Guest lectures

Mita Banerjee, "World Literature and Medical Humanities: The Poetry of Tito Mukhopadhyay and William Shakespeare"

Mita Banerjee
Mita Banerjee is Professor and Chair of American Studies at the University of Mainz. From 2010-2015, she was Research Fellow of the Gutenberg Research College (GFK). Her research interests include postcolonial literature, transnational American literature and culture, issues of naturalization and citizenship (Color Me White: Naturalism/Naturalization in American Literature, 2013), and medical humanities (Medical Humanities in American Studies, 2018). She is co-speaker of the research training group “Life Sciences, Life Writing: Boundary Experiences of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lived Experience,” which is funded by the German Research Foundation. Her book on “Biological Humanities” is forthcoming from Winter University Press.

Alfred Hornung, “Politics and World Literature”


Alfred Hornung
Alfred Hornung is Research Professor of American Studies and Speaker of the Obama Institute at the University of Mainz. He is a specialist in transcultural life writing, narrative medicine, and Transnational American Studies. His recent publications include the Chinese translation of Ecology and Life Writing (2016), a biography of Jack London as a cosmopolitan writer (2016), and the co-edited Routledge Companion to Transnational American Studies (2019). His biography of Al Capone will appear in March 2021. He is the recipient of the Bode-Pearson Prize of the American Studies Association, a member of Academia Europaea and of the IWL Advisory Board, and an Honorary Chair Professor of Shandong University.