You are here: Home Literary and Cultural … Sulimma | North American … Sulimma | CV

Sulimma | CV

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Maria Sulimma





☎ +49 761 203-3323









since 2022    

Tenure-Track Professor for North American Literature and Cultural Studies
English Department | University of Freiburg 

2018 – 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher 
Research Group “Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions” | University of Duisburg-Essen

2016 – 2018

Faculty Member/Lecturer
Department of Culture, John F. Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies | Freie Universität Berlin

2013 – 2016

Research Coordinator 
Research Unit "Popular Seriality: Aesthetics and Practice" | Freie Universität Berlin

2012 – 2013     Lecturer in American Studies Program
English Department | University of Göttingen



  • FRIAS Junior Fellowship 2023/2024
  • Fulbright American Studies Award (2022)
  • Rolf Kenter-Dissertation Prize (2019)
  • Fulbright American Studies Institute (2018)
  • Elsa Neumann-Dissertation Scholarship of the State of Berlin (2017 – 2018)



  • Co-organized with Eva von Contzen and Fachschaft Englisches Seminar: Theme Week “Queer Perseverance?: Exploring the Kaleidoscope of LGBTQIA+ Representation and Expression” (University of Freiburg, 20-24 Nov. 2023)
  • Co-organized with Lena Mattheis: Int. Conference “Queer (Second) Cities” (University of Freiburg and the University of Surrey / Online, 30-31 Aug. 2023)
  • Co-organized with Lena Mattheis: Int. Symposium of the Association of Literary Urban Studies (ALUS):  “Early Career Paths: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives” (Online, 13 Sept. 2023)
  • Co-organized int. Conference “Transatlantic Rust Belts - Scripting Urban Future(s)” (University Alliance Ruhr, Wayne State University, and University of California, Santa Barbara, 9-12 Sept. 2021)
  • Co-organized with Juliane Borosch, Barbara Buchenau, and Frank Mehring: “Spring Academy RUDESA 2021: Grounding American Studies” (University Duisburg-Essen and Radboud University Nijmegen, 8-12 March 2021)
  • Co-organized with Anna Sennefelder: interdisciplinary Symposium “Scripts, Scapes und Situierte Normativität“ of the research groups “City Scripts” and “New Travel-New Media“ (University Duisburg-Essen and University of Freiburg, 24-26 Nov. 2020)
  • Co-organized with Kathleen Loock: Student Conference “Postfeminism(s) in Popular Culture” (John F. Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, 6 July 2018)
  • Co-organized with Frank Kelleter: int. conference “Seriality, Seriality, Seriality: The Many Lives of a Field that isn’t One” (Freie Universität Berlin, 22-24 June 2016)



  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik / A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture (since September 2023)
  • Book Review Editor of the Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik / A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture (since September 2023)
  •  Board member of the Association of Literary Urban Studies /ALUS (since October 2022)



  • “A Gentrifier and a Dog: Narratives of Urban Transformations and their Canine Representations” (24-27 Jan. 2024, Int. Conference “Narratives of Home and Dwelling: Cultures, Crises, Utopias,” University of Innsbruck)
  • “Drawn to Light: Electricity, Television, and the ‘Banal Anthropocene’ of Yellowjackets” (27 Sept. 2023, Jahrestagung der Kulturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft “Populäre Kulturen,“ Saarland University)
  • “Stadt als Festival / Festival als Stadt” (13 July 2023, Conference “Zukunft leben oder überleben? Zukunftslaboratorien als Möglichkeitsräume für ein gutes Leben jenseits der Gegenwartsgesellschaft,“ University of Freiburg)
  • With Eva von Contzen, “Televisionary Talk Club: Rings of Power” (6 July 2023, Carl-Schurz-Haus, Freiburg)
  • “Remember how deep we go – Stories of Oceanic Cities” (21 June 2023, Inaugural Lecture / Antrittsvorlesung, University of Freiburg)
  • “Von Gärten und Windrädern. Klima, Raum und Gender“ (13 June 2023, lecture series “KLIMA: Kulturen, Künste, Medien,“ University of Freiburg)
  • with Eva von Contzen, “‘In the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom…’: Medieval Studies Meets Television Studies” (23 May 2023, Symposium “Medieval Identities: (Re)Constructing the Self and the Other,” University of Freiburg)
  • “Gentrification, Leisure, and the Contemporary Novel” (21 April 2023, Urban Inequalities Workshop, Initiative on Cities, Boston University)
  • “Sarah Schulman’s Maggie Terry and the Dilemma of the Gentrifier-Protagonist” (28 Mar. 2023, Penn State Abington)
  •  “’The Shape of an Endless Longing’: Water and Urban Communities” (25 Mar. 2023, North Eastern Modern Language Association, Niagara Falls)
  • “Mobility, Serial Television, and Climate Change” (21 Mar. 2023, University of Delaware)
  • “Green Gentrification, Garden Politics, and Feminist Memoir.” (16 Mar. 2023, Symposium: “New Urban Imaginaries: Narrating the Post-Industrial City,” Penn State Abington)
  • “Urban Transformations in Queer Crime Fiction” (13 Mar. 2023, University of Delaware)
  • “Gentrification Imaginaries: Postindustrial Literature, Leisure, and Urban Transformations” (7 Mar. 2023, Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, Princeton University)
  • “Die Zukunft der Stadt erzählen: Urbane Microscripts und Gentrifizierung“ (17 Feb. 2023, Global Futures Talk, University of Freiburg)
  • With students from the seminar “African American Urbanism,” “Anticipating Black History Month: The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (19 Jan. 2023, event and screening at the Carl-Schurz-Haus, Freiburg)
  • with Sieglinde Lemke, “Kulturwissenschaften und Klimagerechtigkeit“ (18 Jan. 2023, Lecture Series “Nachhaltigkeit,“ University of Freiburg)
  • “Climate Crisis on TV: Urban Tourism and Aviation in Killing Eve” (10 Jan. 2023, University of Hannover)
  • “Microscripts of Gentrification:  Leisure and Urban Transformations in Contemporary Literature” (14 Dec. 2022, Keele University)
  • “The (Lost) American Dream on TV: Television Homes and Millennial Home Ownership” (30 Nov. 2022, Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz)
  • “Leisure in the Postindustrial City: Gentrification and Literature” (24 Nov. 2022, University of Münster)
  • “More than just remembering: Gender, Seriality, and Television” (23 Nov. 2022, University of Münster)
  • “The Travel Writing of Louisa May Alcott” (27 Oct. 2022, EUCOR Lecture Series “Nineteenth-Century Women’s Literature”)
  • “To live in a city is to consume its offerings: Speculative Fiction and Gentrification in Ling Ma’s Severance“ (28 June 2022, ISSN Narrative Conference, University of Chichester)
  • “Television and Seriality” (13 Dec. 2021, University of Paderborn)
  • “TV Thursday - Gentrifizierung und Fernsehen“ (9 Dec. 2021, conversation with journalist Vanessa Schneider, Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz)
  • with Hanna Henryson, “Nothing was solved, only accelerated: Gentrification as Apocalypse in Contemporary Dystopian Berlin Novels“ (28 Oct. 2021, University of Uppsala; 7 Dec. 2021 University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • “Trivial Pursuits: Literature, Gentrification, and Postindustrial Cities“ (17 Nov. 2021, KWI/ Institute for the Advanced Study, Essen)
  • “Hipsters and Gentrifiers in the Work of Sarah Schulman: A Literary Studies Approach to Gentrification“ (16 Nov. 2021, lecture series: “Hipsters and Gentrifiers: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Culture,” Ruhr University Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • “AOC plays Among Us: Politik und/als Populärkultur“ (11 Oct. 2021, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Saarland)
  • “This is what a Gentefier looks like: Gentrification and Seriality in Vida and Gentefied“ (23 Sept. 2021, Symposium  “To Be Continued: Defining, Producing, Performing, Consuming, and Theorizing Serials and Adaptations,” University of Delaware)
  • “A Portal to a City that No Longer Exists: Drinking Coffee at the Bodega during Gentrification” (12 Sept. 2021, Symposium “Transatlantic Rust Belts – Scripting Urban Future(s),” Wayne State University)
  • “Where is Everybody?: The Agoraphobic Imagination of Gentrification in Times of COVID-19” (2 Sept. 2021, conference “Ecologies of Fear: Spatial Politics and Imaginaries of Crisis and Danger,” KWI Essen)
  • “TV Thursday: Good Wives, Witches & Girlbosses - wie Serien Frauen eine Stimme geben” (15 July 2021, conversation with journalist Vanessa Schneider, Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz)
  • “Needs to Be More Explicit about the Methodologies…: Reluctance, Collaboration, and Vulnerability in Research Processes” (18 June 2021, annual conference of the German American Studies Association, University of Heidelberg)
  •  “Gentrification in Series:  Television Storytelling from Gentefied to Search Party” (29 May 2021, conference “The City, the Media & Gentrification: Actors, Discourses and Representations,” Sorbonne Université Paris)
  • “Dilemma as Technique: Gentrifier-Protagonists in Sarah Schulman’s Maggie Terry and Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation” (7 May 2021, Symposium “Urban Intersections: Class, Race, Gender and Gentrification,” Keele University)
  • “TV Thursday - Serial Politics” (15 April 2021, conversation with journalist Vanessa Schneider, Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz)
  • “The White Postfeminist Trivial of Lena Dunham (… and Sylvia Plath … and Philip Roth)” (14 Dec 2020, Leibniz University Hannover)
  • “Is that how Lovecraftian Horror Works Now?!: On Gentrification, Cultural Homogeneity, and Dichotomies of Consumerism in N.K. Jemisin’s The City We Became” (21 Aug 2020, Symposium “Representing Urban Change: Gentrification and Displacement in Literature and other Media,” University of Uppsala; available online:
  • “Unmittelbare Stadt“ (7 July 2020, lecture series “Kernbegriffe für die Stadt der Zukunft“ TU Braunschweig; available online:
  • Lecture “Focus Feminist Heritage: Bandits (1997)” and interview with actor Jasmin Tabatabai (7 March 2020, Berlin Feminist Film Week)
  • “Of Trivial Things, Leisure, and Cities” (3 Feb. 2020, Symposium “Spending Time With/In the Nineteenth Century,” Goethe University Frankfurt)
  • Killing Eve… and the Planet – One Flight at a Time: Popular Culture and Aviation” (11 Dec. 2019, lecture series “Popular Culture, Media, and Politics in the US,” John F. Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)
  • “Barista, barista, (anti-)capitalista?: White Masculinity, Coffee Connoisseurship, and the Urban Café” (29 Nov. 2019, conference “Metropolitan Masculinities: Narratives of Gender and Urban Space,” Ruhr University Bochum)
  • “Seriality and Gender: The Politics and Practices of American Television” (24 Oct. 2019, University of Heidelberg)
  • “Play by Paratext: Television Narration, Seriality, and Interactivity” (1 June 2019, ISSN Narrative Conference, University of Pamplona)
  • “Surviving the City: Zombies, Run! and the Horrors of Urban Exercise” (17 May 2019, conference “Playing the Field II: Video Games, American Studies, and Space,” University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • “Simultaneity versus Seriality: The Conflicting Temporality and Locality of Television’s Urban Chase Scene” (15 Feb. 2019, Symposium of the Association for Literary Urban Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • “I am. I am. I am. – HBOs Girls zwischen distanzierten Blicken, Qualitätslabels, und geschlechtlicher Universalität“ (31 Jan. 2019, Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg)
  • “ You’d be the first to die. – Death, Gender and Serialized Survivalism in The Walking Dead Franchise” (15 July 2018, “Console-ing Passions – International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism,” Bournemouth University)
  • “Sir, she can hear you: The Mute Woman in Popular Culture” (26 May 2018, annual conference of the German American Studies Association, Freie Universität Berlin)
  • “The Ur-Feminist Voice of a Generation?: Reading HBO’s Girls and its Critical Sphere” (5 Oct. 2017, conference “Reading American TV Series,” Saarland University)
  • “Gender and Seriality in Contemporary US-American Television Narratives” (10 April 2017, TU Dresden)
  • “No Place like Home?: The Apartment Shares of Contemporary Female TV Protagonists” (23 March 2017, annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago)
  • “Dead yourself?: Serialized Survival and Fanagement in The Walking Dead-Franchise” (29 Nov. 2016, University of Siegen)
  • “More Cringe than Comedy?  The complicated Humor of HBO’s Girls” (12 Nov. 2016, annual conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies, University of Innsbruck)
  • “Some of the Spoilers… will not be Spoilers: Crossmedia Franchises between Simultaneity, Adaptation, and Transmedia Storytelling” (15 June 2016, workshop “New Media Writing,” Freie Universität Berlin)
  • “Will this Gender ever be Televised? On the Challenges of Seriality and Gender Studies” (22 June 2016, conference “Seriality Seriality Seriality: The Many Lives of the Field That Isn’t One,” Freie Universität Berlin)
  • “2015: Simultaneous Seriality and The Walking Dead” (17 June 2016,  ISSN Narrative Conference, University of Amsterdam)
  • “Beyond the Double Bind? Professional Femininities and 'Uniform' Desires” (21 May 2016, annual conference of the German American Studies Association/DGfA, University of Osnabrück)
  • “Not That Kind of Girl: Television’s Troubled Relationship with Academia and TV Criticism” (23 April 2016, biennial conference of the European American Studies Association, University of Constanta)
  • “Investigating Gender and Seriality in HBO’s Girls: The Hauntings of Television's Critical Sphere” (7 Dec. 2015, University of Michigan)
  • “I don't WANT to kill any of you - Gendered Discourses of Authority and Authorization” (23 Nov. 2015,  Project Narrative, the Ohio State University)
  • “She is not your mother anymore: The Walking Dead and the Attraction of Serial Survival” (24 July 2015, Leibniz Universität Hannover)
  • with Bettina Soller, “You Know, Government Isn’t Just a Boys Club Anymore: Female Protagonists in Contemporary US-American Political Drama and Comedy Series” (19 June 2015,  “Console-ing Passions – International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism,”  University College Dublin)
  • with Felix Brinker and Frank Kelleter, “Quality TV? Die neuen amerikanischen Fernsehserien: The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad“ (13 June 2015, Freie Universität Berlin)
  • “Negotiating Serial Flow: The Walking Dead as Transmedia Phenomenon” (26 Feb 2015, conference “Transmedia Storytelling and Its Reception: Economies and Politics of Participation,” Hannover)
  • “Everybody Makes it Until They Don’t - Serial Television and Zombies in The Walking Dead” (11 Dec. 2014, German-American Institute Tübingen)
  • “Gender and Serial Television Narratives” (3 Oct. 2014,  University of Michigan)
  • “It happened in Salem, not surprisingly - On (Not) Trying Witches in Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (18 Jan. 2014, University of Göttingen; 1 Feb. 2014, University of Konstanz)
  • “Doing Gender in Crossmedia Serial Narratives” (1 July 2013, annual conference of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore, University of Tartu)
  • with Uta Scheer. “Once Upon a Time... Neue Geschlechterbilder in Polit-Medien und TV-Serien – Wahrheit oder Märchen?“ (16 Jan. 2013, University of Göttingen)
  • “The (Lost) American Dream on TV: Television Homes and Millennial Home Ownership” (30 Nov. 2022, Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz)