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PD Dr. Nicole Falkenhayner

PD Dr. Nicole Falkenhayner

☎ +49 761 203-3592

R 4212 | KG IV



  • Cultural Theory
  • Mediality and Affect
  • Surveillance Studies
  • Heroization and Popular Culture
  • Posthumanism and Futurity
  • Postcolonialism and Cultural Translation
  • Gender and Queer Theory


Winter term      

Deputy Professorship for English Literature
University of Freiburg

2014 – 2016

Head of research project "CCTV beyond Surveillance", funded by the DFG (German Research Council)
University of Freiburg

2012 – 2014

Post-doc researcher graduate school GRK 1767 “Factual and Fictional Narration”
University of Freiburg

2008 2012 Associate researcher, Centre of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Integration”
Interdisciplinary research group “Idioms of Social Analysis”
University of Constance



Habilitation in British Literary and Cultural Studies obtained from the University of Freiburg


Doctor phil. (PhD) in British Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Constance


Master of Arts from the University of Constance
in English and American Literature, Sociology and Linguistics at the University of Constance and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst



2016 – 2020

"Heroization in British Television Dramas of the 21st Century: Discourses and Aesthetics in a Popular Medium"
Research project, Collaborative Research Center SFB 948 'Heroes, Heroisms, Heroizations'
Co-head with Prof. Dr. Barbara Korte (Freiburg)
University of Freiburg
Funding Body: DFG (German Research Council)

2014 – 2016

"CCTV beyond Surveillance"
Research project
University of Freiburg
Funding Body: DFG (German Research Council)


"Memory and Its Media"
Collaborative Project of Australia Group of Eight, German Excellence Initiative
Headed by Prof. Dr. Roseanne Kennedy (National University of Australia, Canberra) and Prof. Dr. Silvia Mergenthal (University of Constance)
Funding Body: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)


Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Riverside
Funding Body: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)




  • Forthcoming: with Barbara Korte, Heroes in Contemporary British Culture: Television Drama and Reflections of a Nation in Change. Routledge Research in Media and Culture. London and New York: Routledge, 2020.
  • Media, Surveillance and Affect. Narrating Feeling-States. Routledge Studies in Surveillance. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.
  • Making The British Muslim. Representations of the Rushdie Affair and Figures of the War-On-Terror Decade. Europe in a Global Context. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.


  • Forthcoming: The Hero Affect. The Role of Affecting Heroizations in European Popular Culture. Journal of European Popular Culture Special Issue, 2020.
  • with Barbara Korte, Simon Wendt (eds.) Heroism as a Global Phenomenon in Contemporary Culture. Routledge Studies in Cultural History. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.
  • with Sebastian Meurer, Tobias Schlechtriemen (eds.) Analyzing Processes of Heroization. Theories, Methods, Histories. helden.heroes.héroes Special Issue 5, 2019.
  • with Cornelia Brink, Ralf von den Hoff (eds.) Helden müssen sterben. Von Sinn und Fragwürdigkeit des heroischen Todes. Helden – Heroisierungen – Heroismen. Baden-Baden: Ergon, 2019.
  • with Monika Fludernik, Julia Steiner (eds. and introd.) Faktuales und fiktionales Erzählen aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive. Faktuales und Fiktionales Erzählen. Würzburg: Ergon, 2015.
    • Review: A. Florian Pahlke, Das weite Feld der Fiktionalität. (Review of: Monika Fludernik/Nicole Falkenhayner/Julian Steiner (Hg.), Faktuales und fiktionales Erzählen. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven. Würzburg, Ergon-Verlag 2015.) JLTonline (02.07.2017)
    • Review: Wolfgang G. Müller, Anglistik 27.2 (2016), pp. 196-198.
  • with Andreas Langenohl, Johannes Scheu, Doris Schweitzer, Kacper Szulecki (eds. and introd.) Rethinking Order. Idioms of Stability and De-Stabilization. Culture & Theory. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015.


  • Forthcoming: "Erwartungskulturen. Idiome des Zukünftigen in England, 1640-1660." Eisenlohr, Patrick, Kramer, Stefan and Andreas Langenohl (eds.) Parallaxen moderner Zeitlichkeit. Ästhetische Eigenzeiten. Hannover: Werhahn, 2020.
  • Forthcoming: "The Ship Who Sang: Feminism, the Posthuman, and Similarity." OLH Special Collection Reading in Ruins: Exploring Posthumanist Narrative Studies, edited by Bartosch, Roman and Julia Hoydis, 2020.
  • Forthcoming: "The Heroic Programme of Sherlock." ZAA Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 2020.
  • "Permeable Boundaries: Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year (1722) and Jurij M. Lotman's Semiosphere." Anglia 137.1 (2019) pp. 70-83.
  • with Hardt, Maria-Xenia. "One Hero Fits All? Cultural Translations in Doctor Strange (2016) as 'Global Hero' Movie." Korte, Barbara et al. (eds.) Heroism as a Global Phenomenon in Contemporary Culture. London and New York: Routledge, 2019, pp. 81-98.
  • with Korte, Barbara, Bensch, Matthias, Hardt, Maria-Xenia. "Heroism – Violence – Mediality. Working Paper of the Collaborative Working Group on Mediality." helden.heroes.héros. Special Issue 5 (2019) pp. 69-78. doi: 10.6094/helden.heroes.heros./2019/APH/08
  • "Kurt Cobains Tod: Zur Konstruktion eines paradoxen Generationenhelden." Brink, Cornelia et al. (eds.) Helden müssen sterben. Von Sinn und Fragwürdigkeit des heroischen Todes. Baden-Baden: Ergon, 2019, pp. 143-158.
  • "CCTV beyond Surveillance: The Cultural Relevance of the Surveillance Camera and Its Image in Contemporary Britain." Journal for the Study of British Cultures 23.2 (2016) pp. 157-168.
  • "Tödliches Zu-Sehen-Geben: Sichtbarkeit und Deutungsmacht am Beispiel des Mordes an Lee Rigby." Thomas, Tanja et al. (eds.) Anerkennung und Sichtbarkeit. Perspektiven für eine kritische Medienkulturwissenschaft. Bielefeld: transcript, 2017, pp. 203-218.
  • "No 'Revalueshan' in the Global City: Representations of London Rioting, 1981 and 2011." von Knebel Doeberitz, Oliver and Ralph Schneider (eds.). London post-2010 in British Literature and Culture: Rodopi, 2017, pp. 19-39.
  • "Heroes in/against the Machine: Performing the Friction of Database and Narrative." helden.heroes.héros 4.1 (2016) pp. 103-109. doi: 10.6094/helden.heroes.heros./2016/01/10
  • "An Unlikely Hero for the War-on-Terror Decade: Patrick Neate's City of Tiny Lights (2005)." Korte, Barbara and Stefanie Lethbridge (eds.) Heroes and Heroism in British Fiction since 1800. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 152-167.
  • "After Identity: Hanif Kureishi and the Backlash against Multiculturalism." Ehland, Christoph; Mindt, Ilka and Merle Tönnies (eds.) Anglistentag Paderborn 2015 Proceedings. Trier: WVT, 2016, pp.147-157.
  • "Surveillance and Social Memory. Remembering Princess Diana with CCTV." Humanities 5.3 (2016) 73. doi: 10.3390/h5030073
  • "The English Ruin(ed). An Idiom of Victorian Aesthetics." Falkenhayner, Nicole et al. (eds.) Rethinking Order. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015, pp. 183-202.
  • "Das Medienereignis der Rushdie-Affäre als Beispiel für Zuschreibungsakte in kulturalisierten Konfliktdebatten um den Islam in Europa." Kirsch, Thomas et al. (eds.) Religion als Prozess. Begriffe – Zuschreibungen – Leitmotive – Grenzen. Würzburg: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, 2015, pp. 77-89.
  • with Schöneck, Annette. "David Grossmans Aus der Zeit Fallen: Vielstimmige Trauererzählung zwischen persönlichem und politischem Trauma." Aurnhammer, Achim and Thorsten Fitzon (eds.) Lyrische Trauernarrative. Erzählte Verlusterfahrung in autofiktionalen Gedichtzyklen. Würzburg: Ergon, 2015, pp. 319-338.
  • "Dissimilation. Wissen um britische Muslime in der War-On-Terror-Dekade." Ezli, Özkan et al. (eds.) Die Integrationsdebatte zwischen Assimilation und Diversität. Bielefeld: transcript, 2013, pp. 331-360.
    • Review: Stephanie Lavorano. „Von der Assimilation zur Diversität, von der Integration zur Inklusion?" 12 (12/2014) / Kunst und Kulturwissenschaft. doi:
  • "The Other Rupture of 1989: The Rushdie Affair as the Inaugural Event of Post-Secular Conflict." Global Society 24.1 (2010) 111-132.
  • "Translating the In-Between. SuAndi's 'The Story of M' or Reflections on Sociological Approaches to Literary Analysis." Proceedings of the Conference Translating Society – a Commentator's Conference, 2009.
  • "Identity in Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Sky Lee's Disappearing Moon Café: Narrative Strategies in the Re-Negotiation of Self, Ethnicity and Nation." KOPS –Das  Institutionelle Repositorium der Universität Konstanz, 2005. doi: