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Research areas

Technology and Aesthetics
Machine Vision
Representations of War
Drone Warfare
German literature and German Cultural History from 1800 - present
Representations of History  in nineteenth-century Germany
Visual Popular Culture in nineteenth-century Germany
Memory Discourses: Germany and Japan
Realist Prose
Travel Literature and Tourism
Transnational Contemporary Literature
Theories of Modernity (Frankfurt School, Niklas Luhmann)


Kathrin Maurer (Dr. Phil; Ph.D)
Professor mso for Humanities and Technology
Institute for the Study of Culture/German Stuies 
E-mail: kamau@sdu.dk
Leader of Center for Culture and Technology at SDU: www.sdu.dk/en/cult-tech
Senior Fellow at DIAS: https://danish-ias.dk/
Leader of Drone Imaginaries Cluster (IRFD): www.sdu.dk/da/diac
Website: Kathrin Maurer


Professor mso for Humanities and Technology
Visiting Scholar at New York University, Fall 2019-August 2020
Associate Professor, German Studies, University of Southern Denmark, 2012- 
Assistant Professor, German Studies, University of Southern Denmark, 2008-2012
Assistant Professor, German Studies (tenure track), University of Arizona, 2002-2007
Preceptor for Contemporary Civilization I + II (Introduction to Intellectual History, B.A.
Niveau), Columbia University, 2001-2002
Instructor for German Language at Columbia University, Fall 1996-Spring 2001
Instructor for German Language at Fordham University, Spring 2001
Instructor for German Language at Barnard University, Spring 2001

Dr. Phil. Doktorafhandling/Habilitation in German Studies, University of Southern Denmark, March 2015
Ph.D. German Studies, Columbia University, October 2002
M.Phil. German Studies, Columbia University, September 1998 
M.A. German Studies, Columbia University, September 1996
B.A. German Studies/Philosophy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 1994

Research Grants
Danish Research Council (IRFD) funding for Research Project 2 “Drone Imaginaries and Communities”, 2020-2023 
Carlsberg Research Travel Grant, 2019-2020 (PI)
Danish Research Council (IRFD) funding for “Network on Drones and Aesthetics”, 2017-2019
University of Southern Denmark (SDU) Lighthouse Initiative on Drones, co-leader of collective research project “Drones and Public Image” with Department of Management and Marketing, SDU, 2016 
Cooperation Grant for a Workshop on “Images, Emotions, and War,” 2017 
Japan Foundation for the Promotion of Science, grant for “Cultures of Remembrance Japan-Germany,” 2014 
Danish Research Council (IRFD), Grant for conference “Visualizing War,” 2014 
Carlsberg Foundation Grant for conference “Visualizing War,” 2014 
Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Grant for the conference “Government and Catastrophes,” 2013 
Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Research Grant, 2008-2009 
Provost’s Author Support Fund, University of Arizona, 2005 
Faculty Small Grant, University of Arizona, 2003-2004 

President’s Fellowship, Columbia University, 1995-2002
Annette Kade Foundation Fellowship, Columbia University, 2001-2001
Max Kade Foundation Fellowship, Columbia University, 2000 
Mellon Fellowship for Pre-doctoral Research, Columbia University, 1999-2000 
Deutsches Haus-Fellowship, Research Scholarship, Columbia University, 1996, 1998
Tuition Scholarship, Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon, 1994-1995

Nomination for the “Undervisningspris Humaniora” at SDU, 2012
Chosen member of the “Career development program for female academics,” SDU, 2011-2012
Nomination for Excellent Teaching Award, Columbia University, 1999

Leader of Center for Culture and Technology at SDU, 2020 -
Leader of DFF research project 2, Drone Imaginaries and Communities, 2020-2023
Leader of DFF sponsored research network Drones and Aesthetics, 2017-2020
Co-leader of research project Drones and Public Image, 2017-2019
Leader of the research group War and Culture, SDU, 2015-2016, 2018-
Leader of the Network on War and Violence, German Studies Association, 2018-2021
Member of the leadership team at the Center for War Studies, SDU, 2015-2016, 2018-2020

Courses on Leadership
Executive Course Research Leadership, Copenhagen Business School, Module 1-3, 2016-2017
PhD Advising Course, SDU, August 2015

Member of the Research Network War and Gender, Belgium, 2015-2016
Member of the scholarly network Stedforskning, SDU, 2010-2013
Member of the scholarly network The Gutenberg Parenthesis, SDU, 2009-2010
Member of the scholarly network Kulturvidenskabelig Migrationsstudier, KU, 2010

PhD Advising
Dea Schou, Kriegsrausch: Ecstasy, Hallucination, and Lust in German Art of WW1, defended 2020
Andreas Immanuel Graae, Drone Imaginaries, defended 2019

Danish Board of Technology, 2020-2022
Forskningsråd (Research Council), SDU, 2015-2016; 2018-2019
Akademisk Råd (Academic Council), SDU, 2017-
H.C. Andersen Literature Prize Committee, 2017-
BFI Styregruppe (Council for Bibliographical Data), 2016-
Studienævn Tysk og Spansk (Committee on Students Affairs), SDU, 2013-2017
Institutråd (Committee of the Institute), SDU, 2013-17
Institutsforum (Committee of the Institute), SDU, 2011-2012
Women’s Information Network in the Humanities at SDU (co-founder), 2010-2013
Bedømmelse Udvalg (search committee), Associate Professor in German, Roskilde University, 2013

Undergraduate Student Committee (Committee for issues concerning beginning B.A. students), University of Arizona, 2005-2006
Graduate Student Committee (Committee for issues concerning M.A. and Ph.D. students), University of Arizona, 2002-2007
Library Acquisition Committee,  University of Arizona, 2006
Max Kade Visiting Scholar Committee (Committee to organize Max Kade Faculty exchanges at the University of Arizona) 2006
Ph.D. Planning Committee (Committee to plan the Transcultural German Studies Ph.D. Program between the Universität Leipzig and the University of Arizona), 2006
Study Abroad Committee (Committee for student exchanges abroad at the University of Arizona), 2002- 2004

Advisory Committees for Journals
Member of the Academic advisory committee for the international peer reviewed journal Pandaemonium Germanicum (Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia)

Referee and reviewer for scholarly manuscripts academic journals: Seminar, Security Dialogue; Media, War and Conflict; Zeitschrift für Deutsche Philologie; Modern Austrian Literature; The German Quarterly; German Studies Review, Orbis Litterarum; The Central Historical Review, Body and Society, War and Culture (all peer review)


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