Research Interests

  • Game Studies
  • Comparative Media, Transmedia Narratology, Media Theory, Intermediality
  • Popular Culture (esp. film, comics, computer games)
  • 19th to 21st Century Literature, esp. history of Themes and Motifs

Associations & Research Groups

  • Functions in the International Comparative Literature Association
    • Chairperson of the Research Committee on Literature in the Digital Age, 2010-2015 (member since 2008)
    • Treasurer for Europe and Africa, 2013–2016
    • Member of the committee on Future Development, 2011-2013
    • Member of the committee for Early Career Support, 2015-2016
    • Member of the committee for Communication, 2015-2016
  • Founding Member of the German Association for Comic Studies (ComFor e.V.)
  • Founding Member of the GfM (German Association for Media Studies) Research Group Comic Studies
  • Auditor for 2011–2014, German Comparative Literature Association
  • Reviewer for Diegesis, Games and Culture, Game Studies, Literary and Linguistic Computing, Neohelicon, Revista de Filología Alemana
  • Review Committee member for ICLA 2013, DiGRA 2015, CEEGS 2015, Philosophy of Games 2015

Congress/Workshop/Panel Organization

  • Workshop “Meta-Games and Meta-Gaming,” DiGRA 2015, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany
  • Workshop “Comicforschung trifft Medienwissenschaft“ [Comic studies meets media studies], April 25-26, 2014, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
  • Panel “Comparative Approaches To Digital Literature,” XXth ICLA World Congress, July 18 – 24, 2013, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France
  • (With Monika Schmitz-Emans): Organization of the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) First Comparatist Symposium “Literature as a Risk,“ Oct. 3 – 7, 2011, Villa Vigoni, Loveno, Italy
  • Panel “Digital Narrative 2.0. Aesthetics and criticism beyond literature,” XIXth ICLA World Congress, August 15 – 21, 2010, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea

Awards and Grants

  • Federal PhD-Grant (Cusanuswerk), 2004-2006
  • Anna Balakian Memorial Award of the International Comparative Literature Association for the best first book of a young scholar between 2007 and 2010
  • Invited as Visiting PostDoc to IT University Copenhagen (Februar – September 2013)