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Stephanie Bender

Stephanie Bender

benderGuest Lecturer & Doctoral Candidate
English Literature | Korte


  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Contemporary Literature and Film
  • Ethical Criticism
  • Political Criticism


Since 04.2015

Ph.D. (English Literary and Cultural Studies)
Topic of Dissertation: "Future Fictions in the 21st Century: Ethics and Aesthetics"
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Barbara Korte
University of Freiburg


Teacher Training
Albert-Schweitzer Schule Villingen-Schwenningen


State Examination
English, Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Spanish
University of Freiburg


Bachelor of Arts
International Business Management
Hochschule Furtwangen University


  • Ph.D. Scholarship
    Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation



  • 2019. “Lives Unmourned: Olumide Popoola’s Refugee Stories ‘Counting Down’ and ‘Expect Me’.” Borders and Border Crossings in British Short Stories of the Twenty-First Century. Barbara Korte and Laura Lojo Rodríguez (eds). Basingstoke: Palgrave, 61-76.
  • 2019. “Just Popular Entertainment or Longing for a Posthuman Eden? The Apocalypse in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy.” Journal for Religion, Film and Media 5.2: 31-50.
  • 2017. “Which of the Possible Future Is a Good Future? Ecology and Future Worlds in James Cameron’s Avatar.” Work in Progress. Work on Progress. Doktorand_innen Jahrbuch der Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung. Markus Hawel & Herausgeber_innenkolektiv (eds). Hamburg: VSA, 245-260.
  • 2015. “‘Capitalism a nuh wi fren.’ Global Justice and Capitalism in Life and Debt and Cronicamente Inviável.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA) 63.2: 199-214.
  • 2014. „Filmische Einblicke in globale Ungerechtigkeiten: Wie der Kapitalismus die Kolonien übernahm.” Just Politics: Ökokritische Perspektiven im postkolonialen Raum. Lina Fricke, Anna von Rath and Christoph Senft (eds). Münster: Unrast, 99-112.



  • "Worlds within Worlds: Stories about the Oikos in Contemporary Future Fictions"
    ASLE Conference
    University of Plymouth | 4–6 September 2019
  • "How Stories Make Worlds: The Ethics of Popular Fiction"
    6th International Degrowth Conference
    Malmö | 21–25 August 2018
  • "Telling the Invisibles into Existence: 'Counting Down' and 'Expect Me' by Olumide Popoola"
    Short Story Symposium
    University of Freiburg | 9–10 February 2018
  • "Anderwelten in zeitgenössischen Zukunftsfiktionen"
    Symposium Otherworlds
    University of Basel | 3–4 November 2017
  • "Representations of the Apocalypse in Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy: Between Popular Entertainment and Longing for Eden"
    Apocalypse and Authenticity
    University of Hull | 11–13 July 2017
  • "Future Fictions in the 21st Century: Ethics and Aesthetics"
    EUCOR Conference
    University of Basel | 7–8 April 2017
  • "Renegotiations of the Utopian in Contemporary Fiction: Dissolving the Boundaries between Utopia and Dystopia in Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy"
    CAPPE Conference Utopias
    University of Brighton | 2–4 September 2015
  • "'Capitalism ain't our friend.' Global Justice and Capitalism in Life and Debt and Cronicamente Inviável"
    EACLALS Conference Uncommon Wealths
    University of Innsbruck | 14–18 April 2014
  • "English as Medium of Instruction (EMI): Overvaluation of Language Skills at the Expense of the Real Challenges?" with Susanne Gundermann
    SLI Conference
    University of Freiburg | 18–20 April 2012



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