- I am an Associate Professor of German and Affiliate Faculty of Film Studies 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. Critical essays on Dennis Gansel’s Wir sind die Nacht and the German hip-hop old school are forthcoming in 2020. Essays on the concept of home in rubble film and the Gothic in German postwar cinema are works in progress.
- 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/Game Studies
- Cultural Studies (German Hip-Hop)
- Tales from the Dark Side: German Postwar Horror Cinema. In progress.
- Essay in Edited Volume: “Poetry of an Alien: Black Tape, Silo Nation, and the Historiography of German Hip-Hop’s Alte Schule,” Sounds German: Popular Music in Postwar Germany at the Crossroads of the
National and Transnational. Ed. Kirkland A. Fulk. New York: Berghahn, 2020 (forthcoming). Word count: approx. 10,500.
- 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
- “Mysterious Caverns, Desolate Mountains, and Haunted Castles: The Gothic in German Postwar Horror Cinema,” German Studies Association 44th Conference, Washington, DC, October 1st-4th, 2020 (online)
- “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 7th-8th, 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