Publications and Presentations

Dr. phil. Sladja Blažan


(forthcoming) Ghosts and Their Hosts: Spectrality in American Romantic Literature

American Fictionary: Postsozialistische Migration in der amerikanischen Literatur. Heidelberg: Winter, 2006. (Dissertation)

Edited Collections

Avital Ronell. What Was I Thinking: A Critical Autobiography and Spectral Colloquy. Berlin: Hauptstadtkulturfonds, 2011.

Ghost Stories and Alternative Histories. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.

Journal Articles and Book Contributions

“Vernünftiges Geistersehen: Die Politik des Gespenstischen.” Lernen, mit den Gespenstern zu leben: Das Gespenstische als Figur, Metapher und Wahrnehmungsdispositiv. Eds. Lorenz Aggermann, Ralph Fischer, Eva Holling et al. Berlin: Neofelis, 2015. 97-108.

“The Fantasy of Politics: The Past and the Future of Object Related Fantasy.” Politics in Fantasy Media: Essays on Ideology and Gender in Fiction, Television, and Games. Eds. Gerold Sedlmayr and Nicole Waller. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014: 179-190. 

“The Theater of Violence: Interview with Michael Taussig.” Mousse Magazine 45 (Oct-Nov 2014): 78-87. 

“Bugged: A Call to Inspect our Focalizers.” The Reluctant Narrator. Berlin: Sternberg, 2015. 109-114.

“Silencing the Dead: Washington Irving’s Use of the Supernatural in the Context of Slavery and Genocide.” Arizona Quarterly 69/2 (Summer 2013): 1-25.

“The Return of that Which Returns: Kant’s ‘One Great Republic.’” Discovering the Human. Hg. Sabine Blackmore und Ralph Haeckel. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013. 69-84.

“Urban Dwellers: Women Writers Who Left Eastern Europe Never to Arrive in the United States.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 53/2 (2008): 189-208.

“Haunting History: The Ghostliness of History in Contemporary Novels.” Cultural Memory and Multiple Identities. Eds. Wilfried Raussert und Rüdiger Kunow. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2008. 129-43.

“Eastern European or Extra Terrestrial: Post-socialist Topics in New York.” New York: Cradle of America’s Cultural Plurality. Eds. Michal Peprnik und Mathew Sweney. Olomouc: Palacky, 2007. 103-110.

“Performing Ethnic Heroes in New York Novels of the 1990s.” CinematoGraphies: Visual Discourses and Literary Strategies in 1990s’ New York. Eds. Günter H. Lenz, Dorothea Löbbermann und Karl-Heinz Magister. Heidelberg: Winter, 2006. 219-240.

“How Sexy Is It? Ethnicity and Sexuality in American Fiction Writing.” Michigan Feminist Studies 18 (2005): 59-76.

“The Immigrant is Dead, Long Live the Immigrant: The Transmigrant in American Literature.” Dve Domovini/Two Homelands: Migration Studies 19 (2004): 37-46.

“Revision of Exile in Contemporary Slavic Writing in the USA.” Cultural Exchanges Between Central/Eastern Europe and America. Frankfurt am Main: ZENAF, 2003. 150-171.

Invited Lectures

“Ghosts and Their Hosts: Spectrality in North American Romantic Literature.” Universität Bamberg. 16. November 2016.

“Evil Nature: The Gothic Tradition in Lars von Trier’s Antichrist.” Universität Bamberg. 3. Juli 2012.

“The Return of That Which Returns: Ghosts and Their Hosts According to Kant and Freud.” New York University. 24. Februar 2009.

“Reading life through death and the necessity to do so in post-revolutionary settings.” Center for Ideas and Society, University of California, Riverside. 23. April 2008.

“Absent Presences in Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland.” New York University, American Studies Lecture Series. 4. April 2008.

“Addressing the Ghost.” Deutsches Haus at New York University. 23 März 2008.

“Can Women Travel: Women Who Left Eastern Europe Never to Arrive in the U.S.” Columbia University. 24. März 2006.

“Eastern European or Extra Terrestrial: Positioning ‘Slavic’ Narratives in an American Transnational Context.” CUNY Graduate Center. 10. März 2006.

“An immigrant, how cute! Demystification of the immigrant experience in literature.” W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Series, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 15. Juni 2004.

Conference Papers

„Von Hannah Arendts ‚We Refugees' zu Viet Thanh Nguyens The Refugees: Politische und individuelle Fremdheitserfahrungen im Kontext von Migration im gegenwärtigen amerikanischen Roman.“ Symposium Non-Persons: Grenzen des Humanen und des Humanitären in Literatur, Kultur und Medien. Universität Augsburg. 14.-15. Juli 2017.

"Extramoderns and Their Discontent: Ethics and Aesthetics of Detachment in Teju Cole’s Open City." Jahrestagung Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien: Modernities and Modernization in North America. Universität Hannover. 6-9. Juni 2017.

“Shakespeare and National Identity in Early American Literature.”  Weltliteraturen: Shakespeare und Cervantes 2016. 6. Bonn Humboldt Preisträger Forum. 12.-15. Oktober 2016.

“Nature will arise, and will be heard: Death and the Regularization of Native American Lives in Early American Literature.” The Biopolitics of America: Bodies, Environments, and the Liberal Imagination. Universität Würzburg. 28.-30. Juli 2016.

“Ghosts and Their Hosts in the Literature of the Early Republic.”  Learning, to live with Ghosts. Ghosts as a Figure of Thought, Metaphor and “Dispositif” of Perception in Theory and Aesthetics. Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. Frankfurt am Main. 31. Oktober – 02. November 2013.

“The Fantasy of Politics: The Past and the Future of Object Related Fantasy.” The Politics of Contemporary Fantasy. Universität Würzburg. 5.-7. Oktober 2012.

“A Short History of Spectral Advising: Why and How We ‘See’ Ghosts.” Annual Meeting: Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (Association for Research in the Fantastic). University of Zürich. 13.-16. 9. 2012.

“The Ethics of Haunting: Ghostly Sightings and Memory in Contemporary American Women’s Literature.” The Politics of Memory. University of Zadar. 6-9. 9. 2012.

“Brownifying the Web: Virtual Ethnicity and the Concept of Cyberspace in the Work of Guillermo Goméz-Pena.” Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien Jahrestagung. Mainz, 31.5. – 2.6.2012.

“Why Do Poets Need Bodies? The Politics of the Shift from Performance to Sound in the Poetry of Tracie Morris.” European Association for American Studies Annual Meeting. Izmir, Turkey, 30.3. – 2.4.2012.

“‘Seen in Memory or a Dream’: Imagination from Thomas Hobbes to Toni Morrison.” Toni Morrison and Circuits of the Imagination. The Toni Morrison Society. Paris. 4.-7. November 2010.

“The Daemon of Tedworth from 17th Century England to 20th Century Cinema: A Reevaluation of Spectral Matters.” Fremde Welten – Wege und Räume der Fantastik im 21. Jahrhundert. Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung. Universität Hamburg. 30. November-2. Oktober 2010.

“The Dream of Reason and Magic Philosophy in the 1790s.” How Dangerous is the Irrational? Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin. 30. November 2009.

“In Light of the Enlightenment: The Irrational.” Discovering the Human: Life Sciences and the Arts in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries. International Conference at the Department of English and American Studies. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 10. – 12. September 2009.

“Say why is this? Wherefore? What should we do? – The Irrational and the American Enlightenment.” Beliefs, Myths, Superstitions and Rituals: Global Language, Local Adaptations. ACLA Harvard University. 25. - 29. März 2009.

“Hollywood’s Medeas in 1940s Cinema.” Women on the Verge: Medea and Other Exiles. University of Chicago. 9. - 12. April 2008.

“Wild East or Wild West: Contemporary Representations of Eastern Europe in American Fiction.” Olomouc Colloquium of American Studies: New York, Cradle of America’s Cultural Plurality. Palacky University. 3.-7. September 2006.

“North-American Autobiographical Narratives in the Context of Former Yugoslavia.” Auto/Biography and Mediation. IABA Jahrestagung. Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz. 27.-31. Juli 2006.

“Haunting History: The Ghostliness of History in Contemporary American Literature.” Cultural Memory and Multiple Identities. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/Universität Potsdam. 18.-19. Juni 2004.

“Stereotyping as (Re)Negotiation of East-European Identities in Contemporary American Literature.” Global Ethnic Networks. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 16.-18. April 2004.

“An Immigrant, How Cute! Demystification of the Immigrant Experience in Literature.” Literatures and Spaces of Globalization. Columbia University, New York, USA. 2.-3. Februar 2004.

„Postsozialistische Transmigrantinnen in der amerikanischen Literatur.“ Transnationale Erfahrungen im Spannungsfeld von kultureller Differenz und Assimilation. Universität Potsdam. 10.-11. Oktober 2003.

„Ökonomien der Sprache: Das weibliche Sprechen und Schweigen in der Literatur.“ Negotiating Cultural Difference. Universität Leipzig. 15. April 2003.

“Gender and Migration in Contemporary Slavic American Literature.” Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ethnicity, Race, and Gender. Bogazici University, Istanbul. 6.-7. März 2003.

“The Notion of Gender and Exile in Contemporary American Literature.” Negotiating Cultural Difference. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 16. Juli 2002.

“East and Central European Migrant Literature in the United States Written after 1989 and Seen as a Developing Part of a Multicultural American Literature.” East-West American Studies Conference: Cultural Exchanges between Central/Eastern Europe and America. Zentrum für Nordamerikaforschung, Johan Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main. 29. Mai -2. Juni 2002.

Conference Organizer

“How Dangerous is the Ir-Rational?” Konferenz. Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin. 30. Oktober 2009.

“Specters, Ghosts, and Revenants: The Serial Return.” Workshop. Cultural Studies Association Annual Meeting. 22.-25. Mai 2008.

“The Uninvited.” Panel. American Association for Comparative Literature Annual Meeting: Arrivals and Departures. Long Beach. 24.-27. April 2008.

“Ghost as a Trope.” Symposium. Deutsches Haus at NYU. 23. Februar 2008.

“Gender, Ghosts, History.” Workshop. American Association for Comparative Literature Annual Meeting: The Human and Its Other. Princeton University. 23.-26. März 2006.

“Cosmopolitanism Then and Now.” Panel. The Politics of English as a World Language. Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English: Transcultural English Studies. Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main. 19.-23. Mai 2004.

Summer Schools

Language and Thinking. Bard College. (faculty since August 2008)

Futures of American Studies. Dartmouth University (2008)