We are happy to announce as keynote speakers for this year’s conference Marita Sturken from New York University, John Street from the University of East Anglia and Katja Kanzler from the University of Leipzig!

Marita Sturken Comedy, Genre, and Netflix in Post-Irony American Popular Culture ​

Thursday, 13 June 2019, 6–7:30pm
VMP 8 | Anna Siemsen Lecture Hall

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MARITA STURKEN is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is the author of Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (UC 1997), Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (with Lisa Cartwright, 3rd ed., Oxford 2018), and Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (Duke 2007).  She has published in Representations, Public Culture, Journal of Visual Culture, International Journal of Communication, and many others, and is the former editor of American Quarterly. Her work has been widely translated. She is currently completing a book on American memory in the post-9/11 era.


John Street Politics as Popular Culture, Popular Culture as Politics: From The West Wing to The Apprentice; from Randy Newman to Donald Trump

Friday, 14 June 2019, 9–10:30am
VMP 8 | Anna Siemsen Lecture Hall

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JOHN STREET is a Professor of Politics at the University of East Anglia. Among his more recent publications are Music and Politics (Polity 2012) and (with Sanna Inthorn and Martin Scott) From Entertainment to Citizenship: the Politics of Popular Culture (Manchester 2013). He has also written about celebrity politics, changing forms of political communication, and copyright policy, among other topics. He is currently researching the history and politics of the protest song. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK, on the editorial group of Popular Music and a founding member of the Subcultures Network.


Katja Kanzler From Duck Dynasty to ‘Quality Reality TV’: On the Invective Performativity of Taste

Saturday, 15 June 2019, 1:30–3pm
VMP 8 | Anna Siemsen Lecture Hall

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Uni Leipzig
KATJA KANZLER is Professor of American Literature at Leipzig University. Her research focuses on the forms and cultural valencies of narrativity and textuality across different text-types, media, and historical contexts, with a particular focus on popular culture and its negotiations of social difference. Among other things, she has published on multicultural discourse in the  Star Trek franchise, on the politics of meta-narrativity in 20th- and 21st-century courtroom dramas, and on representations of feminine labor in antebellum literature and ‘para-literature.’ One of her current projects is dedicated to the role, forms, and functions of disparagement in popular culture.