North American Literature and Culture, Bielefeld University
Winter semester 20/21:
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Mahshid Mayar is an Assistant Professor at the chair of North American Literature and Culture. Her research and teaching interests lie broadly in late 19th-century US history, literature, and culture, and 21st-century poetry of protest.
Mahshid has held fellowships at the University of Georgetown, Washington, D.C., and at Amherst College, Massachusetts.
In general, I write about and teach American literature, history, and culture, since the late 19th century.
In my recent research, I interrogate the politics and poetics of silence and silencing. My Habilitation (second-book project) focuses on the political, the historical, and the aesthetic in contemporary US erasure poetry.
At the same time, and together with my colleague Marion Schulte, I co-edit Silence and Silencing in History, Literature, Language, and Culture, an edited interdisciplinary volume that is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.
My first book, Citizens and Rulers of the World: American Children and World Geography at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (forthcoming with the University of North Carolina Press), examines cultures of American empire at the intersection of nineteenth-century American history, empire studies, historical childhood studies, and history of education. In this book, I map the production, consumption, and re-appropriation of world geography knowledge in the wake of the changing geopolitical imperatives in the spatially unsettled U.S. empire at the turn of the twentieth century. Recent essays for the European Journal of American Studies and the Society for History of Childhood and Youth (SHCY) take some of these discussions into new directions.
Manuscripts & Edited Volumes
- Citizens and Rulers of the World: American Children and World Geography at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill (2021).
- Special Issue “American Video Games and the Politics of Popular Culture” (co-edited with Stefan Schubert, Universität Leipzig) in European Journal of American Studies 16.3 (2021).
- Essay Collection “Spaces of Empire” in U.S. Studies Online (USSO), British Association for American Studies (2020).
- Special Issue “Encounters in the ‘Game-Over Era’: The Americas in Videogames,” in fiar: Forum for Inter-American Research 11.2 (2018).
Articles & Essays
- “Heedless Feasts of Indifference: Racialization, Enmification, and Necropolitics in Unplayable War Games,” article in special issue “American Video Games and the Politics of Popular Culture” (forthcoming in 2021 with European Journal of American Studies 16.3).
- “What on earth! Slated Globes, Spatial Absence, and the U.S. Empire,” in European Journal of American Studies 15.2 (2020).
- “Weirding the Empire in West of Loathing and Other Digital Games,” in U.S. Studies Online (USSO) essay series “American Studies and Video Games,” , British Association for American Studies (2019).
- “Verbs of Violence: 19th-Century Jigsaw Puzzles, Otherness, and American Childhood,” Society for the History of Children and Youth (2019).
- “A game (simulation) is a game (interactive technology) is a game (lifestyle) is a game (live archive): An Introduction,” introduction to “Encounters in the ‘Game-Over Era’: The Americas in/and Video Games,” in fiar: Forum for Inter-American Research 11.2 (2018).
- “Überleben im Anthropozäne. Wege zu einer Definition von Humanitarian Crisis Games,” in Weltmaschine Computerspiel: Mythen und Techniken der Globalisierung im digitalen Spiel . Edited by Eugen Pfister and Tobias Winnerling. Verein zur Studien -interkultureller Geschichte: Mandelbaum Verlag (2018).
- “Survival as Species Narrative: (Supra-)Referentiality in Humanitarian Crisis Video Games,” in Loading….: Journal of the Canadian Game Studies 11.18 (2018).
- “A Case for Serious Play: Virtual Pacifism and Historical Digital Games,” in “Frühneuzeitlicher Krieg in Digitalen Spielen,” Zeitschrift des Arbeitskreises Militär und Gesellschaft in der Frühen Neuzeit 20 (2016).
- “From Tools to Toys: American Dissected Maps and Geographic Knowledge at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” in Knowledge Landscapes North America . Edited by Sabine Sielke, Christian Klöckner, and Simone Knewitz. Heidelberg: Winter (2016).
For my complete CV, please see wwwhomes.uni-bielefeld.de/mmayar/.