- I am an Associate Professor of German at UNC Charlotte. My research interests include German postwar film and literature, global horror cinema, and media studies. I have published on the multi-media aesthetics and hidden politics in the work of Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, the transfers between rubble literature and film in the novels of Heinrich Böll, and the limits of literary representation in Rainald Goetz’s Rave. An essay on augmented reality games appeared in an edited volume in 2016. 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. I published an article about German no-budget splatter in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. A critical essay on Dennis Gansel’s vampire tale Wir sind die Nacht is forthcoming. Essays on the the concept of home in rubble film and the Gothic in German postwar horror cinema are works in progress. I also 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. Camden House.
- Peer Reviewed Essay in Edited Volume: Kai-Uwe Werbeck. “Nosferatu’s Daughters: Radical Feminism, Lesbo-Vampirism, and Fluid Identities in Dennis Gansel’s Wir sind die Nacht,” World Vampire Films: Essays on Seventeen Vampire Cinema Cultures, Ed. James Aubrey. Jefferson, McFarland, 2019 (forthcoming).
- 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.
- 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.
- Peer Reviewed Article: Kai-Uwe Werbeck. “The State vs. Buttgereit and Ittenbach: Censorship and Subversion in German No-Budget Horror Film,” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2016, pp. 435-451.
- Peer Reviewed Article: Kai-Uwe Werbeck. “Beyond Weimar Expressionism and Agfacolor: Literary Representations of Rubble Space in Heinrich Böll’s Der Engel schwieg,” Monatshefte 108.2 Summer 2016, pp. 185-201.
- Peer Reviewed Essay in Edited Volume: Kai-Uwe Werbeck. “Shapers, Portals, and Exotic Matter: Living Fiction and Augmented Reality in Google’s Ingress,” The Role-Playing Society, Eds. Andrew Byers, Francesco Crocco, Jefferson: McFarland, 2016, pp. 234-255.
- 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
- “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
- “Undead Queens of Berlin: Vampirism and Gender Politics in Dennis Gansel’s Wir sind die Nacht,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association 115th Conference, Honolulu, HI, November 10th-12th, 2017
- “8-Bit-Nazis and C64-Killers: Racism and Violence in 1980s West German Homebrew Programming,” German Studies Association 41st Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 5th-8th, 2017
- “The Holocaust Drama as Caper Movie: Hollywood Tropes in Wolfgang Murnberger’s Mein bester Feind,” Philological Association of the Carolinas Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, April 8th-9th, 2017
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