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I am a writer, academic, researcher and translator, as well as a Privatdozent at the English Department of Heidelberg University, Germany. Until 2014, I was Reader in Cultural Theory at the Media Department of Coventry School of Art and Design, Coventry University, UK. From 2007-2009 and 2010-2011, I was DAAD and DFG-Mercator Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the English Department of Heidelberg University. From 1997-2007, I was Associate Principal Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Leeds Trinity University, UK.

I hold an MA in English and Romance Philology from Heidelberg University (1993), a PhD from the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory (Cardiff University, UK, 1997) and a Habilitation (English literature and cultural theory) from Heidelberg University, Germany (2009).

I am one of the executive editors of Brill’s monograph series Critical Posthumanisms and co-founding editor of the Critical Posthumanism Network which aims to connect academics, artists and writers who are critically and creatively engaging with the emerging new paradigm of “posthumanism” and the “posthumanities”. The network’s current major online project Genealogy of the Posthuman  which provides an independently published database/journal with an expanding number of entries on diverse aspects relating to the posthuman (as a figure) and posthumanism (as a discourse). I am also an editorial board member of a number of academic journals, namely CounterTextWord & Text and the Electronic Book Review.

My main publications include:

    • Narrating Life (with Elisabeth Friis; Experimental Practices 1, Brill, 2016).

I have published numerous articles on English and comparative literature, critical and cultural theory and cultural studies (in essay collections and journals such as Reconstruction, Polygraph, Culture Machine and Parallax).

As a translator of scholarly works from English into German and French into English I have translated texts by Bernard Stiegler, Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous. Together with Laurent Milesi, Cardiff University, he is the translator of Jacques Derrida, H.C. for Life, That Is to Say…, (Stanford University Press, 2006).

My current writing projects involve a variety of aspects and issues relating to critical posthumanism; the connection between multilingualism, autobiography and deconstruction; notions of alterity and strangeness in literature, theory and culture; figures of the posthuman in literature, film and mediacultures; as well as notions of life, politics and constructions of the future.

I have organised and co-organised three major international and interdisciplinary conferences: “Cultural Studies and Interdisciplinarity” (with Derek McKiernan; Leeds Trinity and All Saints, April 2000), Communities” (with Michael Higgins and Derek McKiernan; Leeds Trinity and All Saints, September 2003), and “Constructions of the Future – Life Beyond Disciplines” (Heidelberg University, July 2011).

My teaching includes modules on cultural analysis, cultural studies, critical and cultural theory, cultural criticism and film studies, English and comparative literature, modern languages (English, German, French), media studies, and research methodology, at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. I am also a fully qualified secondary school teacher for English and French.