Person

Dr. phil.

Aljoscha Merk

Research and Teaching Assistant

Lehrstuhl für Anglistische Literaturwissenschaft

Address

Room 212

Kármánstr. 17-19

52062 Aachen

Contact

workPhone
Phone: +49 241 80 96102
Fax: +49 241 80 92656

Office Hours during the Semester

monday 10-11
 

Completed Projects

Umstrittene Kultur: Die Bedeutung des Kulturbegriffs für das politische Handeln im Kontext von Diversität und Multikulturalismus (PhD Project, supervisors: Prof. Dr. phil. Helmut König, apl. Prof. Dr. phil. Sven Strasen)


Research Interests

  • Contemporary British fiction
  • Cognitive approaches to literature and culture
  • Modern political theory
  • Democratic theory
  • Multiculturalism

Publications

Merk, Aljoscha. 2017. Umstrittene Kultur: Die Bedeutung des Kulturbegriffs für das politische Handeln im Kontext von Diversität und Multikulturalismus. Dissertation, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, 2017.

Merk, Aljoscha. 2015. "Identity, Culture, Politics: Towards a Stable Theory of Culture Beyond Essentialism." In: W(h)ither Identity: Positioning the Self and Transforming the Social. Edited by Johanna Fernández, Danae Gallo González and Veronika Zink, 31–45. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

Merk, Aljoscha. 2010. "'Titan train' with 'demon light': On the ambivalent Relation between Nature and Culture in James Macfarlan's 'The Midnight Train' (1859)." In: Discourses of Mobility – Mobility of Discourses: The Conceptualization of Trains, Cars and Planes in 19th- and 20th-Century Poetry. Edited by Peter Wenzel and Sven Strasen, 43–48. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

Merk, Aljoscha. 2010. "Planes as Mythical Beasts: Explanation and Rejection of Technology in A. M. Sullivan's 'Jet Plane' (1950)." In: Discourses of Mobility – Mobility of Discourses: The Conceptualization of Trains, Cars and Planes in 19th- and 20th-Century Poetry. Edited by Peter Wenzel and Sven Strasen, 143–148. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

Conference Papers

24/01/2014 "Identity, Culture, Politics: Towards a Stable Theory of Culture beyond Essentialism". Conference "W(h)ither Identity: Positioning the Self and Transforming the Social". At the GSCS, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. 23.-24. Januar 2014. Gießen

24/02/2013 "Concepts of Culture and the Politics of Multiculturalism." 34th Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft für Kanadastudien. 22.-24. Februar 2013. Grainau.

02/02/2011 "Identität, Vielfalt und Multikulturalismus" 9th Forschungstag at the Department of Political Science, RWTH Aachen.

Teaching

  • Seminar/Tutorial: Practical Introduction to Literary Studies (2010-2017)
  • Seminar/Tutorial: Introductory Seminar Literary Studies (2011-2017)
  • Seminar: Multikulturalismus aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive: Literatur-, Kultur-, Sozialwissenschaft (WS 17/18)
  • Seminar: Shakespeare’s Comedies (WS 16/17)
  • Seminar: The British Novel: Current Themes and Theoretical Approaches (WS 15/16)
  • Seminar: Contemporary British novels: Selected recent developments (WS 14/15)
  • Seminar: Political and Social Criticism in Utopian and Dystopian Fiction (WS 11/12)
  • Seminar: Shakespeare's Comedies (SoSe 11)
  • Seminar: Utopian and Dystopian Novels (WS 10/11)

Honours/Scholarships

2012-2014 RWTH Scholarship for Doctoral Students
2011 Springorum Comemmorative Coin