- I am an Associate Professor of German at UNC Charlotte. My research interests include German postwar film and literature, global horror cinema, Hip-Hop culture, and media studies. I have published on Heinrich Böll, Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Rainald Goetz, and no-budget splatter films. I am also one of the translators of Alexander Kluge’s Kong’s Finest Hour. Currently, I am working on a monograph on (West) German horror film after 1945. A critical essay on Dennis Gansel’s Wir sind die Nacht is forthcoming. Essays on the concept of home in rubble film and the Gothic in German postwar cinema are works in progress. This academic year I serve as the president of the Southeastern Association of Cultural Studies.
- Ph.D. in German Literature, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
- M.A. in German Literature, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
- DAF-Certificate (Teaching German as a Foreign Language), Ruhr-University Bochum, 2006
- M.A. in Cultural Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, 2005
- B.A. (Zwischenprufung) in Cultural Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, 2002
- German Language and Culture
- Horror Cinema
- Youth- and Sub-Cultures
- German Postwar Literature and Film
Current Research Interests
- German Postwar Horror Cinema
- Film Studies
- New Media Theory/Digital Humanities
- Cultural Studies
- Game Studies
- Werbeck, Kai-Uwe. Tales from the Dark Side: German Postwar Horror Cinema. In progress.
- Book Review: Bryan Turnock. Studying Horror Cinema in: The Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts. Forthcoming, 2020.
- Essay in Edited Volume: “Nosferatu’s Daughters: Radical Feminism, Lesbo-Vampirism, and Fluid Identities in Dennis Gansel’s Wir sind die Nacht,” Vampire Films Around the World: Essays on the Cinematic Undead of Sixteen Cultures, Ed. James Aubrey. Jefferson, McFarland, 2020 (forthcoming). Word count approx. 6000.
- Book Review: Stefan Bronner, Björn Weyand (Eds.). Christian Krachts Weltliteratur: Eine Topographie in: German Studies Review, Vol. 42, No. 3. 2019, 651-653.
- Book Review (“Referat”): Kai-Uwe Werbeck, “Ralf Schnell. Heinrich Böll und die Deutschen,” Germanistik 59. 3-4. 2018, 1001.
- Peer Reviewed Article: Kai-Uwe Werbeck. “‘An der Kernstelle der Existenz’: Techno, Intoxication, and the Limits of Literary Representation in Rainald Goetz’s Rave,” Colloquia Germanica, 50.2, 2017, pp. 229-247. Published 2019.
- Translation: Alexander Kluge. “The Chronicle of Pangaea.” Transl. Kai Werbeck and Susanne Gomoluch. Kong’s Finest Hour: A Chronicle of Connections. Milan: Fondazione Prada, 2017, pp. 197-306. Excerpts reprinted in: Lerner, Ben; Alexander Kluge. The Snows of Venice: The Lerner-Kluge Container. Leipzig: Spector Books, 2018, pp. 145, 149, 253.
- July 2019 – present: Associate Professor, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- Summer 2019: Faculty, Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik, Portland State University
- July 2013 – June 2019: Assistant Professor, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- 2012 – 2013: Lecturer, Interim Director of the German Undergraduate Language Program, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Summer 2012 – Summer 2013: Faculty, Middlebury Language Schools, German School, Middlebury College
Recent Presentations and Invited Lectures
- “West German Gothic Cinema: Repressed Horrors in Harald Reinl’s Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel (The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism),” Southeastern Association of Cultural Studies Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, February 7-8, 2020
- “Blood and Soil: The Representation of National Space in Contemporary German Vampire Films,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association 107th Conference, San Diego, CA, November 14th-17th, 2019
- “Berlin Under Siege: Spatial Allegory in Marvin Kren’s Zombie Film Rammbock,” German Studies Association 43rd Conference, Portland, OR, October 5th-8th, 2019
- “Media Archaeology and Excavation of Early Computer Games,” Research Panel, part of the UNC Charlotte Digital Humanities Forum, Charlotte, NC, April 5th
- “Necromancers, Nightmares, and Neo-Nazis: 21st Century German Horror Cinema,” Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, March 4th-5th, 2019.
- “The City of Bits: Augmented Reality Games and Mediated Modes of Experience,” Philological Association of the Carolinas Annual Conference, Asheville, NC, February 21st-22nd, 2019
- “West German Exploitation Cinema,” German Studies Association 42nd Conference (part of the GSA Seminar on Popular Culture in 20th-Century Germany), Pittsburgh, PA, September 27th-30th, 2018
- “Cinematic Space as National Metaphor in Harald Reinl’s Der Frosch mit der Maske,” Philological Association of the Carolinas Annual Conference, Charleston, SC, February 23rd-24th, 2018
Classes Taught at UNC Charlotte (Selection)
- GERM 3202 Advanced Grammar, Conversation, and Composition II (Topic: German Film)
- GERM 3050 The Ghosts of Berlin (Study Abroad Program)
- GERM 3160/FILM 3050 Mayhem, Monsters, and Mass-Murderers: German Horror Film
- GERM 3650 The Holocaust through German Literature and Film
- GERM 3660 Survey of German Film
- GERM 4050 Advanced Seminar: Deutschland bei Nacht in Literatur, Film und Musik
- LBST 1102, 1201 & 2101 Arts & Science: Global Horror Cinema
Current Professional Affiliations
- Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
- German Studies Association
- Southeastern Association of Cultural Studies