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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.


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)

Classes Taught


Conference Presentation and Talks

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).

2021

  • “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)