Academic Coordination

KU Center for Advanced Studies "Dialogical Cultures."
Critical Reflection Spaces for Cultural Studies and Social Sciences
René Dietrich
Dr. habil. René Dietrich
Academic Coordinator

Academic Education

2020   Habilitation (post-doctoral degree), Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
2010   PhD., Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
2005  First state exam, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

Academic Positions

2013 – 2019   DFG Principal investigator and lecturer at the Obama Insitute for Transnational American Studies, JGU Mainz
2011 – 2013   Lecturer at the American Studies Program, Department of English and Linguistics, JGU Mainz
2009 – 2011  Coordinator of the international PhD program "Literary and Cultural Studies," International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, JLU Giessen
2006 – 2010  Lecturer and Research Assistant at the Department of English, JLU Giessen
2002 – 2005  Staff member and tutor at the Institute for the International Education of Students and the International Office; Freiburg


Main Research Areas

  • Indigeneity
  • Settler- and postcolonialism
  • Decolonial theory
  • Biopolitics
  • Autobiography and life writing
  • Theories of the (post-)apocalypse
  • American poetry after 1945
  • American literary and cultural history
  • Transnational and transcultural studies
  • Interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies


Selected Publications

Revising and Remembering (after) the End: American Post-Apocalyptic Poetry since 1945 from Ginsberg to Forché. Trier: WVT (MOSAIC 45), 2012.

Biopolitics, Geopolitics, Life: Settler States and Indigenous Presence. Edited with Kerstin Knopf. [Under contract with Duke University Press]

Settler Colonial Biopolitics and Indigenous Lifeways. American Indian Culture and Research Journal special issue. 42.2 (2018).

A History of American Poetry: Contexts-Developments-Readings. Edited with Oliver Scheiding und Clemens Spahr. Trier: WVT (Academic Handbook Series), 2015. 

Lost or Found in Translation? Interkulturelle/Internationale Perspektiven der Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften. Edited with Daniel Smilovski und Ansgar Nünning. Trier: WVT, 2011.

“‘Pando/Pando’ Across the Americas: Transnational Settler Territorialities and Decolonial Pluralities.” Journal of Transnational American Studies 11.1 (2020). Special issue on “American Territorialities,” guest editors Nicole Waller and Jens Temmen.

“The Biopolitical Logics of Settler Colonialism and Disruptive Relationality.” Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies 17.1 (2017), 67-77. Special issue on “Settler Colonialism and Cultural Studies,” guest editors Aimee Carillo Rowe and Eve Tuck.

“Made to Move, Made of this Place: Into America, Mobility, and the Eco-Logics of Settler Colonialism.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 61.4 (2016): 507-26. Special issue on “Environmental Imagination on the Move: Nature and Mobility in American Literature and Culture,” guest editors Christine Gerhard and Christa Grewe-Volpp.

“Secret Spheres from Breaking Bad to The Americans: The Politics of Secrecy, Masculinity, and Transgression in 21st-Century U.S. Television Drama.” Transgressive Television, eds. Birgit Däwes, Alexandra Ganser, and Nicole Poppenhagen. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2015. 195-216.

Project Coordinator at the Research Service Center for International Talent-Scouting (Henriette Herz - Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation):