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Department of German
My research interests concentrate on the areas of German Studies (20th century), Film Studies, and Transnational Studies with a focus on German-Asian cultural relations. I have co-edited Beyond Alterity: German Encounters with Modern East Asia (Berghahn, 2014). My monograph entitled The Politics of Magic: DEFA Fairy-Tale Films (Wayne State UP, 2015) is the first comprehensive, critical, book-length treatment of the live-action fairy-tale films from former East Germany. My next book project is tentatively titled Raising the "Bamboo Curtain": Film Exchange between China and Divided Germany. It will focus primarily on international film trade, genres, cultural politics, censorship, reception, as well as on German-Chinese co-productions.
History of Art
My research focuses on textiles from the early modern period with a particular interest in exchanges between South Asia, Europe and Islamic lands. I study the interconnections between early modern courtly cultures, the cosmopolitanism of provincial centers, and the active role of textiles in the pageantry and politics of everyday life. Although I am an art historian, I also try to draw upon the interdisciplinary meanings of textiles and decorative arts: their economic worth; their visual content, architectural placement and sensory value; their literary referents and ritual purposes. And as someone who became interested in art through making it, I also try to teach and learn from actual objects whenever possible and I am excited to explore with classes Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections of art and artifacts and rare books.