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Dr. Bärbel Harju

Present Position

Researcher and Lecturer at LMU Munich’Amerika-Institut, American Cultural History
Coordinator of the Writing Center at LMU Munich.

Research Interests

Post-doc project: “Transformations of American Privacy”
Popular culture and music; protest; religious history, film and visual cultures; academic writing;

Education

2011 Dr. phil.; American Cultural History, LMU Munich (summa cum laude)
2008 M.A.; American Cultural History, German Literature, Anthropology, LMU Munich

Fellowships & Awards

2013 Harvard University Post-Graduate Research Fellowship, Bavarian American-Academy and Harvard Club Munich e.V.
2013 Doctoral Dissertation Award, Münchner Universitätsgesellschaft
2011 Edmund-Spevack-Award, Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies
2009 Doctoral Fellow, “FAZIT-STIFTUNG,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (until 2011)
2009 Doctoral Fellow, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.
2008 Alumni Association Award “Best M.A. Thesis”, LMU Munich
2006 Teaching Assistantship at Lewis & Clark College, Portland Oregon

Teaching

Privacy in U.S. Culture
History of Black Protest
Surveillance, Culture, Society
Sound and the City
History and Memory in American Literature and Film
American History through Art
Confessional Culture
Guerilla Radio: Pop & Politics
Revisiting the Sixties – on the Radio!
The USA and Canada in the 19th and 20th Century
American Art in the 20th Century
The Female Frontier
Christian Pop – History and Trends
Academic Writing for M.A. and Doctoral Students

Presentations

"Privatheit in digitalen Kunstprojekten". University of Passau, October 2017.

"'The Write Approach'. Wissenschaftliches Schreiben in der Hochschullehre". LMU Munich, October 2017.

“Watching You, Watching Me. American (Self-)Surveillance.” Munich University of Applied Sciences, December 2016.

“(Not) Alone in America.” Bavarian American Academy and Harvard Club Munich, Amerika Haus Munich, November 2016.

“Reborn to Be Wild! Evangelikale Popmusik in den USA.” LMU Munich, July 2016.

“’The Right to Be Let Alone.’ Transformations of American Privacy.” introduction to workshop held at Annual Meeting of the German Association for American Studies, University of Osnabrück, May 2016.

„Monitoring the Private Self: Surveillance, Confessional Culture, and the Transformation of Privacy in Contemporary America.“ University of Göttingen, February 2016.

“History and Memory in American Literature and Film,” introduction to workshop, University of Valencia, Spain, November 2015.

“Privacy and Suburbanization in Postwar America.” 8th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, University of California, Berkeley, June 2015.

“Making Christianity Cool. Evangelical Pop Stars, Music, and Identity.” SWPACA Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2015.

“Privacy in Crisis: Post-war America, Suburbia, and Confessional Culture.” University of Passau, October 2014.

“Reborn to be wild – Evangelikale Popmusik in den USA.” Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, October 2014.

“There Isn’t Much Privacy” – Selbst- und Fremdbeobachtung in amerikanischen Vororten der 1950er Jahre.” LMU Munich, July 2014.

“No Sex, no Drugs, but Rock’n’Roll”: Evangelicals, Pop Music, and Identity.“ Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, July 2014.

“Suburbia as Public/Private Space in Postwar America.” University of Coimbra, Portugal, May 2014.

“Performing Privacy: Medien & Privatheit in den USA.” University of Passau, January 2014.

“Personal Jesus – Geschichte und Aktualität christlicher Popmusik.” Chemnitz, November 2013.

“History and Memory in American Literature and Film,” introduction to workshop, University of Alcalá, Spain, November 2013.

“Making Christianity Cool: Christian Pop Music’s Quest for Popularity.” Amerika Haus Munich, November 2013.

“Intimate Matters: Transformations Privacy in Postwar U.S. Culture.” LMU Munich, July 2013.

“Geschichte und Erinnerung im Hollywoodfilm,” with Charlotte Lerg, LMU Munich, July 2013.

“American Privacy: Transformations of Self and Society in U.S. Culture.” Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, May 2013.

Publications

“Too Much Information: Self-Monitoring and Confessional Culture,” (under review).

"Picture Windows: Architecture of Privacy and Surveillance," in Interventions. Private Voices in Public Spaces, eds. Isabel Caldeira and Maria José Canelo. e-cadernos ces, No. 27, 2017.  URL: https://journals.openedition.org/eces/2193

“Making Christianity Cool: Christian Pop Music’s Quest for Popularity,” in Unpopular Culture, eds. Martin Lüthe and Sascha Pöhlmann (Amsterdam University Press, 2016), 169-186.

“Privatheit und Suburbanisierung in den USA der Nachkriegszeit,” in Räume und Kulturen des Privaten, eds. Eva Beyvers et al. (Heidelberg: Springer, 2016), 189-212.

“Privacy Crisis: Architecture, Suburbia, and Postwar America,” in Cultures of Privacy. Paradigms, Transformations, Contestations (co-edited with Karsten Fitz, Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2015), 95-116.

“Cultures of Privacy: An Introduction,” with Karsten Fitz. Cultures of Privacy. Paradigms, Transformations, Contestations (co-edited with Karsten Fitz, Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2015), 1-14.

Cultures of Privacy. Paradigms, Transformations, Contestations (co-edited with Karsten Fitz, Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2015)

Rock & Religion. Eine Kulturgeschichte der christlichen Popmusik in den USA (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012)

Entries on „Nuclear Energy,“ „Roads,“ „Highways,“ and „Dust Bowl.“ In: Rüdiger B. Wersich und Christof Mauch (eds.). USA-Lexikon. Berlin: Erich-Schmidt, 2013 (in print).

"Barry Shank, The Political Force of Musical Beauty. Duke UP 2014." Review. Amerkastudien/American Studies, 62.1, 2017. URL: http://dgfa.de/barry-shank-the-political-force-of-musical-beauty-durham-nc-duke-university-press-2014-344-pp/

„The Cold War and American Music, 1945-2000“. In: H-Soz-u-Kult, http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/tagungsberichte/id=4375, Sept. 2012.

 


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