Institute of English Languages and Literatures

Katharina Luther

Contact

Englisches Seminar
Universität Tübingen
Wilhelmstraße 50
72074 Tübingen

Office: 507

Phone: +49 07071 2974535

Email:katharina.luther[at]uni-tuebingen.de

Office hours during the summer term 2019:

  • Tuesday, 15-16 h

Academic Pathway

Ph.D. Project: "From Roots to Cosmos. A New Materialist Poetics of Contemporary Natureculture Poetry" (w.t.)

This dissertation develops a New Materialist approach to nature writing as matter writing. While New Materialist theories are themselves deeply scientized, this approach stands alternatively against the backdrop of the scientific paradigm of late modernity which seems to disguise and even misplace an experienceable entry into what is conceived as a nature out there. But how, if at all, can we reach this world out there?

This project will present answers based on literary experiments by British, American, and Canadian poets who have created nothing less than “vibrant” (Bennett 2010) science-poetry, material-semantically filling the space between nature and culture. Here, Donna Haraway’s monist term “natureculture” (2003) provides a crucial vocabulary designed to break down the dualism between the categories of “nature” and “culture” into one ontologically relational “natureculture.” In doing so, a material nature is not only out there, but already and always in us. These poems show, and in fact prove, that no isolated positionality exists in an “intra-active” (Barad 2007) material universe. Ultimately, this dissertation will outline how poetry provides a specifically affective mode of matter writing that reaches across its textual boundaries to entangle matter, space, time, form, and meaning. Put simply, these poems elicit the productivity of matter itself and thus are “agential” (Barad 2007) “natureculture” meaning makers which produce a paradigm of material critterly connection and experience.

Fields of Academic Interests and Research

Recent Courses

Publications

Articles in Journals and Edited Volumes

"Object Restor(y)ing: The Travels of Rabban Sawma." Globalgeschichte des Mittelalters. Ed. Ellen Widder et al. (forthcoming).

"Stream Worlding: Diffractive River Poetics in Alice Oswald’s Dart." Talisman Cluster on Materiality and Poetry, 2018. https://www.talismanmag.net/luther.html

"Space_Time_Matter Travels from Here to Delhi: The Pedagogy of the Spiral in Sam Miller’s Delhi. Adventures in a Megacity." Modes of Being South: Territorialities, Affects and Power. Eds. Fernando Resende, Diego Amaral, Roberto Robalinho, (forthcoming).

"’Got Skill?’ Stufenmodell zur Softskill-Entwicklung und Förderung bei SchreibtutorInnen.“ Journal der Schreibberatung (JoSCH), 6. Vol. 2013, p 1-9.

Poetry

“Tunnels Underground – a Party”; “The Gut Feeling – a Regime.” Leigh Valley Vanguard, 11/2016.

“Bankrupted Idealism. A National Tale“; “Human Cattle.” The End Is Where We Start. Leigh Valley Vanguard Collections, Volume 13, 2016. Marlana, Eck Ed. Leigh Valley Vanguard, 49;69.

Conference Papers & Presentations

“Material Agency: Or, The Active Principle of Water in Sue Goyette’s Poetry.” International workshop Tracing Nonhuman Agency in Literatures in English, Heinrich Heine Univeristy of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 15.-17.11.2018.

"Reading as Mattering: Surrender to these Poems!" International workshop How Matter Comes into Literature & How Literature Comes into Matter. New Materialist Methodologies for Literary Studies, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, 18.-20.10.2018.

"Mapping the Unseen: The Pedagogy of the Spiral in Sam Miller’s Delhi. Adventures in A Megacity (2009)." International conference Modes of Being South: Territorialities, Affects and Powers, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, 03.-06.10.2017. 

Hotz-Davies, Ingrid and Katharina Luther. "Strictly Material: Scientization in Donna Haraway's Staying with the Trouble." International conference Transcending Humanity? Transhumanism, Algorithms & Scientization as phenomena of late modernity. University of Tübingen, Tübingen, 13.-15.07.2017.

"The Pedagogies of SkinNed Places. FeMale Body Metarmorphosis in Nandipha Mntambo's Installations.” International Conference Rethinking Gender from the Global South, Universidad National Autónoma de México, Mexico City, 26.-29.09.2016.

Summer School

International Interdisciplinary Unseld Summer School with Prof. Dr. Bruno Latour on "Political Ecology," Forum Scientarium, 29.06.2017 - 02.07.2017.

Conference Workshops & Lectures

together with Mascha Wieland. "The Poetics of Erosion: How Matter Comes into Literature." International workshop How Matter Comes into Literature & How Literature Comes into Matter. New Materialist Methodologies for Literary Studies, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, 18.-20.10.2018.

Lecture "'Female Gothic Possibilities: Anne Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)." Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, 2014.

Jeszke, Cordula and Katharina Luther. Workshop "Medienkompetenz – Internetvideos als Hilfsmittel und Austauschkanal für Schreibzentren." 6. Peer TutorInnen Konferenz der Schreibzentren an deutschen Universitäten, Ruhr Universität, Bochum, 2013.

Luther, Katharina and Cordula Jeszke. Workshop "'We are on a Mission!' – Das Leitbild als Chance der kollaborativen Reproduktion des Schreibzentrums." 6. Peer TutorInnen Konferenz der Schreibzentren an deutschen Universitäten, Ruhr Universität, Bochum, 2013.

Luther, Katharina and Sara Beck. Workshop "Let's Write! Using Writing as a Mediating Tool in Classrooms." 7th Conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 2013.

Workshop "'Got Skill?' Stufenmodell zur Softskill-Entwicklung und Förderung bei SchreibtutorInnen." 5. Peer TutorInnen Konferenz der Schreibzentren an deutschen Universitäten, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, 2012.

Event Organisation & Chairing

11/2018: Organisation and chairing together with Dr. Gero Bauer and Dr. Nicole Hirschfelder - "Strata of Kinship and Collective Action in Literature and Culture." International conference, Center of Diversity and Gender Research in collaboration with the English Department, 08.-09.11.2018.

10/2018: Organisation and chairing together with Mascha Wieland - "How Matter Comes into Literature & How Literature Comes into Matter: New Materialist Methodologies for Literary Studies." International and interdiciplinary workshop, English Department, 18.-20.10.18; supported by the Excellence Initiative of the University of Tübingen.

07/2018: Organisation and pre-workshop chairing together with Susana Garbe, Lukas Müsel, and Kim Unger - "Animism as Method." International Workshop, English Department, 03.07.2018.

01/2016: Organisation with Dr. Gero Bauer - "The Future of Diversity? Approaches, Intersections, Innovations." Internationale winter school, Center of Diversity and Gender Research, 14.-15.01.2016; supported by the Institutional Strategy of the University of Tübingen (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, ZUK 63).