Eric C. Erbacher
Eric C. Erbacher

Professur für American Studies (Prof. Sarkowsky)

Johannisstraße 12-20, Room ES 325
48143 Münster


Phone: +49 251 83-24508

eric.erbacher@wwu.de
  • Research Areas

    • American Studies
    • Cultural Studies
    • Urban Studies
    • Literary Studies
    • Visual Culture
  • External functions

    since
    AAAS - Austrian Association for American Studies
    since
    GAAS - German Association for American Studies
  • Projects

    • Boredom in American Culture (since )
      Own funding
    • SpaceCollective (since )
      Own funding
  • Publications

    • Erbacher Eric. . ‘Post-Gay San Francisco? The General Queering of Urban Space in the TV Series Looking.’ In Space Oddities: Difference and Identities in the American City, edited by Brandt Stefan L., Fuchs Michael, NN. 1st Ed. Münster: LIT Verlag. [In Press]
    • Erbacher Eric. . „Von ‘Grenzen’ zur ‘Entgrenzung’: Queere Räume als Identitätsräume in US-amerikanischen Fernsehserien.“ Schriften zur Kultur- und Mediensemiotik 2017, No. 3. [Accepted]
    • Erbacher Eric. . ‘"Subversively Mainstream: The Hipster as Postmodern Subculture.".’ In NN, edited by NN, NN. [Accepted]
    • Erbacher Eric. . ‘Lifestyle Precarity and Creative Class Affirmation in the TV Series Girls.’ In Class Divisions in Serial Television, edited by Lemke Sieglinde, Schniedermann Wibke, 121–142. 1st Ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-59449-5.
    • Erbacher Eric, Nitzsche Sina. . ‘Performing the Double Rupture: Kraftklub, Popular Music, and Post-Socialist Urban Identity in Chemnitz, Germany.’ International Journal of Cultural Studies March: 1-19. doi: 10.1177/1367877916638730.
    • Erbacher Eric, Maruo-Schröder Nicole, Sedlmeier Florian. . ‘Introduction: Rereading The Machine in the Garden.’ In Rereading the Machine in the Garden. Nature and Technology in American Culture., edited by Erbacher Eric, Maruo-Schröder Nicole, Sedlmeier Florian, 7-41. 1st Ed. Frankfurt/Main und New York: Campus.
    • Erbacher Eric, Maruo-Schröder Nicole, Sedlmeier Florian (Eds.): . Rereading the Machine in the Garden. Nature and Technology in American Culture. 1st Ed. Frankfurt/M, New York: Campus.
    • Erbacher Eric. . ‘"Selling the Inner City – Narrative Constructions of Urban Imaginaries at the Turn of the Millennium.".’ In American Economies, edited by Boesenberg Eva, Klepper Martin, Isensee Reinhard, 161-179. 1st Ed. Heidelberg: Winter.
    • Erbacher Eric. . ‘"From Conflict Spaces to Contact Zones - The Contested Landscapes of Gentrification in the American Inner City.".’ In Contact Spaces of American Culture: Localizing Global Phenomena, edited by Eckhard Petra, Rieser Klaus, Schultermandl Silvia, 113-132. 1st Ed. Münster: LIT Verlag.
    • Erbacher Eric. . ‘"Hip or Square? Pop Cultural Negotiations of Hipster Lifestyles Between Commodification and Subversion.".’ In Urbane Guerrillas: Cultures of Resistance., edited by Franklin Alex, 13-22. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
    • Erbacher Eric. . ‘"(Re-)Constructing the Ethnic Neighborhood - Gentrification in the U.S. and the Longing for a Unique Identity.".’ In Selling Ethnicity: Urban Cultural Politics in the Americas, edited by Kaltmeier Olaf, 245-260. 1st Ed. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • CV

    Curriculum Vitae


    since October 2013: lecturer, English Department (Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky), University of Münster

    April 2011 – October 2013: lecturer, English Department (Prof. Dr. Maria Diedrich), University of Münster

    October 2009 – March 2012: research and teaching associate, Department of English and American Studies (Prof. Dr. Christoph Ribbat), University of Paderborn

    since 2007: freelance translator of academic texts in art, history, American Studies, geography

    April 2006 – October 2008: research and teaching assistant, Department of English and American Studies (Prof. Dr. Brigitte Georgi-Findlay), TU Dresden

  • Workshops


    Panel “Räume, Grenzen, Identitäten.” of the Section “Raum / Kultur.” 2nd Annual Conference of the German Association of Cultural Studies (Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft – KWG “Migration und Europa in kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive“, University of Vechta. October 8, 2016.

    Workshop Chair “Hauntings in Fantastic Literature.” 7th Annual Conference of the Association for Research in the Fantastic “The Fantastic Now: Research in the Fantastic in the 21st Century“, WWU Münster. September 23, 2016.

    Workshop “Räume – Grenzen – Identitäten” of the Section “Raum / Kultur” of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft, University of Flensburg. June 17–18, 2016.

    Workshop Chair (with Lil Helle Thomas) “Forschungsnetzwerk Raumidentitäten und Identitätsräume.” 1st Conference of the German Association of Cultural Studies (Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft – KWG) “Ansichten der künftigen Kulturwissenschaft/en”, Leuphana University Lüneburg. November 13, 2015.

    Panel Chair “Diplomats, Politicians and Pop Stars in the 1980s.“ Conference “Popular Music and Public Diplomacy”, TU Dortmund. November 7, 2015.

    Panel Chair “Space, Mapping, and the Environment.“ 26th Annual GAPS Conference „Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts“, WWU Münster. May 14, 2015.

    Panel Chair (with Sina A. Nitzsche) “Queer(ing) Spaces.” 41st International Conference of the AAAS (Austrian Association of American Studies), “Space Oddities: Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange”, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria. November 22, 2014.

    Panel Chair “Gentrification.” Culture of Cities Centre Conference “Poeticizing the Urban Apparatus: Scenes of Innovation.” Center for Social Innovation. Starrett-Lehigh Building, New York, USA. August 13, 2013.

    Chair of Workshop (with Nicole Maruo-Schröder, Florian Sedlmeier, and Susanne Wegener) “Shifting Paradigms of the Machine in the Garden: The Economics of the Rural, the Pastoral, and the Technological.” 60th Annual Convention of the German Association for American Studies / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA), “Rural America”, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. June 1, 2013.

    Chair of Workshop (with Christoph Singer) “Apocalyptic Cityscapes.” 2012 RAAS – Fulbright Conference / Romanian Association of American Studies, “Remapping Urban Spaces – American Challenges”, Ovidius University Constanta, Romania. October 4, 2012.

    Panel Chair “Antebellum Fiction.” Conference “Buying America: Literature and Consumption in the 19th Century.” Paderborn University. June 12, 2012.

    Panel Chair “Graphic Novels / Life Writing: A Tale of Two Genres.” Conference “Life Writing and the Graphic Novel. Der Comic als (Auto-)Biografie.” Paderborn University. July 2, 2010.

    Panel Chair “Foundations I: Truth and Reality.” Conference “Revisioning Pragmatism: William James in the New Millenium.” University of Hamburg. June 25, 2010.

    Chair of Workshop “Selling Contact Spaces.” 36th International Conference of the AAAS (Austrian Association of American Studies), “Contact Spaces of American Culture: Localizing Global Phenomena”, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria. October 2009.

  • Conference Papers

    “Urbanity Commodified: Simulacra Cities in the Contemporary U.S.” Lecture Series “Hotspots in Literary / Cultural Studies and Linguistics.” WWU Münster, Germany. December 7, 2016.

    “Valuating Williamsburg Story by Story: Newspaper Narratives of Gentrification.” American Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting “Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are.” Denver, Colorado. November 19, 2016.

    “Von Grenzen zur Entgrenzung: Queere Räume als Identitätsräume in US-amerikanischen Fernsehserien.” Workshop “Räume – Grenzen – Identitäten” Section “Raum / Kultur” of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft. Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany. June 17, 2016.

    “Nostalgia and Sustainability in Contemporary Urban Forms in the U.S.” (with Moritz Berkemeier) Interdisciplinary Conference “For What It’s Worth: Nostalgia, Sustainability and the Values of the Present.” Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany. April 30, 2016.

    “Hyperreal Urbanity: (Post-)Postmodern Re-valuations of the American Inner City.” Invited Lecture at the Interdisciplinary Conference “The City of the Future.“ University of Hamburg, Germany. January 30, 2016.

    “Privilegiertes Prekariat: Ungleichheit und die „Creative Class“ in der US-amerikanischen Fernsehserie Girls.” Invited Guest Lecture in the Interdisciplinary Lecture Series “Ungleichheit.” University of Freiburg, Germany. November 3, 2015.

    “Law & Order im amerikanischen Film Noir der 1940er und 50er Jahre.” Conference “Law & Order, Gesetz und Ordnung. Unser Leben im Spiegel von Western und Krimi.“” Evangelische Akademie Tutzing. January 17, 2015.

    “’This is San Francisco, this is why I live here.’ The Universal Queering of Urban Space as Political Strategy in the TV Series Looking.” 41st International Conference of the AAAS (Austrian Association of American Studies), “Space Oddities: Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange”, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria. November 22, 2014.

    “Transforming Identities: The Impact of Global Gentrification Processes on Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill, 1990-2010.” Atlanta Studies Network Conference “Second Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium.” Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA. April 4, 2014.

    “This Marx the Karl: Popular Music as a Catalyst for Social Innovation in Chemnitz, Germany.” Culture of Cities Centre Conference “Poeticizing the Urban Apparatus: Scenes of Innovation.” Center for Social Innovation. Starrett-Lehigh Building, New York, USA. August 15, 2013.

    “Visual Responses to the Challenged City: Detroit Photography Between Appropriation and Resistance.” International Conference “Resistance and the City: Challenging Urban Space.” Paderborn University. July 6, 2013.

    “Re-Framing the Crises of Capitalist Spaces: Staking Claims in Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.” Sixth International Graduate Conference “Claiming Space – Reconfigurations in Times of Crisis.” Graduate School of North American Studies, FU Berlin. May 24, 2013.

    “Visual Strategies of Containment in Contemporary Ruin Photography.” Colloquium “Kunst und Wissenschaft im Gespräch.” Academy of Fine Arts, Muenster. February 1, 2013.

    “21st Century Sublime? Ruin Photography in Detroit.” Lecture Series “Hotspots in Literary / Cultural Studies and Linguistics.” University of Muenster. December 12, 2012.

    “Narrating Urban Change: Media and the Gentrification of New York and Los Angeles.“ American Studies Colloquium, University of Göttingen. December 4, 2012.

    “Longing for Gentrification? Narratives of Nostalgia in the American Inner City.” North American Cultural Studies Colloquium, TU Dresden. November 26, 2012.

    “Souvenirs from the Urban Apocalypse: Desire and the Photographic Appropriation of Contemporary Detroit.” 2012 RAAS – Fulbright Conference / Romanian Association of American Studies, “Remapping Urban Spaces – American Challenges”, Ovidius University Constanta, Romania. October 4, 2012.

    “Intersections of Class and Ethnicity: Narrative Reconstructions of Los Angeles.” International Conference “Too Big to Ignore: Narratives of Inequality.” Freiburg University. July 13, 2012.

    “Spatial Imaginaries of Brooklyn in Recent Popular Culture.” 2nd Paderborn – Siegen English and American Studies Postgraduate Colloquium, Haus Busch, Hagen. May 28, 2011.

    “Hip or Square? Pop Cultural Negotiations of Hipster Lifestyles Between Commodification and Subversion.” 1st Global Conference “Urban Popcultures”, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Prague, Czech Republic. March 10, 2011.

    “Hipsterville or Brooklynism? Urban Spatial Imaginaries and the Formation of a Hip Lifestyle.” BOND American Studies Colloquium, Ruhr-Universität Bochum & TU Dortmund. January 29, 2011.

    “Selling the Inner City – Narrative Constructions of Urban Imaginaries at the Turn of the Millennium.” 57th Annual Convention of the German Association for American Studies / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA), “American Economies”, Humboldt Universität Berlin. May 28, 2010.

    “Real Estate Narratives in the Contemporary American City.” North American Cultural Studies Colloquium, TU Dresden. May 3, 2010.

    “Between Displacement and Euphoria - Moving Beyond Dichotomies in the Gentrification Debate.” BOND American Studies Colloquium, Ruhr-Universität Bochum & TU Dortmund. January 29, 2010.

    “‘This place is going to be Manhattan’ – Narratives of Contemporary Gentrification in New York City.” Guest Lecture, Universität Duisburg – Essen. January 14, 2010.

    “From Conflict Spaces to Contact Zones - Marketing the Contemporary American Inner City as Consumption Space.” Doktorandenkolloquium der Universitäten Siegen und Paderborn, Haus Nottbeck, Oelde. January 8, 2010.

    “Gentrification in den USA.” Geographisches Kolloquium, Technische Universität Dresden. December 16, 2009.

    “Taking Pratt to the Inner City – Constructions of Brooklyn Williamsburg as Packaged Contact Space.” North American Cultural Studies Colloquium, Technische Universität Dresden. December 15, 2009.

    “From Urban Decline to Hipster Lofts: Narratives of Urban Change in New York City and Atlanta.“ Dortmund American Studies Guest Lectures, Technische Universität Dortmund. December 10, 2009.

    “Representing Gentrification: Media Constructions of Inner-City Living and Lifestyle.” Lecture Series “Hotspots in Literary / Cultural Studies and Linguistics”, WWU Münster. December 8, 2009.

    “Representations of Brooklyn Williamsburg – The Gentrified Inner City as Packaged Contact Space.” 36th International Conference of the AAAS (Austrian Association of American Studies), “Contact Spaces of American Culture: Localizing Global Phenomena”, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria. October 24, 2009.

    “Quartierimages im soziokulturellen Wandel – Gentrification in den USA.” Jahrestagung der AK Wohnungsmarktforschung in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geographie, Dresden. June 20, 2009.

    “(Re-)Constructing the Ethnic Neighborhood – Gentrification and the Longing for a Unique Identity.” Workshop “Selling Ethnicity. Urban Cultural Politics in the Americas” Research Group E Pluribus Unum? ZiF Bielefeld. May 7, 2009.

    “Consuming the Postmodern City – Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity.” Postgraduate Forum of the DGfA, Münster. November 1, 2008.

    “Response: Ludger Basten, ‘Aesthetics and Design: Perceptions in the Postmodern Periphery.’” International Symposium “Economy of Fascination – Themed Urban Landscapes of Postmodernity.” University of Heidelberg. November 9, 2007.

    “Medial Representations of Gentrified Spaces – Print Media Discourses on Brooklyn Williamsburg.” Postgraduate Forum of the DGfA, Erlangen. November 4, 2007.

  • Other Papers


    “The Graphic Novel as Social Protest Literature: Hedges’ and Sacco’s Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.” Lecture at the University of Koblenz-Landau. February 15, 2017.

    “Hipsters and Urban Space.” Lecture at the Ruhr University Bochum. June 9, 2016.

    “Temporary Spaces.” Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk with Samuel Treindl, Münster. Hotel Mauritzhof, Münster. May 21, 2016.

    “Murder, My Sweet.” Introductory Talk to the Film. “Die Dämonische Leinwand.” FilmGalerie of the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster. February 18, 2016.

    “Between Commercial Appropriation and Cultural Criticism: Hipsters and the Contemporary Arts and Crafts Movement.” Lecture at the University of Paderborn. June 10, 2015.

    “Öffnungen und Verknüpfungen.“ Opening talk and discussion with Timo Kube, London. Group exhibition “Open House 2015.“ Artists’ Studio Collective “Speicher II”, Münster. May 8, 2015.

    „Kathedralen. Architektur, Entstehungsgeschichten und Stilepochen.“ Conference „Die Kathedrale. Künstlerische Blicke der Romantik, des Impressionismus und der Moderne.“ Katholische Akademie Die Wolfsburg, Mühlheim. October 4, 2014.

    “Florenz und seine Architektur. Zwischen Machtrepräsentanz und Kunstausdruck.” Conference “Florenz! Geburtsstunden der europäischen Kultur.” Katholische Akademie Die Wolfsburg, Mühlheim. February 1, 2014.

    “Von Mondrian zum erweiterten Kunstbegriff.“ Conference “Was ist Postmoderne?“, Katholische Akademie Die Wolfsburg, Mühlheim. April 4, 2013.

    “Minimalistische Märchenwelten.“ Opening talk, exhibition “Es war einmal zu Ostern - Hyun-Gyoung Kim“, Kunst- und Kulturverein Drensteinfurt. March 17, 2013.

    “Zur Bildkunst der Moderne. Abstrakte Kunst – Entartete Kunst?” Conference “Was ist Moderne?”, Katholische Akademie Die Wolfsburg, Mühlheim. April 12, 2012.

    “a little closer.” Opening talk, exhibition “Karin Kopka-Musch”, Die Wolfsburg, Mühlheim. January 29, 2012.

    “Peter Dobroschke – Alles Schön im Blick.” Opening talk, exhibition "Peter Dobroschke", F.A.K. (Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst), Münster. April 14, 2011.

  • Teaching


    HS “The City in American Culture”
    HS “City in/and Film”
    S “Boredom in American Culture”
    S “Students-for-Students: Slave Narratives and Neo-Slave Narratives”
    S “Thoreau”
    S “Literary and Cinematic Detective Fictions”
    S “Appropriation as Cultural Strategy in Postmodern America”
    S “American Detective Fiction”
    S “Latina/o Magical Realism”
    S “American Noir and Neo-Noir”
    S “Literature and Photography”
    S “American Photography”
    S “Harlem Renaissance”
    S “Ruins in America”
    S “Border Fiction”
    S “Towards a National Literature: American Literary Independence“
    S “Sample and Source”
    S “Fotografie: Repräsentationsmedium zwischen Kunst und Dokumentation”
    S “New York in the 20th Century”
    S “Early American Autobiography”
    S “Introduction to Cultural Studies”
    PS “Suburbia Revisited” with S. Knewitz and Dr. L. Metzger)
    PS “Authenticity in American Culture”
    PS “Teaching American Youth Cultures”
    PS “Poetry in the EFL Classroom”
    PS “Teaching Visual Culture”
    PS “American Culture I”
    PS “Cinematic Representations of the American City”
    Ü “British, American and Postcolonial Studies - Past and Present”
    Ü “Communicating Texts and Theories: American Studies: The Scarlet Letter and Beloved”
    Ü “Authorship – Research Workshop”
    Ü “Writing Slavery”
    Ü “Communicating Texts and Theories: American Studies: The Awakening and Beloved”
    Ü “Communicating Texts and Theories: American Studies: Sister Carrie and Beloved”
    Ü “Reading Class: The Beginning of the American Novel“
    Ü “Academic Skills I”
    Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaftlicher Grundkurs II
    Einführungsseminar “Introducti¬on to North American Studies”
    Betreuungsseminar Bachelorarbeiten Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften
    S “Academic Research and Writing in English”