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Marina Pingler, M. A.

Research Fellow

Marina Pingler is a PhD candidate and assistant professor at the American Studies Department. During her studies at the University of Tübingen and State University of New York at Stony Brook, she majored in English and History. She completed her state examination in September 2020, followed by a Master of Arts degree in April 2021. Previously, she worked as Grant Manager and Project Administrator of the EU COST Action “Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories (COMPACT)”. Her dissertation project focuses on collectively held visions of future climate change in American culture and literature – so-called “climate imaginaries” – that have emerged between 2009 and 2020 but remain marginalized in climate change discourse. More specifically, she investigates how medial and generic particularities of specific modes of representation influence these alternative scenarios of future climate change and how these scenarios engage with the culturally dominant ones. Currently, Marina Pingler is a visiting scholar at Harvard University.

Research Interests

  • Environmental criticism
  • Speculative fiction
  • Native American cultures and literature
  • 19th-century American literature and culture
  • Popular culture
  • Climate fiction (PhD-thesis on „Re-Imagining Climate Futures: Alternative Imaginaries in American Literature and Culture“, working title)


  • Seminar: Indigenous Futurisms (SS 2024)
  • Seminar: Climate Imaginaries (SS 2023)
  • Seminar: Introduction Cultural Studies (WS 2022/23)
  • Seminar: Postmodern Fiction (SS 2022)
  • Seminar: Introduction Cultural Studies (WS 2021/22)
  • Seminar: Antebellum American Literature (SS 2021)
  • Seminar: Climate Fiction (WS 2020/21)

Conference Presentations and Talks


  • “Disrupting the Universality of the Anthropocene: The Captivity Narrative in Waubgeshig Rice’s Moon of the Crusted Snow (2018).” (“Disrupting Imaginations: Annual Conference Science Fiction Research Association, University of Dresden, August 19, 2023)
  • “Alternative Modes of Future-Making: The Anthropocene and Its Imaginaries.” (“The Failure of Knowledge – Knowledges of Failure”, University of Mannheim, May 4, 2023).
  • “The Anthropocene: A Return to Grand Narratives? – Ontology and Postcolonial Critique in Indigenous Speculative Fiction." (“Crises of the Universal in Anglophone Literatures and Criticism,” Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, March 30, 2023).
  • “Scaling up the Imagination in Narrative: Climate Change in Steven Amsterdam‘s Things We Didn‘t See Coming (2009).” As Part of the Lecture Series “American Short Story: Theory, History, Cultural Contexts,” University of Tübingen, 1. February 2023.
  • “Cli-Fi: Re-Imagining Climate Change in American Literature and Culture.” As Part of the Lecture Series “Issues in American Literary & Cultural History IV: From World War II to the Present,” University of Tübingen, 26. January 2023.
  • “Grassroots Convergence – Star Trek Fandom: Axanar Productions and the Final Frontier of Fan-Fiction Law.” (As Part of the Lecture Series “Introduction to Cultural Studies,” University Tübingen, January, 2023).



  • “The Colonial Anthropocene Imaginary: Re-Imagining Climate Futures in Speculative Fiction.” (Narrative, Environment, Social Justice: Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS), University of Salzburg, 22. October 2022).
  • “Alternative Climate Imaginaries: Re-Imagining Climate Futures in Speculative Fiction.” (Ambivalences of Ecological Transformations: Perspectives from the Environmental Humanities, Augsburg, 25. June 2022).
  • “Alternative Climate Imaginaries: Re-Imagining Climate Futures in Speculative Fiction.” (Political Education and American Studies: 68th Annual Meeting of the German Association of American Studies, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, 11. June 2022).
  • “Re-Imagining Climate Futures: Alternative Imaginaries in American Literature and Culture.” (HCA Spring Academy, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, 21-25. March 2022).


  • “Indigenous Futurisms – A Transnational Response to Ontological Conflicts: Moving Beyond a 'One-World World' in Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves" (“Transnational Relations: Past, Present, and Future”, Annual Postgraduate Forum, 02. December 2021).
  • “Ontological Conflicts in the Face of Climate Change: Moving Beyond a ‘One-World World’ in Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves” (Environmental Displacements, Workshop, University of Augsburg, 07. Oktober 21)