Current and Just Completed Projects
Current Projects: I currently work on two books as well as a few smaller projects. One book wrestles with The Ethics of the Image and is devoted to post 1980s film; the other revolves around Germanophone "archival finds" in Bowdoin's Special Collections and museums - family papers, books, prints - of the long 19th century and the fascinating stories they have to tell for our time and audiences.
The Ethics of the Image is closely related to my teaching (Huge advance thanks to all the students in Ger2253/CINE2901 (Spring 2023) who cannot even imagine how much they enriched this project!)
Smaller projects explore "health(y) worlds" in the 18th century, and rural landscapes, gender relations, and Stimmung in contemporary German literature and film. I also spearheaded and sponsor Global Languages, Cultures, and Literatures on the Move, a research-in-progress series that showcases scholarship produced by colleagues across all Foreign Languages.
What else?: Professors go back to school - well, this ione does! In 2023, I've begun work on a four-course DH Certificate in Data Storytelling; I also participated in a seminar on Hidden Figures: Blackness in East German Cinema. In 2022, I attended a professional development seminar on German Literary Institutions (aka all about the hidden lives of books) - My hunch was right: I and my teaching enormously benefit from the new perspectives, and in Fall 2023, I am teaching a version of The Empowered Other, a seminar on very recent German-language writing coming from Germany, in which students successfully undo the mechanisms of "Othering" and marginalization. I pursuit a small, related resarch project - in which Daniel Wang '26 helps me data mine and represent figures and trends of the German literary market.
Work with Students and within German Studies:
In 2021-22, Brigita Kant wrote an excellent Honors Thesis on Samoa in German Literature and Culture. We are now working on bringing our take of the bizarre German novel Der Papalagi into publication.
John Schubert '26 supports my research on the older periods of German literary and cultural history, including "marketing" and promotion of recently published and soon-to-appear work.
Links to Past Projects
Co-editor of the Goethe Yearbook (through early 2023): This project involved a lot of excilerating collaboration, not just in procuring, evaluating, and finalizing texts for publication, but also in the area of developmental editing beginning with the loaded question "So what?" and helping authors create texts that have an argument, appeal to readers, and are - Yes! - readable. Lily Poppen '22 worked as a research and editorial assistant on the project.
Moving the Image: Women and the Camera, Bowdoin College Museum of Art (co-curated with Diana Tuite), November 2010
Network@1800: New Directions in German and European Studies Symposium, organized by Professor Birgit Tautz, German and Professor Crystal Hall, Digital and Computational Studies, aimed to present new insights into the historical networks and forms of collaboration that unfolded between German lands, Europe, and across the Atlantic world. Forthcoming in bookform and with DH-compoent as part of Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment.