Profiel

Birgit M. Kaiser is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Transcultural Aesthetics at Utrecht University. She holds a BA and MA in Sociology from Bielefeld University and a PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University. Recently, she has been visiting researcher at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Paris-Nanterre (April/May 2017) and at the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University (August 2017-January 2018). During the fall term 2009/2010, she was Chair of Western European Literatures (Vertretungsprofessur) at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

At Utrecht University, she coordinates the one-year MA Literature Today/Literatuur vandaag and the Literature Track at University College Utrecht.

 

Research profile

Her research spans literatures in English, French and German of the 19th to the 21st century, always with a focus on literature as a mode of poetic knowledge production, on the relation of literature, aesthetics and affect, as well as on writing subjectivity in transcultural and post/colonial constellations of power. For this last concern, especially questions of un/translatability, multilingual writing and the materiality of language are important.

 

Research collaborations

With Kathrin Thiele, she founded the interdisciplinary research network Terra Critica and they coordinate the network together since its beginning in 2012. Terra Critica organizes annual international academic meetings as well as regular ReadingRoom sessions for a wider public in Utrecht (in collaboration with Casco Art Institute). The network has established collaborations with a range of leading international academic institutions in Europe, the USA and Asia.

She is a member of “Creativity in World Literatures: Languages in Dialogue” (2016-2020), a research network funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council within the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI).

 

Publications

Her book Figures of Simplicity. Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville (SUNY 2011) explores—with recourse to Heinrich von Kleist, Herman Melville, G. W. Leibniz, and Alexander Baumgarten—alternative conceptions of aesthetics and dimensions of thinking lost in the disciplinary narration of aesthetics after Kant. Rather than being ignorant or stupid, the “simpletons” that populate the writings of Kleist and Melville display a way of affective thinking, whereby Kleist and Melville continue a key line within eighteenth-century aesthetics: the relation of rationality and sensibility. The book reflects on what thinking might look like if we took affectivity into account and how literature is a practice that continues to raise this question. Against this background, she is currently working on a book project on Hélène Cixous and transcultural subject formation.

She has also edited two collections on postcolonial and transnational literatures (Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze. Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures (with Lorna Burns, Palgrave Macmillan 2012); Singularity and Transnational Poetics (Routledge 2015)) and is currently editing with Kathrin Thiele a special issue of PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, entitled ‘The Ends of Being Human? Re-turning (to) the Question’ (2018). Her work has appeared in Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, International Journal for Francophone Studies, Interventions, Parallax and Textual Practice.

Together with Kathrin Thiele, she is also founding coordinator of the interdisciplinary research network Terra Critica. In that context, her research focuses on the role of the humanities and their critical heritage and she has edited with Kathrin Thiele a special issue of Parallax on ‘Diffracted Worlds – Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities’ (2014; also published as book in the Routledge Series SPIB, 2018) and edited with Kathrin Thiele and Mercedes Bunz Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary (meson press 2017). With Timothy O’Leary and Kathrin Thiele, she is editor of the book-series New Critical Humanities (with Rowman & Littlefield International).

Strategische thema's / focusgebieden
Betrokken bij de opleiding(en)

Figures of Simplicity (SUNY 2011)

Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze (Palgrave 2012)

Parallax special issue "Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings" (2014)

Singularity and Transnational Poetics (2015)

Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary (2017)

Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings (SPIB Series Routledge, 2018)
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Curriculum vitae Download PDF

2015-present Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

2007-2015 Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

2009–2010 (fall term) Interim Professor (Vertretungsprofessur C4) Chair of Western European Literatures, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

2007 PhD at the Department of Comparative Literature, New York University, USA

2000-2007 Doctoral student at the Department of Comparative Literature, New York University, USA

2004-2006 Doctoral student in the Doctoral Programme “Representation – Rhetoric – Knowledge,” European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

2002-2004 Doctoral student in the Poetics & Theory Programme at New York University

1999 MA Sociology, Department of Sociology Bielefeld University; School of Oriental and African Studies, London; Universidad Complutense Madrid

1993 BA Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany 

 

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Sleutelpublicaties

Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2018). The Ends of Being Human? Re-turning (to) the Question - Special Issue for philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism. philoSOPHIA, 8 (1) (125 p.).

Thiele, K.C., Kaiser, B.M. & Bunz, Mercedes (2017). Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary. (272 p.). Meson Press.

Kaiser, Birgit (2015). Singularity and Transnational Poetics. (195 p.). Routledge.

Thiele, Kathrin & Kaiser, Birgit (2014). Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities. Parallax, 72 (3), (pp. 165-287).

Kaiser, B.M. & Burns, Lorna (2012). Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kaiser, B.M. (2010). Figures of Simplicity. Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville. (192 p.). Albany, NY: Suny Press.

Alle publicaties
  2018
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2018). Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities - Republication of Parallax Special Issue "Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings" (Parallax 20.3 2014). (128 p.). Routlegde.
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2018). If you do well, carry! The difference of the humane - An Interview with Bracha L. Ettinger by Birgit M. Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele. philoSOPHIA, 8 (1), (pp. 101-125) (25 p.).
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2018). Introduction – Diffraction: Onto-Epistemology, Quantum Physics and the Critical Humanities - Republished Introduction from Parallax Special Issue "Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings" (Parallax, 20.3 2014). Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities London/New York: Routledge.
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2018). Preface. Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities Routledge.
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2018). Returning (to) the Question of the Human: An Introduction. philoSOPHIA, 8 (1), (pp. 1-17) (17 p.).
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2018). The Ends of Being Human? Re-turning (to) the Question - Special Issue for philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism. philoSOPHIA, 8 (1) (125 p.).
  2017
Thiele, K.C., Kaiser, B.M. & Bunz, Mercedes (2017). Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary. (272 p.). Meson Press.
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2017). Terra. In Mercedes Bunz, Birgit M. Kaiser & Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Symptoms of the Planetary Condition - A Critical Vocabulary (pp. 205-210) (6 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2017). Terrestrial. In Rosi Braidotti (Eds.), Posthuman Glossary Bloomsbury Academics.
Kaiser, B.M. (2017). The Laugh of the Medusa. In Bettina Papenburg (Eds.), Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender, volume Laughter (pp. 149-163) (14 p.). Palgrave Macmillan.
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2017). What is Species Memory? Or, Humanism, Memory and the Afterlives of “1492”’. Parallax, 23 (4), (pp. 403-415) (13 p.).
  2016
Kaiser, B.M. & , (2016). Introduction - Symptoms of the Planetary Condition. In Mercedes Bunz, Birgit Mara Kaiser & Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Symptoms of the Planetary Condition (pp. 7-17) (10 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Kaiser, Birgit & Thiele, Kathrin (2016). Other Headings - Ben Jelloun, Derrida, Sansal and the Critique of Europe. Interventions, 18 (2), (pp. 270-285) (16 p.).
Kaiser, B.M. (2016). Semi-Agency. Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary (pp. 143-148) (6 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Kaiser, B.M. (2016). Singularization. Symptoms of the Planetary Condition (pp. 155-161) (7 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Kaiser, B.M. (2016). Symptomatology. Symptoms of the Planetary Condition (pp. 185-190) (5 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Kaiser, B.M. (2016). Vergelijkende literatuurwetenschap in de 21e eeuw - belangen, uitdagingen, nieuwe benaderingen. Vooys, 34 (1/2), (pp. 8-20) (12 p.).
  2015
Kaiser, B.M. (2015). Algerian Disorders: On Deconstructive Postcolonialism in Cixous and Derrida. Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, 2 (2), (pp. 191-211) (20 p.).
Kaiser, Birgit (2015). Nomadisch Schrijven: Gilles Deleuze en Édouard Glissant over Wortels en Fabuleren. In Johan Goud (Eds.), Ontworteld: de schrijver als nomade (pp. 31-46) (15 p.). Zoetermeer: Klement-Boekencentrum .
Kaiser, Birgit (2015). Singularity and Transnational Poetics. In Birgit Kaiser (Eds.), Singularity and Transnational Poetics (pp. 3-24) (21 p.). London/New York: Routledge.
Kaiser, Birgit (2015). Singularity and Transnational Poetics. (195 p.). Routledge.
Kaiser, Birgit (2015). The spaces of transnational literature; or, where on earth are we with Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Der Hof im Spiegel?. In Theo D'haen & Cesar Dominguez (Eds.), Cosmopolitanism and the Postcolonial: Literature and the New Europe (pp. 177-198) (21 p.). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  2014
Kaiser, B.M. (2014). A New German, singularly Turkish. Reading Emine Sevgi Özdamar with Derrida's 'Monolingualism of the Other'. Textual Practice, 28 (6), (pp. 969-987) (18 p.).
Thiele, Kathrin & Kaiser, Birgit (2014). Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities. Parallax, 72 (3), (pp. 165-287).
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2014). Diffraction: Onto-epistemology, Quantum Physics and the Critical Humanities. Parallax, 20 (3), (pp. 165-167) (3 p.).
Kaiser, Birgit (2014). Literatuur en leven - compositie en affect bij Deleuze. Wijsgerig perspectief, 54 (2), (pp. 23-29) (7 p.).
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2014). Weaving Ourselves Otherwise – Co-emerging with Others in the Matrixial. In Binna Choi & Maiko Tanaka (Eds.), Grand Domestic Revolution - Handbook (pp. 93-94) (2 p.). Utrecht: Casco.
Kaiser, B.M. (2014). Worlding CompLit: Diffractive Reading with Barad, Glissant and Nancy. Parallax, 20 (3), (pp. 274-287) (14 p.).
  2013
Kaiser, B.M. (2013). (Un)Grounding the human. Affective Entanglement and Subjectivity in Hélène Cixous "Algerian Reveries. International Journal of Francophone Studies, 15 (3&4), (pp. 477-496) (20 p.).
Kaiser, B.M. (2013). Electrified Humans; or of inhuman affect in Heinrich von Kleist. In S Blackmore (Eds.), Discovering the Human: Life Sciences and the Arts in Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Century (pp. 171-186) (16 p.). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht.
Kaiser, B.M. (2013). Happy Days: Lebenswissen nach Cavell. Arcadia, 47.
Kaiser, B.M. (2013). Metamorphosis. In E Horn & M Lowrie (Eds.), Denkfiguren/Figures of Thought (pp. 115-117) (3 p.). Berlin: August Verlag.
Kaiser, B.M. (2013). Zintuiglijk denken en het vraagstuk van de esthetica. In S van Keulen (Eds.), Hoe kunst en filosofie werken (pp. 117-131) (15 p.). Amsterdam: Boom.
  2012
Kaiser, B.M. (2012). Lektürelektionen. Haitianische Untertöne in Kleists 'Die Verlobung in St. Domingo' und Melvilles 'Benito Cereno’. In R. Blänkner (Eds.), Heinrich von Kleists Novelle 'Die Verlobung in St. Domingo'. Literatur und Politik im globalen Kontext um 1800 (pp. 73-91) (19 p.). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
Kaiser, B.M. & Burns, Lorna (2012). Navigating Differential Futures; (Un)making Colonial Pasts. In Burns, Lorna & Kaiser, Birgit (Eds.), Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures (pp. 1-17) (17 p.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Kaiser, B.M. (2012). Poésie en étendue. Deleuze, Glissant, and a post-postcolonial aesthetics of the earth. In Braidotti, Rosi & Pisters, Patricia (Eds.), Revisiting Normativity with Deleuze (pp. 131-144) (14 p.). London: Continuum.
Kaiser, B.M. & Burns, Lorna (2012). Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Thiele, K. & Kaiser, B.M. (2012). Sich verlieren – und plötzlich eine Welt finden. Bracha L. Ettinger im Gespräch mit Birgit M. Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele. In S. Leeb (Eds.), Materialität der Diagramme. Kunst und Theorie (pp. 231-262) (33 p.). Berlin: b_books.
Kaiser, B.M. (2012). The Singularity of Postcolonial Literature. Preindividual (hi)stories in Mohammed Dib’s “Northern Trilogy". Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures (pp. 123-144) (22 p.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2011
Kaiser, B.M. (2011). Baarmoederlijke verbondenheid uit Tel-Aviv. Lover: Feminisme, Cultuur, Wetenschap, 38 (voorjaar), (pp. 48-49) (2 p.). Tijdschrift LOVER (38 voorjaar): 48-49.
Kaiser, B.M. (2011). Meedenken voor een feminine toekomst. Lover: Feminisme, Cultuur, Wetenschap, 38 (zomer), (pp. 48-49) (2 p.). Tijdschrift LOVER (38 zomer): 48-49..
Kaiser, B.M. (2011). On aesthetics, aisthetics and sensation – reading Baumgarten with Leibniz with Deleuze’. Esthetica. Tijdschrift voor Kunst en Filosofie
Kaiser, B.M. (2011). Theory today; or, how are we to read this?. Frame: Tijdschrift voor Literatuurwetenschap, 24 (1), (pp. 8-17) (9 p.).
Kaiser, B.M. (2011). Vechtend Denken. Lover: Feminisme, Cultuur, Wetenschap, 38 (najaar), (pp. 48-49) (2 p.). Tijdschrift LOVER (38 najaar): 48-49..
  2010
Kaiser, B.M. (2010). Figures of Simplicity. Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville. (192 p.). Albany, NY: Suny Press.
Kaiser, B.M. (2010). Literatur und Biopolitik. Rationalisierungen des Lebens in der Romantik. In Maria Muhle / Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Biopolitische Konstellationen (pp. 119-142) (23 p.). Berlin: August Verlag.
  2009
Kaiser, B.M. (2009). The Reception of Ossian in Europe. Arcadia, 44, (pp. 452-456) (5 p.).
Kaiser, B.M. (2009). Two floors of thinking: Deleuze's Aesthetics of Folds. In S. van Tuinen & N. McDonnell (Eds.), Deleuze and the Fold: A critical reader (pp. 203-224) (22 p.). Palgrave Macmillan.
  2007
Kaiser, B.M. (2007). Falte. In S Diekmann & T Khurana (Eds.), Latenz. 40 Annäherungen an einen Begriff (pp. 67-72) (6 p.). Berlin: Kadmos.
  2001
Kaiser, B.M. (2001). Exclusivist Rhetorics – the constitution of political identities in present-day Algeria. In G Schlee (Eds.), Imagined Differences. Hatred and the construction of social identities (pp. 183-214) (31 p.). Münster: LITVerlag.
  1999
Kaiser, B.M. (1999). Algerische Identitätspolitiken: Islamistische Diskurse zwischen Authentizität und (Post)Moderne. In J. Angermüller / M. Nonhoff (Eds.), PostModerne Diskurse zwischen Sprache und Macht (pp. 69-79) (10 p.). Hamburg/Berlin: Argument Verlag.
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