Issue of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents. Nicole Poppenhagen and Jens Temmen. Eds. 2017.   149-159. Print.

2016

“’So it happens that we are relegated to the condition of the aborigines of the American continent’: Disavowing and Reclaiming Sovereignty in Liliuokalani’s Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen and the Congressional Morgan Report.” Postcolonial Justice. Anke Bartels, Lars Eckstein, Nicole Waller, Dirk Wiemann. Ed. Cross/Cultures 191 Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 2017. 333-356. Print.

2015

with Sonja John. Conference report: “Biopolitics–Geopolitics–Sovereignty–Life: Settler Colonialisms and Indigenous Presences in North America.” Transnational American Studies Institute, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 25.-27.6.2015, in: H-Soz-Kult, 04.08.2015. Web.

“Overriding/Overwriting the Reservation: John Rollin Ridge‘s The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit.“ Rural America. ed. Antje Kley and Heike Paul. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2015. 131 – 148. Print.

 

Reviews

 

2016

Rev. of The Unsettlement of America: Translation, Interpretation, and the Story of Don Luis de Velasco, 1560-1945, by Anna Brickhouse. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik ZAA. 2016. Print.

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