Vanessa Ossa, born 1981, is a research associate at the Collaborative Research Unit 923 "Threatened Order - Societies under Stress" in the sub-project G07 "Media Reflections after the Attacks of '9/11'"
Vanessa Ossa is interested in transmedial storytelling in comic, film, television and computer games as well as connected participatory practices. Currently her research at the Collaborative Research Centre 923 "Threatened Order - Societies under Stress" is concerned with media representations of the "War on Terror".
Following an education as a film, photography, and multimedia professional, Vanessa Ossa worked for several film and television productions. From 2011 to 2016, she studied Media Culture, Media Economics, and Sociology at the University of Cologne and earned a Master’s Degree in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis. Since September 2016, she works as a research associate at the Collaborative Research Centre 923 "Threatened Order—Societies under Stress" of the University of Tübingen. May 2019, she finished her thesis “Sleeping Threats: The Sleeper agent in Post-9/11 Media”.
- “Comics/Fandom,“ with Sophie G. Einwächter, Véronique Sina and Sven Stollfuß, international workshop of the AG Comicforschung and the AG Partizipations- und Fanforschung, University of Cologne, 28./29. March 2019.
- “Medial Reflections: Threat Communication and the US-American Order after 9/11“, with David Scheu and Lukas R.A. Wilde, closing conference of the G07-subproject of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 923: “Threatened Orders – Societies under Stress,” University of Tübingen, 20./21. September 2018.
- “Premediation, Terrorism, Affect. A Conversation with Richard Grusin and Michael C. Frank,“ with David Scheu and Lukas R.A. Wilde, workshop of the G07-subproject of the CRC 923: “Threatened Orders – Societies under Stress,” University of Tübingen, 6. July 2017.
- “Mediality and Politics of Emotions,“ with Ernst Henning Peters, Klaus Sachs-Hombach, Monique Scheer, David Scheu, Georg Schild, Jan-Noël Thon und Anne Ulrich, workshop at the CRC 923 “Threatened Order - Societies under Stress,” University of Tübingen, 12./13.October 2016.
- “Participate! Participative Practices in Games – Methodological Challenges,“ with Pablo Abend and Benjamin Beil, closing conference of the project “Modding and Editor-Games. Participative Practices of Mediatized Worlds” of the DFG Priority Program “Mediatized Worlds,” University of Cologne, 7./9. April 2016.
- “Recycling and Rebirth: Adaptation, Continuity and Transfer,” annual graduate student symposium at the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis, 20./21. March 2015.
“The Fragmented and Layered Narrative in Matt Kindt's Comic Series Mind MGMT.“ Paper presented July 1, 2019 at the Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, Pamplona, Spain.
“Characters ‚In-Between‘: The Sleeper Agent as Hybrid Character.“ Paper presented April 21, 2018 at the Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, Montreal, Canada.
“When Howard Meets Wade: Mashup Characters from Deadpool the Duck and Spider-Boy to Smaug- and Otterlock.“ Paper presented March 2, 2018 at the Winter School “De/Recontextualizing Characters: Media Convergence and Pre-/Meta-Narrative Character Circulation, “ University of Tübingen.
“Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Identity as Blessing and Curse in Popular Narratives after 9/11.“ Paper presented October 2, 2017 at the Project Narrative, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
“Unreliable Character Identities Across Media: The Sleeper Agent as Character Type.” Paper presented March 24, 2017 at the Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, Lexington, Kentucky.
“Metalepse und Partizipationskultur.“ Paper presented December 10, 2016 at the Conference “Praktiken medialer Transformationen: Übertragungen in und aus dem digitalen Raum“ at the LFF research association “Translating and Framing. Practices of Medial Transformations,” Hamburg.
“It’s All in Her Head: Media and Madness in About:Kate.” Paper presented June 16, 2016 at the Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
“Die Wiedergeburt des Fernsehens? Narrative Strukturen im digitalen Zeitalter,” Paper presented March 21, 2015 at the Annual Graduate Student Symposium “Recycling and Rebirth: Adaptation, Continuity and Transfer” of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
“Frank Miller’s Holy Terror: The Mythologies of Terror within a Culture of Images.” Paper presented October 18, 2014 at the 17th Annual Building Bridges Graduate Student Philosophy Conference "Fear" of the Department of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.
- “Playful Participatory Practices“ with Pablo Abend and Benjamin Beil, Wiesbaden: Springer (forthcoming, 2019).
- “Threat Communication and the US Order after 9/11: Medial Reflections” with David Scheu and Lukas R.A. Wilde, London/New York: Routledge (forthcoming, 2020).
- “Metalepsen in der Partizipationskultur: Das Spiel mit den Grenzen der Storyworld im Fandiskurs zum Marvel Cinematic Universe.“ In: Johannes C. P. Schmid, Andreas Veits and Wiebke Vorrath (Eds.): Praktiken medialer Transformationen Übersetzungen in und aus dem digitalen Raum. Bielefeld: transcript, 151–172.
- “The Sleeper Agent as Enemy in Post-9/11 Media.“ In: Vanessa Ossa, David Scheu and Lukas R.A. Wilde (Eds.): Threat Communication and the US Order after 9/11: Medial Reflections. London/New York: Routledge (forthcoming, 2020).